Nokia N97

Nokia announced earlier today the release of the Nokia N97 during the Nokia World ’08 event at Barcelona, Spain. This feature-rich handset is dubbed by some as the “Facebook Phone” mainly because this device is geared towards users who are into social networking and multimedia. But based on the specs, this “handheld computer” device can also cater to the power/business user.

Basic features:

  • 3.5″, 640 x 360 resistive touch screen
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Tri-band HSDPA 3G
  • 802.11 b/g WiFi
  • A-GPS and Stand-alone GPS for directions and geo-tagging
  • 32GB Built-In Memory
  • microSD expansion support for ADDITIONAL 16GB
  • 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics
  • Flash Lite 3.0 support and Flash Video in web browser
  • Music player up to 36 hours playback time
  • Share and Ovi services support

Nokia N97

Nokia N97

Below is a promo video of the Nokia N97

It has almost all of the features that I’d love to have on one phone – 3G, WiFi, touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, 32 GB memory (expansion slot for a 16 GB microSD card) and 36 hours of playback time (something that my AT&T tilt is lacking at). Aside from the 3.5″ touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard and other features listed above, one thing I like about this phone is the “tilting” display which is similar to my current phone, the AT&T Tilt aka HTC TyTN II. This feature makes sending text messages and emails easier and makes the device more comfortable to use.

Although some people might think of it as an iPhone killer type of phone, the Nokia N97 is a totally different phone and has its own unique features that the iPhone doesn’t have. According to reports, the Nokia N97 will be available in Europe by mid next year with an estimated retail price of €550. No word yet if it will be released in North America or in the US but hopefully Nokia would release it here even by the end next year. I’m sure Nokia fans here in the US won’t mind waiting.

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  • Glenn Fernandes, July 30, 2009 @ 3:12 AM

    What a fantastic phone!! Nokia N97 has very good features. The qwerty keyboard makes typing very easy and comfortable.

  • Jehzeel Laurente, December 8, 2008 @ 2:13 PM

    this phone rocks, but I don’t wanna buy it :D hehehe..

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  • JP Habaradas, December 6, 2008 @ 10:25 PM

    @Ching Ya – Nokia N97 or the Canon D450? Boy, that’s a difficult choice to make but either one would be a nice toy to have. :D

    Thanks for dropping by!

  • Ching Ya, December 6, 2008 @ 10:20 PM

    I’m gonna get myself one of those.. although now is between this and Canon D450… hmm..

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  • JP Habaradas, December 5, 2008 @ 11:15 PM

    @K – BlackBerry had to come up with a touchscreen device to make sure that they keep their share of the market. Competition is really tough these days.

    I wish I could change phones as often as you do. If ever I’d change my phone right now, I’d probably get the Nokia N97 if its available from AT&T.

    Is that so? I thought Singapore is the center when it comes to gadgets and electronics in Asia? Anyways, 50% off all gadgets and electronics is definitely a nice way to start the New Year. :D

  • K, December 5, 2008 @ 11:14 PM

    Jaypee, the Berry Bold is a touch-screen so parallel na sila ng iPhone, came out back to back with Berry Bold. Although I’m still enjoying my iPhone wala lang it’s crazy, I change cellphones like every year (for a trade in of course).

    Infact HK is the most influential city when it comes to gadget and electronics. All prices went down to as much as 50% off in order to boost the failing economy. Good way to start the New Year, I think but I missed the 4day fair, they sell stuff from plasma to laptops. Imagine?

  • JP Habaradas, December 5, 2008 @ 10:55 AM

    @don_ser – Oh ok. Thanks again for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Have a nice day! :)

  • don_Ser, December 5, 2008 @ 10:54 AM

    yeah its my first time here. :)

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  • JP Habaradas, December 5, 2008 @ 8:15 AM

    @archondigital – I see, so you’re kinda like my friend jhay. I also like Sony Ericsson phones for their designs but not for their user-friendliness. I find it more difficult to write/compose text messages on SE phones compared to Nokia.

  • JP Habaradas, December 5, 2008 @ 7:10 AM

    @don_ser – Yup, as usual may bago na naman na Nokia handset. :D

    I believe its your first time to visit my blog? Thanks for dropping by! :)

  • don_Ser, December 5, 2008 @ 7:06 AM

    wow bagong nokia na naman…

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  • archondigital, December 5, 2008 @ 8:14 AM

    I’m more of a Sony person and looking forward to the Xperia but that’s a very cool phone, it seems I almost want to have one.

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  • JP Habaradas, December 5, 2008 @ 3:55 AM

    @jhay – Yes, the Sony X1 is uber-awesome but I also know that you’re an uber-fan of Sony Ericsson phones. Just like you are to Winamp. Hehe

  • jhay, December 5, 2008 @ 3:51 AM

    It looks awesome but Sony Ericsson’s X1 is uber-awesome! hahaha

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  • JP Habaradas, December 4, 2008 @ 3:40 PM

    @Snow – Really? When I see this phone, the PSP is not the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe you own a PSP that’s why.

    What kind of phone or what particular phone suites your personality? The iPhone? :D

  • Snow, December 4, 2008 @ 3:38 PM

    I agree with Ambo it looks like a PSP. Looks great but it won’t be suitable for my personality. :)

  • JP Habaradas, December 4, 2008 @ 1:50 PM

    @K – Haha that’s a cool term “Qwertified”. Blackberry Bold? Is it available there in HK? Does that mean you’ll replace your iPhone with that if ever you get to buy one? What are the features you like most about that phone?

  • K, December 4, 2008 @ 1:47 PM

    Ganda. It looks similar to the new HTC, ‘Qwertified’ elegant looking but you know I am eyeing on the new BlackBerry BOLD – I cannot afford to buy another gadget tho’.

  • JP Habaradas, December 4, 2008 @ 12:35 AM

    @Ambo – Yes it does a little bit. But this is definitely better than the PSP in all aspects except that the PSP can play games. Planning to get a new phone this Christmas? :D

  • Ambo, December 4, 2008 @ 12:34 AM

    It has a resemblance with PSP haha! Cool phone and can’t wait to see it!

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  • JP Habaradas, December 3, 2008 @ 4:00 PM

    @rhoen – Where did you see the leaked photos from? So are you getting this phone for her on Christmas? Talk about brand loyalty. Hehe :D

  • rhoen, December 3, 2008 @ 3:59 PM

    When we saw the leaked prototype few months back, after getting my E71, my wife asked me if she can have this N97 in the future! Finally, its coming out! <em>(My wife's a NOKIA freak! even if it's an old phone, as long as it's Nokia, she doesn't mind! tsk! tsk! tsk!)</em>

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  • Glen, December 3, 2008 @ 1:38 AM

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