Nokia N97 (unlocked)
Nokia N97 (unlocked)
3:20

Nokia N97 (unlocked)

Phones
>>[background music] Hi I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior Editor at CNET.com and today we're taking a first look at the Nokia N97. Actually this is a second look since we first saw this Smartphone at CES and we've been waiting ever since then for the N97 to come out. Now that I have it I'm actually a little disappointed. I'll start with the design first, the good news is that Nokia finally added a touch screen to it's N series of Smartphone's so the N97 is easier to navigate than some of the older models like the N95. It's nice and large at 3.5 inches and colors and texts are bright and clear but when you compare it to other models like the iPhone and Palm Pre its not as sharp. Also the N97 uses a resistive touch screen instead of a capacitive touch screen so it's not as sensitive to the touch and you have to use the stylus for more accuracy. Also the touch interface isn't the greatest on the N97. Some of the menu items require 1 tap to launch while others require 2 taps so it's a little confusing and scrolling through long lists isn't quite as smooth and I definitely miss the multi touch capabilities of the Palm Pre and when iPhone when viewing web pages. The N97 does have a nice slider design though. Pushing this screen to the right exposes a full qwerty keyboard and as you can see the screen tilts at an angle so it makes it easier to see pages when you have the phone sitting on your table or when you're typing messages. The slider mechanism is smoother than some of the other smart phones I've tested like the HTC touch code 2. As far as the keyboard I have some mixed feelings about it. The buttons are nice size and there's a good amount of space in between them. They're also really easy to press and I'd say its one of the best keyboards I've used on the phone, except for 2 things. The space bar and the shift key are located to the far right side which made them really awkward to use and just interrupted the flow of typing. It took me a long time to get used to and even then I didn't feel 100% comfortable with it so I thought an otherwise great keyboard was ruined by this. As far as features, the Nokia N97 really shines. It's packed with just about everything you want. You get full messaging capabilities and it comes loaded with your standard organizational tools as well as some extra apps such as quick, boingo, AP news and guitar or rock hero. There's also a 5 megapixel camera that takes excellent pictures and it has all the wireless options you would want including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and support for AT&T's HSDPA network. The Nokia's HTML web browser is pretty good and it includes flash video support. And while all these features are great what really kills the device is the Symbian operating system. It might have been ok when the N97 was first announced in December 2008 but there's been a lot of progress made with the Android, iPhone OS 3.0 and the Palm webOS so it makes the N97 feel really outdated. That plus the phone costs $700 unlocked so it's really hard for me to recommend it when you've got all these other great touch screen Smartphone's that offer a better user experience and for less. If you're a dedicated Nokia fan or a Symbian fan and don't want to be tied down to a carrier, I think the N97 might work for you but otherwise I'd take a look at the other alternatives. [background music] I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been your first look at the Nokia N97. ^M00:03:14 [ Music ]

Up Next

We Revisit the iPhone 15 Pro Max, 7 Months After Its Launch
iphone-15-pro-max-7-months-later

Up Next

We Revisit the iPhone 15 Pro Max, 7 Months After Its Launch

Xiaomi 14 Ultra Review: The Best Camera Phone I've Ever Used
240404-yt-xiaomi-14-ultra-camera-for-pro-v08

Xiaomi 14 Ultra Review: The Best Camera Phone I've Ever Used

Apple to Talk AI in June: This WWDC Is a Big Deal
240328-yt-omt-wwdc24-v07

Apple to Talk AI in June: This WWDC Is a Big Deal

What Google Gemini AI on the iPhone Could Look Like
240321-site-apple-and-gemini-ai

What Google Gemini AI on the iPhone Could Look Like

You Thought Your Phone Was Cool. Check Out These Design Concepts
240319-site-wildest-phone-concepts-of-2024

You Thought Your Phone Was Cool. Check Out These Design Concepts

Can I Live With a Nokia Flip Phone in 2024?
pana3004

Can I Live With a Nokia Flip Phone in 2024?

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day
240304-site-nothing-phone-2-first-look-v3

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day

Camera Comparison: The Galaxy S24 Ultra Takes On the iPhone 15 Pro Max
240219-yt-vs-iphone-15-pro-max-vs-camera-comparison-v03

Camera Comparison: The Galaxy S24 Ultra Takes On the iPhone 15 Pro Max

See How the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera Compares to the Pixel 8 Pro's
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-vs-pixel-8-pro-3

See How the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera Compares to the Pixel 8 Pro's

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

We Revisit the iPhone 15 Pro Max, 7 Months After Its Launch
iphone-15-pro-max-7-months-later

We Revisit the iPhone 15 Pro Max, 7 Months After Its Launch

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling
cnet-audiq6

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling

Apple and Disney's Unique Bond: Why Vision Pro Needs the Mouse
240411-site-can-disney-save-the-apple-vision-pro-v1

Apple and Disney's Unique Bond: Why Vision Pro Needs the Mouse

Sony ULT Wear Headphones Review: Evolution of Extra Bass
site-sonyultheadphone-v3

Sony ULT Wear Headphones Review: Evolution of Extra Bass

Humane's AI Pin: Unboxed and Tested
240409-site-humane-ai-pin-review-v2

Humane's AI Pin: Unboxed and Tested

Xiaomi 14 Ultra Review: The Best Camera Phone I've Ever Used
240404-yt-xiaomi-14-ultra-camera-for-pro-v08

Xiaomi 14 Ultra Review: The Best Camera Phone I've Ever Used

Most Popular All most popular

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)
innovation

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost
240123-site-samsung-galaxy-s24-ultra-review-4

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen
circlesearchpic

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop
asus-preces-00-00-25-11-still003

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024
240111-site-best-of-ces-2024-1

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024

Latest Products All latest products

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling
cnet-audiq6

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter
pic3

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar
240320-site-nuro-r3-first-look-v1

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day
240304-site-nothing-phone-2-first-look-v3

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More
240229-site-best-of-show-at-mwc

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display
240225-site-lenovo-translucent-laptop-concept-v3

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display

Latest How To All how to videos

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone
screenshot-2024-04-03-at-15-47-11.png

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features
240311-site-windows-11-hidden-tips-and-tricks-v2

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3
VisionOS 1.0.3

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro
tiktok-on-vision-pro-clean

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips
superbowl-tv-settings-thumb1

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips