Summary: While the Nokia N97 is packed with features and offers the freedom of an unlocked phone, its clunky touch interface, sky-high price tag, and outdated operating system make it hard to recommend when there are better touch-screen smartphones on the market.
Pros: The Nokia N97 features a touch screen, a full QWERTY keyboard, and 32GB of internal flash memory. The smartphone also offers 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS and comes equipped with a 5-megapixel camera.
Cons: The N97's touch user interface isn't well integrated and can be inconsistent and confusing, especially compared with the competition. We would have preferred a capacitive touch screen instead of resistive.
Excerpt: The long-awaited Nokia touchscreen smart phone has arrived, providing a new take on the Communicator series with a Qwerty keyboard hidden under the screen for easier messaging. Add a highly configurable home screen, decent music playback, GPS and – above all – Nokia's intuitive ease of use and the Finnish phone-co could be on to a winner. What We Like Although it's good to look at, most of the N97's strengths lie under the surface.
Excerpt: This review maybe a little late but I had to wait for Nokia to officially launch the N97. I like doing things by the book. But for this particular review, I decided to be a wee bit unconventional, so I'm writing it from the handset itself. These notes will be emailed to my editor from the phone. Form Factor Let me just get those off my chest – I was a little skeptical of the N97's 3.5-inch resistive touchscreen working out too well. For the record, it's brilliant.
Nokia N97 Review: The Phone Delivers, but to What Extent?
28 December 2009
Excerpt: 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...
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. Though app lovers and smartphone novices may still turn to the iPhone or Android-based phones for their richer communities and ease of use, Symbian offers a lot of power if you’re willing to take the time to learn it.
Pros: High-res screen; takes photos on par with standalone cameras; unrivalled feature set; respectable build quality; powerful OS
Cons: Somewhat cludgy touch screen; keyboard needs more tactile feedback; disappointing voice capabilities; symbian still too obtuse in places; price
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. The HTC Touch Pro2, available now as an import without US 3G or a US warranty will be available from all US carriers in the future and it certainly challenges the N97 in terms of nearly equal...
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 and E71. Lots of storage!
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 complaint with most recent Nokia S60 phones).
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. After that, the relationship has been genial enough although it has never warmed to love. The problem is that the N97 is inelegant. It's well built and sturdy but also huge at 15.9mm thick and 150g.