Nokia N97 Review: The Phone Delivers, but to What Extent?
18 September 2011
Summary: The Nokia N97 is one of the more recent phones in the N-Series line of devices. It offers touch screen capabilities, a very cool, widget based interface and some other added features that bring this N-Series device to life. Is it perfect? Far from it, but it's still a great option for power users.
Conclusion: With the introduction of the N97, Nokia has turned its ultra-elite N series line from a pricy status symbol into a genuine workhorse of a phone on par with many of the best competitors on the market today.
Conclusion: When the Nokia N97 was announced in January 2009, it looked awesome. Six months is an eternity in the world of technology, and now it looks like a fine phone and an easy choice for well-heeled Nokia S60 fans but it's no slam dunk for those who are open to other platforms and brands.
Pros: Fantastic camera, superior slider., Excellent camera, very good customizable home screen widgets, unlocked for use with any GSM carrier. Excellent voice quality and good volume in calls. Superb slider mechanism and overall good build quality, though not as ritzy looking as Nokia's metal-clad E75 ...
Cons: Touch experience inconsistent., Touch experience isn't quite there yet with some inconsistencies, expensive, sometimes runs out of memory if you don't keep track of and manage running programs. Streaming YouTube video still takes a long time to launch and seems to tax the phone's processor (our c...
Summary: The N97 is quite chunky to accommodate the QWERTY keyboard, but its 150g gives it a dolid feel. The 3.5-inch VGA-quality display dominates the front on the handset. The handset's touch-screen is responsive to touch, and the QWERTY keypad's keys are spacious, making typing much faster.
Pros: Responsive touch-screen, spacious QWERTY keyboard, ergonomic tilting display and good all-round multimedia performance.
Cons: Large and heavy, temperamental web browser, and sometimes needs double taps to activate selection.
Excerpt: The Nokia N97 and I didn’t get on well at the start. Firstly, I couldn’t get the phone to boot beyond the holding page and it wasn’t until I threatened to send it to a colleague known for his love of taking gadgets apart that it perked up.
Conclusion: Overall, the N97 is a fantastic piece of hardware. Top end specs, a great screen, near-infinite storage and more features than you can shake a stick at mean that this handset is among the most capable in the marketplace. Where it's let down is in the software.
Pros: Full of features, more storage than you can shake a stick at, excellent media playback functionality
Summary: Although the Nokia N97 dwarfs the iPhone in terms of features, the software doesn't match the standard set by Apple. The N97's flip-up design, keyboard and massive storage capacity are fantastic features, but it needs software upgrades and further development of the Ovi Store to truly become an...
Cons: Resistive touch screen rather than capacitive, user interface is a mixed bag, software lacks the polish of competitors, odd placement of navigational pad and spacebar, no Comes With Music subscription included