Nokia N97 Video
Nokia N97 Video Transcript
>> Hey I'm Tom Merritt from cnet.com here at CES 2009 taking a look at the Nokia N97. There were rumors and whispers of this phone every since bloggers first were accused of photo shopping an iPhone and putting a Nokia logo on it; but they were nice enough to let us actually take a look at the real thing today. This is an early prototype still but it is the latest in the N line from the Nokia. It's got a 32 gigabyte internal storage, touch screen but a flip out full QUERTY keyboard down here. Touch screen is 16.9 ratio, it has a tilt aspect so you can turn it up and down and it will follow with you. Now the neat thing that I like about it is the widgetized home screen. They have two screen--there's a screen that looks like you would expect from a touch screen smart phone with icons but there's also this home screen here and as you can see, this one has a widget for your contacts; so you've got little pictures of people's faces so you can dial them directly and it's got a widget here for music so you can press play and start some music, listen to that and you can control it from here. Now you can add other widgets--they think they'll have a Face Book widget, and it's on the S60 platform so anybody can develop a widget for it. What's also interesting is that you can go into the edit mode here and just move these widgets around, and if you get four or five of them decide what location you want them to actually best be in. Also we should point out it has a 5 megapixel camera on it and they expect it in the first half of the year to be available in Europe and Asia. They've been talking about a 550 Euro price point; that's unsubsidized--about the same as the other N's that have come out; and then they were very interested that they're going to have a U.S. model shortly thereafter. Once again it's the Nokia N97 at CES 2009. I'm Tom Merritt.
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Nokia N97 - silver (unlocked) Review
The good: The Nokia N97 features a touch screen, a full QWERTY keyboard, and 32GB of internal flash memory. The smartphone also offers 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS and comes equipped with a 5-megapixel camera.
The bad: The N97's touch user interface isn't well integrated and can be inconsistent and confusing, especially compared with the competition. We would have preferred a capacitive touch screen instead of resistive.
The bottom line: While the Nokia N97 is packed with features and offers the freedom of an unlocked phone, its clunky touch interface, sky-high price tag, and outdated operating system make it hard to recommend when there are better touch-screen smartphones on the market.
Nokia N97 - silver (unlocked) Specs
Part number: N97SILULK
- Product Basic Spec