Meet the Nokia N97 – The New Nseries Flagship!

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(more pictures to come – need more connection speed!)

Today Nokia announced the Nokia N97, the new flagship of the Nseries line.  The N97 brings a QWERTY keyboard to Nseries for the first time as well as continuing the touch UI (S60 5th Edition) introduced in the 5800 Express Music.  The home screen is all new and what I can only describe as a widget-top, giving you instant access to content that matters to you in your connected life.

There’s a clear emphasis on context which enables you to get both geographically and time sensitive information delivered at a glance.  The N97’s homescreen will be customizable to allow both Nokia and 3rd party developers to activate WRT (Web Runtime) widgets without having to launch an application.   Essentially live feeds at a glance.  For the connected the social networking enthusiast, this will be a must have device.

The keyboard slides and tilts from the longer side revealing a very comfortable raised typing surface.  While I only had a limited time to type around it seemed very easy to get used to and absolutely like something on which I could do ton of messaging.  It’s great to see QWERTY FINALLY on an Nseries!  Nokia has typically made you choose between E and N series for a device that does what you want most of the time and with the N97 there’s finally a single unit that can handle everything.

The new homescreen is an awesome way to provide direct access to information within an instant.  During our briefing with Nokia we learned that they consider the N97 a new category of device and one that is more a mobile computer than the prior generation of multimedia computers.  The N97 offers a massive amount of functionality in a very reasonably sized package.  The screen is 640×360 and is just gorgeous.  Contrast was excellent and colors (all 16 Million of them) seemed quite vibrant!  You can customize every part of the homescreen which is remarkably something that we’ve not had previously in S60 devices.  You can add, remove or just slide any of the widgets around to make things just how you like them.  When you rotate the device between portrait and landscape modes, things nicely re-align.

On first glance the N97 compares to the 5800 in size and seems like it’s older brother … until you slide the keyboard out and realize you’ve got an altogether new breed in hand.  While it’s not a small device, the N97 feels great in your hand and can easily be used while walking without needing two hands in most cases.  The virtual keyboards (numbers and T9) were clear and the softkeys seemed eas to access for quick data entry.  Of course for larger text needs a quick flip and you’ve got a real keyboard at your disposal.  Weight (Approx. 150 g) felt semi-comparable to the E71 and in the front pocket of my jeans it was not in any way uncomfortable.

There’s much more to this device than I can possibly do justice in an initial post.  When this goes live I’ll be listening to the keynotes and will report back after further Q&A.

71 comments for “Meet the Nokia N97 – The New Nseries Flagship!

  1. 9/13/2009 at 10:02 am

    nice

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    10/5/2009 at 3:46 am

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  3. 10/19/2009 at 5:53 am

    N series phone are pretty gud but N97 set is just an average set the looks are not that great. i prefer i phone over it.

  4. brightondentist
    10/31/2009 at 2:48 pm

    I saw this recently too.. I dont think it will replace.. as it is having compatible problem..

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  5. 11/8/2009 at 10:40 am

    My relationship is currently on hold while I accustom myself to everything that the N97 can offer me. So far, I haven't put it down.

  6. bankruptcy
    11/9/2009 at 4:16 am

    Yes, but I am talking about the very fine video reviews you do from time to time (like the one which convinced me to get my E71). The good stuff!

  7. sammiha
    11/14/2009 at 3:14 pm

    N-series n97 is not the king of touch screen, Iphone is much better than N97. The design is not awesome its just Ok.
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  8. sammiha
    11/23/2009 at 5:24 am

    Iam already in love with this. I am sure this one will rule out the need for having any other gadget.

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  9. 11/23/2009 at 2:55 pm

    This is very cool thanks for sharing.

  10. sammiha
    12/12/2009 at 2:51 am

    I hope this new one has better capabilities than n96 as you may know the n96 has lower cpu than n95 which causes slow down during use on the phone.
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  11. 12/17/2009 at 3:11 am

    N-series n97 is not the king of touch screen, Iphone is much better than N97. The design is not awesome its just Ok.

  12. 3/3/2010 at 12:34 pm

    I have been looking everywhere for the release date for AUS, but I cannot find anything.
    I'm hoping somebody knows.. I've been on the Aus Nokia website but that doesn't say; it
    only says coming soon.. So does anybody know the actual release date for the Aussies?

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  14. 9/29/2010 at 11:53 am

    Great phone. Keep up the good work nokia.

  15. 11/12/2010 at 3:44 am

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    5/9/2011 at 6:10 am

    The home screen is all new and what I can only describe as a widget-top, giving you instant access to content that matters to you in your connected life.

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    Nice looks and all features are amazing. thanks for sharing.

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