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Nokia N97 mini review



While the Nokia N97 Mini is a “modified” version of the regular N97, little has been sacrificed. There is an elimination of the “D-pad” on the full QWERTY keyboard and the absence of a sliding camera cover, but that is largely the extent of the dress-down. This phone remains a powerful, full-featured GSM touchscreen with much to offer.

One of the first things you notice is the 3.2 inch, 360 x 640 high resolution display. It’s crisp, large and very easy on the eyes. Add a 5MP camera, complete with a variety of useful camera features and video record, a music player, FM Radio, expandable memory via microSD, 3.5mm jack and the aforementioned full QWERTY keyboard offering a tactile alternative to the virtual keyboard, and you end up with a fun, powerful device.

Built on a powerful 434 MHz processor, this Symbian-based smartphone can power some of the most demanding apps with ease.

Rated at over 7 hours of talk time and up to 310 hours of standby time (depending on personal usage patterns), the N97 Mini will be ready to go when you need it.

In an ever more crowded “touchscreen phone” category, the Nokia N97 Mini is a powerful and attractive option.


Operating system
Symbian
Processor
434 MHz
Screen Size
3.2"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

The Nokia N97 mini is the second coming of the Nokia N97. While many of the its features and specifications are similar, the biggest change is in the name: Mini. It's smaller. But despite the more pocket friendly design and some ironed-out bugs, the phone is just as lackluster as the original....

- Todd Haselton, MobileBurn
PhoneArena

In terms of operational speed and system stability, the Nokia N97 mini performs better than the N97. The phone doesn’t freeze or restart for no reason, but lags and responds to commands just as sluggishly.The smaller N97, however, is a much better at phone calls and the in-call quality it offe...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena


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Screen Size
3.2"

The Nokia N97 mini's screen size is 3.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
434 MHz

There is a ARM11 434 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 13.5 days standby time, 430 minutes.

N97 mini Specs

Overview
Release date September 2, 2009
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 3.6
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor ARM11 434 MHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.67 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 430 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 13.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Cherry Black, Garnett
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.3 x 5.3 x 1.4 cm (4.5 x 2.1 x 0.6 in)
Weight 138 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Lotus Domino
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization SyncML
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
14x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, eAAC, AAC, WAV, M4A
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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