It costs more than the latest iPhone 3GS and it doesn’t have a U.S. carrier/subsidy behind it, but the Nokia N97 is now available in the United States.
Nokia’s flagship mobile computer, the N97, is now on sale through Nokia flagship stores in New York and Chicago, nokiausa.com and various independent retailers and e-tailers for an estimated $699.
The N97 features a live widget homescreen, a 3.5-inch touchscreen, a full qwerty keyboard, 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Optics and dual LED flash, A-GPS with a built-in compass, and up to 48 GB of memory (32 GB onboard), as well as Ovi Services such Ovi Store, Nokia Maps and Ovi Share.
Nokia announced the N97 in December and last week said it would begin selling the device in June in more than 75 countries. It’s the first device to feature the Ovi Store inside. The device will come with preloaded software ready for use like Qik, a live video streaming platform, a variety of widgets like AP Mobile as well as a three month free trial of Nokia Maps and a free 90-day trial to Boingo Wireless.