Nokia N97: Features I Like [Pt.1]

Here are some of the little features on the N97 that I like. I have actually complied a list of things that differentiates the N97 from the 5800… but today, I will be showing just 4 of them, hence this post being the 1st part.

Note that these are not obvious/notable features ya.. just something that adds up to the usability of the interface. All 4 features below have been recorded in a demo video at the end of this post.

I Like #1: Sliding Homescreen

We can actually slide the homescreen left or right to hide the widgets. It also serves as a blank screen that displays nothing but the wallpaper and time/date.

I Like #2: Mark Several

Finally! The option to mark several files! 5800 users know that the ‘mark several’ feature is not available for the S60v5 platform and it’s nice to see it again on the N97. Now, a firmware update for the 5800 please?

I Like #3: Video Play Button

In certain folders we might encounter media files like photos and videos. Users might not know which one is a photo and which is a video. Nokia has actually added ‘play’ buttons on each of the video thumbnails and we can click on the button to start watching them.

I Like #4: Favourite Contacts

Now we can set anyone in our phonebook as favourite contacts! Once we have set it, these people will appear at the top of the contact list for easy access. There’s also a favourite contacts widget that we can place in the homescreen for one touch access to call and sms to that particular person.

Check out all these features in a video I recorded. 😀

  • Randy

    I am totally not surprise if all those features could have been implemented on the 5800.

    Somewhat it feels like reason to jack up a price and buy a more expensive device -.-

  • lipsheng_

    nice small features you’re exhibiting there..
    i wana ask how does the screen feels like? i know it’s using resistive touch screen… but a site claims that it’s less bouncy compared to 5800 so much so it feels more like a “capacitive” screen..

  • Lucas

    hey man… the acelerometter looks very laggy, am i right or this is just the normal speed??

  • PT

    Love the Favorite Contacts List… That’s an amazing idea…

    Nokia please implement it into the 5800 😛

    The “mark several” is also good but not as essential for me 🙂

    • I currently have the nokia E63. Do you think it is worth upgradingÉ

  • I like ur wallpaper wor! LOL!

    I need to find time to do a demo vidoe of N97 soon too!

  • Ian

    I like the background music that you put for your video…as long it doesn’t look simple vid..i like it!! keep it up,buddy!!

  • Gordon

    Thanks for the awesome coverage of the N97! Been looking for a site giving good coverage and this is the best I have seen.

    I’m really surprised at those photos you took with the device. Best I have seen from any phone.

    Like to hear what battery life is like for: browsing, checking email, playing music and watching videos. Maybe some sort of impression of how much you can use it through out the day before recharging needed?


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  • kayrull

    hi smashpop
    hows the screen sunlight legibility? iziti better than 5800 or as bad as 5800?

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  • Dcell

    can you show some more effects ? i’ve seen several videos from a few months ago showing some nice transition effects (including the sliding homescreen you have shown) but somehow non of the final reviews around the web show any of those effects. Are they still there or did Nokia remove them in the final unit firmware ?

  • saiya

    hi.. how to slide the homescreen.. mine seems cannot slide.. n what version do you have there? *#0000#

    Software version: V 10.0.012
    Software version date: 15-05-2009
    Custom Version:
    Custom version date: 28-05-2009
    Language set: 19
    Model: N97
    Type: RM-505
    Latest Update: Not Updated

    • krisq

      Turn on theme effects?