Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Nokia97 Mini - my 2010 smartphone

 For those that are fans of Nokia and familiar with Nokia environment, for 2010, I am   considering the handset alongside a range of competition ( considering the N97 Mini ). Just read what are the Nokia N97mini is all about and why I choose it for my mobile working. Knowing that the technology keep change, but for the next few month, this model still in my hand.

The Nokia N97 wasn't widely lauded when it launched, not really delivering a flagship experience in this modern world of app-based smartphones. Instead it looked rather tired, offering up a re-spun S60 interface that we've seen plenty of times before. It didn't exactly wow the way that handsets like the iPhone or the latest batch of Android devices do. The announcement of an N97 Mini came as something of a surprise, offering up essentially the same device in a smaller package.

So now we have a side-sliding keyboard and that flip-up touchscreen sitting on the top in a package of 113 x 52.5 x 14.2mm, shaving a few mm off in all directions. As a result you have a device that looks more up to the job. It isn't trying to be a flagship in both size and spec, but by offering practically the same technologies in a smaller bundle, it feels a little more modern.
The quality of the build feels sturdy enough, with a metal backplate and screen surround blending with some quality feeling plastics. Obviously the biggest point of interest is going to be how sturdy that flip-up screen feels. The action has a great feel to it, needing a positive thumb action to get it to open, which is something of a relief as the worst thing is having a phone that wants to flip out in your pocket. We actually like the feel of the N97 Mini in the hand, the rear support of the screen forming a comfortable rest for your index fingers whilst you get into some double-thumb action on the QWERTY keyboard.

The keyboard is backlit, but always shows all the characters open to you, so that's the all the alternatives as well as the main characters. The arrangement of the keys might be a little fiddly for some, and offering only three lines rather than four, you are left to contend with a space bar offset to the right next to a set of cursor keys. You get used to it, but we much prefer devices that give you four lines. The action of the keys is positive however and they are rubber without being too spongy. 

The screen itself is a 3.2-inch, 640 x 360 resolution, resistive touchscreen display, exhibiting all the things we don't like about resistive displays. The facia covers the whole of the front, incorporating the speaker at the top and calling buttons at the bottom, along with the menu key.

Running your finger across the display reveals a number of soft patches as you feel your way around the hardware behind. You can also see the plastic warping around the opening for the speaker, so when you lay your phone out on display, the front doesn't actually look that great. It can be pretty unresponsive too, which is frustrating in a phone that requires you to confirm actions on the screen, despite a wealth of buttons.

The left-hand side gives you the Micro-USB connection for charging and syncing along with the weird Nokia slider screen lock; the right-hand side sees the volume controls and a camera button. The top gives you the 3.5mm jack and power button.

Around the back you'll find a 5-megapixel Carl Zeiss branded camera, which also comes with a dual LED flash. The location of the camera button on the top is at odds with the action to open the screen, as a long firm press to launch the camera application will often be nudging the screen open too - something to watch out for.
Autofocus and auto flash work well enough, but the results are fairly typical camera phone stuff, lacking detail to really do your images justice. It has a fair crack in good light, however, but we'd still always choose a camera with a real lens. The LED flash gives a greeny-yellow cast to images, so people look rather ill when you use it.

Video capture offers a range of cryptic resolution settings with widescreen (640 x 360) and 4:3 (640 x 480) aspects available at maximum. It is a fairly solid 30fps capture and the results aren't too bad outdoors in daylight, but in lower light you don't get much but noise. The microphone picks up a lot of hands noise in use too.

The operating system is familiar enough to Nokia or Symbian users with the main menu giving you a grid offering access to various sub menus in list or icon forms. Nothing much has changed here in recent year and menus are slow to navigate and lists don't scroll smoothly, so it is a bit of a letdown.

To step round this, a number of live widgets and shortcuts sit on the front page, offering you a glimpse at your life flying past. The Facebook widget offers three lines of scrolling text bringing you updates, which isn't the best.


