Hands on video in Mandarin
This clip is a little more detailed with narration. The Swipe is really fine tuned for the thumb and possibly a little more ergonomic, though I think I hear a faint chuckling from orthopedic surgeons. Swipe-titis anyone?
I think getting rid of the Home Button is a good move. Now you can move just one screen / swipe away from what you want. To "quit" an app in the iPod Touch, you have to press the home button and double press to see the "taskbar" and tap and tap to close all "multitasking" app. That sure makes the home button last that much longer right?
Ah but you say, comes iOS 5, you don't have to press the button anymore. That is true, but you also get to exercise all your fingers more with the 5 finger pinch. Maybe it might be a good workout for some foreplay exercise, but I hear more chuckling.
Want to make a call or send a message or even take a snapshot while playing Angry Bird? That is just a half swipe with the thumb up.
The N9 is all thumbs but no confusion. So I can go from a dumb phone to a thumb phone. Sorry bad pun.
Follow through to the last third of the clip, you will see where the micro USB port and SIM card are hidden. Interestingly the SIM card carrier is hot swap enabled if I hear and see right. That is a pretty neat trick.
Other language input is obviously possible, but I had thought only iOS had perfected chinese character hand writing input. The N9 looks promising.