The DSi shatters and fragments, which is more effective at maiming and disabling a target. On the other hand, the N97 remains whole, for greater penetration through tough surfaces. Both, however, are fun to look at.
The N97 is Nokia's attempt to stand tall in an unfamiliar, hostile world populated by the iPhone, Pre and Android the only way it knows how: by throwing the kitchen sink at them. If this is it, they're doomed.
You know those videos where someone puts a rugged gadget through a battery of tests that would destroy regular hardware, but the device comes through the other side unharmed? This is not one of those videos.
Vodafone seems to have let slip that Nokia are planning a "Mini" or "Lite" version of the recently released N97 smartphone.
"Nokia has about 35-40% of the total phone market. 1.1 billion users...I would have said that Motorola was our number one competitor a few years ago. Now, RIM, Microsoft, Apple."
It's been a long time coming, but after dabbling with touch on the midrange 5800, Nokia has finally brought a touchscreen to an S60 "N-Series" smartphone, the N97. Take a look at our hands-on impressions and the complete rundown on Nokia's new flagship.