Sunday, June 21, 2009

Nokia N97 Review and Specs

Nokia’s N97, a new smartphone that is capable of capturing “DVD-quality” video. The Nokia N97’s 5-megapixel camera can capture 640-by-480 video at 30 frames per second. A dedicated button on the side of the phone activates the camera, so you don’t have to dig through menus to find it. And the N97 has a nice, big 3.5-inch touchscreen, which allows you to really see the video as you’re capturing it. It makes the 2-inch screen on the Kodak Zx1 look miniscule.

Controls for starting, stopping, pausing and zooming the video run along the sides of the N97’s screen, and are nicely spaced so as not to look too crowded. The touchscreen is responsive, so the controls are easy to use. Videos looked great on the N97’s screen, and even looked equally good when I transferred them to my computer via USB. There is a noticeable degradation in quality when using the camera’s digital zoom. Also the zoom mechanism a bit hard to use; the on-screen slider is small, and it jumped from one extreme to the other, rather than letting it zoom in subtly. Also the N97 seemed to have difficulty picking up audio. When playing back clips on the phone itself, the sound was dim, and much of the audio seemed almost nonexistent. The Nokia N97 is a pretty slick phone, but it’s expensive.

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - American version
Size Dimensions


117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm, 88 cc
Weight


150 g
Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 360 x 640 pixels, 3.5 inches
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- Handwriting recognition
Sound Alert types Vibration; 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 32 GB storage, 128 MB RAM
Card slot microSD (TransFlash), up to 16GB
Data GPRS Class 32
HSCSD Yes
EDGE Class 32
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 5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, LED flash, video light
Video Yes, VGA@30fps
Secondary Yes, VGA@15fps
Features OS Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 rel. 5
CPU ARM 11 434 MHz processor
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS, Visual radio; FM transmitter
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors White, Black
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support; Nokia Maps
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
- Digital compass
- MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+/MP4/M4V player
- MPEG4/WMV/3gp/Flash video player
- TV-out
- Voice command/dial
- Pocket Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF viewer)
- Video and photo editor
- Flash Lite 3
- T9
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh (BP-4L)
Stand By
Up to 432 h (2G) / 408 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 9 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 6 h (3G)
Music play Up to 40 h

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