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Nokia's flagship N Series multimedia device for 2009
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.
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 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
The Nokia N97 Phone
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 photosLess
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 softwareLess
Out of this world...
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.Less
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.Less
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.Less
NOKIA 97 performance
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.Less
Pro: quality is very good Con: keybord isint that well i gave it a 9/10 but phone is greatLess
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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