Nokia N97 Review – Features, Specifications, Pros and Cons

Written By Sam on 9 February 2010

Hearing a lot about the awe striking N97 of Nokia, I was fascinated to try N97 myself once before writing up the details of it. I got a chance to try it our for a day from a close friend of mine when it was released. But I was not very happy. Then I requested WomWorld for a trial Nokia N97 and they instantly accepted my request. After using it since several days, now its time to share my experience about this amazing stylish handset with all those who anticipate to own one.

Featuring a 3.5-inch Slide-n-Tilt resistive touch screen display with a resolution of 360×640 pixels, a slide-out QWERTY keypad, Stereo speakers, 5 mega pixel camera and many more impressive features, Nokia N97 is the most complete smart phones ever created. I was completely flattered with the phone basics; N97 has good sound outputs, easy effective dialing pad, good locking and unlocking capabilities, easy-to-use QWERTY keypad, impressive touch screen along with stylish slim design. Along with a solid keyboard sliding mechanisms, N97 also features a proximity sensor and a front-facing camera just next to the speakers to enable good photography of yourselves.

As far as the technical specifications are considered, N97 uses the fifth Edition of Symbian S60 running on Symbian OS 9.4, which is specially, designed for touch sensitive screen phones and perhaps a faster ARM 11 434 MHz processor. The processor should have been a better one. Though the display specs are very much similar to other popular devices like Samsung OMNIA HD and Sony Ericsson Satio still Nokia N97 is certain to rule them out with its wider and slimier design. The Homepage Widget, which is organized in 3×4 grids or a list with capabilities to customize, is the best implementation I have ever seen. Touch functionalities were impressive with a slight haptic feedback upon a tap and were working very well too. However, some functionalities like “Unlock” or “Menu” are accessible only by the hardware buttons, which is a little weird.

N97 supports both landscape and portrait modes and sliding out the keyboard will automatically change the display mode. The QWERTY keypad of this phone is arranged in three rows where you have two chars per almost every key, which is a bit disappointing. It could have been really appreciative if the keypad could use another row or two instead of clogging them up. Even the placement of Space key on the right is also a part of the peculiar keyboard layout. Still you can have a decent speed once you get used to it.

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