Taking a look at the display first, Nokia N97 phone has a 3.5″ touch sensitive screen which offers a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. HTC Touch Pro phone has a smaller 2.8″ screen which is touch sensitive as well. The latter however, offers a higher display resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.
The form factors of both phones are quite similar. They are both slider phones, which slide open to reveal QWERTY keyboards. However, there is a difference. The Nokia model, slides out and upward, such that the screen panel is at an angle to the keyboard panel. This device also has a navigation pad on the keyboard panel and Send, End and Home keys on the screen panel. On the other hand, the HTC model just slides horizontally. There are dedicated keys for Send, End call, Back and Home on the screen panel itself. A navigation pad is present on the screen panel too.
Throwing a glance at the operating systems of these smartphones, Nokia N97 features the Symbian 60 5th Edition OS, while HTC Touch Pro ships with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system.
The networking abilities of these cell phones are quite similar. They both support WiFi networking and Bluetooth connectivity. 3G networking technology is also supported by either of them, with WCDMA standard being compatible. Quad band GSM, GPRS and EDGE capabilities are offered by both the devices too. Nokia offers access to some native services like the Nokia Music Store and Ovi Service. This Ovi feature allows users to get access to a variety of information, including maps, songs, games and more. Another feature called the Social Location feature, lets the user automatically update and let friends, family and other social networks know their location, with the help of the A-GPS receiver and compass housed in this device. The HTC phone incorporates a GPS antenna as well, which uses pre-loaded maps and gives turn-by-turn direction to the destination.
An interesting difference between the cell phones lies in their memory capacities. The HTC Touch Pro phone offers a user memory of 288MB internally. On the other hand the Nokia N97 phone has a humongous (hold your breath) 32GB of internal memory! Either phones have memory expansion options with the microSD card reader slots.
Connections wise, both these smartphones score high. The HTC Touch Pro phone offers a HTC ExtUSB connection which acts as a 3-in-1 link for a mini USB 2.0 port, a audio jack and a TV output. There are built-in microphone and speaker too. The Nokia N97 phone features a microUSB jack, a 3.5 mm audio jack also used for TV output, and built-in stereo speakers. FM radios have been integrated in both phones.
Another striking difference are the cameras that these devices offer. The Nokia phone has a built-in 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash. The HTC phone, on the other hand has a 3.2 Megapixel camera, with auto-focus and flash. There is a secondary VGA CMOS camera as well in this device.
On the measurements and weight front - the Nokia N97 Smartphone measures 117.2 mm x
55.3 mm x 15.9 mm and weighs 150g. The HTC Touch Pro Smartphone measures 102 mm x 51 mm x 18.05 mm and weighs 165g. Thus, the Nokia handset is longer, wider, thinner and lighter than the HTC handset. Price wise, however, Nokia N97 carries a slightly heavier tag than the HTC Touch Pro.
PS: Don't forget to compare with other brand such as: Samsung Omnia, LG Renoir, iPhone, Blackberry Storm or sony ericsson xperia x1, etc.
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