Summary: [This is an updated review; some of the issues that existed when the N97 was first released have since been addressed. Also, I have moved some of the more elaborate details of the original text into a new review ("A Guide") that I created for the white version .] Nokia E- and N-series phones have for some years now had, by far, more capabilities than anything else out there - but they have not always been the sexiest or had the widest mass appeal.
Summary: When I first learned of the n97's release, I was excited. I had been waiting for Nokia to release another ground-breaking phone, like the n95 of years ago. The n96 wasn't it, nor was the n85. Then the n97 came - with a touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard to boot! I was sold at once, but did all of my research anyway and found it to be full of innovative ideas and modern must-haves.
Almost perfect phone for even the most discriminating users...almost
Ali Razeghi, Amazon
20 February 2010
Summary: Hello and thank you for reading this review. I am a phone app developer and have had some 'face time' with the Nokia N97. I'll let you know some of the more in depth details so you can decide if this is the right phone for you or not. There are many positive features about this phone, but a few potential pitfalls for power users as well.
Summary: I've got a BlackBerry Bold , as well as an iPhone 3G. I'm not writing this review exclusively for comparing the N97 side-by-side, but given the price of this phone, the bar is set reasonably high. Obviously, nothing's really "as good as" a BlackBerry when it comes to e-mail (and you're using a BES), and nothing available right now is "as good as" an iPhone when it comes to web browsing or application availability.
Oh N97, I tried so hard to like you, but you did me wrong.
19 February 2010
Summary: First, let me say that I've been a user of S60 devices for years now. I even had that awful 3650 with its goofball round keypad. Off the top of my head, I've had and used 3650, 6620, 6682, 9500, 9300, E61, E70, E50, E51, E61i, E65, E71, N73, N82, N95 and the ill-fated N97. I even had a 5800XM for half a day, but returned it when I found that the 3G capabilities were hopelessly borked. Fortunately for those users it got fixed, but I never did jump back in on the 5800XM.
Summary: I absolutely hate touch screens, yet I bought this phone. Why? This is a question for Nokia: if other people hate touch screens like I do--and they do--why do you think they'd buy the N97 with its inferior resistive touch screen over the iPhone's superior capacitive screen? Here's the reason: FULL QWERTY KEYBOARD. So when you make a phone with a "full qwerty keyboard," and then you omit a dedicated row of numbers, it's not really a full qwerty keyboard now, is it?
Summary: My colleagues got their iPhone 3GS on June 19. I had the pleasure to play with them. After one week with iPhone 3GS, I am glad to have my N97. There are no so-called perfect phone. but this is what I can do with my N97, very basic, I can change the battery any time I want. I can pop in or take out my SIM card for or from another phone. I can expand my memory capacity by switching my memort card.
Summary: I really like my N97 with it's background app capabilities to totally trumps the iPhone. Not to mention basic things like flash on the camera. The camera takes pretty good pictures and video for a phone and the new free voice navigation on Ovi maps is nice. There's a problem, though - it seems to have a problem with being turned off and on - randomly it will just not turn on until you've either reset it to factory conditions or go through many iterations of trying to get...
Summary: So I went ahead and purchased the list of cell phone and PDA devices from this individual and was expecting to get some sort of contact information for different places to buy at wholesale, as the ad claimed. It turns out that I get a list of websites that I can purchase from and most of which do not even work anymore. There is a claim that one of the websites offers a price for a device that is guaranteed basically.