Nokia N97 – Review , Specification and Pics

Nokia N97 Review - Internet in your pocket
Nokia N97 Review - Internet in your pocket

Finally the much awaited Nokia’s high end Full Touch Screen Nokia N97 is out. It will be available in most of the stores in a week and expected to be priced at Rs 32000 -34000 in India. Around 380 UK Pounds, same will be available in US for 670-700 USD.  The phone has been much talked about for almost a year.The phone itself doesnt offer anything new except the full touch screen and QWERTY keyboard, a marriage between its Entertainment heavy weights like N96 and E series beauties. Actually N97 reminds me of some of the HTC slider phones, but they weren’t this good in features.

If you are someone expecting a slim phone then it isnt the phone for you, it is slightly thinner than the N96 or N95 8GB but still is 15.6mm thick  (18mm at the camera location). Lets get to comparing the N97 with some other popular phones.

The phone comes in two colors White and Black and the white definitely looks better. It definitely blurs the line between the mini laptops and Mobile phones, in terms of features it is better than any mini laptop.

Though most of the media ignorantly writes that main disadvantage of Nokia N97 is that it doesnt have a App Store like Iphone, the truth is the opposite. Most people have been buying Nokia N series and E series because of the availability of so many softwares and most of them being free. The symbian OS is the operating system with more softwares than Iphone OS or Windows Mobile or Google’s Android.

The Coolness factor –  Looks and Dimensions

Nokia N97 - Dimensions - Length x Width x thickness

Nokia N97 – Dimensions – Length x Width x thickness

Here are the dimensions of the popular Models

Nokia N97 –  117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9  (18.25)  mm

Nokia N86 – 103.4 x 51.4 x 16.5 mm

Nokia N96 – 103 x 55 x 20 mm

Nokia N95 8GB – 99 x 53 x 21 mm

Nokia E71 – 114 x 57 x 10 mm

Apple Iphone 3G S – 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm

Interestingly the Nokia N97’s dimensions are not far off from Apple iphone 3G S , it is 3 mm thicker than the iphone but has powerful features and Full QWERTY keyboard to balance that.

Pictures of Nokia N97

Nokia N97 Emailing - Front View
Nokia N97 Emailing - Front View

  • Form:Side-slide with tilting screen
  • Volume:88 cc
  • Dimensions:117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm (18.25 mm at thickest point)
  • Weight (with battery):150 g
  • Additional size and shape information:
    • Sliding tilt mechanism

Nokia N97 - Front view dexternights
Nokia N97 - Front view dexternights

Keys and Input Method

  • Full slide out keyboard
  • Cover keys (S60 keys, Menu key, Send/End keys)
  • Touch screen
  • 4-way navigation key with centre select
  • Dedicated camera and volume keys


  • MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 16 GB
  • Internal memory: 32 GB

Nokia N97 - Full Keyboard
Nokia N97 - Full Keyboard


  • Bluetooth version 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • TV out
  • Support for local and remote SyncML synchronisation
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 (micro USB connector)
  • 3.5 mm AV connector
Nokia N97 white - dexternights Back view
Nokia N97 white - dexternights Back view

Display and User Interface

  • Size: 3.5″
  • Resolution: 640 x 360 pixels
  • Up to 16.7 million colours
  • Resistive touch screen with separate touch foil and touch feedback
  • Brightness control
  • Orientation sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light detector

Power Management

  • BP-4L 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Talk time (maximum):
    • GSM up to 570 min
    • WCDMA up to 360 min
  • Standby time (maximum):
    • GSM up to 430 h
    • WCDMA up to 400 h
  • Video playback time (maximum): VGA 30fps
  • QCIF 15fps up to 5.5 h
  • Video recording time (maximum): up to 1 h per clip
  • Music playback time (maximum): up to 40 h

Operating Frequency

  • (RM-505, Global) WCDMA 900/1900/2100, Quad band GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA, GPRS, A-GPS, WLAN
  • (RM-506, PR China) E-GSM 850/900/1800/1900, A-GPS
  • (RM-507, Americas) WCDMA 850/1900/2100, Quad band GSM 850/900/1800/1900, A-GPS, WLAN
  • Automatic switching between GSM bands
  • Flight mode

Data Network

  • GPRS class A, multislot class 32
  • WCDMA maximum speed up to 3.6 Mbps
  • HSDPA maximum speed up to 3.6 Mbps
  • WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g maximum speed up to 11Mbps/54Mbps

Software Platform and User Interface

  • S60 5th edition
  • Active standby
  • Voice commands
  • FOTA (Firmware update Over The Air)
  • Automatic UI rotation
  • Software updates


  • E-mail (SMTP, IMAP4, POP3), MMS, SMS, unified editor
  • Viewing of email attachments – .doc, .xls, .ppt, .pdf
  • Mail for Exchange
  • Data: Calendar, Contacts, To-do, Notes, E-mail
  • PC Applications: Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Lotus Organizer, Lotus Notes

Email & Messaging

  • Easy-to-use email client with attachment support for images, videos, music and documents
  • Support for SMTP, IMAP4, POP3, MMS, SMS. Unified SMS/MMS editor
  • Email web widget
  • Nokia Email
  • Mail for Exchange*


