I touched the Nokia N97 and it was good

I had an opportunity to play around a little with a pre-production Nokia N97 yesterday and my initial experience of it is pretty good! I took a couple out of focus and indistinct photos of the device to share with you:

The phone performs pretty much as I hoped it would although it was in offline mode and I didn’t have a chance to test out things like web browsing and other data services. This is also a pre-production unit so it may still change a little and perhaps even be optimised even further by the time the phone starts hitting stores in June (we may only get it a month or two later due to some approval processes at ICASA and the networks).

The device feels right in my hand. I thought it might feel a little small or narrow but it doesn’t. It is bigger than my E71 but not uncomfortably so. This model has a plastic case (at least it felt like plastic) but unlike the 5800 Music Xpress, it feels more substantial. The touchscreen is pretty much the same as the 5800 in that you feel a vibration when you do things using the touchscreen. That is your feedback that lets you know you have actually done something. The touchscreen transitions pretty quickly between landscape and portrait modes and my only real challenge was getting used to how to navigate around the interface.

I shot a quick video just to get a sense of what the video quality on the device is and it is also pretty good! I could comfortably use the N97 for casual videos although I am curious about how it will perform in low light situations.

Test video with a Nokia N97 from Paul Jacobson on Vimeo.

Looking forward to trying one of these out over a more extended period of time but based on my short time with it yesterday, I am going to start saving …

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