Product Type: Nokia Smartphone
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Nokia n97 review
Member Name: gingertilly18
Advantages: Battery life, camera, qwerty keypad.
Disadvantages: Low quality apps, resistive screen.
I bought this during my search for an iPhone replacement and after buying an n86 the month before and really liking the symbian OS I figured the N97 was the logical progression.
I'll admit now that the N97 looks like a brick, it's clunky and heavy but that reasurred me, it felt durable.
The N97 is equipped with a 3.5mm port for audio, a 3.5" resistive touch sceen, wifi, hsdpa, Bluetooth, gps, free satnav with nokia maps, fm transmitter a whopping 1500mha battery and an app store.
Sporting a qwerty keyboard the n97 was easy to type on, it took a whole to get used to having the space bar on the left hand side but you will get used to it. The dpad was a nice addition and keys have a nice tactile feel with some key travel making emails and texts a pleasure to type out.
The screen is resistive so is less responsive than an iPhone or anything else with a capacitive screen but it is not too bad to use you have to press a little harder on icons but nothing major, infact the lack of multi touch was the only real time I noticed the resistive screen.
The music player is fantastic on the device with plenty of eq options and playlist options and a 3.5 mm jack so you don't have to use the bundled headphones although they are actually quite good and have a mic and music control.
It also has a built in fm transmitter which means you can play your library through your car stereo with no need to buy extra accessories.
The video player works well though the supported codecs are somewhat limited it will still play most files most of the time. Videos look swish on te 3.5" screen and the slider keeps the phone at a nice angle for viewing on the train etc.
Nokia maps includes free sat nav software which combined With the large screen makes a nice combination that is surprisingly useful, free is free right!
The app store is somewhat bare and the quality is nowhere near iPhone or android level, ngage is a dying duck I'm afraid. However there are some decent free games and your usual apps for facebook Twitter YouTube etc so the basics are there.
A criticism I have is that the OS feels a little lazy, being the exact same interface as on non touch screen nokias only buttons are replaced with on screen counter parts.
Syncing files was a breeze just drag and drop and with 32gb of storage and support for an extra 16gb memory stick, you will not run out of space.
Battery life was fantastic lasting at least 2 days with moderate usage which is double what I get on my iPhone currently.
The camera was of very good quality producing decent snaps and while it may not replace your SLR it will do for out and about shots especially with it's led flash.
The only reason I sold it was because the OS felt old compared to the flair of the iPhone so I set off in search of my next phone.
Summary: iPhone beater? maybe not but a decent and reliable alternative.
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