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Looking for something to replace my HTC G2 as something that's sleek/lightweight and fits comfortably in my hand, and I'm looking at both the N8 (with recent Anna update) and the N9.

I'm looking at the N8 primarily for the great camera and the xenon flash, while I'm looking at the N9 primarily for the smooth/polycarbonate design and specs (including slightly bigger screen).

I don't need much out of a phone (I could easily do without a majority of the Android apps I have, and would get a Honeycomb tablet along with either Nokia phone - something I wouldn't get with an Android phone ever) - main priority being calls, texts, emails, and basic web browsing (with a good camera being a plus)...and it seems like the N8 or N9 would be perfect for just that.

Now one of my questions is - how does the N8 with Anna perform (as in, is it smooth/fluid enough for daily single-tasking use), and how does it compare to the N9 (which is about double the price on eBay at around $700+)? And how does either deal with syncing to Google accounts, if at all (something I read the N9 doesn't do as well as the N8)?


Yeah, Meego is dead and there's a (gimped) WP7 Nokia phone coming up based on the N9, the phones lack dev/app support compared to Android, they're not powerful, etc. - and I don't really care about that. Again, I'm looking mostly for the basic phone experience here, sleek design (mostly for the N9), and the camera (mostly for the N8). Don't care for gaming, and honestly, the main thing I could ask for out of my G2 would be a front-facing camera and/or a better main camera.

However, if I don't end up with either Nokia phone, I'll go with some T-Mobile-compatible phone (likely the Galaxy II) because I'd rather not pay more than the $40/month I'm paying right now (meaning iPhone is out). Which, speaking of - how does the Galaxy II compare to the original, if I don't need the extra power or screen size?
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I had the g2 as well. I'd reco you wait for the n9. The most important thing to you it seem is utility and easy of use. N9's meego is just that. If you want the plethora of support in apps then off course the s2. As for n8 + anna, I don't have the experience to tell you.

Personally I sold off the G2 and downgraded to an E71 a while ago because I didn't need angry birds or in game chat via the phone. I'm waiting for a n9.
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I just got the galaxy s II and I love this thing

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Go for an android phone. Galaxy S2 or HTC sensation XE
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I had the g2 as well. I'd reco you wait for the n9. The most important thing to you it seem is utility and easy of use. N9's meego is just that. If you want the plethora of support in apps then off course the s2. As for n8 + anna, I don't have the experience to tell you.

Personally I sold off the G2 and downgraded to an E71 a while ago because I didn't need angry birds or in game chat via the phone. I'm waiting for a n9.
The N9 looks like a great phone, and I am genuinely interested in it and the software it runs and would love one to muck around on - but would I buy it? No.
I don't think I could really recommend it to anyone either on the basis that MeeGo is dead.

My recommendation is that you stick with Android. You may not need all the apps and other features that it offers but they will be there if you ever need them or suddenly think "Hey, I wish my phone could do this "

People tend to place Android and "Ease-of-use" at the opposite ends of the spectrum when talking about phones. The thing is with Android, it can be as easy as you want it and are willing to make it. You are free to change just about everything and can tailor this to suit your personal needs.
When someone without a greater amount of knowledge/interest in Android picks up my phone, within about 10 seconds 90% of them spurt something along the lines of "This phone sucks, I can't use it" - Yeah well guess what? That's because it's setup to be exactly how I want it, not you, and everything is dead easy and usually within 1 or 2 presses away

Stick with Android
    
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the n8 no doubt, you will be using that camera more than 2cores at 1ghz, 1gb of ram, etc

yes symbian3 is great, a lot better than old s60v5, with anna is way better, with the next belle will a lot better, the gui is fast, everything works, not so pretty as android,

there are no 50 apps for task, but just around 5 apps for task

the n9 is cool, but a very expensive toy, just like the n900 was 2 years ago, cool phones but useless unless you are a hacker god
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The N9 looks like a great phone, and I am genuinely interested in it and the software it runs and would love one to muck around on - but would I buy it? No.
I don't think I could really recommend it to anyone either on the basis that MeeGo is dead.

My recommendation is that you stick with Android. You may not need all the apps and other features that it offers but they will be there if you ever need them or suddenly think "Hey, I wish my phone could do this "

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When someone without a greater amount of knowledge/interest in Android picks up my phone, within about 10 seconds 90% of them spurt something along the lines of "This phone sucks, I can't use it" - Yeah well guess what? That's because it's setup to be exactly how I want it, not you, and everything is dead easy and usually within 1 or 2 presses away

Stick with Android
Just because the os is going away doesn't meant the phone won't be good to use for few years. According to the OP he doesn't need the plethora of aps that android offers anyways. He might as well go with what give him the smoothest everyday use instead of having to fidget around with how things are on his desktop all the time.
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Just because the os is going away doesn't meant the phone won't be good to use for few years. According to the OP he doesn't need the plethora of aps that android offers anyways. He might as well go with what give him the smoothest everyday use instead of having to fidget around with how things are on his desktop all the time.
"Fidget around with how things are on his desktop all the time"

What? Set my home screens up, haven't fidgeted since. It's not as if the home screens and widgets are self-aware and re-arrange themselves at their own leisure.

I just don't see the point in an N9 when you could buy a very good Android handset for the same price that once becomes out-dated will have many upgrade options via the community. The N9 will be a brick.
Yes he did say that he could do without the majority of the apps available and you are not forced to use them, you do not have to download apps if you do not want. My argument is that if the OP suddenly wants more from his phone he will have that option, whereas with the N9 will be somewhat limited in comparison.

OP also mentions Google account sync and calls, texts, emails and basic web browsing as primary functions. Well firstly what better phone for the account synching than an Android handset?
Listing texts and emails as main priority instantly tells me OP will be using the on-screen keyboard a lot, as do I. After using a myriad of different keyboards there is nothing I would rather use than SwiftKey which is found on Android. It is a truly amazing keyboard that makes typing extremely fast and fluid. Seriously, look it up if you don't believe me.
Install Opera Mobile to your Android handset for web browsing and there, perfect device for what he needs
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