Got this phone 3 weeks ago with the v11 firmware and experienced some lagging and freezing (mostly when web browsing) which occasionally forced me to restart my phone. I finally got around to updating to the latest v12 firmware, and the phone seems much faster and more stable. I'm very pleased. I now can't wait for the new firmware this month.
Anonymous, 20 Oct 2009What is the purpose of posting apple's financial report here? To douse cold water on nokia fa... moreI got this phone 3 weeks ago and it came with v11 firmware. It was fine overall though a little slow maybe, but i had no problems with bugs or crashes (the worst it got was having to restart my phone once or twice after a webpage i was loading froze, but other apps were still working). I did occasionally get lagging, particularly when more than 5 apps were going at once. I finally got around to updating to the v12 firmware last week and what a noticeable improvement it has been. The phone feels much faster and more stable overall, and i haven't had one problem (eg lagging, crashing, freezing) since i updated. Finally nokia are righting their wrongs. Better late than never i suppose. I am now much more excited about the upcoming firmware update due at the end of the month...maybe the phone will finally be what it should have been when released! I can't wait.
Anonymous, 20 Oct 2009What is the purpose of posting apple's financial report here? To douse cold water on nokia fa... moreohhhhhhhhh.........you got "hype phone"...the phone that is full of hype,but got nothing more....enjoy!n97 rocks!
n97 is full of specs you cant find on some other phones,i have mine for like 4 months now,and I'd say you will never look for some missing specs co'z dis phone rocks!and od course the sliding design say it all.....coolest thing that nokia ever put on a phone...that design.
Anonymous, 01 Jan 1970What is the purpose of posting apple's financial report here? To douse cold water on nokia fans?
Better post that at the iphone section instead.
I find it funny that apple fanatics/nokia haters like you take the time to come here, thereby maintaining N97 daily interest percentage at 60~70%.
While your almighty 3GS section remains at 40+%.
Iphone 3GS is the BEST!
(ok, did i satisfy your ego now?)
Anonymous, 01 Jan 1970Yes, at the moment apple is making profits. Businesses fluctuate, and last year nokia profited about usd750. This year they will lose, but next year they may very well profit again. The simple fact remains that nokia are still the number one best seller of cell phones in the world.
I have used this phone for 4 months now after having used most of Nokia's E-series phones and Samsung's Omnia range.
Let me start out by saying this phone will leave you wanting for more and you will constantly look for the features to validate your $550 purchase but not find them.
Maybe the aspect that lets down most is the build quality. The back cover squeeks when you're pressing on the touch screen and you know this phone will not survive a fall. The screen is fingerprint prone and the camera lens cover is a dust trap.
The stylus which comes attached as a lanyard is a dreadful idea and dangles from the phone like cheap jewelry.
The lock button on the side is once again not a good idea and it will catch on almost every pouch you slide it into.
It is difficult to use the phone when connected to a charge cable as the cable attaches on the left top side of the phone, this is especially bothersome when connected to a car charger.
Nokia had the good sense to allow USB charging but thought it good to make the USB port the only charge connection. The exclusive mini USB v.2 charge option is rediculous - this is purely aimed at increasing accessory sales as you now have to do away with your previous Nokia mini pin chargers in the office and at home and either get adapters at $7 a piece or get new USB chargers.
I have updated my N97 to v.12 firmware which provides some relief in terms of processing speed and stability. Still, it is hard to believe how far removed the experience is from what Omnia delivers in terms of the UI.
The camera takes good pictures albeit that the camera software is very basic. Focus and shutter lag is so pronounced that you will not get sharp pictures of anything less than a 100 year old oak tree on a wind still day - forget about catching your baby's perfect smile on a crisp and sharp image.
If you're using the phone for business application and are relying on Outlook interface, the calendar entries are limited to 3 lines of info on the homescreen and it gives preference to tasks, so don't hope to see your upcoming appointments at a glance - with no option to customise. At least it allows you to sync your Outlook mail using PC Suite if you're not using push mail.
Widgets do not update on your homescreen seamlessly when you've set the content to online mode and the 3 or 4 widget bars you may have set to news, weather and other updates eventually just show 'updating' and you will have to manually enter the application and choose 'refresh' or 'connect'to get updated content on your homescreen.
Also, if you've put 'favourite contacts' on your homescreen, the contact pictures will often not load in the bar when you put the phone on and you'll have to restart to get them up.
I invite anyone to tell me that they have not experienced other parties in a call saying that they can't hear when you're using the speakerphone - whilst the speaker sound is not too bad, the microphone has little digital sound boosting capacity and you will not be able to host a mini conference from your N97.
No smart dialing in this day and age is beyond belief and one can only hope Nokia is including that in the next firmware update.
The Ovi Store is a joke and apart from the fact that 90% of app's that are advertised as free are in fact trial, the general usefulness and quality are shocking.
The extended and large memory capacity is useful. Unfortunately the SDCard slot is under the very flimsy back cover and although it is hot swoppable, you will not be swopping cards because the cover has to be snapper off which will probably result in your stylus falling off.
