Nokia N97, the Facebook device your alien friend wants to have

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When Scoble named Nokia N97, the ultimate Facebook device he was right. He was so right that there is no doubt when it comes to choose the best Facebook application for a mobile device in the whole universe. Nokia N97 wins, period.

I don’t know if it’s Nokia or Facebook that designed and engineered the Facebook application for the N97 but it feels like someone flew from Cupertino to Espoo to design the application while having had vodka and sauna during his launch breaks. Seriously, Facebook on N97 it’s the closest thing to the desktop experience with only the options and functions that matter. The design philosophy and simplicity of the applications feels so like Apple but you know it’s not. It’s S60 5th edition with all its prons and cons that runs the N97 Facebook app on this 3.5 inch, 640 x 360 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio) touchscreen. The Facebook app for the iPhone 3GS is responsive and fast due to faster CPU and GPU with transition effects making the experience smooth but that’s all about it. It lacks the immediate engagement and using pleasure of the N97 app. Truth to be told: the N97 faces minor delays here and there, when fast switching the app’s menus.

I can’t really tell if Nokia had in mind the N97 form factor for applications like Facebook but i can swear to all Gods in the known universe, that when the QWERTY is revealed and the screen is tilted, typing and controlling the Facebook app is only 2 thumbs away. The N97’s joypad form factor it really, really has an impact when it comes to using the Facebook app. If Nokia engineers add Facebook specific, customizable shortcuts to the camera and voice control buttons, even your 6 finger alien friend will want to use it.

Warning: Video will sound very Greek to you but that’s ok. It’s the N97 that matters. Watch out for the last 30 seconds.

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