Nokia, is you high?
On the heels of the Apple's new, more competitive iPhone pricing strategy and Saturday's release of the Palm Pre, Nokia has launched the Nokia N97- priced at just under $700. The lowest-priced iPhone now runs about $99 and the Palm Pre can be had for about $199- with a contract.
Nokia N97s are not tied to any particular carrier and thusly are not subject to contract incentives. But still, Nokia- $700? Really?
Features include a 5-megapixel camera and video capture, 32GB of internal storage (upgradable to 48GB) and browser support for flash video. However, most consumers considering such a high-end phone will likely already have a decent digital camera and a computer for storage. While the same argument can be made for the ubiquitous iPhone, it doesn't have to justify a $700 price tag. And my iPhone has a Magic 8-Ball in it. A Magic 8-Ball.
Other N97 specs include a full QWERTY keyboard, a tilting 3.5" touch screen and a customizable home screen. Battery life is rated a 9 hours talk-time, 6.5 on 3G networks. Bargain hunters take note- the N97 has been spotted on Amazon for a mere $603.99.