Nokia N97 Mini Review: Less Is More

By 05:59 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments


The Nokia army of touchclassy screen smartphones gets larger by the hour and the Nokia N97 mini is surely one of the most fascinating recent recruits. The Finnish company has obviously reconsidered its priories and now focuses on optimization, rather than expansion with its flagships.

Nokia N97 mini official photos

The original Nokia N97 was the first sign of that as it hardly offered any ground-breaking features, instead relaying on the fine all-round performance. However the first high-discontinue S60 touchclassy screen handset left enough room for another similar handset in the portfolio and Nokia feel that its downsized version is enough to fill the gap.

Key features

  • Slide-n-tilt 3.2" 16M-color resistive touchclassy screen of 640 x 360 pixel resolution

  • 5 megapixel autofocus capturing camera with dual-LED flash and VGA@30fps video recording

  • Symbian Operating System (OS) 9.4 with S60 5th edition UI with kinetic scrolling

  • Slide-out three-row full QWERTY keyboard

  • ARM 11 434Mega Hertz (MHz) Central Processing Units (CPU) and 128 Mega Bytes (MB) of Random-Access Memory (RAM)

  • Quad-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) and tri-band 3G with 3.6Mbps HSDPA support

  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) and GPS with A-GPS

  • Digital compass

  • 8GB onboard storage

  • microSD card slot with microSDHC support

  • Built-in accelerometer

  • 3.5 mm audio jack and TV-out

  • Stereo Frequency Modulation (FM) Radio with RDS

  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.0

  • Web browser has full Flash and Java support

  • Nice audio reproduction quality

  • Office document viewer

Main disadvantages

  • The S60 touch UI is still inconsistent

  • Outdated capturing camera interface and features

  • No DivX or XviD video support out-of-the-box

  • No smart dialing

  • No office document editing (without a paid upgrade)

  • No capturing camera lens protection

  • No Frequency Modulation (FM) transmitter (though that may be stretching it too far)

Nokia N97 mini vs Nokia N97

  • More compact (113 x 52.5 x 14.2 mm, 75 cc vs 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm, 88 cc)

  • Lighter (138g vs 150g)

  • Smaller display (3.2" vs 3.5")

  • Less internal memory (8GB vs 32GB)

  • Smaller battery (1200 mAh vs 1500 mAh)

  • No lens cover

  • No Frequency Modulation (FM) transmitter

  • Arrow keys vs D-pad

The N97 mini has quite a task on its hands, constantly being compared to the moe high ranking Nokia N97 even though it comes later to the market. As usually happens in such cases, the price incompatibility that would have been present if both handsets were launched simultaneously is reduced and the balance of powers has shifted.

Nokia N97 mini at ours

Still the reduced display (and mostly body size) is a welcome change for many users, who used to find the Nokia N97 intolerably bulky. We certainly hope it's got a few tricks up its sleeves so it can put up the original N97 a fine fight and differentiate enough beyond size and pricing. Well, we're about to check that and much more in one of our tradeimprint reviews, starting with the unboxing on the next page.



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