Nokia N97 or Nokia N900

Nokia N97 vs. Nokia N900

Here is something to think about, what phone would you pick if you are going for the ultimate smartphone experience. Well, seeing the Nokia N97 and the Nokia N900 side by side, although that the second one is promoted as a mobile computer with some phone features, it comes clear that what we are looking for is something that every power user out wants. So having this two phones, which one should we pick? What are the main advantages and disadvantages of this two best of the best? Do we finally have the ultimate pocket sized mobile phone computer? Many questions and here some answers that might throw some light on this matter.

Nokia N97, Nokia N900 and other top smartphones

So besides the Nokia N97 and Nokia N900, the smartphones that can compare with this top line devices are the HTC Touch Pro 2 and Sony Xperia, I will say a pretty big competition going on here but I am illustrating this for other smartphone users running Windows Mobile as an opposite to Symbian and Maemo. Both phones stand up to this highly competitive examples and even stand out for some features they have.

Direct comparison

When you compare the N900 and the N97 side by side, they both share the same form factor with slide out keyboards, similar size with the N900 being a bit bulkier then the Nokia N97. Both phones are not exactly what you would name pocket friendly but with performance comes compromise.

The first thing you notice when you see this phones is that they have different operating systems. The Nokia N97 runs on Symbian S60 5th edition and Nokia N900 goes with Maemo 5 (based on Linux for those who are not familiar with the Maemo platform). So what does this mean for the user experience you will have with this phones. Well even with the new 2.0 firmware for Nokia N97 the N97 just seems a bit slower, the touch UI is less responsive and the overall experience is somehow like a forced S60 3rd edition smartphone on to a touch screen. On the other hand, the N900 running Maemo 5 runs very smoothly and everything seems to be fast and responsive, there are no lags and other problems.

When it comes to apps, there are plenty for both so this is not an issue. But if you have used Symbian S60 up to now the transition to the Maemo 5 Linux tablet might be a bit uncomfortable for you due to the completely different interface architecture of the platform. But judging from my personal experience, you will get used to it very quickly.

The advantages of getting the Nokia N900

Well to be honest much on the Nokia N900 advantages are based to the better hardware found in the internet tablet smartphone. So what are the main hardware differences between the Nokia N97 and the N900. Here is something that might give you a clue:

  Nokia N97 Nokia N900
RAM Memory:
128 MB
256 MB RAM (up to 1GB virtual RAM)
ARM 11 434 MHz
ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz
360x640 3.5''
800x480 3.5''

As you can see from this few highlighted features you see that somehow the Nokia N900 is superior to the Nokia N97 having both more RAM and a faster CPU which beats the low amount of RAM application problem we have seen on the N97. Don't get me wrong the Nokia N97 is one of the best smartphones available on the market, but finally it has found it's match. The N900 looks like it has been designed with one thing in mind, performance! I have been using the N97 for a while now and I am satisfied with what I have seen so far, it surely has its problems, but as soon as the N900 comes on the market I would buy one. And if you want to know why, the reason for this decision is quite simple.

As a power user that expects his smartphone to do whatever he does on the PC, except maybe for resizing 1GB TIFF files with PhotoShop, I personally like the N900 a lot. It seems like you can do everything on it from email to browsing chatting and other Internet related tasks. With the amazing hardware and the Linux based Maemo 5 OS, you get a very powerful combination. The N900 becomes everything you expected from N97 and much more. So, if you get the N900 should you keep your old Nokia N97 and would you still use it. I am not sure if you have place in your pockets for two bulky phones.




