After some time of prevaricating over what phone to get to replace the trusty E70 I finally took the plunge and ordered a Nokia N97.
Hailed as the flagship of Nokia's mobile line-up expectations were high.
I want a phone which is easy to use, has easy set up and use of emails/web etc a useable camera and a full QWERTY keyboard (one of the main benefits of the E70 was the fold out wings so you had a full keyboard) Main irritants of the E70 were the slow OS (Symbian) and the ridiculously small font of the letters when typing an email or SMS.
When it arrived I was struck by its size (smallish) and lack of weight. The phone is about half an inch less wide than the Iphone.
The screen is therefore smaller but more importantly the key board is a 3 row one with the top row being used for the numbers by means of a function key. This means that every time you want to stick a digit in you have to hit the function key and inevitably you miss that one every now and then which means backspace etc etc. That is a pain.
The third row is also very close to the bottom ledge of the flip up screen which means that if you type by using your thumbs you can not get onto the keys properly causing mistyping. Annoying.
The OS is still Symbian but irritatingly the speed is the same slowmo as on the old E70. I would have thought that the quicker processor would have meant a better experience; alas that is not the case.
In direct comparison with some Iphone users the difference for say looking at emails is about 8 seconds (Iphone 1 and N97 9 seconds) to open an email from the home screen. Awful.
Setting up the email, MMS etc is a pfaff and although I get it to work OK with POP3 accounts the same can not be said for IMAP (no doubt down to my computer numptiness but hassle I can well do without)
The built in GPS works OK but the map software is not very intuitive to use.
The font on the messages/emails and web browser is only a smidgen bigger than on the E70 and nowhere as clear as on Iphone.
Batterylife seems reasonable, sound quality for phone calls is fine.
In all though a disappointing experience and I will send the phone back.
Probably going to get an Iphone.
Sorry whoevers missed me! had this now for just over 2 weeks now and I still agree its currently unbeatable. I still cant seem to put it down. the novelty hasnt worn off yet.
Anyone in the UK able to update their firmware to v11 cos apparently it sorts out all the current bugs and increases the phones overall performance.
Oh and ive also used the Omnia HD... weird phone, the widgets are messy and i never realised how MASSIVE the phone actually is! DAMN!!!
Saddam Hussein, 04 Jul 2009Nokia N97 is like someone having a tank looking to its large model. And if some kids see you d... morewhat a stupid comment, the iphone maybe a little bit thinner but it's wider and would look more like a PSP. No probs so far with my N97.
Had this phone a week on Vodafone:-
PLUS- good looking phone plenty of features
NEG- on 2nd handset in week, 1st had issues which touch screen lock switch. would unlock but back light wouldnt come on all time. 2nd handset locked up totally after 30min long call with nokia handsfree unit.I had to remove battery as phone got really hot, and even then had memory errors on restart. Took 3 attempts,it is so going back.
Also dont think much of vodafone support, come back 02
Shame about N97, dont want a Iphone !!!
Looking a Samsung jet or Sony W995.
x iphone loser, 03 Jul 2009n97 wow its so quick and when you pull out this phone in public all the iphone losers ,users a... moren97 wow its so quick and when you pull out this dick in public all the iphone losers ,users are so jealous and wanna suck on it
Well, I have a G1 Android and an iPhone. They are both toys. Essentially they lack important, true smartphone capabilities. I need to be able to receive and save ANY attachment in a pop3/IMAP email ON THE PHONE(whether there is an app associated with the attachment or not). No BS workarounds, please (gee, just go on line and then...) and I need bluetooth that will receive and send data, not just gear up to a trendy headset. iPhone & G1 fail at these simple tasks, N97 passes with flying colors. Then there are issues like: can't change the battery, no SD card (iPhone); tiny onboard memory and non-functioning apps (G1). What's really a drag, of course, is all the iPhone Moonies coming on sites like this to trash another phone. Really childish.
Nokia N97 is like someone having a tank looking to its large model. And if some kids see you dialing a number and calling it then putting it on the ear they will that this fool is calling with a PSP. So i think this mobile is nice and has nice specifications but his his shape is making it a little bit ugly.
I've had my N97 for three days and its going back to Vodafone ! Final Comment: "Could be better"
n97 wow its so quick and when you pull out this phone in public all the iphone losers ,users are so jeoulus n97 its awsome
got this phone n97 for a week now & its ok, this firmware update over the air here in OMAN not coming it shows to update using the pC...when will it be over the air???? please nokia help.
Nokia nowdays are getting worse at releasing reliable Top Class mobiles,an shouldn"t have to wait for updates all the time before the phone meets its price value,they have used the Chinese produces an its back firing on Nokia,the N97 an N86 have been a big waste of time an money at Nokia,if they do not turn themselves out quickly Nokia everyone will stop buying there supposed be Top Class mobiles,Nokia not everyone wants a mid-range mobile so Grow up or goodbye Nokia
i keep trying to tell you people n95 8gb is still the best phone until i8910 drops
after 6 long months of wait and hype!...
-no graphics card!
-videos and photos takes too long to open!
-full of bugs!
nokia is all about hype then coming up short in the end! nokia stick to your midrange phones!! you suck making smartphones!!
i,m planning to buy this phone soon,but after read the new fw update for n97 its really make me confuse, to many bugs here,and i dunt think i can get that fw in asia regional,,just like my n96 im still use fw ver12 n in eu regional they already use fw ver20..
hope that nokia fix this soon i really like n series they all cool n stylish especially in n9 series
i admit that n97 is outdated.
but n97 is drop dead good looking, hope the successor to n97 is bulit on the same form factor with much improved hardware spec(like AMOLED CAPACITIVE,Xenon, WIDE LEN AND OPTICAL ZOOM, OMAP A8/A9/INTEL....)JUT LIKE THYE DID WITH THE E72 AND E71
This is an extremely dissapointing handset after a long wait. I have only ever had Nokia phones and the touchscreen is a poor attempt. It just isnt that responsive. To the guy who wanted to know which was better between the n97 and the Iphone....IPHONE kills it. As much as it pains me to say it but it does. The n97 OVI store is rubbish, when on internet, u can only use landscape when keyboard is slip out, and many other issues i was hoping our great Nokia would of straightened out. Now we look like fools with an overpriced handset that doesnt touch phones like iphone or even blackberry 8900 or bold? VERY GUTTED!?!
is there anyway of reflashing the software after youve bricked it lol im desperate to get mine working again after i changed product code....
i wanna to buy new mobile but i dont no wt choose between iphone 3gs and n97 and wts the problems in nokia n97
kiri, 03 Jul 2009hey guys.could anyone who owns n97 tell me if they think it loads,moves,etc to slow:-? this is... moreHello mate well I personally own one and i think its brilliant! its now my benchmark for phones - putit this way i went into 02 to see how much they were charging an they couldn't find a reason which would make the iphone a more favourable choice! an they sell it! But i am proud of my N97 an i seriously believe it will last longer than the N95 so long as nokia stick to what they are doing an keep on improving it