Following the enormously successful Nokia N95, Nokia has also done well with the N97. The newest version of the Nokia N97 (released in 2009) is the “Nokia N97 Mini”. The Nokia N97 Mini is basically the same phone as the N97, but smaller and lighter. We have reviewed it, and noted that it is both flexible in format and easier to use than the old N97.
Nokia N97 Mini Versus Nokia N97
Nokia’s video gives you a good look round the phone :
Nokia N97 Mini – Review
When you put the N97 and new N97 Mini next to each other, they actually look about as big. It is when you hold them in your hand that you feel the difference. N97 Mini really feels considerably lighter than its big brother the N97.
One could say that the N97 Mini is what the N97 should have been from the start – a good and flexible mobile computer phone with keyboard. The keyboard is actually a bit better in the N97 Mini than in the N97, there is a little better feeling of pressure in the keys too so they have done well here.
New features in version 2.0 of the software of the N97 is above all the new features. If you have an N97 today you can upgrade to the new system on October 1, via Nokia Web. Functionally, then becomes identical with the new N97 – N97 Mini.
“Kinetic Scrolling” is a new feature that allows the new software to be more user friendly. In plain language, it is now easier to scroll through the menus with the N97. When you draw your finger on the menu and you’ll see that the screen rolls on smoothly down (just like the iPhone, which was early to have kinetic scrolling across the menu system).
It’s also much easier to steer your way through the menus of the N97 Mini than the old N97, thanks in particular to the kinetic scrolling, and it has also become easier to change the widgets on the home screen.
New widgets to the home screen are also included in the new system: CNN News with video is one of the pre-installed widgets that come with it. Another is the fashion news from Elle. A third is direct reporting from international football matches and the main European leagues from ESPN Soccer. Another popular application that is available is Spotify which we tested are thought it worked well.
“Life Casting” is another of the new features. This social media function integrates maps, photos and facebook. Your friends can see where you are on the map and you can chat and update your facebook status. Here’s how it looks in Nokia’s film about the Life Casting:
The camera in the N97 Mini is the same 5-megapixel camera that came on the old / original N97 – and both have dual photographic lighting. The one difference is that Nokia left off the lens cover of N97 Mini, to keep the format of the little newcomer.
What has also slimmed down is the battery, which has capacity 1200 mAh, which is 20 percent less battery power than conventional battery in the N97. A Nokia spokesman told PhoneShop.co.uk that the smaller battery will not result in poor battery life than the usual N97, mainly because the screen in N97 Mini is smaller and hence the phone uses less power.
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