The Finnish cell phone big has dubbed its new N97 handset the “world’s most superior cellular laptop”, and guarantees it’s going to deliver customers nearer to the web on the transfer.
The machine combines a big three.5in touch-screen, much like that discovered on the Apple iPhone, with a slide-out Qwerty keyboard harking back to the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and the T-Cell G1. Not like the Apple iPhone, the N97 will be capable of play the Flash movies used on many web sites, together with our personal Telegraph information pages. It additionally helps instant-messaging and e mail on the go, boasts a five-megapixel digital camera, and an enormous 48GB of reminiscence, able to storing hundreds extra songs than the Apple iPhone and lots of different main gadgets.
“From the desktop to the laptop computer and now to your pocket, the Nokia N97 is essentially the most highly effective, multi-sensory cellular laptop in existence,” mentioned Jonas Geust, a vp at Nokia. “The Nokia N97 cellular laptop adjusts to the world round us, serving to keep related to the folks and issues that matter most.”
Nokia has put high-speed internet entry on the coronary heart of its new machine, together with one-button, ‘always-on’ entry to social-networking websites similar to Fb. The cellphone additionally makes use of its built-in GPS expertise to supply location-specific info. Nokia, which calls the service ‘social location’, mentioned that it’ll allow N97 customers to replace their social-networking profiles with exact particulars about their location and discover close by pals.
“Right this moment, we’re on the threshold of one other profound change in the way in which we join and work together with one another and with our world,” mentioned Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, chief govt of Nokia. “This can be a world the place you’ll have the facility to tailor and personalise your web how and if you like, to make your day-to-day life simpler and extra fulfilling.”
The brand new N97 will tie in intently with Nokia’s Ovi platform of software program and providers, which embody music downloads, photo-sharing providers and mapping software program. A brand new-look Nokia Maps program on the N97 will permit customers to pre-plan a journey on their laptop after which synchronise the route throughout to their cell phone.
Nokia has additionally promised that it’ll observe the lead of Apple, Google and Analysis in Movement, makers of the BlackBerry, by making it simpler for third-party builders to jot down additonal software program and applications for Nokia handsets. House owners of the N97, which runs the Symbian working system, can already obtain hundreds of functions to their cellphone, and Nokia mentioned it’s creating “new alternatives” for third events to develop revolutionary widgets and web service functions for Nokia gadgets.
The Nokia N97 is anticipated to go on sale within the first half of 2009, and can value round £470 with no contract, though many community operators are anticipated to closely subsidise the price of the handset, and even supply it totally free on some tariffs.
Nokia, which has greater than a billion clients worldwide, faces stiff competitors from newcomers to the cell phone market, similar to Apple, with its massively common iPhone, and even Google, which has helped to develop the open-source Android working system that will probably be operating on a number of telephones subsequent 12 months, and which guarantees to deliver the desktop computing expertise to cellular gadgets.
Though some expertise commentators and analysts are sceptical whether or not the Nokia N97 has the potential to be an ‘iPhone killer’, others are extra upbeat about its prospects.
“With the N97, Nokia has produced the primary cellphone that may actually problem, and even transcend, Apple’s greatest,” mentioned Robin Landy, of cell phone overview web site Omio.com. “Nokia has introduced collectively a variety of frequent smartphone options, similar to GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G web, in a single attractive machine. Crucially although, they’ve mixed the usual stuff with options that basically matter to customers, however are sometimes lacking from rival handsets.
“A correct Qwerty keyboard will make an enormous distinction to the on a regular basis person expertise, and the massive quantity of reminiscence implies that even folks with giant music collections can depart their iPods at residence.
“The N97 lacks the in-your-face dazzle of the iPhone, however it does strike a stability between understated attractiveness and useful practicality.”