Nokia has finally reacted and announces a device to compete with the iPhone. The N97 has a beautiful touchscreen and a sliding qwerty keyboard. From the video clip Nokia posted in YouTube you can notice that Nokia bets on widgets to make the interface even more touch-friendly. One surprising thing about the video is that apart from widgets it only shows how the N97 plays video and music controlled by a soft touch interface. No demo on web browsing experience, nor on Nokia Maps powered by A-GPS, nor on any other feature that outperforms iPhone.
The device has 32GB of internal memory, a micro SD slot, and features a mini-USB interface, which already signals how Nokia is giving up on forcing users to buy proprietary Nokia cables and chargers. This shows how good (and necessary) competition is to avoid market leaders to abuse their position, as Nokia has been doing with their accessories (and Apple still does).
All in all, a quite decent device compared to previous Nokia phones. But at the expected 550 EUR price, is it cooler than iPhone? Furthermore, what new iPhone and Android models will we have by the second half of 2009, when the N97 hits the market?
Market leaders tend to be slower to respond to disruptions, usually after wasting months downplaying the disruptive competitor. Has Nokia reacted soon enough to avoid losing its throne?
Nokia N97 Specs, extracted from CrunchGear:
- Size: 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm* *18.25 mm at camera area
- Weight: Approx. 150 g
- Memory: Up to 48GB (32 GB on-board memory, plus 16GB expansion via microSD memory card slot)
- Display: 3.5 inch TFT with up to 16 million colors nHD 16:9 widescreen (640×360 pixels)
- Talk time: Up to 320 min (3G), 400 min (GSM)
- Standby time: Up to 400 hrs (3G), 430 hrs (GSM)
- Video playback: Up to 4.5 hours (offline mode)
- Music playback: Up to 37 hours (offline mode)
- Image capture: Up to 5 megapixels (2584 x 1938) JPEG/EXIF (16.7 million/24-bit color)