• Side slide with tilting screen
• Dimensions: 113 x 52.5 x 14.2 mm
• Weight (with battery): 138 g
• Volume: 75 cc
• Additional size and shape information: Sliding tilt mechanism

Keys and Input Methods
• Full slide-out keyboard
• Cover keys (S60 keys, Menu key, Send/End keys, Clear key)
• Touch screen
• Arrow keys
• Dedicated camera and volume keys

Display and User Interface
• Size: 3.2"
• Resolution: 640 x 360 pixels (nHD)
• Up to 16.7 million colours
• Resistive touch screen
• Brightness control
• Orientation sensor
• Proximity sensor
• Ambient light detector

• Customisable homescreen:
o Widgets
o Themes
o Icons
o Shortcuts
o Menu
• Customisable profiles
• Ring tones: mp3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, WMA
• Video ring tones
• Themes
o wallpapers
o screensavers
o ring tones
o pre-installed themes
o changeable colour themes

Power Management
• BL-4D 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery
• Talk-time (maximum):
o GSM 430 mins
o WCDMA 240 mins
• Standby time (maximum):
o GSM up to 320 h
o WCDMA up to 310 h
• Video playback time (nHD, 30 fps, maximum): 210 mins
• Video recording time (VGA, 30fps, maximum): 170 mins
• Video call time (maximum): 120 mins
• Music playback time (offline mode, maximum):
Up to 28 h
Operation times may very depending on radio access technology used, operator network configuration and usage.

Operating Frequency
• Quad band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900
• WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100
• Automatic switching between GSM bands
• Flight mode
• 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

• MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 16 GB
• Internal memory: 8 GB

Data Network
• HSCSD, maximum speed 43.2 kbps
• GPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 107/64.2 kbps (DL/UL)
• 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
• TCP/IP support
• Capability to serve as data modem
• Support for MS Outlook synchronisation of contacts, calendar and notes

Requires data service. Data Services may not be available in all networks. Data transmission speeds may be as high as 3.6 Mbps, but may vary based upon network capabilities and other conditions. The establishment and continuation of a data connection depends on network availability, provider support and signal strength.


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Advice blog on January 13, 2010 at 5:08 PM said...

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violetless on January 13, 2010 at 6:53 PM said...

nuff tido..takde kotak shout pon..sy tulis sini pon jadik la..

akhatam on January 13, 2010 at 8:44 PM said...

Wah keren sob!!!

Bonthain on January 14, 2010 at 1:51 AM said...


wiby on January 14, 2010 at 12:41 PM said...

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farysa on January 15, 2010 at 3:59 PM said...

got this nokia tp baru seminggu gune dah hanged!=(

bisnis online on January 15, 2010 at 10:30 PM said...

may phone still sony ericson... I dont care about smart phone... but I think It usable as I need

gambutku on January 16, 2010 at 9:08 PM said...

teknologi sebentar saja sudah update ya.:D

Astroxknot on January 16, 2010 at 11:44 PM said...

visiting.. me always old school bout hp.. ahaha.. but this is nice

Mr.Z on January 17, 2010 at 12:19 AM said...

wah..nokia..nice posting blog..keep it up! ;)

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zella on January 23, 2010 at 10:56 AM said...

wah...cantiknyer... ;)

::aMaD:: on January 24, 2010 at 2:39 AM said...

thanks 4 visit me.
but isn't the price for this one is expensive?

Plamen on January 24, 2010 at 8:50 AM said...

What a nice Cell Phone :)

- Misztake - on January 31, 2010 at 7:43 PM said...

OMG.. lawa sehhh..

rumah curhat on February 6, 2010 at 4:52 PM said...

I like Nokia97 Mini, full function TCP/IP support and WLAN

Plamen on February 6, 2010 at 11:33 PM said...

Looks incredible. Thanks for sharing :)

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