Friends will know I'll be immediately drawn to the QWERTY slider and touch screen combo that the N97 presents on first look. One blink later though, and I'm startled at only having three rows of 11 keys. What's this going to be like to type on? Turns out to be ok but the off-set space key on row three is certainly quirky until you get used to it.
Beyond cosmetic reactions, I'm quite impressed with the N97's statistics. 32GB internal memory sets the phone up as a multimedia and download workhorse. The 5 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and autofocus takes nice snaps plus Facebook integration and customisable widgets all make the social networking and online experience smooth and easy.
The N97 was mentioned in just about every category of the recent Mobile Choice consumer awards. But it didn't quite win anything. The networks need to cut the price to catapult the N97 into being a real bargain.
Nokia fan? Then snap it up. If you want a specific application to be perfect then hunt elsewhere. If you want a solid contender for just about everything then this one will do the job.
Update! An update and patch has been released via Nokia’s web site to offer a host of improvements and fixes. A mini version of the N97 is also due in Q4 2009 so expect the original to become better value soon.
Originally published at OneMobileRing.com