Nokia N97 mini Review

Performance and Conclusion:

In terms of operational speed and system stability, the Nokia N97 mini performs better than the N97. The phone doesn’t freeze or restart for no reason, but lags and responds to commands just as sluggishly.

The smaller N97, however, is a much better at phone calls and the in-call quality it offers is superior to what is elder sibling delivers. Sound is loud and clear, even if voices tend to get slightly monotonous and sharp at times. The N97 mini is simply put, head and shoulders over the N97 with this respect.

Ultimately, we like the Nokia N97 mini much better than its physically bigger brother. It comes with more appealing design, is made of materials with better quality and delivers improved in-call quality and operating system stability. Unfortunately, the N97 mini retains several of the shortcomings of the N97, like sluggish operational speed and limited video codec support. At the time of this review, the price of the N97 mini is slightly higher than what you would need to shell out for the N97, but this doesn’t change our opinion that the Mini is a better choice than Nokia´s flagship handset.

Frankly, just like with the N97, we believe there are better alternatives on the market, some of them are even cheaper and we mean the Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 – it lacks QWERTY keyboard, but comes with larger screen, the same functionality and superior video capabilities. Other viable options are Motorola´s first Android-based handset, the DEXT/CLIQ as well as the Nokia E75 that lacks touch sensitive screen, but looks just as appealing and compact and has extremely good QWERTY keyboard.

Nokia N97 mini Video Review:


  • Good build quality
  • Compact size
  • Good in-call quality
  • Fast text entry with the QWERTY keyboard


  • Slow operational speed
  • Nothing new about the interface
  • Limited video codec support

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14 Reviews



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 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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