Video: CrackBerry Kevin Gets First Schooling in Nokia, Smartphone Round Robin

By Kevin Michaluk on 19 Jan 2010 11:46 am EST

CrackBerry Goes Nokia

Week #5 in the Smartphone Round Robin is here, the last week of trying smartphones outside of BlackBerry, and it has me on two Nokia devices, the N97 and N900. Picking up these phones, I can honestly admit I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT NOKIA SMARTPHONES. Nokia seems to take a back seat in the North American marke, but on a worldwide scale they're HUGGGE. I didn't know what to expect at all when I sat down with Matt Miller of, but quickly learned that Nokia's smartphone offering is actually pretty intense. Who would have thought they've had a Webkit-based browser for years (before Apple's Mobile Safari browser even) or that 5 megapixel cameras with double LED flashes that take pretty frick'n amazing pictures are sort of a standard thing. If you've got ten minutes to klll, check out the video below to get a glimpse into the world of Nokia.

And if you're a Nokia expert or want a chance to win a Nokia smartphone, be sure to chime in on my post over at Final review coming later this week!

CrackBerry on Nokia - Video First Impressions

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Video: CrackBerry Kevin Gets First Schooling in Nokia, Smartphone Round Robin


I own an N97 and quite frankly, it is the worst phone I have ever owned.

I waited in anticipation for its release and to receive such a lackluster phone was a disappointment.

Owning the N97 was the reason I jumped ship to BlackBerry.

The 9700 is my first BlackBerry, an I'm totally in love.

Nokia's S60 operating system is archaic compared to what's out there (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry). Maemo might be what Nokia needs, but for now stay away from the N97 (and Nokia in general)!

Can't wait to see what Kevin will have to say abut the N900. It's a great device that needs to get fitter (lose weight and get more stamina), to learn new tricks (OS upgrades) and to get more apps.

Another manufacturer who also uses Symbian has a capacitive touch screen (Samsung Omnia i8910) as well as Nokia device (the X6).

Both phones look interesting, but I'm not sold. They seemed to react a little slower when the apps were being launched. But like any piece of technology there is always room for improvement. I guess for people that like the glitz & glam, both those phones will work. I personally prefer functionality (blackberry) first before the glitz & glam. It's always cool to see how far phones have come over the years and to kinda daydream on where technology is taking communications.

I made the jump a few years ago. I had the N95 a ways back and it was definately a fun toy. After 3 weeks I switched back to BB. As far as functionality and usability is concerned...I haven't found much better than BB. Everything is subjective though!