Review of Nokia N97-Part One

In the midst of Macbook crisis, the review of Nokia N97 still continued and in my first part of my Nokia N97 review, I would be sharing on my aesthetics experiences without a SIM card inside and the technical specifications as well.

Before proceeding, let me highlight some of the key specifications


  • Form:Side-slide with tilting screen
  • Volume:88 cc
  • Dimensions:117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm (18.25 mm at thickest point)
  • Weight (with battery):150 g
  • Additional size and shape information:
    • Sliding tilt mechanism

Keys and Inputs Method

  • Full slide out keyboard
  • Cover keys (S60 keys, Menu key, Send/End keys)
  • Touch screen
  • 4-way navigation key with centre select
  • Dedicated camera and volume key

The Nokia N97 felt just nice (for me) in my hands, the full sliding out keyboard feature, with its keyboard, was quite cool, thickness wasn’t an issue for me. The touch screen features was sensitive and responsive with my thumbs instead of the stylus provided. The screen rotates easily upon the movement of the mobile phone from “landscape” mode to “portrait mode”. The sliding mechanism I feel is well built and durable,  key features on the mobile phone were easy and not a lot of difficulty to get the hang of it and getting used to it in a short time.

For the software and applications on the Nokia N97, it was quite good and well packed programs inside the phone, making it a fun and serious (business/work) phone concurrently.


  • E-mail (SMTP, IMAP4, POP3), MMS, SMS, unified editor
  • Viewing of email attachments – .doc, .xls, .ppt, .pdf
  • Mail for Exchange
  • Data: Calendar, Contacts, To-do, Notes, E-mail
  • PC Applications: Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Lotus Organizer, Lotus Notes

Personal Information Management

  • Detailed contact information
  • Calendar
  • To-do list
  • Notes
  • Recorder
  • Calculator
  • Clock
  • Converter

Without putting my SIM card inside, I had a good experience with the Nokia N97 and would be testing it out on the move with the Music features and internet browsing. Do stay tuned for Part Two !

Technical Specifications Source : Nokia Singapore

3 thoughts on “Review of Nokia N97-Part One

  • October 22, 2009 at 11:55 am

    hello Genghui! wow so u r a fan of Nokia! I’m now using N86.. but I want an iPhone!!! How do u find iPhone over N97?

  • October 24, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Eunice

    I used Nokia mobile phones last time too ! They were good !

    Comparing iPhone vs N97, it boils down to how much you would be using the phone for mobile office work versus leisure and fun lifestyle. N97 is stronger in the mobile office work phone while iPhone is more fun !

    Hope this helps !

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