Everyone needs a mini-me, at least if you're a largish smartphone. The Nokia N97 Mini is indeed a smaller version of the Nokia N97 that came out this summer in the US. It feels immensely better in the hand and pocket and we like the new looks that are fitting for a Nokia E series smartphone with tasteful metallic trim and a metal battery door. The N97 Mini is an unlocked GSM phone that's sold direct by Nokia USA and several online retailers and it sells for around $569 in the US. The Mini is supposed to cost less than the N97, but right now the price differential isn't that great since the N97 is 6 months old and discounted while the N97 Mini is brand spanking new.
There are a few other reasons to like the Mini: it runs the latest S60 5th Edition with all the tweaks and improvements including kinetic scrolling and much improved menu handling compared to the N97 when it first shipped. It has more NAND flash to install apps and plenty of home screen widgets to keep things interesting. The Mini has 8 gigs of flash storage,down from the N97's 32 gigs. The US version we review here has AT&T 3G HSDPA on the 850/1900MHz bands.
Specs: 3.2" resistive touch screen slide-out angled QWERTY keyboard 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss autofocus lens and dual LED flash 8 gigs flash storage plus SDHC microSD card slot GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR Symbian OS 9.4, S60 5th Edition Webkit web browser Flash Player support
Here's our 8 minute video review of the N97 Mini. Please feel free to post questions
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview