I’m in the market for a new phone. It’s time to upgrade my “phone only” phone. Okay, it does have a camera, but when I bought it all I wanted was a phone with a good speakerphone, but now I am in the market for something new and up-to-date.
One phone I have in mind is the Nokia N97due out in late March ’09. Nokia gave a demo of the phone at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2009) in Las Vegas. This is being touted as Nokia’s new flagship phone, but they prefer to call it “the world’s most advanced mobile computer”.
Let’s check out the details…
The N97has a 3.5-inch, 640 x 360 pixel, 16:9 aspect ratio, resistive touchscreen display with tactile feedback and a slideout QWERTY keyboard. It has a wide range of connectivity with HSDPA (or 3.5G, half a step up from 3G), WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. It also has a 3.5-mm headjack.
What impressed me was its storage capacity. It has 32GB of onboard memory, and that can be expanded to 48GB through the use of a microSD Flash card. The onboard memory alone is double that found in the iPhone 3G (16 GB).
The battery life is also pretty impressive because it can play up to 1.5 days of continuous audio (those are your music files or podcasts), or it could playback 4.5-hours video.
It has a built in 5 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, and DVD quality video capture. Looks like I won’t be needing my digital camera and camcorder for much longer after the N97 hits the market.
Software and the FaceBook app
Though Nokia isn’t saying much right now, there is going to be additional software available for the N97, but the phone is still in development at this stage, and there are some features that haven’t been finalized yet.
One thing that is being discussed though is the Facebook application that is being integrated into the phone. You’ll be able to have a full screen view of Facebook so you can keep up to date with your friends while you’re on the move. This is an application for the phone that can be used in addition to actually visiting Facebook on the web over it 3G or WiFi connection. The N97 is designed so you can have immediate access to this feature whenever you’re connected.
Release Date and Pricing
The N97 is scheduled for a late March release in the UK. Pre-orders are already being accepted. No date has been set for the US, nor has any provider partnerships been mentioned, but there is talk that an unlocked version will be released in the US. The price is expected to be similar to that of the current N96 which retails from $650 to $900.