5 things you need to know about the Nokia N97

It's got storage galoreAfter the N96's 24GB support, Nokia has bumped the N97 to a huge 48GB. That's 32GB on the phone, with support for a 16GB card.

After the N96's 24GB support, Nokia has bumped the N97 to a huge 48GB. That's 32GB on the phone, with support for a 16GB card. That makes even the heftiest iPod Touch look weedy and will leave you tons of space for thousands of tunes and movies, as well as N–Gage games.

It's the Nokia touchscreen to take on Apple

The 5800 XpressMusic wasn't the game changer we all thought it would be, in spite of a great touchscreen. The N97 though, is the phone Nokia's been threatening to make since Apple unveiled the iPhone two years ago. It's got a better camera, more storage and has the multimedia grunt to take on Apple's cell. But can it see it off?

It's the ultimate social networking phone

Forget the 3 INQ1, the N97 will automatically update your status using the new 'SoLo' service (that's social location to the rest of us). Using an on–board compass and the AGPS, the phone will work out where you are and keep your buddies informed of your movements. If you love Facebook, you'll love this.

It'll last for ages

Nokia claims you'll get a Sony Walkman–beating 37 hours music playback and 4.5 hours video, which you can check out on that iPhone–matching 3.5in screen. Leave it on standby and Nokia reckons it won't die for 17 days. Why you'd leave it idle that long remains a mystery.

It'll do work as well as play

The introduction of Nokia Messaging and the bulking out of the Ovi service means Nokia's really offering a killer business smartie as well as a phone for the social networking generation. It can do push email, has a QWERTY  board and is slim at 16mm. Basically, they've done what Apple couldn't do first time round with the iPhone.

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