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2.0 out of 5 stars Doesnt Justify Its Price tag, 16 Aug 2009
This review is from: Nokia N97 Sim Free Mobile Phone - Black (Wireless Phone Accessory)
I bought the latest offering from Nokia with high hopes as Nokia's phones are usually flawless in my opinion.

However i was very dissapointed with the N97 and decided to sell it.

I have heard from a lot of people that it is rubbish so i am safe in the knowledge that its not just my device.

Okay so the build of the phone is great, its strong and sturdy and looks very nice. But thats about it. Its a rubbish phone is a good shell.

The operating system on it is very dated and is the same as what Nokia has been using now for about 4 years. This may be good for some people however as it is easy to use with its basic menus and functions. But i feel when paying such a high price tag for such a hign end model id expect it to at least occasionaly "wow" me with the way it looks and performs.

My next issue is the performance. I have ended up missing about 30% of my recieved calls (and im a heavy user) because when i try to unlock it using the unlock button on the side it just seems to do a wierd action sometimes where the screen will flash on in wierd resolutions or just blank and the ringtone will start and stop untill the phone finally unlocks to answer the call to display the "missed call" message.

Also when i recieve a text, i will click the reply button and then open the keyboard to begin typing and usually have to wait a couple of seconds for the screen to rotate and start responding. Not a major flaw i guess but like i said before, when you pay so much for a phone (mine was 350, they now sell for 280 - 300) you do not expect to have flaws like this.

On the plus side (cause its not all bad!) the touch screen is very responsive and feels good, the phone is strong and sturdy and seems like its made to last. The sound quality is good and the camera is very good. Its just like the one on the N95 if your familiar with it. So its great to take pictures, the dual led flash is okay but would be much better with a xenon flash. Also something i am going to miss about the phone very much is the video capture. the phone records at 30 frames per second and in 16:9 widescreen. The quality is great but the audio is not as good, but its not rubbish by all means.

The keyboard is a good feature to have in a phone i feel these days. The keyboard for the N97 is good, but not that good. Its a little small and the keys dont feel too great to press as they dont have much feeling to them so its can be easy to miss type (unlike the HTC Touch Pro 2's). It has a learning curve as i was not that productive using it ti start with but after a week or two you can be using it at good speeds.

Overall it is not too bad of a phone it just doesnt seem to justify itself in its price catagory. The operating system is dated, the hardware isnt powerful enough to make it perform quickly or even normally in some cases and theres just not much to it other than an okay keyboard and a good camera.
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Initial post: 23 Aug 2009 12:01:59 BDT
Hi, can you tell me where you buy your phones from? Wish I could find one of these babies for 280-300. Can I ask where you saw them at that price?

Posted on 27 Nov 2009 14:56:16 GMT
Big Bad Bill says:
So is the phone rubbish or not too bad? Your review starts by saying one and ends by saying the other. I have experience of two of these phones (both myself and the wife upgraded from N95 8GBs to N97s. Why are you using the unlock slider to answer a call? You do not need to do this. You get an area on the screen (clearly marked) that you swipe to answer. Couldn't be simpler really. In my experience the screen reorientates very quickly on opening or closing the qwerty keyboard! Having been using smartphones for years I can tell you that this is one of the best, and way change an operating system if it works! Absolutely rediculcous that you would expect a comapny to change the OS everytime it brings out a new high end phone, especially in a world were most people still want to use 2002's Windows XP on their PC rather than Vista (hopefully 7 will change that).

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2010 09:02:45 GMT
Psycho sid says:
I also have to use the unlock slider as the phone refuses to anything but to answer a call.If I do not use the slider,the phone crashes and shuts itself down.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2010 01:02:43 BDT
A. Henderson says:
eBayyyy
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