Following on from yesterday’s post about the new home screen widgets on the N97, comes this screenshot which I’m sure will interest you all. There you have it, the N97 on Forum Nokia’s RDA which is a proto device running v10 firmware has 52MB+ free RAM on bootup.
The debate over whether its enough will continue, but I’d like to mention just one thing – this is slightly more than what we had on a production Nokia 5800. Since the above is from a proto N97, please take the figures with a pinch of salt. However, I’m hoping that things can only get better from here onwards.
There device on the RDA is running pretty current firmware. As you can see, v10 came out on the 30th of April.
Since the day Forum Nokia divulged details about what was going to power the Nokia N97, the world seems to have gone into a tizz. The N97 is getting lambasted left, right and center – all of this based sorely on speculation. Yes, the N97 has a somewhat outdated ARM11 CPU with a clock speed of 434MHz but does that really take the device out of contention?
The N96 was virtually unusable before the version 12 firmware, but a mere firmware update changed that to a considerable extent. Similarly, on a computer a Linux or Mac OS will run much faster than Vista on the same hardware. The point I am trying to make is that what Nokia does with the software is what will make or break the phone and not the hardware.
The Nokia 5800 which also runs the same 5th Edition OS like the N97 was pretty fast, in fact it was the only device that did not make me miss my incredibly fast E71. If there was no problem with the 5800 and the N97 has a slightly better processor than its predecessor, I won’t rush to dismiss the N97 like some have. Taking a call on a device without even waiting for production firmware is jumping the gun a little too much.
Here is a video of a ‘proto’ N97, as you can see it seems to be able to handle multitasking without much of a bother. I sure would have loved the added hardware boost specially when a Xpress Music device can get it, but I still lust for the N97. Nokia please get me one pronto!