Nokia N97 review

Nokia returns to form with a high end smartphone/ mini UMPC

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As you can imagine on a high resolution widescreen mobile phone, the internet experience was a real pleasure in both portrait and landscape modes, especially using the previously excellent Symbian internet browser.

Using the phone to navigate the web in both 3G and Wi-Fi modes was virtually indistinguishable thanks to the speed of loading, which was doubly impressive when you consider the comparatively slow processor on board beneath the shiny exterior.

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Pages like the BBC mobile website and Wikipedia appeared superbly fast on the screen, and even heavier mobile sites that use a lot of Flash animation in adverts loaded much faster than we were expecting.

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Navigation was also of a similar standard to other phones, with double tapping to zoom in as well as a simple touch-and-scroll method of moving around the pages. And if that wasn't enough for some people, it's also possible to use the D-pad on the QWERTY keyboard to scroll around for accuracy, with the central button used for clicking links.

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It might have been nice to see that central button used as an optical trackpad, like that seen in the Samsung i8510, but it's possible that we're just being greedy in asking for that AND a touchscreen.

However, one of the annoying things about the internet was the inability to reload without going through a whole mess of menus.

In the past with the S60 browser it was possible to simply click and hold anywhere on the screen to bring up a set of quick functions, and despite being able to do so in other applications it's been stripped from this browser.

It's hardly a dealbreaker for a phone with an excellent internet effort, but still it's always confusing when a company removes something useful.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyN
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1800, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time9.50 Hour
Product ModelN97
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Weight (Approximate)150 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 360
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionSymbian OS 9.4
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height117.2 mm
Width55.3 mm
Depth15.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesN
Battery Standby Time430 Hour
Product NameN97 Smartphone
Processor Speed434 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberN97
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Connect quickly with the touch and QWERTY arrow, Browse the web, navigate with touch and message your friends faster. Indulge in videos, music and pictures arrow and Enjoy 32 GB of your media on the brilliant 3.5" wide screen.

Package Contents
  • N97 Smartphone
  • Nokia Battery (BP-4L)
  • Nokia Travel Charger (AC-10)
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable (CA-101)
  • Nokia Wired Headset (AD-54, HS-45)
  • Nokia Charger adapter (CA-146)
  • Cleaning cloth
Limited Warranty2 Year
Standard Memory128 MB