From the piece:
Next month will mark the one year anniversary of the actual shipping release of the Nokia N9, and I remember thinking at the time, ‘Now that beast is going to be my next phone. I just need to find $800!’ I was a teeny-weeny bit hesitant though, because it was a new phone with a new OS and of course, untested in the big wide world. So I was also very excited to start reading reviews and reviews and reviews before I shelled out that kind of money. I wanted to know it was going to be a success, and it clearly was one. Even Engadget liked it!
I was completely mesmerized by the N9, I knew it was going to be a major addition to the Nokia portfolio, and also possibly the last phone to leave Finland with a Nokia-made OS. You see, by this time last year we were already being dragged on to the Windows Phone merry-go-round…I always feel sick on merry-go-rounds.
I took the plunge on the last day of 2011, the price of the 16GB N9 had dropped to $550, which was slightly more palatable but still a huge amount of cash for me to spend on a phone, so I was anxious to get my hands on the device and see if my money was spent wisely. Thank goodness it was!
Later in the article, Andy goes on to talk about his love for the N9 even in direct competition with 2012 smartphones - always good to see someone following their heart and not the latest tech fashion trends! (Even if, in this case, it doesn't involve a Symbian-powered phone winning out...)