Nokia N97: the ultimate Facebook device

Nokia N97 sitting next to iPhone

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UPDATE: here’s a short video of the N97 in action last night at dinner.

I have a second video that shows the photo viewing, which looks a lot like how the iPhone does it.

Nokia just announced the N97. I got a chance to play with it last night and realized they have built the ultimate Facebook device. Now, I’m sure, lots of you will wonder how it compares to the iPhone. Well, for a Facebook user it isn’t even close: the new Nokia device wins hands down. Why? Let’s compare:

1. It does 16:9 video. The iPhone doesn’t even do video. So, how can you go to a Daft Punk concert and record it to taunt your friends?
2. It has a 5 megapixel camera. The iPhone only has 2, and the quality isn’t even close. The camera also has a dual LED flash, so you can take pictures in the dark where the iPhone can’t.
3. I can type three Facebook status messages on the N97′s nice QWERTY keybord in the time that I can type two on the iPhone.
4. It does copy and paste, so you can copy URLs to send to your friends. The iPhone can’t do that.
5. It has replaceable batteries so you can charge up three batteries and Facebook for days, while the iPhone needs to be hooked back up to the wall for recharging after a few hours.
6. The GPS device does turn-by-turn and has a built in compass, so you’ll get to your parties faster than with the iPhone, which doesn’t have a compass and doesn’t do turn-by-turn.

OK, so how else does it compare to the iPhone? It has a touch screen, with a cool customizeable home screen. You can add a Facebook component and can drag and drop different components with your finger. You can also use gestures so you can “flick” through your photos. That part is very similar to the iPhone, so you can see that Steve Jobs had a big influence on the user experience.

The device itself has only one button and you can see Jonathan Ives’ challenge taken up all over the device. Close your eyes and touch the device and you don’t feel buttons or other things protuding. Smooth.

Photos and videos will come soon. The wifi isn’t good here.

Other details?

Price? $550 before subsidy, so price should be about $350 in stores.

Availabilty? Second quarter of 2009.

UPDATE: I’ve uploaded some photos to my Flickr stream. I’ll upload videos shortly.


TechMeme has links to more info
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204 thoughts on “Nokia N97: the ultimate Facebook device

  1. Nice article about the Nokia N97 article..I am going to buy the Nokia Nseries for that i am going to sell the Nokia 6060 Model Mobile For that i want to unlock the Mobile From the T-Mobile US network I found the Free Unlocking code in the site <a href=”http://www.unlock-free.com/”http://www.unlock-free.com/ after Unlocking it & i will sell the Mobile & buy Nokia N97 Mobile ..It's My Dream.

  2. i love the Nokia N97. I am going to buy it soon in white. I live in UAE so it is in stores now or by next week.

  3. For me, this phone is close to perfection but there is one thing that would make it perfect -> Is there an extra camera for video calling? (otherwise i will just go for the Sony Ericsson x1).

    Thanks!

  4. For me, this phone is close to perfection but there is one thing that would make it perfect -> Is there an extra camera for video calling? (otherwise i will just go for the Sony Ericsson x1).

    Thanks!

  5. Hi guys, may i ask something?
    I wondering, how come, there is advertising sell these n97, since Nokia have not launched it yet in store?
    They offers around 300-450USD.
    Anybody can help me to explain?
    Thanx

  6. Hi guys, may i ask something?
    I wondering, how come, there is advertising sell these n97, since Nokia have not launched it yet in store?
    They offers around 300-450USD.
    Anybody can help me to explain?
    Thanx

  7. Hi guys, i just wondering, a lot of advertising there, offering this N97. They sell it on 300-450USD.
    Is it true, since Nokia haven’t launced it in store, how these people can sell it?
    I’m really don’t understand, can somebody help me to explain? Thank You.

  8. Hi guys, i just wondering, a lot of advertising there, offering this N97. They sell it on 300-450USD.
    Is it true, since Nokia haven’t launced it in store, how these people can sell it?
    I’m really don’t understand, can somebody help me to explain? Thank You.

  9. hey everyone :) Now my personal experiences with the iphone (cause i have it) are great…they got a new update so it now has turn by turn with the new google maps so one problem solved….the battery thing for hours is crap my phone can fully charge like in an hour and a half its the battery bar is red….and things like video apple can update that soon enough they get updates like very couple months….and who knows by spring appl might even have a new iphone with better stuff than it has now….

    Basicly im saying that the phone world never stops once one person comes out with something evrybody likes all the other companies follow it…(thats how touch screen came into view)….now thats just my opinion

    ps…not much of apple fan but the iphone rocks and the n97 rocks to but i cant wait till spring :(

  10. hey everyone :) Now my personal experiences with the iphone (cause i have it) are great…they got a new update so it now has turn by turn with the new google maps so one problem solved….the battery thing for hours is crap my phone can fully charge like in an hour and a half its the battery bar is red….and things like video apple can update that soon enough they get updates like very couple months….and who knows by spring appl might even have a new iphone with better stuff than it has now….

    Basicly im saying that the phone world never stops once one person comes out with something evrybody likes all the other companies follow it…(thats how touch screen came into view)….now thats just my opinion

    ps…not much of apple fan but the iphone rocks and the n97 rocks to but i cant wait till spring :(

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  12. Looks like a nice piece of tech. Heres the only prob: the Iphone is now cheaper than the N97 is going to be. Is that extra stuff worth the price? If you wait until the price drops to $330, then the Apple response will probably already be out and it will be even better than the N97. So, where does it stop? If you’ve got money to blow on this stuff, cool. But not all of us can buy each new beautiful piece of tech that comes along with a $600 price tag.

  13. Looks like a nice piece of tech. Heres the only prob: the Iphone is now cheaper than the N97 is going to be. Is that extra stuff worth the price? If you wait until the price drops to $330, then the Apple response will probably already be out and it will be even better than the N97. So, where does it stop? If you’ve got money to blow on this stuff, cool. But not all of us can buy each new beautiful piece of tech that comes along with a $600 price tag.

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