I have just got back home from New Delhi where the second leg on the N97 Blogger Meetup with Axel Meyer was held and I have come back impressed. Both by the device itself and also by the way Nokia organized it for us. But let me cut to the chase and head directly into all things N97.
The session began with Axel giving us a presentation on the idea behind the N97, the thought process and how they design devices – a lot of which has been featured in various videos, specially the one titled the designer’s cut. We were also shown a few other N97 videos and promos, most of which I (and I am sure you as well) already had memorised! The session then moved onto a Q&A and culminated with dinner.
Just before the start of presentation two N97’s were put up on display and I was able to sneak one onto my table for a closer inspection. So based on that I will be writing a initial impressions post soon, for now check out these images. As is the case with all such events, it took place in a dark hall and you know what effect that has on the pictures.
(Axel kicking off the session)
(The white N97)
(Deceptive image. The device is much smaller than it looks)
(The chrome on the sides is a really nice touch)
(The new drag to unlock screen)
(Nice touch, but not as slick as on the iPhone)
(The keypad looks nice in real life, the white and blue is a nice combo)
(The black N97 is not completely black, more of a very dark shade of Grey)
(Do I see light escaping from under the screen? Didn’t notice that when I took the picture)
(When set on a table, the viewing angle is quite good)
(The clash of the Titans)
(Take two, slide closed)
(E71 size comparison)
(Have you made up your mind about the colour?)
(Impressions on colour coming tomorrow!)
(Considering it packs a slideout QWERTY, the thickness is definitely in control)
(Its almost the same length as the E71)
I would like to thank the great people at Nokia for the invitation and the tremendous hospitality. This meetup was probably the first time such a event was organised in India and hopefully the first of many. Hold on for the first impressions which are coming very soon!