Nokia already is experimenting with the new touch screen options. Beta labs produced a nice application called handwriting calculator, it is basically what we all dreamed about. You write the equations on the paper/screen and put an equal at the end and viola application does the operations and gives you the result Even for the complicated recognitions. Here is the examples I took, sorry for the quality they are captures with Iphone camera. Lol the irony. You can install it from the Ovi Store free.
This is actually my response to a yahoo answers question.
I just got my Nokia n97 and as an Iphone 2G and 3G user. I wanna go over some aspects.
N97 is new and not many applications and games developed for it yet but it already has large list of existing symbian applications. It has free download application already and Ovi store. Filled with some nice apps already in 1 week time. Compared to the appstore which happened 1 year later (copy catting the installer - jailbreak / hack - idea ) and 1 year old. Do not expect dumb applications such as bill divider or metro maps, Nokia will say you have a mind and calculator. Iphone users are mainly dumb - me too - it spend 1 years before you can even use a IM application on it. Iphone came to this point in 2.4 years while Nokia - Symbian phones did everything for years.
As a user development part should interest you also, why? Because apple sells the Iphone SDK and training, meaning you need to pay apple in order to develop some application or game for it! While symbian is open and used for years. Anybody can do anything with it, if they set their mind to it. If you really want touch and view experience I suggest you to wait 2 more weeks and get the HTC Hero Phone. It is bringing the Android OS - developed by Google for Mobile Devices - which beats the crap out of Iphone experience. In couple years Android and Andro Phones will grow much more than Iphone closed SDK.
Touch screen is pretty accurate. You can touch with anything unlike iphone you are suppose to touch with your bare skin. Comes with its special pen, which is pretty good in handwriting. Makes writing a lot faster. Supports double clicking. Sliding, scrolling is not as fancy and smooth as Iphone. You are suppose to point click and scroll like in PC environment, not with the whole screen. N97 keyboard is nice and enough spaced to let you write fastly. Symbols and numbering options are not user friendly as IPhone's though.
Finally long expected Nokia N97 coming to UK stores tomorrow (26th June 2009). Currently Vodafone UK and Orange UK has the Nokia N97 deals. Vodafone offers extra pre-order features and discounts also. It is so tempting to go for it now, but I have to wait for financial solutions before acting all childish and geeky
You can see the phone details at http://europe.nokia.com/find-products/devices/nokia-n97#/main/landing. Check out the tours and guides to learn about its capabilities!
Online deal at http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/shop/mobile-phone/nokia-n97. You will have to make at least £40 contract for two years to get the phone free. SIM free choices will cost much more because of the internet usage and phone price. It is £400 I guess.
This is not Apple, this is Nokia. You dont get the phone for X and a stupid cable for 2X. Box comes with everything you will need to enjoy your phone because it is a real SmartPhone not a phony one. Oh by the way this comes with a real HD camera and Video Players, Flash Players and Office and Integrated GPS maps + routing.
General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - American version Announced 2008, November Status Available. Released 2009, June
Size Dimensions 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm, 88 cc Weight 150 g
Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 16M colors Size 360 x 640 pixels, 3.5 inches - Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- Handwriting recognition
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones Speakerphone Yes, with stereo speakers - 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall Call records Detailed, max 30 days Internal 32 GB storage, 128 MB RAM Card slot microSD (TransFlash), up to 16GB
Data GPRS Class 32 HSCSD Yes EDGE Class 32 3G HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UPnP technology Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP Infrared port No USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, LED flash, video light Features Geo-tagging Video Yes, VGA@30fps Secondary Yes, VGA@15fps
Features OS Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 rel. 5 CPU ARM 11 434 MHz processor Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS, Visual radio; FM transmitter Games Yes + downloadable Colors White, Black GPS Yes, with A-GPS support; Nokia Maps Java Yes, MIDP 2.1 - Digital compass
- MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ music player
- WMV/RealVideo/MP4 video player
- Voice command/dial
- Pocket Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF viewer)
- Video and photo editor
- Flash Lite 3
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh (BP-4L) Stand-by Up to 432 h (2G) / 408 h (3G) Talk time Up to 9 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 6 h (3G) Music play Up to 40 h