Nokia N97

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Nokia N97 - Nseries with touch and QWERTY
Published by Rafe Blandford at 8:17 UTC, December 2nd 2008
Nokia today announced the launch of the Nokia N97. It is the first touch-enabled Nseries device and has a horizontal tilt-slide form factor. It transforms from a touch slate to a landscape QWERTY device. The device, which has an Internet and entertainment focus, runs on S60 5th Edition, has a customisable, widget-based, home screen and full support for Ovi services.
It features a 3.5 inch (360 x 640 resolution) touchscreen with haptic feedback, 5 megapixel camera (with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash), A-GPS and compass sensors, comprehensive connectivity options (WiFi, tri-band HSDPA, Bluetooth and USB), and 32GB of internal flash memory. Read on for more.


The N97 is the most feature packed Nseries device to date and, by adding touch, it moves Nokia's high end Nseries into direct competition with touch devices such as the Samsung Omnia, LG Renoir, Apple iPhone and G1 Android Phone.
Here are first few hand-ons impressions: In the hand the N97 feels pleasingly solid, with an extremely impressive slide mechanism - it is obvious a lot of testing has gone into the hinge mechanism. In slide closed mode it is equally solid, with no give. The keyboard, while limited by design constraints, feels good, though as ever it's difficult to come to any final conclusions with prototypes. Subjectively, the 'feel' and the design of the handset screams high end with materials that can not be fully appreciated in pictures (it has that caress-ability x-factor).

Nokia N86

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Data
GPRS
Class 32
HSCSD
Yes
EDGE
Class 32, 296 / 177.6 kbits
3G
HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps
WLAN
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UPnP technology
Bluetooth
Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port
No
USB
Yes, v2.0 microUSB

Camera
Primary
8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, variable apperture, dual LED flash
Video
Yes, VGA@30fps
Secondary
VGA videocall camera

Features
OS
Symbian OS, S60 rel. 3.2
CPU
ARM 11 434 MHz CPU
Messaging
SMS, MMS, Email
Browser
WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio
Stereo FM radio with RDS; FM transmitter
Games
Yes + downloadable
Colors
Black, white
GPS
Yes, with A-GPS support
Java
Yes, MIDP 2.1

- MP3/MP4/eAAC+/WMA player- Built-in handsfree- Voice memo- Kickstand

Battery

Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-5K)
Stand-by
Up to 312 h
Talk time
Up to 6.3 h

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General
2G Network
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network
HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
Announced
2009, February
Status
Coming soon. Exp. release 2009, Q2

Size
Dimensions
103.4 x 51.4 x 16.5 mm, 69 cc
Weight
149 g

Display
Type
OLED, 16M colors
Size
240 x 320 pixels, 2.6 inches

- Dual slide screen- Dedicated music/gallery keys

Sound
Alert
Vibration; Downloadable Polyphonic, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone
Yes, with stereo speakers

- 3.5 mm audio jack

Memory
Phonebook
Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records
Detailed, max 30 days
Internal
8 GB
Card slot
microSD (TransFlash), up to 16GB

Nokia N79

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N79 - The hardware
At only 15mm thick for most of its length, at 97g in weight and at only 74cc in volume, the N79 is commendably small, considering what's packed inside. Whereas the N82 always seems a little over-sized compared to the average High Street candy bar, the N79 slips into the hand or pocket just perfectly and, if this is where monoblock phones will end up, it's a pretty good 'sweet spot' in terms of compromise between screen/key size and overall bulk.
As witnessed by my tour of Nokia's test centre at Farnborough, responsible for testing N78 and N79s (in particular) to destruction, the N79's hardware is pretty robust. Any creaking of the case when pressed is minimal and, given what Nokia put it through, there's just about zero chance this thing will break, short of dropping it from a great height or running it over in something very heavy.
The display's 2.4", as on the N82 and N78, but very clear in all light conditions, including bright sunlight, an area where some modern devices [FX: Steve looks at HTC...] fall down horribly.

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Putting the Nokia N79 (metaphorically) next to the original
N73 is instructive - not only has the specification dramatically improved in the
intervening three years, it's smaller, sleeker and lighter and is a testament to
the onward march of technology. Putting the N79 next to the N78, it's closest
living relative, is also instructive, in that the N79 is smaller and higher
specification again, and with a more normal design to boot. Rafe's commented at
length on the positioning of the N79 and N78 in the article linked above, so I
won't repeat it.
Another interesting comparison is putting the new N79 up
against the year old N82 - as two of Nokia's leading 'candy bar' form factor
smartphones, both still in production, it makes for an obvious 'which one to
buy' moment. However, referring back to Rafe's comments again, the N79 is
pitched much more at the mass market, with its XpressOn covers, white iPod-like
front and NaviWheel, and with its diminutive size. While the N82 was pitched
fairly squarely at photo-and-video-centric power users, a market which it
continues to serve well. So I won't go into more depth in terms of an N79-N82
comparison, apart from the little spec table added as 'Appendix A' at the bottom
of this review, which will give you a quick overview of the N79's relative
specification plus points compared to the (now very well known) N82.

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