Product Type: Nokia Smartphone
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The Overreach of the Humble Phone
Nokia N97 mini
Member Name: robinbarfield
Nokia N97 mini
Advantages: Makes calls and sends texts
Disadvantages: Even that can be hard sometimes
My problem is that I need a phone that makes calls and sends texts, but when I look on my providers website for a suitable handset, I'm enticed by fancy phones which promise to do everything for you. These handsets inevitably fail me and are never strong enough to withstand a lifetime in my pocket. With weeks something tends to go wrong and I'm left with the limp shell of a device and some hold music in my ears as I try and sort it all out.
Well, I did the same again with my latest phone and I've regretted it ever since! Touchscreen, ooh, yes please! Internet access, that sounds fun. Full, qwerty keyboard, mmm, great. All as part of my monthly deal!
The Nokia N97 mini is a sleek device which looks impressive. The face is mostly screen which then flips up to reveal the qwerty keyboard. This function works well and is pretty useful. It helps to type out emails without having to use predictive text.
It has a built in camera and video, which is okay. I wouldn't use it for holiday snaps and you never get more than a you-tube quality grainy image, but it can be quite fun for updating friends quickly with a picture message. It's quite fun a have a family photo greet you as you unlock the device using the slider on the side. The camera is quite accessible, too, as there are two buttons on the side to switch on and zoom in and out.
The internet access is fine, the issue for me was that I rarely want it as it costs me 50p a day. But the handset has a knack of attaching to the internet in my pocket (more of this later) and I get hit with a larger than expected bill at the end of the month.
The games that come free with it are poor, I never use the calendar and very little of the music function, although I have occasionally tried to use it to change my ringtone. The most surprising thing for me is that with all these functions which I don't use, the one function which I have had occasion to use is absent; the stopwatch. A Nokia phone without a stopwatch! I've had occasion when I've told people this and they've treated me like an idiot, fair enough, and grabbed the phone telling me that they'll find it for me. Sure, enough, they hand it back, humbled and murmur, 'No, no stopwatch!'
The main problem for me with this phone is the touchscreen. Half the time it doesn't respond to touch, prod, knuckle or even my nose, which has been tried on occasion. This just makes the whole experience really frustrating. Writing text messages is impossible when you can't select the person you need to send it, too. Worse, when a call comes through, sometimes it can't be answered. I then need to wait and phone them back. Seriously frustrating.
Similarly, it is not well built enough to survive in my pocket. This is the second one I've had in 18months; the battery failed on the first, the back is falling off the second.
And the slide on the side which locks and unlocks it is not pocket-proof. Various friends have received calls and texts with the delights of trouser noise. This isn't unusual in phones but the design of this model makes it particularly bad. It's cost me a lot financially, too.
And the Technophobe
I'm sure there are lots more features on this phone, but to be honest I have no idea what they are never mind how they work or whether they're good or not. I could give you loads of stats but they'd be meaningless to me and probably to most of you, too. All that matters to me is the following, and this is my experience of this phone:
Can it make calls: Most of the time
Can it receive calls: sometimes
Can it send and receive texts: Mostly
Is it more frustrating than it is worth: Absolutely!
Summary: Tries to do more than it can
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