Nokia N97 mini and E72 video unboxings

Nov 12, 2009
Nokia N97 mini and E72 video unboxings

Nokia's Booklet 3G isn't the only new device from the company on our test bench today; two of the Finn's newest smartphones have also arrived, in the shape of the N97 mini and the E72.  Announced back in September and June, respectively, each offers a full QWERTY keyboard and S60 OS, but in strikingly different ways.  Check out our unboxing videos, live galleries and some first impressions after the cut.

The N97 mini is, obviously, a smaller version of the original N97, a device which while laced with promise actually failed to quite deliver when we reviewed it.  In this incarnation - which will go on sale alongside, rather than replacing, its sibling device - Nokia have slimmed down the whole handset, dropped the large D-pad and ousted the FM transmitter.  They've also improved build quality and preloaded the new S60 5th Edition 2.0 firmware, which N97 owners are already finding makes a significant difference to usability.  We're still not 100-percent convinced by the keyboard, but the OS does feel more responsive.

As for the E72, that's a more traditional form-factor with a non-touchscreen display and compact but highly usable QWERTY keyboard.  Successor to the well-considered E71, it might only measure 10.1mm thick but it still packs a 5-megapixel camera and dual-band HSDPA.  It's the keyboard that really makes the E72 special; we've only had it for a few hours but already we're faster at typing than we are on the N900.

We'll be putting both handsets through their paces for a full review, so until then enjoy the unboxing videos and gallery below.

Nokia N97 mini unboxing video:

Nokia E72 unboxing video:

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