Nokia N97 review

“From the desktop to the laptop and now to your pocket, the Nokia N97 is the most powerful, multi-sensory mobile computer in existence,” said Jonas Geust, Vice President, heading Nokia Nseries.

Nokia N97

Lets all welcome Nokia to the club of high end touch screen phones. There were phones from HTC , Samsung , LG , SONY and yeah, Apple too. The moment nokia release a touch phone, everyone start comparing it with iPhone. It happened with Nokia 5800 and its happening with Nokia N97 too. However, lets have a closer look at what it has to offer.

Nokia Nseries Flagship means highly technologically advanced multimedia devices.

You may not want me to go in detail because the standard of a Nokia Flagship Nseries device is known to everybody. 3.5mm jack slot , GPS , Wifi , > 3 inch Screen ( for touch phones ), 5MP camera , VGA video recording with 30FPS etc are very much known.

Nokia N97
However, I will just brush up with stuffs , which are making this handset too hot to handle ;-) :

Sensing your ‘So-Lo’

The Nokia N97 introduces the concept of ‘social location‘. With integrated A-GPS sensors and an electronic compass, the Nokia N97 mobile computer intuitively understands where it is. The Nokia N97 makes it easy to update social networks automatically with real-time information, giving approved friends the ability to update their ‘status’ and share their ‘social location’ as well as related pictures or videos.

Widescreen Internet and Entertainment

The marvel of 3.5″ touch screen with Virtual touch input ( I wonder what’s virtual touch ) and physical QWERTY keypad is nicely exploited by Nokia. If nokia claims are true, this will really prove a multimedia computer in your pocket with every feature of a desktop computer. Flash Support while browsing web is now becoming a Nseries Standard.

nokia N97

Custom Standby Screen

As I said a 3.5″ touchscreen is huge and if you can customize it with stuffs which matter you the most, nothing could be a better utilization. You have got widgets, and just drag and drop it on the screen. Use it the way you like and you will end up falling in love with Nokia N97.

Comes with Music and upto 48GB harddisk

Device with 32GB inbuilt memory space + expansion slot supporting 16GB memory could just make you feel, ditching your portable HDD.
Comes with Music , is another feature through which you will get upto 1 year of free subscription to Nokia Music Store and will allow you download music till that 48GB device end up saying “I AM FULL” :-) .


I know my conclusion of nokia 5800 is still pending, but however with release of Nokia N97, that conclusion will now be even more interesting.

At 550Euros, this device enters the premium segment because at this time of recession, I wonder someone will be that much interested in spending that much on a mobile phone. This is just my thought, but again you never know, it could be a best seller.

Nokia phones are always technologically advanced, and same is demonstrated in real time with release of Nokia N97. Personalized home screen is not new (Samsung phone has it ) but something well thought by Nokia. After all, not everyone uses all the features of the phone.

However, there are certain things which are making me question this handset :

  • No disclosure about the CPU specification. After all no one would like this phone to operate slow.
  • No ground breaking design, kinda copied from Xperia + HTC tytn II . However, I dont have any complains of the design, the only thing which puts me off is that by the end of the Day “SIZE DOES MATTER” . With a slider qwerty keypad and hefty weight it becomes a bit bulky and wont let you feel comortable while sliding it inside your gene pocket.
  • The official video release showed nice animated menus and transition between screens. However, the same is not there in Hands On Videos.
  • I know multitouch is more or less a gimmick than having any actual use, but Nokia should have given a thought on exploiting that.

Rest everything about this phone is really great, and am just waiting to see an details hands on review. But as usual when everyone is comparing it with Iphone, let me have my thoughts too :

Is this an Iphone Killer ????

I may be contradicting myself but once I concluded in a post, the best way to beat Iphone by being

Not another Iphone

Nokia is doing it that way, They want to compete design with technological advancement,and hence the target audience is totally different. But as I said earlier by the end of the day “SIZE DOES MATTER” .

Iphone is used more of a fashion oriented device, which is sleek , gives a premium look and also has loads of applications. If you are holding an Iphone, people know that its THE iPhone, but here Nokia N97 could make people confuse with HTC or a Sony Xperia.

nokia n97

However, I hope and wish for the opposite of what I wrote in the above paragraph. I want Nokia N97 to be a huge success and finally turn the actual iPhone loving audience to look out for alternatives.

But as the release date is very far , as of now I am just waiting for Nokia 5800.

More stuffs on Nokia N97 which you would not like to miss

Nokia press Kit

Press kit contains high resolution images of Nokia N97. So just go ahead and download the Press Kit from nokia.

Nokia N97 Datasheet

Click here to download Nokia N97 datasheet.

Loads of Nokia N97 videos

See it to believe it. So here are loads of videos for you to have a very very close look at Nokia N97.

Nokia N97 Demo

Nokia N97 official handson

More videos of Nokia N97 at Youtube

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16 comments on “Nokia N97 review

  1. Nokia N97 is the best mobile launched till now. It will certainly beat iphone. :)

    • joko156

      It never have to and never will beat the iphone. This is a smartphone, the iphone is a more. Looking a at the phone it will be populair for the business market, not for the consumers. Nokia has lost it where it comes to design and fun.

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  4. Wow, Nokia continues to come up with amazing smartphones with Nseries leading from the front. N97 has in fact got everything!

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  10. nokia is the best and is the pioneer of technology in mobile phones. it is definetely going to beat iphone htc touch pro 2 omnia and other released at simultaneous periods of time. iam goin to buy it as soon as my bday cums.

  11. Jt Ghuman

    from what i hear its an amazing phone,
    so i ordered one myself, it should be here
    in a about a weeks time
    can’t wait!

  12. i have had my nokia N97 for 6 months now and since i got ive had nothing BUT trouble, first the internet was disconnecting me while i was logged into websites like banking, when the phone went died and i recharged it, i had to pull the battery out and turn it back on. Then when i was ringing people they couldn’t hear me. Then my navigator was telling me that it had expired when ive only had it 6 months, and my battery was faulty.

    Now after waiting 2 weeks to get my phone back from nokia (yes it took them 2 weeks to get a battery) i cant make or receive calls and my internet is done but only in selected areas. I rang Vodafone & nokia and they sugested i get a replacement phone but the store i got it through said i couldn’t

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