Saturday, August 22, 2009
Nokia N97 Cell Phone First Impressions Review
The N97 is Nokia's flagship device in their N-series line-up. With an estimated retail price of €550 (about $690), it's an expensive, but powerful device; it features 32GB of internal memory, a 3.5" touchscreen, a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a 5-megapixel camera, along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, and aGPS. Slated for release in June of his year, it will be a quad-band GSM device with 3G connectivity compatible with networks in Europe and the U.S. (AT&T only). Nokia calls the N97 a mobile computer, touting it is a device that will enable "social location" to easily update social networks automatically. We don't know about all that, but the N97 sounds great on paper and closely-guarded prototypes were on hand at Mobile World Congress for us to size up - keep on reading to see our first impressions of this high-end device. Note that the demo units we saw at Mobile World Congress were prototype units, and Nokia told us that the interface was not final and there could be changes before the N97 goes on sale. Accordingly, we found applications and features that were not fully functional in these demo units.