To be honest the phone is big and thick and uncomfortable even the n96 I would not get. rather stay with the N95,n82 etc.
One of my friend works for Nokia and he got a pre-released version of n97 for testing the softwre. I could not resist myself from take a close look on the phone. Everything is just amazing in the phone, except for 2 things.
First one is The phone is bulky. And not cool/fancy like the iPhone or nokia Tube. Due to the physical full keypad the thickness of the phone has increased and you will feel uncomfortable carrying it around in your shirt pocket. I dont like the mechanical system which brings the keypad out (Though it works smoothly). Instead they could provide a software keypad like iPhone or Nokia Tube.
The part which I disliked most is the screen sensitivity. Maybe it was a prototype hence things will improve in retail version. But the screen is not responsive enough. Just like a Tablet PC, you have to tap once to select a icon, and double tap to open it, but the taps has to be a bit harder (I was actually pressing the screen with finger rather then touching it.
The menus/shortcuts are well designed, but the scrollbars are not designed well. scrollbars are so small that you can may find it difficult to scroll without a stylus.
3D Bounce and A Racing game (I dont remember the name)was pre installed in the device. In the racing game you have to control the car by tilting the phone left and right. The tilt sensor is over sensitive. if you tilt the phone even a centimeter, the car crashes to the road side buildings. However I am not sure whether it's my poor gaming experience or it was really an Over sensitive tilt sensor which ruined the fun!
Good thing is that the phone charges via USB. Photos taken with the 5 Mpix camera looks fine in the awsom big screen, But could not get a chance to transfer the images to my laptop as I was not carrying it then, But since it's a carl zeiss, hope picture quality will be good as n95. Sound quality is also fine via external speakers. As the phone was given to my friend to test the softwares, some functionalities were disabled like GPS, WiFi etc. so could not test them.
Overall It a very good phone and definately will do well in market. But If the touch sensitivity is not improved in the final release, people may still want to stick to n95/n79/n82 etc models which offers similar functionalities today.
NICK, 16 Dec 2008hey guys i have something for you )))))))
http://www.mobile-review.com/review/nokia-n97-en.... moreHey I thought the N96 IS Nokia's flagship.
How come that article says a phone you can't even buy is Nokia's "flagship"?
"Nokia N97 - hands-on with Nokia's flagship"
Anonymous, 16 Dec 2008i heard they cut off till now 8,000 jobs i dont know how true this is....
i am a Nokia fan,... morethe 2500 jobs is from SOON EXPIRE
the 2000 worker already been cut off now they decided to cut off more 500 jobs
well, not a very great company but a very worst company , wan to save cost but make 2500 people lost their job
Anonymous, 16 Dec 2008SONY ???
i choose to have iPod than walkman
i choose to have Pioneer blu-ray disk... morei heard they cut off till now 8,000 jobs i dont know how true this is....
i am a Nokia fan, but what is happening to Sony is 2 bad although 1/2 my products are Sony except Mobile ofcourse its Nokia.
if not mistaken, nokia listed N97 using high-quality carzl zeiss optic
how come most of the people are anoymous? i have to admit that sony walkman (not soon expire) has better quality but it is not much different compare to my nokia n95 8gb. Soon Expire is no where near n95 8gb, my bro owns a Soon Expire phone, its crap and the camera quality is disappointing n it claimed to be music phone when a camera phone (n95 8gb) can beat it. iphone? camera is shit n da music is not that good. if you think its good, u must b deaf, bose creates the best audio quality, listen to it n then compare it 2 iphone. im not saying nokia's music quality is good, im just trying to say u ppl duno what good audio quality is. brand doesnt necessary means good audio.
Good specifications, large internal memory but we are used to 5MP now the Nokia should introduce 8MP or higher.
i choose to have iPod than walkman
i choose to have Pioneer blu-ray disk than SONY
i choose to have Canon camera than Sony
i choose to have DELL than SONY VAIO
i choose to have TOSHIBA REGZA than SONY BRAVIA
past year i will choose PS, but now i more like Wii since sitting at the chair so boring until my bottom start pain
i will choose NOKIA than SOON EXPIRE
cause SOON EXPIRE phone very EXPIRE compare to SOON EXPIRE
even the Optic n lens NOKIA using also better than SOON EXPIRE
screen color also better than SOON EXPIRE
most of the NOKIA MUSIC PHONE equip a DEDICATED MUSIC CHIP n 3.5MM port which SOON EXPIRE WALKMAN just build in the SOFTWARE only, those music chip can't found in those EXPIRE phone! even the pORT they using ALSO USELESS
well, most SONY product just based on the design only
cut off 2500 jobs already bad, i dislike those company wish to save some cost then cut off a lot of people , this make many people in trouble n having more vandalism
Ravi Kumar, 16 Dec 2008Love to see Nokia's own Software on their N Series Upcoming Mobiles, than having Sick Symbian ... more@ravi kumar, nokia N97 indeed uses symbian OS touch version.. incase you are not aware... nokia has bought symbian company this year.....
Love to see Nokia's own Software on their N Series Upcoming Mobiles, than having Sick Symbian o/s cuz of lagging & slow Processing
I think it is better then Xperia and 3G iphone
i have experinced both but it is more good in specifications and in looks as wel
Anonymous, 16 Dec 2008are you kidding? ipods do not have the 'best' sound quality. a sony walkman player (not SE pho... moreif walkman have the best sound, why no any speaker factor willing to create a music stand for walkman??
i just see there is a lot of speaker factory create a lot of music stand for ipod
why ipod sales more than walkman??
Anonymous, 16 Dec 2008They can only upgrade the camera by putting in a more expensive processor but then they won't ... moreare you kidding? ipods do not have the 'best' sound quality. a sony walkman player (not SE phones) have much better sound quality
aaud, 16 Dec 2008I'm sorry Anonymous, but what do you want your phone to do in the future, fly???? you are a bi... morethat v0gj wan her iphone have what N97 have
VGA video recorder quality
Symbian S60 V5
bluetooth can transfer file
5MP AUTO FOCUS
Carzl Zeiss Optic n Tessar Lens
can play RMVB,WMV
Built in gps-receiver
last time v0gj wan nokia fans to list new 5 feature of N97
n said :"internal memory doesnt really count as Apple could have put a 80gb in the iPhone if they really wanted, but use it if youre DESPERATE"
i have no idea , why APPLE put 120GB on iPod Classic
maybe all iPod CLassic user so DESPERATE