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  • Pros:
  • Compact body
  • New User Interface
  • Cons:
  • Rehashing of the same hardware and software as the N97

Nokia N97 Mini Preview

The variation on Nokia’s primary product, the N97, which CEO and president Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo hinted at, during the Nokia World 2009 show, is about to hit store shelves this October in the form of the Nokia N97 Mini. As its name would suggest, this is essentially a miniaturized version of the N97, but at the same time, it is so much more than a rehashing of the same hardware and software, all in a slimmer, sexier package.

The Nokia N97 Mini does see a decrease in the screen size from its older N97 brother, from 3.5 inches to 3.2 inches. One of the main complaints of users of the N97 was that it was often awkward to hold and use because of its large size. It appears that the reduced screen size and slimmer encasement will be the makeover that the N97 needed to be truly ergonomic. The N97 Mini also boasts a more chic design, sporting functional and durable stainless steel cues. Aside from these changes, and a few modifications to the keyboard, no other hardware specifications have been released concerning the N97 Mini. It would be safe to assume that it will at least match, and very likely exceed, those specs of the older N97 model.

It is going to be easier than ever to stay connected, using the Nokia N97 Mini. It has a fun and intuitive new user interface that incorporates flick scrolling, and a wide variety of home screen widgets that you can use to keep track of the weather, foreign exchange rates, or even use to follow your favourite Twitter feeds! The phone also features an intriguing new software feature- Lifecasting with Ovi. This program will allow you to instantly update your Facebook status and locations right from the home screen of your N97 Mini. The Ovi software also encompasses a powerful mapping system that will be useful for pedestrian navigation, and can even be used to find your friends after they have published their current locations. All of these new features on the Nokia N97 Mini make it a very capable travel companion, rivalling even the powerful standalone GPS devices.

With what has been thus far revealed about the Nokia N97 Mini, a recommended price tag of about $770 seems more than reasonable. The price tag is in the realm of many other next generation mobile devices, which provides a very strong hint that the N97 Mini is going to come equipped with many of the same capabilities. It is expected to be compatible with the cutting edge 3G networks, and the still widespread 2G networks, allowing you to stay connected virtually everywhere you travel. Given the high quality of the screen, it would be criminal not to use it for highly detailed mobile games and video. So, it would seem that we can look forward to hearing about the N97 Mini’s versatile gaming capabilities, and its ability to play movies and stream video from the internet.

Conclusion

It seems very apparent that the N97 Mini is going to be capable of handling all of your mobile device needs, providing internet access wherever, and whenever you need it, as well as hours of entertainment, no matter where you might find yourself during the adventures of daily life.