  • Personal Information Management (PIM)
  • Search content in device and search on the Internet
  • Quickoffice document viewers (Quickword, Quickpoint, Quicksheet)
  • Adobe PDF viewer
  • Customization through themes, ringtones, applications
  • Portrait and landscape orientation modes; with transitions via dual slide operation, or auto-rotate controlled by accelerometer
  • Settings Wizard for easy configuration
  • Data transfer application for transfer of PIM information from other compatible Nokia devices
  • Nokia Software Updater for firmware upgrades with the user’s PC, with user data preservation
  • FOTA (Firmware over the Air Software Updater) for firmware updates directly to the device over WLAN or 3G

Nokia E52 Review , Specifications – Elegant Update to E51

Nokia recently updated its E51 candybar business phone with a new E52,  a S60 3.2.3 Edition running on the Symbian 9.3 OS core. The phone is loaded with all the top of line features of a business phone but with the numeric keyboard. It has a whopping 8 hour talktime, keeping in line with Nokia’s Business Phones of E Series. It has 3.2 Mega Pixel camera, A-GPS navigation (assisted GPS) , VOIP , Nokia mini Maps, Full internet Browser , Flash Lite and much more. Not to mention this is a 3G phone.

As usual first

The Looks and Coolness Factor

Not exactly a visual delight but its very rare to find a candybar phone without full keyboard in Business phones, and thats what E52 do. Nokia has E71 and E63 for Full Keyboard and Slider design in Business Class phones, and E52 is their Candybar/ Monoblock phone. One of main feautures of Nokia E51 was its stunning thin body and E52 has taken that to another level all together. You can call it one of the thinnest phones around even thinner than the original E51.

Nokia E52 Light Brown E Series Phone
Nokia E52 Golden Aluminium E Series Phone
Nokia E52 metallic silver
Nokia E52 metallic silver

We are comparing E52 with other phones of candy bar nature to give you a better picture how this feels. For example E52 is exactly half the thinckness of N73 which is 19 mm thick.

Dimensions  – Length (Height) x Width x Thickness (all in Millimetres mm)

Comparison of E51,E52,N73,N78 and E71 in terms of Dimensions and Thickness.

Nokia E51     –  114  x 46 x 12  mm

Nokia  E52 – 116 x 49 x 9.9 mm

Nokia   N78 –  113  x 49 x 15.1 mm

Nokia  E71   –  114 x 57 x10 mm

Nokia N73 –   110 x 49 x 19 mm

Definitely the E52 and E71 beat the competition in terms of the thin factor.

Weight  (g – grams): (comparison of E51 , E52 , N73 , N78 , E71 in terms of Weight)

E51 – 100

E52 – 98 g

N73- 116 g

N78- 101.8 g

E71 – 128 g

Nokia E52 is pretty light in terms of weight and it will be surely considered by ladies.

It is available in two colours  Metal Grey aluminium and Golden aluminium.


The Nokia E52 boasts a 2.4″ TFT display at a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA).
Colours : 16 million colours
Automatic display orientation (landscape/portrait)

Operating frequency

  • Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Communication and Connectivity

  • GPRS class A, multislot class 32
  • EGSM class A, multislot class 32
  • WCDMA 900/2100 (Nokia E52-1)
  • WCDMA 850/2100 (Nokia E52-2)
  • HSDPA maximum speed: up to 10.2 Mbps
  • HSUPA maximum speed: up to 2 Mbps
  • WLAN 802.11 b/g
  • TCP/IP support
  • Capability to serve as data modem
  • Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, A2DP

Messaging and Email

  • SMS, MMS, IMAP4 , Nokia Messaging, Microsoft ActiveSync, POP3 and SMTP
Web browsing

  • Supported markup languages: HTML, XHTML, MP, WML, CSS
  • Supported protocols: HTTP, WAP
  • TCP/IP support
  • Nokia MiniMap browser
  • Nokia Mobile Search (in-device and Internet)

GPS and navigation

  • A-GPS with compass
  • Nokia Maps application

  • 3.2 megapixel Full focus camera with LED flash
  • Up to 4x digital zoom
  • Video recording in MP4 and 3gpp format.

Ports and Connectors

  • Mini USB
  • Standard 3.5mm Audio Jack

Audio and Video Features

  • Music Player with Mp3,AAC,eAAC+ support.
  • 3gpp and MP4 video playback.
  • Divx ready.
  • Video Calling.
  • FM radio 87.5-108 MHz with RDS support.

Other Applications

  • Office Suite
  • PIM
  • Java
  • Flash Lite
  • Nokia Full HTML Browser with mini Map
  • S60 Edition 3.2.3
  • Symbian OS 9.3

Package Contents

  • Nokia Battery BP-4L (1500 mAh)
  • Nokia Charger AC-10
  • Nokia Charger Adapter CA-146C
  • Nokia Stereo headset HS-48
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable (CA-101) supports charging
  • Nokia 1 GB microSD card (MU-22) inside device
  • PCSuite (v 7.1) in microSD card