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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