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Nokia N97 Mini review

Slick version of Nokia flagship phone arrives to upstage its big brother

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 7.17 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 640 x 360

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For

  • Decent QWERTY keyboard
  • Large 3.2-inch display
  • Wi-Fi and HSDPA
  • A-GPS built in
  • Good music player
  • 8GB storage
  • 3.5mm headphone socket
  • Excellent build quality
  • Homescreen widgets set-up

Against

  • Resistive display
  • S60 5th Edition Relatively bulky
  • Wi-Fi could be easier to set up
  • Camera flash has limited effect

Nokia's powerhouse N97 touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard-packing smartphone may have arrived to mixed reviews, but its new, rescaled Nokia N97 Mini stablemate offers a refreshed take on the device.

Its 'Mini' moniker doesn't mean this is a heavily stripped down version of the original N97, however.

While it does pare down some elements of the N97 - such as a smaller screen and reduced internal flash memory from 32GB to 8GB - the N97 Mini is still a big hitter in the pure feature count department.

The N97 Mini is a full touchscreen smartphone device, running on Nokia's Symbian S60 5th Edition platform - previously seen on recent models like the N97 and 5800 XpressMusic.

It has a 3.2-inch display, and has a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard with a tilting screen, and, geared up to be a web-orientated multimedia device, it supports high-speed HSDPA mobile data as well as Wi-Fi connectivity.

nokia n97 mini

It's loaded up with an impressive amount of applications out of the box, and as well as multimedia player capabilities it has A-GPS location finding with Nokia's Maps software, plus a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics.

But as we all know, particularly post-iPhone, smartphone success isn't just about stacks of features - usability and performance are key to the touchscreen user experience too. So does the N97 Mini affirm the maxim that less can be more?

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSCSD, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourCherry Black
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time7.17 Hour
Product ModelN97 mini
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Weight (Approximate)138 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Operating System VersionSymbian OS 9.2
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
Height113 mm
Width52.5 mm
Depth14.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time320 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameN97 Mini Smartphone (Unlocked)
Processor Speed434 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number002N0F7
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing Information

The sleek Nokia N97 mini integrates the web into your life and seamlessly connects you to your friends and favorite online services. Nokia N97 mini: connect to your friends and favorite online services and access rich web content with just a touch. The Nokia N97 mini features a customizable home screen, tilting touch display, full QWERTY keyboard, and 5-megapixel digital camera.