Nokia N97 review

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

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The first thing that impressed us about the battery life is the fact that it could be charged fully in roughly two hours, which is more handy than people realise when you suddenly are aware you need full juice for a trip away or similar.

However, the quoted 20 days of standby seems a little optimistic, given that we could get around 1.5 days out of the phone on an average charge, and managed to run it down in a day twice under very heavy usage conditions.

Given that it's supposed to give you over 30 hours of music playback, it's probably best you don't use it for anything else to come near to that point.

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The organiser on the phone is obviously tailored more towards the business user, given that the calendar is within easy reach and the Office suite being well stocked.

However, we were hoping to try and write some of this phone's review on the handset itself, but were met with a myriad of 'No Application License' and 'Connect to download catalogue' error messages from the QuickOffice application, to which we could find no solution, so writing our own document was sadly out of the question.

If we had to guess, we'd say this was down to having an early model and Nokia will fix this soon, but we were a little disappointed by the fact we couldn't put together a word, spreadsheet or PowerPoint presentation.

The calendar was a different story though, as it took to touchscreen well. Inputting meetings and reminders was a lot easier thanks to the large buttons placed at the side, and the reminders were subtle yet helpful, which we were pleased to see.


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