Summary: The Nokia N97 Mini is a more stable and better designed device than the bigger N97, but its Achilles' heel remains as the confusing user interface keeps it behind today's leading touch-screen smartphones.
Pros: The Nokia N97 Mini improves on the design of the N97 with a smaller size and a more solid construction. Performance is also better and you now get free voice-guided navigation via Ovi Maps. The smartphone continues to offer a full range of wireless options, e-mail capabilities, and a 5-megapixel camera.
Cons: The user interface still has inconsistencies, making the phone frustrating and confusing to use. The phone's Web browser is a bit clunky to navigate and there's limited support for video codecs.
Review: Nokia N97/N97 mini: part 2 - The OS, The Interface, The Apps
All About Symbian
25 July 2010
Summary: In part 1 of this review mini-series , I looked at the form factor, design, build quality and performance of the Nokia N97 and N97 mini, concluding that the mini was the more streamlined product of the two, with another six months of design behind it. In this second part, I look at the OS, interface and applications. Can the N97 and N97 mini hold their heads up in 2009?
Summary: Trying to cram a review of the Nokia N97 into a single, brief series, would be hard enough - there's a lot to say, both positive and negative. But Steve Litchfield is going to double the stakes and attempt something harder - to combine reviews of both the N97 and its newer little sister, the N97 mini, into one review series. You see, so much of the functionality of the two N97 variants is common that it makes eminent sense to cover them both at the same time.
Conclusion: As the short among us will confirm, good things do come in small packages. And despite the issues with apps and over-thinking, the N97 Mini is a nippy little phone which is not unpleasant to use. It’s a real shame that apps-wise the handset simply isn’t a contender. In today’s post-iPhone world that might just be a deal-breaker for many.
Summary: The latest roundup in a long series , Steve Litchfield looks at a number of commercial case designs for the Nokia N97 mini? Can any of them please the undisputed case-meister of the Symbian world?
Review: The right tool for the right job? N97 Classic vs N97 Mini
All About Symbian
11 May 2010
Summary: A few weeks ago, David Gilson wrote up his thoughts on the N97 classic. While there was an awful lot to like about it, he found it to be undermined by an unstable OS, due to insufficient RAM & C: drive space. He was also curious to see if the N97 mini was really everything the N97 classic could have been, so he borrowed one and got to grips with it.
Excerpt: Even though the tag 'mini' might suggest that we will be talking about a very small phone, Nokia N97 mini version can't be put in that category at all. I guess Nokia's design team realized that it would be nice to have a smaller version of the highly acclaimed N97 smartphone for those that are more used to normal sizes. The result is even better than what we expected.
Pros: I would highlight here the quality of the build, which makes the phone more compact and sturdy than its N97 predecessor. Also, the display seems to be better, as well as the battery, which has a higher autonomy. The multimedia part of the device is very good as well. Other strong points includes: full QWERTY keyboard, HSDPA connectivity, GPS receiver, 8GB internal memory, 5-megapixel camera and 3.5mm jack port.
Cons: I think Nokia should've thought to put in some free document reader, such as Adobe PDF. Also, the lack of some free business tools is another letdown. Perhaps a graphically improved user interface would've made the device more appealing, but I guess Nokia fans like it as it is. Sales Package Nokia N97 mini smartphone Nokia Battery 1,200 mAh Li-Ion (BL-4D) Nokia High-Efficiency Charger (AC-10) Nokia Connectivity Cable (CA-101) Nokia Music Headset (WH-701) User Guide Ov...