Product Type: Nokia Smartphone
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Great features, lots of problems!
Nokia N97 mini
Member Name: kayleighmcharris
Nokia N97 mini
Advantages: Outstanding camera, survives anything, good variety of features
Disadvantages: A fair lot of issues
This was my previous phone and I must say that in many ways I miss it dearly, however I can also say there are some aspects of the Nokia N97 mini that I certainly do not miss one bit. The reason I chose to purchase this model at the time was purely because of the qwerty keypad and the fact that it was one of the only models available on my budgeted contract with a sliding screen and a qwerty. I could go on and on about this phone because there is so much to talk about but I'll try keeping to the most important.
When I had this phone I was on contract and paid just over £20 a month, that was with unlimited texts and internet with 300 minutes. However if you were to purchase the phone now I'm lead to believe that it can be bought for anything between £70-200 depending on the colour, condition and where you chose to shop.
This phone reminds me of the original Nokia, it is absolutely huge! The phone has a beastly width to it due to the sliding out keypad and the materials that it is made from is fairly heavy and really strong. I purchased this phone when it had only just been released and the only colour available was a black, although the metal rim and the the metal plate on the back of the phone had a slight brown / red hint to it. There isn't anything spectacular about the appearance of this phone and if I'm quite honest I don't go much on it, however the design of the touch screen and slide out keypad makes up for the lack in prettiness for me.
Another downside to the appearance is the fact tat the screen is a grease hoarder and collects fingerprints and smudges rapidly during the day, this makes it seriously hard to keep clean.
EASE OF USE
The phone is extremely easy to use, if you're familiar with using a qwerty on a PC or laptop then the phone use will be a breeze for you. To unlock the phone you just either have to slide the screen and reveal the keypad or slide a little trigger which is located on the side of the phone.
The touch screen makes the ease of use exceptional where you can just click on what you want to use with your finger instead of finding and fiddling with buttons. the collaboration on the screen is very good and never goes out of sync, there is a setting which can adjust the sync if you do have any problems.
The only real significant feature other than the keyboard and touch screen on this phone would be the camera. The camera on this phone is a God sent, its only a 5MP camera however the lens is excellent especially when taking macro shots, the image quality was crisp clear and look just as good photos clarity wise as my high end compact camera at the time, so much that I never actually used my compact camera my phone was always up to the job. Another good thing about the camera is the flash, not all phones has flash these days but the phone was great, there was no red eye and didn't make your skin look too greasy by over exposing with the flash!
Another feature that might be worth mentioning is the fact that you can choose whether to type using the qwerty keys or type using the virtual qwerty on the touch screen, I found this handy because it was easier to adapt to any situation I was in, for example out shopping I may only have one hand to text and using the touch screen means the phone wont be as exposed or harder to hold if I have it landscape with the keypad
The next point isn't really a feature but it should be, I drop my phone, a lot, but this phone is like a brick and really lives up to the Nokia reputation. It survives almost anything with barely a scratch, great for all you clumsy ones out there like me.
I had several issues with this phone, one of the biggest issues I had was the over heating, the phone would randomly start getting very hot and then it'll switch itself off, this started happening around the 3rd month of me getting my phone. I'm quite a placid person so this didn't really put me off the phone, it was just a bit of a hassle if you're out and about and you urgently need your phone.
Another issue I had with this phone is that it wouldn't let me delete my photos! every time I went to delete photos I have taken on the phone it would show an error message and occasionally freeze up. I tried everything to resolve this problem but it just wouldn't work for me. I could't delete the photos on the computer I couldn't deleter them on the phone and they would't even go when I wiped the phone back to factory settings! Good job the phone came with an 8GB memory or there would have been even more problems!
I have had mixed emotions with this phone, one one hand I absolutely love it, on the other I wonder if it's more hassle than it's actually worth. By paying £20 a month for 2 years, it worked out to be £480ish pounds, however the way I text it felt like I got my moneys worth just through texting so the phone worked out to be very cheap. I would struggle to pay over £100 for this phone due to the issues, I just wish there was less faults because there are so many outstanding features with this phone too! I'm unsure whether to recommend this phone, the issues I had were a bit of a pain but these issues could have been specific to my phone and all the ther ones may work fine. Minus the issues I'd recommend this phone without a shadow of a doubt, if you do decide to buy it I with you luck and hope yours isn't faulty!
Summary: I loved this phone, but it wont be for everyone.
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