Nokia N97 Released

Nokia N97 Released
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I was invited to the launch of the Nokia N97 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. But unfortunately due to my internship/work, I am unable to take leave for the occasion. It is really wasted. Hopefully there will be a next time perhaps when N98 or N99 is launched. It should be within our local telecoms within the next 2 weeks. The RRP for Nokia N97 is S$1,028 (without Comes with Music) or S$1,228 (with Comes with Music) in Singapore. The price should be about S$800+ (without Come With Music) for a 2 years contract.

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Nokia N97 Blogger Preview

Nokia N97 Blogger Preview
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Went for the Nokia N97 Blogger Preview at Nokia Singapore office located at Alexandra Technopark. The Nokia N97 will be the next Nokia flagship device. It felt solid when I got my hands on it. There will be 2 colors for it. The black as well as the pearl white. There are a lot of interesting applications/widgets that you can place on the home screen such as Facebook, Stocks, Weather, etc. Gone are those days of those boring Active Standby screen which exists all the way till the N96. You can have up to 5 widgets on the home screen which you can arrange in any order you like. A neat feature which not many people may know is there if you swipe to the left or right of the home screen, all your widgets will be hidden to protect your privacy. Swipe again to get them back.

The sensitivity of the screen is just average due to the technology used. If I am not wrong, the N97 is using a resistive screen to cater for a wider audience with many different methods of input instead of a capacitive screen and hence scrolling or “flickering” is not as smooth as iPhone. That is the only complaint I have. In terms of responsiveness, I felt that it is more responsive than the iPhone. Typing on the mini QWERTY keyboard is quite smooth for me as the keys are not clustered together.