Written on 9/10/2009 08:57:00 AM by poison_ivy
Ugh. It's things like the Nokia N97 Mini that makes me think that Nokia lacks any new ideas and that they need to hire fresh people for their handset development department. Instead of fixing the problems and bugs on the Nokia N97 by introducing the fix on newer N97 handsets fresh out of the factory (like what Samsung did with the Omnia), they've decided to irk Nokia N97 users by introducing essentially the same handset, in a smaller form factor, with some of the N97's problems fixed. And here we have the N97 Mini.
Judging from its name, naturally, the Nokia N97 Mini is smaller than its predecessor. The smaller form factor is attributed to a few inches of screen chopped off the original. The N97 Mini now only sports 3.2 inches of screen compared with the N97's 3.5 inches. The keyboard has also been revamped, with the directional pad being removed. A lot of users have been complaining about the N97's poor construction so Nokia opted to remedy this with a metal back casing but left out the camera lens cover found on the original. Aside from that, all other aspects of the phone remain the same.
Like I said, aside from having the small form factor, the Nokia N97 Mini is essentially the same handset except the latter also has lower internal memory (only 8GB vs. 32GB of the original N97). In terms of the OS, it has a slightly upgraded firmware compared with the original N97 as it now has a lot of kinetic scrolling available on the menu. However, the original N97 phone will also feature kinetic scrolling in its upcoming firmware upgrade so when the N97 Mini will be released all it can really offer is its size.
What turned me off the Nokia N97 is a lot of problems surrounding it. Numerous people have returned their N97's due to different complaints and I'm not about to be one of those persons. If Nokia is able to address all those issue on the Nokia N97 Mini, then people who are thinking of buying the N97 would probably opt for the newer version, plus the Mini is slightly cheaper at 100 Euros. So if the N97 Mini offers a cheaper price and is more pocktable, what does the Original N97 has to offer now? Well, if you prefer a wider QWERTY keyboard and a bigger internal memory, then you might want to risk buying the N97, in the hopes that you won't get a defective unit, otherwise, until someone can confirm that the Nokia N97 Mini is bug free, let's all hold off buying it until the user reviews come in.