Nokia N97 Mini review

Slick version of Nokia flagship phone arrives to upstage its big brother

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In our time with the N97 Mini we experienced excellent call quality, with top class clarity and no problems with network handling. As mentioned, making calls is easy enough with the large touchscreen numberpad, while accessing and calling up contacts from the contacts phonebook is a home screen softkey tap away.

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You can select contacts as favourites, which move them automatically to the top of your contacts list; others you can scroll through either with a bit of finger swiping action or by tapping a search panel and selecting characters onscreen.

One issue some may not like is that if you answer a call while you're using the keyboard, it automatically comes through the loudspeaker; it's not really a big deal, though, as you can easily switch to normal earpiece mode.


This phone is well geared up for those who want to do plenty of typing on a touchscreen phone. The texting setup is familiar S60 stuff, but the keyboard makes tapping out messages hassle free.

If you want to quickly type a message with the keyboard tucked away, that's no problem either - you can bring up a virtual phone numberpad by holding the phone upright, and this is spacious and sensibly laid out to maximise usability (unlike some touchscreen phones).

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There's also a handwriting option that works OK. It's a pleasant experience all round, and we found the keyboard very usable.

As well as simple texting and MMS, the N97 Mini hits the spot for email. Using Nokia Messaging, its easy to set up the phone for web-based POP3/IMAP4 email accounts simply by typing in your email address and password, with the email client automatically taking care of the rest. Corporate email can be accommodated too, and the phone has Mail for Exchange support.

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The email user interface looks good too, with options nicely laid out, and it's easy to manage your account using the on-screen options, and keep tabs on multiple accounts. Push email is supported too.

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Nokia's Ovi Chat instant messaging service is available on the N97 Mini, with Ovi Contacts integrated into the Contacts list, while you can also easily add a Windows Live Messenger client for free from the selection of apps available via the phone's Ovi Store.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSCSD, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourCherry Black
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time7.17 Hour
Product ModelN97 mini
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Weight (Approximate)138 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Operating System VersionSymbian OS 9.2
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
Height113 mm
Width52.5 mm
Depth14.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time320 Hour
Product NameN97 Mini Smartphone (Unlocked)
Processor Speed434 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number002N0F7
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The sleek Nokia N97 mini integrates the web into your life and seamlessly connects you to your friends and favorite online services. Nokia N97 mini: connect to your friends and favorite online services and access rich web content with just a touch. The Nokia N97 mini features a customizable home screen, tilting touch display, full QWERTY keyboard, and 5-megapixel digital camera.