The GPS performance, especially with Ovi Maps 2.0, is acceptable.
The music player UI is good.
The battery life is good.
The slide mechanism and keyboard usability are acceptable.
The web browser performance is acceptable.
The phone performs well as a modem when using PC Suite or Ovi Suite.
Call quality when using the phone as a handset for standard calls is acceptable.
Final words: you will be dissapointed in this phone because it does not deliver value. Not value for your money and not user satisfaction. The reason why the next firmware release is so eagerly anticipated is because everyone is hoping the phone will then become what they have signed up for - hi tec and hi spec.
Unfortunately, firmware can't do anything for the poor build quality and it can't do much for Nokia's lack of imagination and innovation when it comes to touch phone design and development...
Anonymous, 01 Jan 1970Comparing profits of Apple, which makes ipods, iphones and computers to Nokia, which almost exclusively makes cell phones is not really fair, don't you think? The fact remains that Nokia is still the worldwide best seller of mobile phones, as they have various devices to meet different needs and budgets. The iphone is great in its own right, but not everyone can afford it, and it will not meet everyone's needs (eg. power users).
I've had this phone for a month and while I'm happy enough with it, I would caution others thinking of buying it that they need to be patient with getting to know the phone. The main caveats are: 1. The c drive memory of about 80mb was a gross oversight from nokia, but there are some things you can do to customise the memory (eg. uninstall unnecessary apps from c drive and reinstall to mass memory). 2. The ram is disappointing for a flagship and the phone could be faster. 3. The overall user experience is probably not as smooth as on other smartphones (eg. you need one or two more presses than necessary to perform functions). 4. The ovi store is poor and while you can get apps from other developers that aren't on the ovi store, there are some issues with having to 'sign' apps before being able to install on the phone (which isn't really a device problem but rather more to do with the symbian os used). Personally, I haven't had any issues with bugs, no 'memory is low' errors, and no scratched camera lens problem. It does lag occasionally, but imo that's to be expected if you want a phone that acts as a mini computer. The phone's never crashed or locked up on me, and in the month that I've had it I've had to restart it 3 or 4 times due to lagging or a frozen app (though other apps and functions were still working). So imo if you have the patience to get to know the phone then I think you'll be happy with it, but if you don't then it's probably best to look elsewhere.
For those who don't have the time to read the Review done on this phone by the GSMArena Team, here's what I can tell as I have this phone:
The Camera is great although it doesn't have any fancy features like Face Detection but I can say it qualifies to make 'great' pictures.
To those who complain of the phone being slow, crashing and all. Make sure that the software you are using is V12 and not the original V10 as it is quite buggy. I'm sure that many of those who have had this phone and sold it within '1 week' had it with the original firmware. So my advice to those who'd buy this phone tomorrow or whenever, make sure u upgrade to V12 for you to be able to experience what this phone has to offer.
I sure hope I help many with this info.
mark, 19 Oct 2009hi all wanna buy n97 but i`m afraid if its nt tht good,any 1 could tell me his opinion abt it ... moreIt really depends on what you expect from your phone. I would say that the main negative points of the phone are that it could be faster (imo nokia skimped too much on the ram) and i wouldn't recommend it if you're a power user. The original firmware that it was released with was very buggy and unstable, but the latest v12 firmware fixes the instability issues, and we should be getting a major update later this month. Other downsides imo are that the user experience on the phone isn't quite as good as on other smartphones, and the ovi store is years behind apple's app store. As for the plus sides- i like the phone's keyboard, the expandable memory, multitasking (though i dont have more than 3-4 apps open at once or else the phone lags), customisable home screen and the video quality is great (although it should support more codecs eg. avi). As for the resistive screen, i used to prefer capacitive technology but i now prefer resistive. Yes you have to apply more pressure, but it's responsive and being able to use my fingernail or pen comes in very handy. You should probably go to a store and try it out before you buy. I did, and have had my n97 for 3 weeks and am very happy with it.
will mace, 19 Oct 2009I work in a phone shop in the uk and it is the most over rated over priced phone that i have s... moreOut of curiosity, of the n97s you sell, how many customers, on average, come back for repairs or to make complaints? Just curious. And are the handsets you're selling on the latest v12 firmware?
khan, 19 Oct 2009because i heard from someone that camera is not good it has a fault.......??the design fault was on the early handsets that were released. the lens cover was mounted too close to the lens and it scratched it. nokia have sinced fixed this problem so if you were to get one now you shouldnt have any issues. the picture quality is good.
Let me tell you something people. If you treat your phone like a piece of shi*t don't be surprised if you find schratches or damages on your phone. It's a delicate thing and it needs to be treated properly. I can't believe how one said that stylus damaged the phone??? Hello?? I have the phone for about 3 months now and all in all I'm satisfied with it. It could be faster but it's ok. I have no schratches, not one single thing on my lense nothing.. I do carry it around in a bag because I have in mind that it's a phone not an indestructable object..