Everyone (and we mean everyone) already knows the Nokia N97 isn’t exactly the best smartphone Nokia has every graced with the Nseries moniker. There are actually people out there that absolutely despise what Nokia’s flagship Nseries device has come to. Granted, the Nokia N97’s spec-sheet is formidable and a force to be reckoned with in the mobile world, but past that, well, things start to get a little ugly. Case in point, take a look at this video comparing Nokia’s N97 promotional video and a real-life N97. The screen transitions and UI animations simply don’t work on the real N97 under real conditions – it’s almost like Nokia completely fabricated their video to make the N97 look like it could compete with iPhone and Android. The N97 could have been great, it could have been a contender…
Alas, the video here shows just how far removed the promo vid is from actual performance. Nokia shows an N97 that’s capable of smoothly transitioning between apps with a blurred visual-swoosh of the display. Actual performance is a little, how shall we say, clunky? Screen rotations look super slick and responsive in the promo. The hard truth is that screen orientation changes are difficult to trigger and, again, clunky. Smooth web page zooming and scrolling? Nope, that was apparently a made up fantasy as well.
We’ll stop there. The video shows exactly what we’re talking about here. What’s important here isn’t that the N97 failed to live up to the promo vid. The N97 is a veritable smartphone beast with features – especially their class-leading Carl Zeiss camera – that can hang with the best of ’em. What is important here is that Nokia seems to have taken their creative liberties a tad bit too far in their N97 demo.
So, anyone with an N97 willing to testify to their Symbian-powered phone’s shortcomings? Vent in the comments below!