Nokia N97 NAM

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The Nokia N97 NAM currently has an Informr score of 8.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 17 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Operating system
Symbian
Processor
434 MHz
Screen Size
3.5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Phone Scoop

The N97 gets the core basics right: the phone works really, really well. Beyond that, it's a mish-mash of good features, bad features, and recycled features that have clearly had a coat of S60 5th Edition paint slapped on top of them in the vain attempt to cover up the fact that they are not new at...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop


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Common Questions


Nokia released the N97 NAM on April 29, 2009.


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Nokia backs up the N97 NAM with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3.5"

The Nokia N97 NAM's screen size is 3.5 inches with 640 x 360 pixels resolution.

Processor
434 MHz

There is a ARM11 434 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Symbian v9.4 (S60 5th Edition) operating system (OS).

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
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 18 days standby time, 400 minutes.

N97 NAM Specs

Overview
Release date April 29, 2009
Regions available Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Symbian v9.4 (S60 5th Edition)

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Processor ARM11 434 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
RAM 128 MB
ROM 256 MB
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.66 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 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: 400 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 18 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.7 x 5.5 x 1.6 cm (4.6 x 2.2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 150 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 640 x 360 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
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
Navigation Type D-pad, 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, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
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
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, eAAC, AAC, WAV
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, GIF, HTML, JPG, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Phone Scoop

Nokia's flagship N Series multimedia device for 2009

from Phone Scoop

The N97 gets the core basics right: the phone works really, really well. Beyond that, it's a mish-mash of good features, bad features, and recycled features that have clearly had a coat of S60 5th Edition paint slapped on top of them in the vain attempt to cover up the fact that they are not new...More

The N97 gets the core basics right: the phone works really, really well. Beyond that, it's a mish-mash of good features, bad features, and recycled features that have clearly had a coat of S60 5th Edition paint slapped on top of them in the vain attempt to cover up the fact that they are not new at all.

The build quality and materials don't match the $700 price tag. The camera and video recorder work well for capturing those special moments, but the music player and gallery applications fall a little flat. The touch screen works well enough, but the physical keyboard is a disaster. All the right messaging functions are represented, but there's still no native threaded SMS/MMS and the email app is stale. Nokia fails to build in its Ovi services more naturally throughout the user interface, but the nifty home screen is a great way to collect a lot of content into one spot.

If you're the type that has to have the latest and greatest device -- no matter how good or bad it is -- clearly the N97 is for you. If you can get by with less-than-the-best, there are many other phones out there that do everything the N97 does for a lot less money.

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User Reviews


Nokia N97

I have used it for about a year, and i have experienced so many problems with it: 1- GPS navigation system doesn't work!! 2- Touchscreen isnt as good as other touch screen phones 3- Very very low volume on calls (barley can hear the other person) 4- The lock/unlock button on the side broken after 4 mon...More
I have used it for about a year, and i have experienced so many problems with it: 1- GPS navigation system doesn't work!! 2- Touchscreen isnt as good as other touch screen phones 3- Very very low volume on calls (barley can hear the other person) 4- The lock/unlock button on the side broken after 4 months. 5- Antenna works perfectly once every one day! 6- Battery is just for a day of use. but still it lasted a one year in my hands... its a good phone for the first 3 months... thats it, after that you will start feeling the pain. Less

