Unlocking your N97 mini’s true potential

I have been sporting an N97 mini for three weeks now after a not so impressive meeting with Android a month back. This is my first Symbian phone in 7 months and so I was looking for something as reliable and fun as the E71 I had a year ago. I had two choice of Symbian phones: the former E-series flagship E72 and the former N-series flagship N97/N97 mini. I ended up choosing the N97 mini because I thought the E72 was too similar to the E71 in looks and frankly I wanted to try out the touch version of symbian to see if it is as bad as everyone put it.

Nokia N97 mini: the phone that could have been…

My main problem with the N97 mini is not the UI, lack of transitions or the ‘limited’ amount of apps when compared to iPhone and Android, but my problem is just how badly Nokia messed up what could have been a really great device. To me the N97 mini is not only sexy in looks but rigid in construction and have what I believe is the perfect form factor for my type of work. What crippled the N97 mini and the N97 is the piddly amount of ram in the device. Seriously it is almost impossible to multitask with any heavy application at all without having the other application close, after a day of use free ram with no application open is down to 39mb! I am not here to rant however, I am here to help you live with these shortcomings as much as possible and to pimp your N97 mini to such an extent that you wont recognise it.

The ultimate modding tool: Custom Firmware

When the words: “I believe we have found a way to break Nokia’s firmware security” was echoed one faithful night (Jamaica time) on a humble forum on symbian-freak.com, the world was to never again be the same. One of the things Nokia Symbian users envied other OS or even the Samsung I8910 for was the ability to mod the firmware files and create new and unique firmwares in the process. Now when Nokia’s firmware was finally broken by a group of modders it set off a flurry of techies to create their own custom firmwares, the dawn of the cooked firmware era for Nokia’s Symbian.

To start off here is a few pointers on where we are heading in this article: