All About Symbian - Nokia (S60) and Sony Ericsson (UIQ) smartphones unwrapped

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Old 04-06-2009, 06:48 AM
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The Nokia N97 Q&A page

Plenty of good questions are starting to come from readers, so I thought I'd gather them together here and answer them more formally. See below. And add extra questions about Nokia's newest flagship to the comments on this thread and Rafe and I will do our best to answer them in the main body of the piece.

Read on in the full article.

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Old 04-06-2009, 07:11 AM
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Global race

I believe everybody remembers those horrible video comparisons between the N96 (no HW 3D acceleration) and the N95 (HW 3D acceleration) playing Global Race. The game was almost impossible to be played on the N96 because it lagged so much. Could you please try Global Race on the N97 and maybe post a video?

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Old 04-06-2009, 07:17 AM
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Ok my pet hate with the N97 is the inclusion of the D-pad and the compromise over the space bar. I really think the E75's keyboard design should have been used on this device.

What are your thoughts on this?
Steve have you tried hooking it up to a real keyboard(Bluetooth) yet?

Oh and what happened to the video out cable?? Nokia cutting corners?

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Some one has post the comparison with N82 and HTC MAGIC,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ben_smi...701281/detail/
and, WOW......

And the other video from china shows a N-Gage ASPHALT4 on N97,
http://tech.163.com/mobile/09/0602/0...0112K8F_3.html
(Last half of 3rd video), not bad.

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And my own (brief) http://www.ovigaming.com/news/item/9...video_Need.php
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ram ... Again

eldar had a review in russian and sum1 translated it and stated eldar claims that with the latest firmware (released about 3 weeks ago) the free ram on boot was around 70mb, i take it that this is not the case? Or they got confused between ram and c drive memory, thanx for any info you guys here at AAS can give. Also when closing the qwerty does the screen still flip to portrait even if you hold the device in landscape? Thanx
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:42 AM
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Anuyone know if the hinge on the N97 is Alloy, or plastic.? Im lead to believe its lightweight alloy, and the framework continues within the device to add to the strength.

I put together a size comparison thread up over on Nokiausers.

http://www.nokiausers.net/forum/noki...n95-2-n82.html

Ok, its a dummy N97, but same dimensions.

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No sign of lag in those videos, that's a good sign. I guess Global Race was a game specifically designed to use HW 3D acceleration. I just hope such games will appear as 'non compatible' with the N97 on Ovi Store.

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Does it play normal xvid avi files smoothly without the need of downsampling before?

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A few GPS queries

Where is the GPS antenna located on the N97, will it have the same problems with a closed keypad as the N95?

Is the magnetometer output included in the GPS data so that any GPS-aware application will benefit from it?

What is the battery life of the phone when running GPS applications such as Google latitude or SportsTracker?

Can we expect any cool augmented reality applications that make use of the GPS, accelerometer, and the magnetometer, possibly also combined with the camera? With access to an online phone directory it should be possible to simply point the phone at a specific building and receive a list of all people registered at that address, for instance

Appreciate your efforts,
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Is Global Race so hard to run?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efbbxcep6dQ
Or this one is 3D HW free down grade version?

It says the hinge is made from powder metallurgy.

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wifi

Thank you for answering so promptly!

I've got one more question while I'm at it:

If you are using 3G data and you walk into range of a known wifi hotspot, will the N97 automatically start using it? Or do you have to prompt it?

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does anyone know when the N97 is out in Australia?
As even Nokia Australia themselves couldn't tell me.
But thats nothing new as they never seem to know.

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jpeg

Could you compare jpg filesize between the N82 and N97? You mentioned once a difference between the N95 and the N97. Also what about a WPM comparison test between the N82, the E71, the E75, the N97 and a keyboard ;-)

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Steve, please put your Nokia fanboy hat on. What is you impression of the N97?
Too early to tell?
Slightly disappointed?
What you expected?
Mixed?
Piece of $%^&?
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