Although some might say the Instinct and HTC Dream rival the iPhone in terms of form and function, they clearly do not appear to pose much threat to the iPhone and Blackberry Smartphone dominance. However in 2009 Nokia will broadly launch the N97, a virtual mini computer that some think could be a serious rival to the iPhone. As seen in this Nokia promotion video, the N97 is a stylish full featured smartphone with a full mini keyboard and some other amenities lacking in Apple’s iPhone. However, at the current street pricing of about $800 for unlocked units the N97 will have to be sold at a significantly lower price to dent the iPhone and Blackberry’s reputation as the best phones in their class.
Editor’s note: More Equipment for the road Warrior. Let’s see if they can beat Apple’s price point. –J Ghysels.
Barcelona, Spain: Nokia unveils the N97 with a tilting touchscreen display, keyboard, and widescreen video formatting. Touts the N97 as offering a full mobile computing experience.