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James Whatley hands-on with the Nokia N97

And what does the Nokia-fan-in-chief think of this pre-release version of the Nokia N97?

Find out here:


James Whatley on the Nokia N97 from Mobile Industry Review on Vimeo.

Here’s James’ initial thoughts:

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The industrial design is pretty cool; with an extremely satisfying *click* when you open it… PLUS it takes the BP-4L Battery, which is the same one as the E61i and the E71… ie: The largest battery that Nokia make – so that’s good to know.

Performance wise – I’m tempted to leave opinions until I have a more up to date version. The handset itself isn’t due out until Q3 this year so the software was buggy and not massively responsive… that aside, I was still quite impressed with it and am seriously considering it as my N95 successor…

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We shall see, eh? Is anyone else contemplating an N97 purchase?

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29 replies on “James Whatley hands-on with the Nokia N97”

Thanks for that. Looking forward to more… I agree with Mr Lane on the click test. It's foolproof!

Shame about the LED rather than Xenon flash for those of us who don't want to carry a separate camera. LEDs are just naff compared with Xenon for any dark/night shot. N97 looks great, but no Xenon = deal killer, regardless of any impact on battery (if that's an issue carrying a spare battery is nothing compared with the extra bulk and losability factor of a spare camera). And I'm saying this from experience not ideology 😉

Sorry to have to say this again, but the latest item on the Large M4V feed is Week 50, the one about the Motorola Q-something. Is it like this just for me (aka is it an issue with Miro) ? Anyway, I shall now subscribe directly to the Vimeo feed.

Sorry to have to say this again, but the latest item on the Large M4V feed is Week 50, the one about the Motorola Q-something. Is it like this just for me (aka is it an issue with Miro) ? Anyway, I shall now subscribe directly to the Vimeo feed.

Vlad, the feeds will lag a bit as the video has to be converted and uploaded manually (our kingdom for a really competent video podcast manager app!) but I will kick the people who need to be kicked to get this sorted.

Very good hardware wise. Keyboard impressed me, I got the knack of it almost immediately.
Wouldn't be fair to judge pre-production software… Hand on heart?

I can't wait to get my teeth into it… My N95 8GB is *such* a workhorse for me. It does *everything*.
I genuinely believe that this could be the successor that will take it to the next level.

And for the record – there really is no Nokia fanboyism in that at all. My N95 kicks ass.
The N97 can do everything the N95 can and then some.

Bring. It. On.

Very good hardware wise. Keyboard impressed me, I got the knack of it almost immediately.
Wouldn't be fair to judge pre-production software… Hand on heart?

I can't wait to get my teeth into it… My N95 8GB is *such* a workhorse for me. It does *everything*.
I genuinely believe that this could be the successor that will take it to the next level.

And for the record – there really is no Nokia fanboyism in that at all. My N95 kicks ass.
The N97 can do everything the N95 can and then some.

Bring. It. On.

I'm hoping it lives up to expectations and more. The bare minimum for it to be even considered a success would have to be doing everything the N95 did, with seamless ease.

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