Nokia N97 vs Nokia N86

| April 27, 2009 | 4 Replies

N97 vs N86

The s60blog has put the N97 and the N96 into a fight, but which one wins out? I agree with Carlton in basically that it shouldn’t really matter which is the best, but “WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU”.

There’s no point honking all out for the N97 if you don’t want a full screen keyboard, or a huge 3.5″ touch screen, or 32GB of inbuilt memory. If you’re looking for an upcoming symbian S60 phone focused on imaging, with 8MP you should go for the Samsung i8910 – er I mean the Nokia N86. Seriously, for a relatively small package, physical standard keypad, dual sliding mechanism with dedicated music buttons then the N86 is for you.

I’ve been very focused on good imaging in phones too, but if I’m going to miss something as important as Xenon flash (most of the snaps I take are in poorly lit clubs), I would at least want a new experience of keyboard and touch screen, rather than something that’s basically the slow evolution (a.k.a. rehash) of the N95.

However, for other people, the N97 may just be too big. They may not like/need touch screen or just want standard phone keypad. Again, if those same people wanted a good camera phone too, then the N86 is the best bet (out of either the N97 or n86)innov8

If the dual slide isn’t too much of a big deal, then does the Samsung INNOV8 better meet the criteria in wanting the N86 over the N97? We’ll just have to see how much the 28mm wide angle lens and variable aperture brings to the imaging table. For now, if you want S60 with standard slider keypad and 8MP, then go for the INNOV8.

For just N97 and N86 alone, well N86 is small pocketable imaging and N97 is your fat flurry of multimedia. Although the direct lineage of the N95 is the N86, it is the N87 THAT truly encapsulates the purpose of the N95 – multimedia computer/what computers have become/the congvergence device – the Nokia Nseries Flagship.

Via s60blog


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