N97 is a rubbish phone. I have been a Nokia user for 15 years and this is the worst phone ever. Absolutely slow.....I have thrown mine away and reverted to my E51. I tried to do an upgrade to V20 software and it is not avaialable in South Africa. Good show Nokia...drive your faithful away to other brands.
Maxis, 02 Nov 2009What do you people recommend? The N97 or the HTC Magic. I have to make the decision, but I... moreThe Android OS in the HTC is supposed to be really good. but it lacks certain features which the N97 has. Both are expensive phones (Not much of a difference in the price) so why not go for the one you get more features, the N97...
damn slow phone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it sucks to d core :x
cam ain't sooo good music ain't soo good
i woluld prefer n96
This phone is the best Nokia yet, I have had mine since June 2009 and absolutely love it, no issues, no let downs. All those who down this phone must be Nokia haters!!!!!
I've had the phone for 3 weeks and I'm happy with it overall, however I only have one problem - the gps doesn't work very well. The maps and everything load and I can search for places and addresses offline, however the gps does not find my position most of the time. It's only ever found my location a handful of times, all when I've been in a car or bus. Can I do anything to improve this or should I just talk to Nokia about it?
What do you people recommend?
The N97 or the HTC Magic.
I have to make the decision, but I really don't know which one i'm going to choose.
Please advise me
pranjal, 02 Nov 2009this is not a good phone i am using it for 1 yr and this phone has hanged at 30 times since i ... moreN97 is just few months old dude...U must b using a chinese clone..(which is very cheap in price)...and even if N97 sucks(i thnk itz da best 4n to date.) I would never buy an I-phn..I wud rather buy N86 or 5800xm...lol
I Have the phone and i think its great and have had no problems what so ever
NokiaCare, 02 Nov 2009Hi N97 users, have been following some of the interesting comments here. However, I do want to... moreSo let's start by saying that v20 of the firmware has not made the N97 hi-tec neither hi-spec.
In fact, you would not know if a handset is carrying v12 or v20 if it were not for the kinetic scrolling.
Frequently encountered problems with v20 firmware which requires a reboot:
- cannot connect to PC Suite or Ovi Suite using a cable, in spite of updating the Connectivity Cable Driver
- screen won't change to landscape when opening the slide
- lock button disables and won't lock the screen and phone
- phone rings with Nokia Tune in stead of active profile ringtone
- microphone sound quality is poor when using the speaker phone so that the other party can't really hear what you're saying (reboot does not help here)
Sorry Folks, the firmware upgrade has not turned your $550 expense into real value, unless you think kinetic scrolling is hi-tec...
Facebook app is still cr*p, the Skype app is missing and we still have a bunch of bugs that are unresolved.
Update: Firmware v20 was released for South Africa today - I will try it out and come back to my points below in case of any improvements...
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 croaks 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 housing and cover are dust traps.
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...
N97 more like a real smart phone
iPhone more like a toy
n900 more like a real mobile computer
no comment about others:)
go for n97 with firmware 2.0 and make sure that n97 has Len cover issue and gps receiver issue, but these two problem have been addressed by nokia!!!
Display is very complicate and phone is to slow. HTC is more better than Nokia N 97
Does this N97 have TV??or it h s tV but is need of internet??plz reply....
god this phone must be the slowest phone out for 2009......nokia version of the iphone.....NO WAY!!!!
Anonymous, 01 Jan 1970Theirs is a lonely forum, it hardly gets any hits! Obviously they're all on here talking crap and going on about corporate strategies.....hahaha who cares, I hardly notice them, I just skip past their useless posts.
Hi N97 users, have been following some of the interesting comments here. However, I do want to comment on something about doing a hard reset or issues with software upgrade on your N97. If you are experiencing some issue with the software, hard reset or upgrade may not solve the problem. Instead take your N97 to NokiaCare centres near you and have them flash your phone (totally format and remove any glitch on the phone software). Besides your phone is still under warranty and it costs you nothing to get your N97 flashed.
dimitar, 02 Nov 2009omg...he is using the N97 for one year! LOL! The N97 is just 6-7 months old model! Just ano... moreI totally agree.That guy is an iphone user out to lunch and left to wonder in confusement,since n97 is only like 6 months old.