Nokia N97 review

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

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Obviously with a 32GB internal memory, media is going to figure heavily on this phone, and it certainly does through photo, video and audio playback all on offer, as well as the usual sound recording options.

What is more confusing is how underpowered each one of these options is when used to the full extent we've come to expect thanks to great handsets from the likes of HTC, Apple and Samsung.

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The video player, for instance, doesn't play AVI files, which means most of our video collection is suddenly obsolete. An extensive search around the nascent Ovi Store found no solution yet (although it obviously is very early days) so that means the lovely widescreen display is going to be getting very little video use.

The MP3 player is admittedly fine, cranking out all the tunes we threw at it (DRM-free of course, but that's surely to be expected). However we were promised a Comes with Music variant of the N97 and with no such thing in sight, the music player just seems a little too bog standard, although the addition of the homescreen widget does help a lot.

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Similarly, the photo browser is a nightmare when you're trying to track down a photo that wasn't taken with the camera or in the same folder, with you being forced through the clumsy file browser to find where your ported snaps are being held prisoner.

However, this time the Ovi Store did give us a new photo browser, and totally unsurprisingly you could look at every photo on the phone in one swoop along an image wall.

We're a little disappointed that Nokia hasn't managed to sort out easy photo viewing in the box by now on its S60 handsets, having spent hours waiting and waiting for thumbnails to load on previous handsets.

We were a little bit more excited to find a YouTube icon in the applications menu, as tailored players are generally excellent on handsets. But once again we were disappointed that it was nothing more than a link to YouTube Mobile with an automatic full screen version, which was in itself grainy and underwhelming.

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Given the potential of this handset (and to be fair, it does have a great audio output even through the bundled headphones) we were hoping for a lot more on the media front and were left sorely disappointed.


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