Over the past month, I’ve had the delight to use the Nokia N97 as my every day driving force, the device I use day in and time out. When Nokia first announced the N97 would update the existing N-collection flagship device, the N95, I at once began to reminisce of a time while the N95 turned into my pass-to device. Ultimately I left behind my N95 because I virtually wanted a tool with a QWERTY keyboard and back to my E90. Without ever attempting the N97 I turned into very assured within the tool without a doubt as it packed a full QWERTY keyboard and even better specifications than my E90. My time with the N97 has come and long gone and now it is time to peer if the device has lived up to the hype and whether or not or no longer it providers the N-series flagship identify with the equal presence as the tool is changed, the N95.

Design

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The N97 is to be had in two colors alternatives: transition black light and white. With a weight of one hundred fifty grams, the device feels mild on your fingers, but strong enough which will face up to each day put on and tear of being on your pocket or even the occasional drop. The N97 does not feel as robust because the N95, but the sliding mechanism is superior and also you ought to no longer enjoy any of the hinge associated issues visible on preceding Nokia builds.

Beneath the big 3. The five-inch touchscreen is a three-row QWERTY keyboard and a four-manner navigation at the left aspect. When I first commenced the use of the physical keyboard I had some trouble adjusting to the small keys and the placement of the gap bar at some distance right. I can tell you with absolute fact that you may now not be breaking any velocity statistics on this keyboard, however, it is fully capable of managing lengthy emails and consistent textual content messages. I have no hesitations in recommending the Touch Pro2 keyboard over the N97’s keyboard, truly positioned the N97’s keyboard is just too small to compete. However, if you are comparing the N97’s keyboard to the Motorola Droid you’d have a very near struggle.

When sliding out the keyboard at the N97, the display screen tilts at a hard and fast perspective of approximately 45 stages. This is an area of personal preference, however, on the grounds that I changed into an HTC Tilt proprietor at one time I enjoyed the perspective and discovered it perfect for messaging. It would be best if there has been a choice to alternate the perspective, however on account that I constantly go away my cell phone on my table next to my laptop I liked the constant angle. I comprehend that this might be a deal breaker for a number of you available, however, I propose giving it a chance for a couple of weeks earlier than you render your verdict.

Imaging / Multimedia

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Carl Zeiss optics have long been the staple of Nokia’s cell imaging. The N97 takes a page from the N95’s book through using the identical 5-megapixel camera but adds dual LED flash for advanced nighttime snapshots. On the front of the N97 is QCIF (176 x a hundred and forty-four pixels) digicam for video calls which is very useful in Europe, however, serves no purpose right here inside the U.S.

In the latest photograph shootout I did between the N97, Motorola Droid and HTC Touch Pro2, the N97 walked away with the contest. This has to end any speculation as to whether or not the N97 is a worthy replacement to your point and shoot digital camera. I endorse that you assessment the photo gallery within the occasion that you’d like to attract your very own conclusions.

I must point out that the N97 lens cowl has been known to cause self-inflicted scratches and within the overview unit I acquired from Nokia I can affirm the problem still exists. If you propose on buying the N97 I suggest finding your nearest service center in advance on the way to cope with this difficulty if your unit has the same trouble. If you can’t discover a neighborhood carrier middle simply ensure you purchase a brand new unit with the ultra-modern production possible.

To help shop your five-megapixel photographs Nokia has covered 32GB of inner reminiscence and microSD slot capable of reading 16GB playing cards. The mixture of inner and add-on garage is an actual bonus you need to think in whilst evaluating the N97 to different multimedia gadgets. While the iPhone is capped at 32GB till a massive model is released, the N97 can have a possible 48GB or large if 32GB microSD assist is added. If you take your tune library on the road, the N97 will not disappoint.

Once you fill up 48GB of tune you could start utilizing the integrated track participant on the N97. The tracking library may be categorized tracks by means of artists, albums, genres and composers and you have the potential to create playlists at the cellphone and regulate the sound with the integrated equalizer. Once you run out of recent music to play you can always use the Internet radio app or the built-in FM tuner which each painting very well. The simplest real downfall in the local multimedia programs is the RealPlayer. It is time Nokia includes a higher video player. 3GPP and MPEG-4 help are best, however today we expect more in a video player and this difficulty have to be addressed within the Symbian overhaul for 2010.

Applications / OS

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As a good deal as I am partial to Symbian the time has come to update the User Interface (UI). Thankfully Nokia has heard the Symbian network loud and clean and they will be revamping the complete Symbian UI someday next yr. However, for prospective N97 consumers, this does very little to clear up the immediate issues of the getting old working machine. On one hand, Symbian offers advanced battery life, exquisite multitasking, and an outstanding application library. Meanwhile, Symbian lacks the polish and fashion observed in Android and the iPhone OS, features a sub-par email enjoy and often requires too many layers of menus to get into your favored alternatives.

I recognize that each one of the downsides I’ve noted to Symbian may be addressed next 12 months, however in the intervening time they stay applicable. However, in my opinion, the battery existence I’ve skilled at the N97 over the past month in comparison to HTC Touch Pro2 and Motorola Droid has triggered me to overlook the weaknesses within the OS. Besides the battery existence, the steadiness of Symbian is super and at the same time as I’ve had to pressure close many programs in Android and experienced limitless lag on Windows Mobile 6. Five, Symbian just cruises alongside. Stability and battery life will usually outweigh the fashion and varnish discovered in other Operating Systems for me.

The Ovi Store is Nokia’s option to RIM’s App World, Apple’s App Store, and Google’s Android Market. The quantity and first-rate of programs are superb inside the Ovi Store, however, the glaring weakness is the interface. Compared to the Android Market or Apple App Store, I located it some distance greater tough to navigate and in the endless fun. RIM and Palm’s WebOS are suffering in closing place in terms of their software shops. If I needed to price the top three app stores I might place Apple’s App Store first, observed via Nokia’s Ovi Store and in 1/3 the Android Market.

Screen / Interface

Stepping into the arena of Touchscreen smartphones changed into a bold move for Nokia. When the iPhone became first launched Nokia failed to appear worried with a touch interface and speedy dismissed the concept to return to the enterprise as common. Much modified in that point and fortunately, Nokia found out the importance of having more than one interfaces for clients to interact with. Unfortunately, the N97 suffers from a resistive touchscreen which requires robust contact for the tool to respond. Even though HTC’s Windows Mobile gadgets have extensively utilized resistive touchscreens I observed the Touch Pro2 offer an advanced revel in both accuracy and ease of use. To Nokia’s credit the N97 touchscreen is decent for an organization this is simply coming into the touchscreen cell phone market, but if the tool turned into 100% touchscreen without a QWERTY keyboard it would be within the same state of affairs because of the original BlackBerry Storm.