Nokia N97 Mini vs. Nokia N97 – Review

by Jerry D on June 7, 2010

As its name suggests, the Nokia N97 Mini was born to provide a smaller, more pocketable alternative to Nokia’s jack-of-all-trades N97 smartphone. But have too many corners been cut? Prepare to joust…

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Connectivity:

Let’s talk wireless connectivity. The N97 Mini includes 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. Nokia’s original N97 handset comes with the same specification.

Size & Weight:

Pocketability is crucial and the N97 Mini is 113.0 x 52.5 x 14.2mm, compared to its bigger brother’s 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9mm dimensions. The N97 Mini was designed to be smaller and lighter to appeal to a wider range of people. Specifically, the Nokia N97 Mini weighs 138g, while the N97 is a tubby 150g.

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Camera:

The N97 Mini is equipped with a 5.0 Megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, a handy dual LED flash, video light, geo-tagging and VGA video recording. For video calls, there’s also a front-facing camera. The Nokia N97 matches its opponent feature for feature.

Screen/keyboard:

The smaller chassis means that there are some significant differences between the two phones. The N97 Mini incorporates a touch-sensitive LCD display, 3.2 inches in size and with a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. There’s also a QWERTY keyboard for data entry. The original N97′s touch-sensitive LCD display is roomier at 3.5 inches.

Storage:

The N97 wins the internal storage battle with 32GB of internal storage, compared to 8GB on the N97 Mini. The N97 Mini boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 24GB. Equally, the 32GB storage capacity on Nokia’s phone can be expanded to 48GB via its microSD slot.

Battery life:

What about talktime and battery life? the N97 Mini boasts 6.0 hours of talktime according to Nokia, the same as the original N97. Standby time is rated at 310 hours and 408 hours respectively. So if you want to talk and work for longer, the bigger N97 is the better option.

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Performance:

As for overall performance, the N97 is powered by a 434MHz ARM 11 processor. The N97 Mini also has a ARM 11 chip and both phones run the Symbian OS (Series 60). Both phones have access to downloadable apps and utilities via the Ovi store.

Extras:

Both phones also include Stereo FM radio with RDS, a Visual radio option, GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass and a TV-out.

The Nokia N97 wins!

Nokia N97 Nokia N97 Mini vs. Nokia N97   ReviewIn technology terms, the original N97 comes out on top – it has the most memory and a roomier display (for more effective web browsing and video watching). But it’s also not the most pocketable smartphone and it’s fatter than many of its rivals. The N97 Mini was designed to offer a smaller, slimmer alternative, whilst retaining the best bits of the original handset.

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