My current cell phone contract runs out in six months and I'm currently looking for options. One of the options is the new Nokia N97 cell phone which was announced at Nokia World in Barcelona.
The cell phone will be the successor of the Nokia N96 which is currently Nokia's flagship product for business users.
Nokia managers call it the Facebook phone. The reason is obvious. Nokia is gearing for the social networking and multimedia crowd as much as it tried to improve the business aspects of the phone.
The main features that make it interesting in my case are the full QWERTY keyboard, the WiFi support and the 640x360 screen. It does come with additional features like GPS, flash lite 3.0, tri-band HSDPA 3G, a 5 Megapixel camera or 32 Gigabytes of memory which will appeal to many users.
No word yet on the important battery component but Nokia claims that the cell phone is capable of 36 hours of continuous music playback. A video of the new Nokia N97 was published on YouTube that showcases some of its features.
A few factors will help me make the decision. The first and most important factor in my opinion is the responsiveness of the cell phone. The Nokia N73 for example is sluggish and slow. The keyboard should be good enough for the occasional article in an Internet Cafe or at a Wifi hotspot.
Lastly the battery should last long enough to survive a workday without recharging. The current suggested price tag without contract is around 550€ ($695) which is quite expensive.
Update: It is four years later and my cell phone contract ran just out. I'm currently planing on getting the new Nokia Lumia 920 when it comes out in November 2012. The phone does not ship with a qwerty keyboard but is packed with features otherwise.
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