Nokia N97 firmware coming 1 July? Thoughts on what is needed

Nokia N97 firmware coming 1 July? Thoughts on what is neededI posted my thoughts on having the Nokia N97 for a week last Wednesday and pointed out a couple of areas where Nokia needs to work on the device. The blogosphere is talking about a firmware update coming in just a couple days, on 1 July 2009, and hopefully we will get this here in the US on the NAM model too. The firmware update notice was posted on the Nokia Conversations Twitter account and stated the release is coming to first variants. Since we received the NAM model here in the US before just about everyone else I am hopeful that we will also get the update first.

Mark over at The Nokia Blog posted a great article listing 10 Things Nokia Should Fix with the Nokia N97 Firmware Update. I actually noticed a few of these things this past weekend as I was using my N97 more and more and as great as the N97 is, I am not sure I would recommend people pay the high price for it quite yet with the current firmware. There is a lot of promise in the device and Nokia has stated we can expect some good updates moving forward, but should you really pay $600 to $700 for a device that needs updates?

Some of the issues Mark listed may not be seen by you if you don’t use certain functions on the N97 and in looking at the history of updates to previous devices it looks like each of the items listed can be fixed by a firmware update rather than a hardware update.

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27 Comments to Nokia N97 firmware coming 1 July? Thoughts on what is needed

Shawn Roberts
June 29, 2009

Is there a way Nokia could license the iPhone’s OS and put it on the N97? If so, that would be my suggestion for the firmware update :)

http://www.twitter.com/shawnjroberts

Matthew Miller
June 29, 2009

Funny Shawn ;) Actually, the iPhone OS would be better on a piece of hardware like the N97 with a much better camera and the option of a hardware keyboard. However, I don’t like the limited customization of the iPhone (why can’t we get the ability to put apps in folders so they can all be organized on 1 page?), the phone quality (hard to argue that you don’t see random dropped calls on the iPhone while the N97 is a traditional awesome Nokia phone), and some other things that Apple locks down.

All that said, I had a discussion with a coworker today and if there was one phone that I would recommend to a “regular” person looking to have a smartphone it would most likely be the iPhone since it does meet a majority of the common person’s needs.

Bobby Shafto
June 30, 2009

Hi Matt, played around for many hours yesterday setting up someone’s N97. Have to say that the backlight failing to come on whilst unlocking the phone was very annoying. So that has to be sorted first. Other than that, some general updates like the N97 got, improving the speed and generally making the whole experience better (for example web browsing) would be nice. Oh, and Skype too!

I have to agree with your comments about recommending an iphone to a regular user. I’ve used many N Series phones and other smartphones and found the N97 fairly tricky to get to grips with. The phone is going to be used by someone who has never used a smartphone and I fear he may decide to return it because of the steep learning curve!

I think Nokia really needs to work on it’s implementation of touch on these phones. I think the Symbian OS is currently far easier to use on a non-touch phone.

Having said that, I was generally impressed with the phone, and whilst it is not enough of a step up from my trusty N95 for me to consider buying it, I am sure I could grow quite fond of it.

Bobby Shafto
June 30, 2009

I meant general updates that the N95 got, not N97 as that has not had any updates at all so far!

Taomyn
June 30, 2009

My hope would be: more application RAM, but seeing as that’s hardware it’s fortunate I’m getting an i8910 HD

No amount of “automatic app closing” tweaks is going to help, it’s a kludge as best – it’s really annoying on my N95-1 to find a few hours later that my Twitter client has been “closed” or that I have to totally reboot to get an extra few KB so that Skyfire will run.

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Shawn Roberts
June 30, 2009

Matt: I like the iPhone hardware. However, you probably right that the Nokia N97 would be an improvement.

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Antonio
July 1, 2009

Still no update available…what time is this happening??

Ali
July 1, 2009

It wont be available to everyone at once. Release to different markets will be staggered I’m sure, there are some reports online of people that did receive the update.

Ali
July 1, 2009

http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2009/07/nokiasn97gets.html;jsessionid=5Y4I44TI4UEX2QSNDLPCKH0CJUNN2JVN

go here to see a change log for this firmware update.

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Linus
July 2, 2009

Just installed the update on my N97 and it feels great. The interface is a lot snapier then before and the transitions from portrait to landscape are faster as well. It’s not freezing any more when switching from a lot of open apps. It’s a great improvement.

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Brian Pearce
July 29, 2009

You began to lose me “I actually noticed … this past weekend” (plain English: “I noticed … this weekend”. “Actually” says nothing, and often signals dissembling. No need to say “this past”–past tenses says it all. Then came the dreaded “moving forward.” Future tense does the job. Bad form distracts from content I’d been seeking–news about new Nokia.

MH of Adelaide
August 7, 2009

Dear Brian Pearce I fail to understand what value your grammatical criticims provide to this forum. Are you so insecure that you feel compelled to correct poor English? Not all people have the comprehensive grasp of our language that you seem to have; particularly if English is not their first. I disagree with your comment regarding the use of the word “actually”. Perhaps the intent was to “signal dissembling”. Once discovered, Matthew’s reaction could have been to the effect of “How could I not see before now?”, and consequently the inclusion of the word was intentional and therefore correct.

Mark

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