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Nokia N97 Hits Pre-Order, Sim Free Price Revealed

Gordon Kelly


Nokia N97 Hits Pre-Order, Sim Free Price Revealed

It has been almost six months since Nokia signalled its serious touchscreen intentions in unveiling the N97, so it's about jolly well time the handset went on sale...

Thankfully it looks like those still charmed by this spec-tacular handset won't have to wait long as today the Finns revealed the N97 has gone on pre-order at its UK online store for the sizeable sim free price of £500.

Now given this RRP is even more expensive than the £488 N96 at launch and a whole £108 more than a 16GB PAYG iPhone 3G what do you get for your outlay? The answer: rather a lot. For starters the N97 is the first handset (though maybe not for long) to have 32GB of native storage and it backs that up with a 16GB compatible microSD slot. There's a 3.5in 640 pixel wide resistive touchscreen (sadly not capacitive or multi-touch), HSDPA, WiFi, aGPS and a five megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens.

Clearly targeting those unmoved by touchscreen typing - especially given the resistive input - Nokia has also bolted on a full sliding landscape Qwerty keyboard. As always, you do pay for this extra addition however since the N97 measures 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9mm (18.25mm at the camera) and weighs approximately 150g. That said, the N97 will be the first Nokia handset to launch with the early anticipated Ovi Store

Black and white versions of the N97 will be on sale (black all the way in my book) but for those looking for a subsidised network deal you may have some time to sit it out yet. The brave N97 native Skype integration has already seen the handset rejected by O2 and Orange and while this would seemingly make the bombastic mobile an ideal fit for Skype friendly 3 there has been no news of a deal to date. It also remains to be seen whether using the N97 sim free on networks such as O2 and Orange will simply see them detect VoIP data and block the necessary ports for access on their 3G networks. After all it has been a tactic in the past.

So be excited dear readers, but also cautious.


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May 18, 2009, 6:48 pm

I'm impatiently waiting for the Nokia 6700 classic!

Jane 2

May 18, 2009, 9:59 pm

If you&#8217re interested in getting a Nokia N97, and let&#8217s face it, who isn&#8217t? Take a look at MobilePhonesDirect.co.uk/N97, there&#8217s some pretty decent deals on there, plus you get the added advantage of getting it before anyone else! Good news all round.


May 18, 2009, 10:31 pm

@Jane - to be honest I'm not interested ;)


May 18, 2009, 10:56 pm

And you think we're going to believe you Gordon...

We all know that you're secretly a Nokia fan boy, it's ok, it's nothing to be ashamed of :D

It does look like a pretty decent handset though and it's the first Nokia I've considered buying in what, 10 years :D


May 18, 2009, 11:11 pm

@Gordon - I will second that one. Phones like this show just how good the iphone is, even when you take into account its faults. Many of which are soon to addressed no doubt :)

Neil B

May 19, 2009, 12:29 am

@Dylantherabbit, you what? No really, you what? You must be on a wind-up...


May 19, 2009, 1:00 am

Not sure to get the Omnia HD or N97.

Just note Symbian still holds the largest smartphone sales. iPhones are doing well but still a significantly small percentage of smartphone sales.


May 19, 2009, 1:34 am

@ Dylantherabbit - i wholeheartedly second and even third you on that one.. I don't have an iPhone yet due to the curious model of phone usage and ownership that i prefer (i.e. sim-free and mine :), but i could be tempted by the next gen one depending on what's on offer - or a Palm Pre.

The phone looks good on the outside, but i need to see the head-to-head to make the final decision as it's no silly thing laying out 500 big ones for a phone when a £400 one is more desirable, more popular, more widely supported and £100 cheaper... The type of screen has killed it for me on this one majorly, and the slider put the nail in the coffin before i even got to say hello..


May 19, 2009, 1:37 am

Dont really want this phone but I think I've decided to get a n86, I had decided to get an iphone but have somewhat gone off it now, but I'll be waiting till july to make a final decision see what comes up.


May 19, 2009, 1:37 am

@AlmostDone - personally I'd go with neither since resistive touchscreen technology simply isn't a patch on capacitive (iPhone, HTC Magic, T-Mobile G1, Palm Pre) at this stage.

I don't think the market share argument holds much weight because 1. Symbian handsets are amongst the cheapest in the world and get much of their market share from high volume, low end sales to developing countries and 2. It's like saying the highest grossing movies of the year are also the best films of the year.


May 19, 2009, 1:38 am

@Jay - waiting until July is a very wise decision.


May 19, 2009, 2:27 am

There is a rumour flying around that the Pre launches at the start of next month. I made the decision to move to a Simplicity 30 day contract the day after CES '09 launch.


May 19, 2009, 2:44 am

@Neil B.... It was a bit of both, I knew someone would bite. A fanboy I ain't but I find my iphone pretty impressive although the lack of certain features is annoying. It has certainly changed the game somewhat...App store anyone.

Crash Biker

May 19, 2009, 3:47 am

@Gordon - not saying it will change your mind by any means, but I believe the i8910 Omnia HD is capacitive AMOLED.


May 19, 2009, 4:22 am

BTW the Samsung Omnia HD (i8910) is capacitive but not multi-touch. It has an OLED screen and is the best screen on the market even better than the iPhone :-)


May 19, 2009, 4:26 am

@Crash Biker @AlmostDone I haven't heard the capacitive rumour confirmed but if it is then that would be a huge step in the right direction. The screen certainly in the best I've seen to date.

Getting multi-touch widely available is huge though so hopefully the Pre launch (and potential court battle) can establish some wider industry ground rules.

Lord Comben III

May 19, 2009, 4:34 am

Whilst i do find the Ipone capacitive touch screen very easy to use,old Lord Comben III is an old fashioned young man (hence the title) and still love proper keyboards which is why I have an E71 :)


May 19, 2009, 5:23 am

@AlmostDone - Great news, but I still worry about the OS. Consequently the Samsung I7500 would have the edge for me: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...


May 19, 2009, 5:42 pm

Staff in the "3 Store" are saying that they're getting the phone a week after the 02 exclusivity(?) deal expires. Not sure if they're just trying to keep customers away from the competitor though...

Either way, I'll be sticking with my 3G iPhone or upgrading to the next model if it's a worthy upgrade... I'm perfectly happy with my fanboy gadget :)

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