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£35 p/m Nokia N97 600 min Ultd Text & Internet On Orange

The thing is, we could just copy and paste the N97 specification sheet under the 'Why You Should Buy It' heading, as this phone contains so many neat touches and truly innovative features, that regardless of you mobile wishes, chances are the Nokia N97 will meet and exceed them!

This wouldn't do the phone justice though, so we will highlight some of out favourite points to give you an idea of just what a marvel this is.

For instance, the home screen is 'Internet-aware', which means any of the widgets you install - news, weather and social networking are amongst them – will update in the same way Push email does, with no prompting from you!

The N97 wants you to use the Internet, and to do so you'll use a WebKit browser which not only has an RSS reader but Flash support too. The N97 is also fully integrated with Ovi, your online home for files, maps, pictures, video and games, all ready to share with your friends.

Sharing is another important area of the N97 and aside from the auto-updating social network widgets on the home screen, Nokia are introducing So-Lo – which stands for Social Location – for you to share your location with your friends.

To feed the N97's hunger for data is a 3G/HSDPA connection with Wi-Fi too, plus the usual GPRS, EDGE and A2DP Bluetooth. The GPS receiver is an Assisted model, plus the phone comes pre-loaded with Nokia Maps 2.0, nicely tweaked for touch usage.

With a screen as gorgeous as this, video will look fantastic and there is a music player, FM RDS radio and FM transmitter rounding out the multimedia side, plus a TV-out and 3.5mm jack plug connection.

You can purchase this phone from Dialaphone (opens in new tab) on Orange's Network for as little as £35 per month on an 18-month contract, 1200 minutes, unlimited texts, free magic number as well as unlimited mobile internet.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

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 ITProPortal.com 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.