Product Type: Nokia Smartphone
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A good alternative to the iphone
Member Name: wolfey59
Advantages: Easy to use and a large range of applications
Disadvantages: Quite bulky and can be slow
It was about that time for an upgrade and as much as I wanted an iphone, it meant that I would have had to change networks and therefore my number. So when in the phone shop I browsed the various different smart phones available and eventually settled on the Nokia N97. It was available in two different colours - black and white. I wanted to be different so I chose the white one
The phone is quite bulky and heavy and even though it is a slimmer width that the iphone it is a lot fatter.
The touch screen is fairly large and there is one button on the bottom of the phone that brings up the main menu.
There are then two touch operated green and red buttons to make and end calls which are separate from the main screen.
The side controls include a flick switch that locks the phone, volume controls and a camera button.
The screen is split into 6 different sections with various different applications that you can add to each section.
The top shows the clock and the date. It also has the profile name that your phone is on at that moment in time e.g. silent. This makes it very easy to change the phone back onto loud, or vibrate if needed.
The next five sections can be added or taken away as necessary. If you click on the options button on the bottom you can choose from a list of applications and web links that you can add to each section. I have messaging, email, notes, radio and don't forget facebook! But you can get news updates, the weather or information on the stock market.
I really like the home screen because it is very accessible and you can personalise it all to fit your needs. It means you don't have to press lots of buttons to find what you need. If there is something you are using on a regular basis then you can add it to the front screen so you don't have to scroll through the menu each time.
There are a few basic applications that are already loaded onto the phone. These include Adobe and Quickoffice you can read email attachments. There is a skype application, an FM transmitter and an application to create your own podcasts. There is also a ready made link to youtube, facebook, twitter and even BBC iplayer.
The Ovi store from Nokia allows you to create an account and download a variety of different applications for your phone. Most of them are free, or cost a few pounds depending on what you want. Once you have chosen your application, you can download it on your computer, and then log onto your account on your phone to apply it to the phone.
The application that I have really liked it the maps one as it turns into a satnav system. I was considering buying a satnav before I got this phone, only to find that I had saved myself a few pounds by choosing this phone. It works the same as a normal satnav - giving you detailed instructions to your destination. The only problem is is that you will need a sort of handsfree kit which props the phone up in the car so you can see where it is taking you. I had to sit it on the dashboard and just listen rather than be able to see the map to follow.
**Messaging and Email**
One of the unique features of this phone is the QWERTY sliding keyboard. It slides with a slight tilt, so you can rest the phone on a desk and type at the keyboard whilst the screen is facing upright, a bit like a laptop.
This feature is great for writing emails and for updating facebook. But if you didn't want to slide the phone open there is a touch screen option with a normal numerical keypad to type on.
I prefer the slide keyboard option, but if I am texting whilst walking (slightly dangerous I know, but so often done) then I have to go for the touch screen option. The only problem with this is it's quite easy to miss the keys and I often miss spell words because I have missed the correct key.
You can link your normal email accounts to the phone, which is prefect for people on the go and if you have multiple email accounts you can add these too.
After about a month of using my phone I did incur several problems in which I found I could no longer use my phone. It said I had used up all my memory and that I had to delete things before I could even send or receive a text message. Bearing in mind that phone boasts 32GB of memory and I had deleted everything I possibly could, there was nothing I could do.
I took it to a local Nokia shop and they did an update which completely reset the phone but It has worked so much better since then.
It also goes quite slow at times. When you press a button it is often quite slow to respond and when you press send on a text message it sometimes takes a while to think about sending it and closing the application.
But overall I really like this phone. It is very mobile and I can access all my favourite social networking sites along with several different internet applications. I can easily check my emails when I am out and it is easy to make a call with. The only thing it that it is quite bulky, but considering the amount of things the phone can do I think it's acceptable.
Summary: An easy to use phone which can be personalised to your needs