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£34.26 Nokia N97 700 minutes, unlimited text and internet on T-Mobile

Just when the Nokia Nseries appeared to have reached its pinnacle with the fantastic Nokia N96, they go one better and produce the amazing N97.

In truth, this highly anticipated mobile is quite a departure from the aforementioned N96, but that is certainly not a slight on the Nokia N97's credentials as leading smartphone/ PDA/ Pocket PC.

Whatever you choose to define this device as - we'll stick with smartphone - it is undoubtedly an exceptional piece of technological engineering, designed with people who are forever on the move squarely in mind.

The 3.5" TFT touchscreen display, which rolls back to unveil a full QWERTY keyboard, is probably as good a place to start as any. Once again Nokia have managed to build a highly evolved phone around an impeccable screen, although on this occasion with the added functionality of a physical keypad.

The sleek and uncomplicated exterior hides a far more complex mix of gadgetry and applications within the N97; but needless to say the design is as simple as it is conventional, stylish enough, but not a huge departure from the tried and trusted formula used in other Nokia handsets, a la the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic.

Key Features

Easy text input with QWERTY keyboard and 3.5 inch sliding tilt touch screen.

Integrated A-GPS and electronic compass, the N97 intuitively knows where it is.

Download and watch high-quality video on the large 3.5 inch 16:9 widescreen.

Massive 32 GB of on-board memory, expandable to 48GB with a 16GB microSD card.

Email made simple - connect via Gmail, Ovi Mail and Mail for Exchange.

The phone is available for £34.26 per month but you will have to pay an additional one off fee of £14.99. You also get three-month free insurance.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.