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Nokia N97 Mini - Nokia N97 Mini

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis



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As with the full-fat N97, the Mini is certainly not found lacking when it comes to connectivity. It is quad-band so you should have no problem using it in most countries around the world and naturally, HSDPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 are present too. The GPS worked a treat with the Nokia Maps (even if it isn’t exactly our favourite navigation software) and during our test period we experienced no problem’s with the phone’s call quality. The handset also did a good job of holding on to a mobile signal in weaker signal areas.

We’re also glad to see that Nokia has opted for a micro-USB port for charging and syncing as it means you can cut down on the number of cables and chargers you need to take with you while travelling. Battery life isn’t bad ¬¬- we got around two days out of it as long as we didn’t hammer the 3G browsing and GPS chip, which is par for the course on today’s smartphones. And although the internal storage has been reduced from 32GB to 8GB, you can add extra space via the microSD card slot that’s tucked away behind the battery cover.


In my opinion, the Mini is a slightly better handset than the N97 as it manages to pack almost all the same features into a much smaller and slicker chassis. However, the inconsistencies in the user interface and lacklustre keyboards are still significant let downs and make the phone less enjoyable to use than many of its competitors.

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January 7, 2010, 6:17 am

mmm, not sure now what to buy, really like Nokia, i have yet to have a bad Nokia phone. Currently using a 6110 Navigator, and love it, probably the best phone i have had ,but was thinking of a change. The X6 has mixed reviews, same with the N97 mini, both phones that i really fancied. Think i will stay as i am for a bit longer unless anybody has some good suggestions.( not I-phone )


January 7, 2010, 2:16 pm

@DB What is your Budget? What features are you looking for in your next phone? I.e. Touchscreen, GPS ect? What do you want to use your phone for (i.e. mobile internet, music player)

A good place to look is the GSM arena as you can search for the features that you are interested in having, then check out the reviews on each phone individually


If you want to stay with Nokia's, and youre not that fussed about having a touchscreen (I know im not, I text and do short messgaes much quicker on a touchpad than a touchscreen) then maybe the Nokia E75?


Dave 1

January 7, 2010, 2:24 pm

If it helps any I'm up for renewal at the end of the month and I'm looking at either the Motorolla Milestone or the N900. Nexus One is intriguing but ideally I want a keyboard

Martin Daler

January 7, 2010, 6:53 pm

@db what sort of reviews did your 6110 Navigator get? I often find it best to strip out all the judgements from the reviews, just read them for the factual info and then make your own judgement.

Tom Rees

January 7, 2010, 7:24 pm

I have an N97 mini, on Orange (not orange branded though), and I thoroughly recommend it. I haven't had any problems with it. It's true that the interface isn't as slick as competitors, but that's an inconvenience rather than a major problem. And you have to weight that against the better spec (screen res, keyboard, camera, etc).


January 8, 2010, 3:46 pm

Thanks for the comments Stelph, as for budget, this is not a problem, i was going to spend up to about £400 pounds. I always buy sim free now as i have the deal i want from my current operator.


January 16, 2010, 4:36 pm

I've had one of these handsets from Orange now for almost 2 months now, and although the handset itself is nice and sturdy and the interface is Ok and quite user friendly, I'm looking to get rid of it, these handsets are awfull with signal strength (side by side with my old trusty N95, one has 4 bars the N97 has no service) and random crashes/power offs (on the latest software), I'm on my 3rd handset now with the same problems and Orange have decided to pull the product from their range I just found out. It's very unfortunate !


March 5, 2010, 1:27 am

Just bought an N97 mini, and love it. The screen is excellent, the operating system seems to be ok, had no problems with freezing and the battery life is good. No probs, recommended

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