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09 Apr 09 Is Nokia’s N97 The Smartest Of The Smartphones?

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As far as smartphones go, for something reliable, and with plenty of industry support, you’re likely to go for either an iPhone or a Blackberry.  But, if any of the hype can be believed, Nokia just may have a smartphone to outdo anything seen on the market previously with the long awaited Nokia N97 which is set to release next month.  Although I’m a bit leery, especially considering the way Nokia has promised to conquer in the past, and has as of yet failed to do so.  Well, that and the fact that the last iPhone killer, the Blackberry Storm, wasn’t so much an iPhone killer, as it was a bad iPhone imitation.

But N97 has plenty of features that would set it apart, and make it a fantastic addition to the smartphone lineup.  One of them being Nokia’s trademark flip up screen revealing a full and remarkably easy to use QWERTY keyboard.  Much better than either the Storm or iPhone’s on screen keyboards that can be a bit touchy to use accurately, especially when you’re trying to type something quickly.

Not to mention the N97 also offers 32GB of on board memory, as well as offering a micro SD card slot, which means you can add another 16GB of space, leveling out the N97’s storage space to 48GB.  Much, much larger than either the iPhone or Blackberry, and considering you can use multiple cards, the N97’s memory is pretty much limitless. A huge advantage over iPhone which doesn’t offer any removable memory options whatsoever.

And let’s also consider the fact that the N97 will also offer A-GPS as well as traditional GPS.  The abilities to play WMA/MP3/WAV/AAC audio files, and WMV/MPEG4/GP2 video files.  N97 will have a pocket office function, with mobile versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF Viewer, making it perfect for finishing up that PowerPoint presentation for work at the last minute.  All that and a motion sensing touch screen the likes of iPhone and Storm.

Meaning on paper the Nokia N97 looks pretty good, except that most of the tech demo videos show a phone that seems to be fairly buggy, and ridiculously unresponsive at times.  Which is exactly why I’m not buying into the hype, and I’ll be waiting until the N98 is released with all the same features and none of the bugs that will be reported.

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