Nokia N97 mini Review
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.
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