Nokia N97 mini Review

Interface:

Just like all other smartphones of the manufacturer equipped with touch sensitive screens, the Nokia N97 mini is based on Symbian S60 5th Edition. There are no differences in the functionality, especially after the latest software update for the N97 (version 2.0). As before, the home screen hosts up to six of widgets, but the manufacturer has added several to those we know from previous models.



Kinetic scrolling is now available everywhere in the interface and we quite like that. We are not going into details here, because we have already taken a closer look at the interface in our review of the Nokia N97. All told, the N97 mini offers the same functionality as the flagship model of the manufacturer.

GPS:

The Nokia N97 mini, similarly to the other handsets of the manufacturer equipped with GPS comes with Nokia navigational software. With the N97 mini you get the latest version 3.0 of Ovi Maps (the new name of Nokia Maps). The software suite offers quite a few options like several map visualization modes, different routes for drivers and walkers, a list of interesting places around you, digital compass etc. Unfortunately, just like Ovi Maps on the Nokia N900, this edition is sluggish and you will encounter annoying lagging when scrolling maps, zooming in and out on things or opening the options menu.



The speed at which the built-in GPS finds your location is quite good indeed. Using the A-GPS (requires active internet connection) we got our location pinpointed in about 20 seconds after hardware restart and in 5 seconds after software one.

Camera and multimedia:

The N97 mini is equipped with 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar optics and double LED flash. Its interface is... identical to those of the N97 and 5800 XpressMusic. As a whole, it´s slightly uncomfortable when you set options and they are many – you can take a pick from 8 scenes, various shooting modes, 4 color effects, white balance, exposure, ISO sensitivity, contrast, sharpness and sequential image mode. Moreover, you have the option to share content on Ovi and Vox. In terms of quality, snapshots are slightly better than those taken with the N97, but aren’t anything striking and won´t wow you. Their details are average and colors are proper more often than not, although sometimes they appear unreal and burnout. Pictures taken in artificial lighting conditions are acceptable and as a whole, the double LED flash performs inadequately.








As their names suggest, the Music and Videos&TV submenus allow for browsing of your audio and video tracks. The former also provides access to the online audio store of the manufacturer as well as the FM radio interface.

We know well the audio player from previous Nokia models and the only novelty here is the increased amount of information that gets visualized when you browse your tracks. The Nokia N97 mini comes boxed with stereo headset equipped with buttons to control the audio functions. As a whole, we like the headset, because it offers proper noise isolation and audio playback quality is above average. We think, however, that the pair would appeal to people who like thumping, rich bass frequencies, because the trebles remain faded in the background. Thanks to the 3.5mm jack, you can always give another earphone set a shot.



The Nokia N97 mini allowed us to watch MPEG-4 files with maximum resolution of 360x640 pixels, bitrate of 1,000 Kbps and 30 frames per second. Their image quality is good, colors are saturated, but you will sometime notice artefacts. You can also find Real Player, that is the standard app for this operating system, in the Applications submenu. We cannot recommend it for video playback really, unless you´re up to watching streaming video, because it delivers worse image quality and colors are significantly thinner. The Nokia N97 mini supports TV-out as well. Come to multimedia capabilities, however, we would prefer the Samsung OMNIA HD – with its native HD, DivX and Xvid video support, it´s superior to the Nokia N97 mini.



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3 Comments

1. 9949350321

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 01, 2011

hi..I've been using nokia n97mini since 6mths & the ph frequently hangs up.the touch screen doesn't work at times.this really embraces when i get a call but unable to take it as the touch screen nor the call answer button doesn't work.the ph suddenly restarts when some call is being answered or msg is being sent.the vendor advised me to update the s/w & all the probs will be cleared.nokia service center just formatted the ph & given me bk bt the prob is same.with lots of interest, trust & brand image on nokia, i took n97mini but am really feeling unhappy with the service the ph is giving.

2. Bj unregistered

I ve been using this phone for 1 year now have samsung galaxy s 2 and i would say its not a great phone accept the build quality often hangs at times even if i had done hard reset camera is average hit or miss sometimes it capture excellent images that surprise everyone sometimes a 3.2 mega pixel shoots better in same condition battery is also average I ve to charge twice daily if i surf net or listening to music or wathing videos application is great so as gps signal better than samsung video capture is good but not great listening music is great in headset net is also fast in opera mini.Lastly it;s a good looking solid build phone but slow at times.

3. Rakesh kumar unregistered

it as lot of benifits as follows battery:it as long lasting battery back up, it lasts up to 2 days touch screen:it works sensible display:it has large display nd it shows more colors camera: we can capture nice pics with auto flash internet:nice so it is the better choice for the people who want buy
N97 mini
  • Display 3.2" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 1200 mAh(4.00h 3G talk time)

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