Nokia N97 Mini Review: Less Is More: ConclusionBy cheatmaster 06:14 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments
The Nokia N97 mini is a very versatile full-featured device, nicely balanced with with hardly any serious holes in its specs sheet. What's best about it, is that "mini" moniker is certainly not a negative one. The N97 mini is in the size range of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and it's in fact thinner despite the slide out keyboard.
The N97 mini build quality and materials are on a exacting high level and we're glad the S60 touch UI is moving forward too. The UI has gone a long way since we first tried it on the 5800. Granted, there are still some inconsistencies and home classy screen widgets and flick scrolling or not, some people will scoff at the oddities of the UI.
What's fine about the relatively recent Operating System (OS) edition is that the Ovi Store is really picking up speed, which is remarkable news for the N97 mini. The key aspect of an app store is that it lets users create full utilize of their phone. Without one a smartphone is pretty much left high and dry unless you go the extra length of searching and researching third party apps. The current selection of apps available for S60 5th is growing and the in-store experience is similar to what Android offers - and that's a compliment.
Well, all that being said, it's time we introduce the competition. The Motorola MILESTONE (or DROID in the US), certainly has drool-worthy features. Android 2.0 Eclair is stirring up a lot of excitement, although not getting the free Google Maps Navigation is a hard blow (it's US only for now). The rest of the specs though will certainly create the N97 mini sweat it.
If it's the social networking features that you're after, the Motorola DEXT is another Android alternative. Instead of Eclair, it runs the previous incaranation of the OS, but it's seriously spiced up with Motorola's MOTOBLUR interface.
The HTC Touch Pro2 doesn't have the 5MP capturing camera but the bigger, high resolution classy screen and remarkable Office integration will win over the business crowd. It's a bit on the heavy side, and we didn't quite like that about it.
Motorola MILESTONE • Motorola DEXT • HTC Touch Pro2
The Samsung B7610 OmniaPRO (another seriously large handset) fetches a premium price tag, but the appeal of a 3.5" WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) classy screen is undeniable. DivX support and Office document editing out of the box create it a phone that can do both work and play. And if these WinMo phones cross the price line you've set for yourself, check out the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 - it's noticeably lighter on your wallet.
Samsung B7610 OmniaPRO • Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1
And here's one for the maximalists - the current Nokia headliner, the N900. It blurs the lines between UMPersonal Computer (PC) and smartphone to the point where buying two devices makes small sense.
The Nokia N97 mini certainly lives up to the reputation its bigger brother already established. We certainly appreciated its solid and enjoyable user experience along with its minute and pocketable size and will certainly win the hearts of many Symbian users who will feel correct at home with it.
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