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Deals: Get the Nokia N97 for $379.99 Shipped

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Now only $379.99!

Dell is selling the mixed bag N97 for the grand total of $379.99 (+tax). I’ve never seen it cheaper, and at this price it’s pretty affordable.
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Measuring Google Trends: Nokia Phones Edition

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

I’ve been playing around with Google Trends for the past couple of days. For the uninitiated, Trends sums up the popularity of search phrases over time with a nice graphical chart. People seem to be going gangbusters over the N900 right now, but are they really?
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Deals: Nokia $50 Rebate on N97/N900/5530XM Purchases

Monday, November 16th, 2009

For those of you who preordered the N900, or are thinking of picking up the N97 or 5530 XpressMusic, listen up:

Nokia is offering a $50 rebate for all purchases of the above phones, from today (Nov. 16, 2009) to Dec. 31, 2009. The rebate comes in the form of a prepaid gift card. In addition to cutting the UPC/barcode panel from your phone box, you’ll need to sign up for a free Ovi account – either Ovi store or Ovi Maps. Not sure what happens if you have an existing account – to be on the safe side I would just create a new one. Note the rebate form must be postmarked by Jan. 8, 2010.

If you got in on the Dell deal, you’re potentially looking at an N900 for $441.99 + Tax – $50 gift card, which for me works out to $422 something. This is provided that your N900 actually arrives in the next 45 days which seems pretty darn questionable at this point.

Still, it’s a nice bonus and it makes the 5530 XpressMusic (review coming soon!) a very tempting deal.
Nokia $50 Rebate Form (official)
Nokia $50 Rebate Form (mirror)

Thoughts on the Nokia N97 v20 Update

Friday, October 30th, 2009

In case you haven’t heard, the N97 received a v20 update. The update added more kinetic scrolling, upgraded the Maps and Music Player applications, dropped in an older version of Nokia Messaging (, and improved memory/battery life. Sounds good, right?
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Firmware: Nokia N97 (Finally) Gets the Long Awaited v20 Update

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
v20 N97 firmware is OUT. GET!

v20 N97 firmware is OUT. GET!

It’s here! Nokia’s v20 update has finally gone live, adding in more kinetic scrolling, a new version of Ovi Maps (3.1), Nokia Messaging (if you don’t have it already), and VoIP. You also get some memory/battery improvement, too.

This software release improves touch screen usability, allowing you to scroll smoothly through content by flicking the screen. Ovi Maps 3.1 brings 3-D maps, more accurate positioning, and improved search. Nokia e-mail (Nokia Messaging), Ovi Contacts, Ovi Store, and VoIP support have been added. This release also includes improvements in memory and battery performance, and in image and video stability.

Fire up Nokia Software Updater to get it, or download it here:
Nokia Software Updater

Revisiting the Nokia N97, Four Months Later: A Review

Monday, October 19th, 2009
Revisting the Nokia N97, four months later.

Revisting the Nokia N97, four months later.

I never did an official review of the Nokia N97, mainly because by the time I actually got the phone, everyone and their mother had already filmed videos of unboxing and smashing N97s on concrete, and released reviews left and right. And mine would just have simply echoed everyone else’s sentiments. But now, no one’s talking about the N97. It’s all about the N900.

So I decided to revisit the N97, four months later.
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Dealing With a Really, Really Annoying N97 Bug

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

On one hand, it’s nice to see that one of my earlier posts, The Definitive N97 Bug List is bursting with activity. On the other, that can’t be good news for the N97, or for Nokia, since it means people are having lots of problems.

If the comments are anything to go by, I’ve been lucky. Other users have reported random crashes/hangs/reboots, alarms that go off later than they should, battery life issues, specific problems with apps like Facebook, and other fun stuff. It’s interesting to note, though, that many of these issues are from non-NAM versions of the N97.

But this post is about one specific issue that I think deserves its own post because it’s so absurdly ridiculous.
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The Nokia N97 vs. N97 Mini vs. N900 Comparison Table

Monday, September 14th, 2009
A comparison of the N97, N97 Mini, and the N900.

A comparison of the N97, N97 Mini, and the N900.

Considering buying an N900? How about an N97 mini? Yeah, Nokia’s bringing two more touch-screen devices to the table, both suspiciously similar to the original N97 on the surface. But what about underneath?

Let’s see how they stack up. (“winning” features in green)
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How-To: Play DOS Games On Your Nokia N97 [DOSBox]

Saturday, August 29th, 2009
Run some of the greatest DOS games on your Nokia N97!

Run some of the greatest DOS games on your Nokia N97!

Before there was Windows, there was DOS. A command-line interface with nothing but text, text, and more text. During the ’80s and ’90s, DOS was the OS of choice for gaming. And there were lots of great games.

Flash-forward to today. Thanks to an open-source emulator called DOSBox, you can now run those oldies-but-goodies on your Nokia N97 (or 5800XM, or any other S60 3rd or 5th Edition phone, for that matter). This how-to will get you started installing and running games with DOSBox.
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Firmware: Nokia N97 12.2.024 Released

Thursday, August 20th, 2009
New firmware available: 12.2.024

New firmware available: 12.2.024

There’s a new firmware available for the Nokia N97, and it looks like it’s a global update. Good news, right? Unfortunately, for the most part no one seems to know what the firmware actually fixed – myself included. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, my phone crashed several times after successfully updating. Ugh!

And for those of you hoping for threaded SMS, or Go To boxes in the browser fullscreen mode, or kinetic scrolling everywhere – you’re going to be disappointed.
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