Nokia N97 Preview

Nokia N97 Preview

What a privilege it was to be able to have a preview of the upcoming Nokia N97, the preview session was held just last night at Alexis Gardens over at The Gardens, Mid Valley City.

It was a really small event, heck I wouldn’t even call it an event. It’s a nice private little session with the people from Nokia, having a bunch of us privileged people to have fun with the N97.

Nokia N97 Preview

We had a good meal there as well, details of the food will be published on my food blog in a week or 2. ๐Ÿ˜€ Articles have to wait in line.

My Thoughts

I am well impressed by the N97, it certainly is way more advanced than the N81 8GB I’m using. ๐Ÿ˜€

Here are the N97 units side by side – I could’ve taken a few more units to have a bigger group photo but I think 2 units would suffice.

Nokia N97 Preview

Here’s what the keypad looked like….

Nokia N97 Preview

It’s not like the E71 or E75. In fact I’ve used the E75 and I didn’t like the keypad as much as the one on N97. I like that they’re well spaced away from one another and they felt nicer to the touch too. ๐Ÿ˜€

It comes with a 16:9 ratio screen, which is what most people like nowadays for viewing wide-screen (read HD) media. (Look guys, I’m sure you could get the tech specs elsewhere, I’m just sharing what I like about the N97 during the short session.

Nokia N97 Preview

As you can see from the screen, I’m on FACEBOOK. And it’s not on the FB site itself but rather I was in the Facebook widget for the S60 OS. I love how you could install widgets and get it to work with the main screen and all.

I also tested the camera and I was well amazed at how close I could snap, it’s not exactly macro yet but it’s still pretty close.

Nokia N97 Preview

You won’t believe the number of people who were amazed by the close-up shots I took. ๐Ÿ˜€ Not at me of course, but at the phone’s capability. I’m just a guy who so happen to have pushed the camera capabilities that the people in the room never expected it to have. I wish I had the chance to give it a daylight experiment. 5MP camera with Carl-Zeiss lens – I wish it was on the N81. The settings available for the camera was certainly impressive and even when flash was used in close-up, it turned out quite alright and in fact much better than many other Nokia models when flash is used.

Overall – I look forward to own a unit, if I could. ๐Ÿ˜€ The best description I could give about this phone, is that it’s a combination of the E75 and the X5800. ๐Ÿ˜€ A winning combo!

The Nokia N97 is to be launched in June, no details on the pricing at the moment.

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  1. Hey goldfries, nice meeting you at the event, sorry didn’t have a lot of time to chit-chat! Love your macro photos!

    BTW, did you notice that there’s no “.” key on the keypad, which makes it a pain in the behind when you are typing short sentences, SMS and website addresses?

    In case you’re wondering, I was the one sandwiched between Glenn and ShaolinTiger in the your photo above ๐Ÿ˜‰ Man, I look so tiny next to ShaolinTiger, or was it just an optical illusion, hahahaha!

  2. IMO, 3 rows of key will not fit in all the keys in a full qwerty keypad. So some of the keys will have to sacrifices. Xpreria has 4 rows, however, some of the keys are still not convenience for a web browser activity. You need to press additional FN key to reach that key.

  3. This type of mobile phones are beyond my reach. So sad but this is true.

  4. Wow, this will be a nice phone.
    I wonder if anyone will give it to me as a bday gift?

  5. when the launching event?
    is it true there will be an event for n97 on 5 june in klcc??

  6. Author – actually there, just not indicated. have to combo press to get it.

    @sam – thanks for info

    @hehe – you did the contest for N97 or not? aiyah even if you did also you not in Top 10. ๐Ÿ˜€ 6 of 10 are getting their N97 today.

    @joshua – too bad ๐Ÿ˜›

    @h3nry – 5th June, but I have no idea where. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. the Nokia N97 for me is the best phone that i bought. it is definitely a bang for the buck phone. nice features and cool looks.

  8. the Nokia N97 is super cool and very stylish. i bought two N97s, one for me and one for my sister. you cant find a phone that is more stylish than N97

  9. i bought two units of Nokia N97 because i like the style of this phone and also its features. Best phone i have ever used.

  10. Nokia sure makes the best and ergonomic phones in the market today. the Nokia N97 have very good ergonomics and is very user friendly

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