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Mostly agree

by Omagus    Jul 1, 2009, 5:56 PM

I've had the N97 for about a week and a half, and I think I'd agree with Eric's overall thoughts on it. After the first weekend, I REALLY liked it. I still do but my enthusiasm has been tempered a little bit.

I'm not quite as frustrated with some of the things that Eric is. For example, I have no problem with the touchscreen being resistive because it might be the best resistive touchscreen I've ever used. I'm also a little bit surprised with his complaints about the body. It's disappointing that the N-Series development team has not found a way to equal the products created by its E-Series counterparts but I can't go as far as to say that I think the N97 feels cheap (other than maybe the battery cover).

Ultimately, I agree that the phone is not worth the listed $700 price tag. I ordered mine when Nokia accidentally had them listed for $250 off, and I think that is right around a reasonable price for this. But I also remember that the N95 was $750 when it first launched and, initially, it was also somewhat panned. But after a few FW upgrades and price drops, it eventually became one of the most popular Nokia phones ever. I can see the same thing happening with the N97. But Nokia really needs to learn to stop releasing phones with what is essentially the beta version of the firmware. It's becoming increasingly crucial to hit home runs right out of the door.

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