Though smaller in size, the N97 Mini's features list is still pretty long and wasn't scaled back too much. The major difference between the N97 and the N97 Mini is that there's less internal memory (8GB versus 32GB) and it lacks an FM transmitter.
The Nokia N97 Mini measures 4.45 inches tall by 2.07 inches wide by 0.56 inch deep and weighs 4.87 ounces, compared with the N97, which came in at 4.61 inches tall by 2.18 inches wide by 0.63 inch thick and 5.29 ounces. The difference might not seem that substantial, but it's definitely noticeable as the N97 Mini is a much more pocket-friendly device, not to mention a more solid one.
The keyboard on the N97 was an ergonomic mess, so we were glad to see that Nokia reworked the keyboard on the N97 Mini. It did away with the D-pad on the left side and elongated the space bar and move it to the left slightly.
We found the typing experience on the N97 Mini much better than on the N97, since the removal of the D-pad eliminates any awkward hand placement. That said, the keys are slightly stiff to press, which slowed us down a bit.
The N97 Mini features the same 5-megapixel camera as the N97. It has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, dual-LED flash, autofocus, 14x digital zoom, and can record VGA-quality video at up to 30 frames per second.