Excerpt: Was very happy when i bought it. Later was extremely disappointed with its performance. Never buy this phone even at a steal price. Its such a headache to charge it. The phone has hardware charging issues which wont resolve even with the latest firmware. Even if u repair it, the problems show up again just because it charges off its micro usb port. An individual charging jack is missed & its the biggest design flaw.
Pros: Camera, Keyboard, WiFi, Fast GPS, Brilliant Display
Excerpt: The phone has a brilliant feature list, and will look very appealing on paper, but when it comes to using it, it can be one of the most frustrating phones made in a long long time. Even after two major firmware overhauls, the operating system is unstable at best and will reset at least once every ten minutes you spend on an internet application.
Pros: Camera, sometimes., Sharp screen, when it wakes up., 32gigs, not that it's capable of doing much with it.
Excerpt: Freezing constantly. Key lock broke off. Can't end a call because the screen is blank for at least 15 sec after the call. You are constantly waitng for the phone to wake-up, maybe it is made for people that think slowly, but for anybody with a bit of motivation in life, this is a frustration. Don't go near this phone. !!!!
Summary: "Coming from an N95 8GB, I was very excited by the N97 and found the wait untill I could upgrade to be very tedious. However it very quickly became apparant that the N97 was a dog. First as supplied it was very buggy, running out of RAM, dropping calls, freezing the works. I upgraded to the 2nd generation OS as soon as it was released. Some of the issues improved but not enough.
Summary: I wanted an unlocked Smart phone, and didn't want Windows Mobile, and of course iPhone was out. That left Symbian or first release of Android. N97 ended up in my pocket. First, the good. Except for the minimal memory this hardware is tremendous. Yes, the phone is big and heavy, but it is also nearly bullet-proof, and the keyboard is fine. Really it could replace any netbook/tablet for the uses they have been built for. Now, the bad.
Nokia N97 - Is it the right Qwerty plus Touch screen phone
S. Pandya, Amazon
28 December 2009
Summary: I ordered this phone from Amazon assuming that I am getting the right phone as I am used to Palm lines of phone with both Qwerty and touch screen phones and I wanted an unlocked one with the same function. There were issues with Nokia. They shipped with a wrong battery type which even after full 4-5 hours of charging, would discharge the moment I disconnected from the charger and did an ON/OFF.
Summary: I sent three of these things back due to defects. I have been the proud owner of an e71, N95, N95 8gb and not so proud owner four N97s. The phone has giving me nothing but problems from memory loss to software bugs(that have mostly been cured by the resent firmware updates). I really like Nokia but this phone is just not worth the headache for example my current n97 is in repair with Nokia due to screen issues, the endless problems have been overwhelming, i am back to...
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.
20 July 2009
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.