Found under: Nokia N97, Nokia N900, Nokia N900 vs Nokia N97, Maemo

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Published on 24.09.2009 in Symbian Freeware Blog

Comments: Nokia N97 or Nokia N900

Posted by sabir on Monday, October 05, 2009 06:50
i want this pphone
Posted by Kifayat ullah on Friday, November 20, 2009 22:42
N900 is best than N97 I like it so much .
Posted by nnnnnn on Monday, January 04, 2010 19:17
was n97 now n900 later n1000000, doesnt matter what model,if u like its ok, i love n97 best phone for me--yes more 128 ram will be great for n97 but wait maybe with new firmware update will be availible virtual rams,and if it will be then n900 will go down-n97 is mini pc,and second for example:all world use windows-maybe 10% linux and maybe 20-30% mac-same here n900 will poor-will be simple phone...but n97 will not be-bcoz its like windows u can find many useful apps,and what u will get for n900 maybe few still best is n97 --and some stupid joke-- u see n97 has n9 and {7} n900 has n9 {00} so 7 lucky number-and what about two zero-its mean u will get zero@___@
Posted by Jen2k10 on Sunday, January 17, 2010 17:33
im getting the n97 next week and cant wait! in my opinion a much better phone from what ive seen. n900 costs too much for what its worth no doubt about it
Posted by flemo on Thursday, February 04, 2010 00:17
lol they are two different phones if you want a pc availible on you a all times get a N900 which is more of a portable pc appared to a phone. N97 is the best phone out there excluding hardware specs its a phone buy a laptop if you want better specs
Posted by Jeff on Monday, April 12, 2010 16:31
I loved my N900 for the first four weeks, but the touch screen went out right after 1 month. Nokia Germany would not repair the phone under warranty because the phone was purchased from Nokia USA. Nokia USA might handle repairs while I'm here in Germany, but they're unsure how. I'm extremely disappointed by Nokia's inconvenient warranty coverage and poor quality control. You know, some tech companies offer world wide warranty coverage.. cough Apple cough.
Posted by SK on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 18:39
N900 just kills N97 in almost everything: ease of use, cool features, performance, reliability, web experience.. N900 is Linux-based and N97 is Symbian-based so they are totally different kinds of devices. N900 is an awesome mobile computer! N97 might be better choice if the only thing you want to do is to make some calls.
Posted by John on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 14:18
I am onto my third N97. Vodafone, bless them, have persisted in trying to help me by getting the phone repaired and when that did not work replacing it with a new one. Connection problems (whilst trying to phone and during a phone call) mean it is impossible to use. The screen sensitivity often fails as well. The overall phone is excellent it us just that Nokia has not sorted out the operating software / phone operating system. I will not get another and am now moving onto the N900 in the hope the issues with the N97 won't be a problem for this phone.
Posted by james on Thursday, May 13, 2010 13:20
.well i've my n900 for a month.when you get past learning what all ur icons do and how to use the desktop to it's exellent advantages you can really start to experiement .im picking up new tips and tricks every other day.the phone is unrivaled..
Posted by james on Thursday, May 13, 2010 13:27
i've learnt how to put ps1 and snes emulators on it,connected my ps3 controller to it,connect n900 to my telly and play away using the n900 as my console.Might not be ur cup of tea but still pretty impressive for a PHONE/computer
Posted by bigfoot on Monday, July 05, 2010 07:43
so i dont get it i want the n900 but every one says its not worth it it is the same as the n97 i dont wich one to get help me
Posted by Vova on Monday, July 12, 2010 08:15
I already have n97 and hearing about n900's features just makes me feel jealous........... i know n900 is the superior one but n97's music and few applications help keeping me happy..........
Posted by Mohd. Shahbaz on Saturday, August 14, 2010 10:06
Nokia N900 is a mobile computer of nokia company with a fast processor and linux based operating system.whereas the N97 is the very beautiful mobile with amazing slider.This type of slider is only present in N97 and N97 mini. I heartly apprieciate to the slider of N97 . And the Nokia N900 is best smartphone of Nokia company with great features,means N900 is best mobile from all of the mobiles in features. Thanks!
Posted by lalala on Friday, September 10, 2010 09:59
i think n97 is good for just browsing fb and msging or calling. n900 seems more business type
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If you're talking big screens, there's no way you can avoid the HTC HD2, because it holds the record for the biggest screen seen on a mobile phone.
Posted by G mustafa taj on Saturday, May 07, 2011 23:40
Need a fast smartphone and can overcome above only one drawback; the HTC HD2 will be a great selection to purchase
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