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Build quality issues. Anybody else have this?

HokiesACC

Jul 1, 2009, 7:29 AM
Just got mine in yesterday and have been playing around with it non stop, but it looks like it's going back for another one.

Hey, I just got my N97 in from Amazon. It's the NAM version, RM-507. I was very disappointed to see it has the made in China label, since my opinion of Chinese made products has never been a good one. Upon inspecting the phone, I happen to notice a few things.

1) The SIM card makes noise for some reason when I shake the phone, sounds like something is knocking around. The second I take the card out of the tray, and shake the phone, there is no noise at all. It's not loud, but you can definitely hear it.

2) The phone doesn't quite sit completely flat when the slide is closed. The side with the speakers on it ...
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Omagus

Jul 1, 2009, 6:14 PM
I honestly don't have most of those problems (mine is also made in China).

I've heard a lot of people complaining about the keyboard but mine doesn't seem to be that bad. It's definitely not as good as the E71 but the tactile feedback I get is serviceable.
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HokiesACC

Jul 2, 2009, 2:41 PM
The keyboard layout itself is fine. I have no problems with the spacebar where it is. But my issue is with the tactile feed back of the rows themselves. I understand you feel the feeback you get is serviceable, but do you feel a major difference with the middle row and the top and bottom rows? Doesn't the middle row have a distinct click to each key, that you can feel, minus the enter key? Don't the top and bottom rows have almost no clickiness to them at all?

I told Amazon yesterday I thought there was a problem with mine, so they sent me another one, and wouldn't you know it, the keyboard feels practically the same. Unfortunately I'm sending the one the shipped me today back because its no better and the slide mechanism isn't right. So...
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AvgJoe

Jul 3, 2009, 9:52 PM
HokiesACC said:
Just got mine in yesterday and have been playing around with it non stop, but it looks like it's going back for another one.

Hey, I just got my N97 in from Amazon. It's the NAM version, RM-507. I was very disappointed to see it has the made in China label, since my opinion of Chinese made products has never been a good one. Upon inspecting the phone, I happen to notice a few things.

1) The SIM card makes noise for some reason when I shake the phone, sounds like something is knocking around. The second I take the card out of the tray, and shake the phone, there is no noise at all. It's not loud, but you can definitely hear it.

2) The phone doesn't quite sit completely flat when the slide is close
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HokiesACC

Jul 4, 2009, 6:19 PM
I am absolutely sick of people who constantly say, just get an iPhone. You probably don't even own this phone, so why are you even talking here. I will never buy another Apple product, especially an iphone. If I wanted an all touch device I'll get an omnia hd. I can't stand Apple's OS, their designs, their name, and people who talk it up like it's the greatest thing ever made. This is my 5th Nokia in the last 3 years and I expect the best because that's what i expect from everything. My E71 is perfect in terms of build. But this has let me down. Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love this phones form factor and its build is the best i've ever felt for an Nseries, but having a keyboard where all three rows have different feeling, and these ter...
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AvgJoe

Jul 21, 2009, 11:45 PM
HokiesACC said:
I am absolutely sick of people who constantly say, just get an iPhone. You probably don't even own this phone, so why are you even talking here. I will never buy another Apple product, especially an iphone. If I wanted an all touch device I'll get an omnia hd. I can't stand Apple's OS, their designs, their name, and people who talk it up like it's the greatest thing ever made. This is my 5th Nokia in the last 3 years and I expect the best because that's what i expect from everything. My E71 is perfect in terms of build. But this has let me down. Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love this phones form factor and its build is the best i've ever felt for an Nseries, but having a keyboard where all three rows h
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HokiesACC

Jul 22, 2009, 10:36 PM
I just sent mine in two days ago to the warranty repair center in Alabama. Turns out the camera cover is scratching the lens everytime its opened and closed. I've heard lots of people experiencing the same things. It's very similar to the look of the 6500 Slide scratches on the keypad. I'll let you guys know what happens with that when I finally get my phone back.
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