Nokia N97 Mini review
An old-fashioned OS, but fully featured, with good battery life and a very attractive price. One for your shortlist
Review Date: 3 Feb 2010
Reviewed By: Jonathan Bray
Price when reviewed: £0, on a £25.00 per month, 24 months contract.
Features & Design
Value for Money
Ease of Use
Nokia's N97 was hyped as the next big thing this time last year, but it took some time to materialise and, when it did, Nokia's first touchscreen smartphone was a letdown. The Mini is a far more accomplished device.
For starters, it has an attractive design - lighter and more compact than before. A gunmetal-grey metal battery plate at the back helps it feel more solidly knitted together. It retains the odd mechanism that kicks the screen up and out, revealing a full Qwerty keyboard beneath, but again this feels more resilient than on the N97.
And despite the fact that it's a smaller phone, it isn't more difficult to use. The keyboard is easier to type on than the N97; the keys are more responsive and have a firmer click to them. You don't even lose out on screen size and resolution either. Its 3.2in size and 360 x 640 pixels are exactly the same as its chunkier sibling.
It isn't just the hardware that's been improved. The operating system feels a touch slicker and more intuitive than on the original and battery life is also excellent.
And, as you'd expect, it's equipped with the full gamut of smartphone hardware, with HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, GPS, a proximity sensor and accelerometer, plus an FM radio tuner with RDS and 8GB of storage.
As with the other S60 phones here, the Mini lacks the X factor. The operating system, although improved, is looking long in the tooth these days. The selection of apps in the Ovi Store is weak compared to Google and Apple offerings.
To compound it all we found web browsing sluggish via the built-in Nokia web browser (we suggest downloading Opera Mobile 10 instead).
That's a shame as battery life is well above average - after our 24-hour test (which involve 50MB of downloads, an hour of browsing, 30 minutes of phone calls, an hour of music playback and half-hourly e-mail checks), it showed a remarkable 90% capacity remaining. And although we're not keen on resistive touchscreens in general, this one is pretty responsive.
The big plus, though, for the N97 Mini is that it's available on some great-value tariffs. So if you're after a smartphone but don't want to break the bank, it's well worth a look.
Author: Jonathan Bray
On My 3rd N97 mini from Orange
This phone should be amazing - but it simply doesn't perform. It is slow and gets slower, its battery life is so short it make it unusable as a working device - great features but it can't deliver.
By UrbanFox on 3 Jul 2010
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