Firmware Upgraded a Must

If you do get this phone, the first thing you need to do is to get the latest firmware upgrade. I found that when I first got the phone, I found that it was rather sluggish at times. It seems to lag here and there. I would also find that the phone would hang from time to time after I finished a call...More
If you do get this phone, the first thing you need to do is to get the latest firmware upgrade. I found that when I first got the phone, I found that it was rather sluggish at times. It seems to lag here and there. I would also find that the phone would hang from time to time after I finished a call or play the wrong ring tone. It wasn't until I downloaded the latest firmware and installed it before the phone was stable. My main reason for purchasing this phone (or a smartphone in general) was to get a GPS. This phone comes with a GPS with mapping software called Ovi Maps. The latest version that you can download comes with free driving navigation. The navigation software is pretty good for the most part. It seems to select different routes based on time of day or traffic conditions. I noticed that when I used it at night, it picked a different route than during the day trying to find the best route to your destination. I have some issues with the route selection. It seems to pick some questionable routes. I noticed that Ovi Maps seem to emphasise certain streets a little too much over other streets. If I want to travel from the northeast side of Vancouver to the southwest side, it tells me to go west into downtown and then south out of downtown instead of picking a route that does not go through the busy downtown area. It seems always prefer to pick a route along the east-west street that heads into downtown over many other similar streets. In spite of the less than optimal route selection, my intention is to use the GPS in a city I am not familiar with. In such a situation, any route that gets me to my destination is good enough even if it isn't necessarily the best. I've compared it to Google Maps and I find that both mapping software will have it's odd quirks when selecting routes. It took me over a month to get used to the phone and really customise it to the way I like. Right now, its a nice convenient alternative to turning on my PC for accessing email, social media and other internet applications. The keyboard is nice for typing short messages. I think they could have placed a few keys differently. Still, it did not take me very long to get used to the keyboard. The only other smartphone I've used much is a Blackberry Tour. My personal preference is the N97 because the keys are spaced farther apart than on the Blackberry. I seem to have a lot of trouble typing on the Blackberry compared to the N97. Overall, it is a good phone. You just need to make sure you upgrade the firmware right away before doing anything else or you may find the phone a frustrating to use at times. Less
Yahoo

The Nokia N97 Phone

from Yahoo
Pro: all S60 phone from 1st to 4th generation can be intalled Con: No infrared connection It has a 32GB phone memory with the expandable of 16GB from his external memory WiFi connectivity and bluetooth version 2 A2DP full web browsing Assisted GPS (Nokia Maps) full access on your e-mail and social we...More
Pro: all S60 phone from 1st to 4th generation can be intalled Con: No infrared connection It has a 32GB phone memory with the expandable of 16GB from his external memory WiFi connectivity and bluetooth version 2 A2DP full web browsing Assisted GPS (Nokia Maps) full access on your e-mail and social website like facebook and friendster on your mobile. 5 megapixel camera Carl Zeiss Autofocus with dual LED flash even on the dark area can shoot mp3,AAC.WMA,WAV from music and can saved up to 24,000 musics or over a million photos Less
Yahoo

Nokia N97

from Yahoo
Pro: Good Style Con: Usability Very poor phone quality and design. Camera lens gets self scratched. The phone hangs up many times due to poor software
Yahoo

Out of this world...

from Yahoo
Pro: It is a great phone Con: Nil Ever since I checked for this magnificient phone, I have been dreamind of acquiring one It is the bomb..Out of this world.
Yahoo

Good Phone

from Yahoo
Pro: All Features are great. Con: None Yet Using this phone from June 14 2009. Didn't Experience any problems yet. Love this phone. From when I got this phone I am not using my laptop much.
Yahoo

GOOD PHONE

from Yahoo
Pro: Nice mini laptop phone but too expensive even more expensive than a iphone Con: should come wit a great pouch but the mini is more preferable to me should try to put more applications like sony ericsson and try to beat the latest sony ericssons product i mean the touch screen phone.
Yahoo

NOKIA 97 performance

from Yahoo
Pro: All facilities are great. Con: The Model should come with customised degined pouch to carry touch screen stick No doubt the N97 has dethroned Iphone. NOKIA deserves praise for introducing this model as the best smartphone of the the year.
Yahoo

nokia n97

from Yahoo
Pro: quality is very good Con: keybord isint that well i gave it a 9/10 but phone is great
Yahoo

Wee

from Yahoo
Pro: Once again, nokia catches the throne for smart phones! Con: I really can't see any cons for this phone. Nokia, one (or should I say the best) of the greatest cellular phone producer, had dethroned Iphone as the best smartphone of the year. With nokia N97's win, nokia will surely still surprise u...More
Pro: Once again, nokia catches the throne for smart phones! Con: I really can't see any cons for this phone. Nokia, one (or should I say the best) of the greatest cellular phone producer, had dethroned Iphone as the best smartphone of the year. With nokia N97's win, nokia will surely still surprise us with more "high-technology-with-a-bang" phones! Go Nokia!!.. Less

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