Nokia’s Netbook, the N97

I was going to write a post about all the amazing phones I saw last week while I was in Japan but this morning’s announcement of the latest Nokia device trumps that. Techmeme is smothered with coverage.

Nokia N97

I’ve been watching the convergence of the smartphone and laptop computer into a single device called a netbook. While Verizon is subsidizing Dell netbooks, Japan’s EMobile will give you an Acer netbook for $100 if you sign up with them. Instead of jamming a desktop OS into a tiny form factor, Nokia is approaching it from another angle and building from the mobile device up with a collection of swappable widgets.

The difference in approach is that a tiny laptop netbook is designed to run client software while the powerful phone netbook is designed to be an extension of web services that you run out of the cloud, optimized with GPS sensors and a camera for data capture.

UPDATE : things have evolved

“A netbook is for the coffee shop or airplane or subway ride. For watching a movie, checking email, updating Twitter, fast, mobile stuff,” writes Dave Winer. For that, I think the N97 fits the bill quite nicely.






4 responses to “Nokia’s Netbook, the N97”

  1. Frank Gruber Avatar
    Frank Gruber

    This phone could be pretty awesome as long as the Nokia software is power yet easy to use. I would love to demo one of these puppies as soon as they come out.

  2. Manny Avatar

    Pretty cool phone, love the way the screen slides up to show the keyboard. Interface looks kind of sluggish though. Hopefully they can improve the animations and response time!

  3. iankennedy Avatar

    I’m looking to get my hands on one of these too – it sounds like a dream device! They say you can add up to 64GB of storage to the device – that’s more than most laptops!

  4. Rocci Avatar

    I just love how cool the handling is. I cant wait fo have my Nokia 97 with qwerty and full touch!!!!! I’m just gonna get it unlocked as soon as its in stock. I don’t plan on extending my contract in this economic crisis.

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