Nokia's N97 Smartphone Ships In USA: $699
In other words, those looking to secure an N97 will have to buy it off-contract, which obviously has its pros and cons. On the plus side, you don't have to sign any lengthy contracts with a cellphone operator. But that freedom comes at a cost -- a steep, steep cost. The N97 is a GSM handset, sold unlocked for use on T-Mobile USA or AT&T (sorry, Verizon Wireless/Sprint users!). It has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a tilting 3.5" touch panel, a customizable home screen, access to Nokia's Ovi Store (applications and such) and Qik built-in.
According to Jonas Geust, Vice President and head of Nokia Nseries, the N97 is an "important step towards our vision of delivering a highly personalized Internet experience." Ever since Apple's iPhone hit the scene, other companies have been working day and night to bring a better Web experience to their smartphone(s). Needless to say, Nokia is no different. The phone is also a multi-media powerhouse, packing 32GB of memory as well as a microSD expansion slot. Remember that "steep price" bit we mentioned earlier? Yeah -- the N97 is being sold for $699.99, so it's certainly not for the non-diehard.