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Nokia N97 hits high street as iPhone 3G S rival

Flagship £499 Nokia mobile available sim-free now

Nokia N97 white keyboard

The Nokia N97 mobile phone is now available to buy from UK Nokia stores, being pitched directly against Apple’s new iPhone 3G S in the battle for supremacy in the smartphone market.

Nokia’s latest flagship handset, the N97, is joined by the Nokia 6700 Classic and the 8Mp Nokia N86 on its launch day, over six months after Which? reported on Nokia’s specifications for the new N97 handset

Which? has a preview of the N97 giving first impressions of its features prior to a full test in the Which? test labs.

Customers queued outside the Nokia Store on London’s Regent Street to buy one of the first N97s, although as the N97 launch coincided with the launch of the Apple iPhone 3G S, its rival predictably attracted the majority of media coverage.

Which? tech expert Al Warman said: ‘The 19 June 2009 will be remembered as the day that the Apple iPhone 3G S was launched, but the Nokia N97 has been eagerly awaited by many consumers who prefer Nokia smartphones to Apple mobiles, as not everyone wants to be tied to the O2 network or buy music through iTunes. The Nokia N97’s Qwerty keyboard, 5Mp camera, and memory card slot, allowing a total 48GB of storage, offer functionality that the iPhone 3G S simply can’t match.

‘Consumers wanting to buy the latest fully featured smartphone, or indeed any mobile phone, should read expert Which? reviews of over 170 mobiles before buying.’

The Nokia N97 is available in both black and white and costs £499 Sim-free from Nokia stores.The N97 is available only sim-free for one week, until 26 June when it will be available on 3, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone, and through Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U stores. Full tariff information is not confirmed but consumers will be available to get a free Nokia N97 on Vodafone tariffs of £40 or above,  

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