Smartphone showdown: Nokia's new N97 vs. iPhone

Nokia "mobile computer" boasts touch screen, full QWERTY keyboard

Nokia N97 takes aim at Apple's iPhone

Nokia N97 takes aim at Apple's iPhone

The new version of Nokia Maps, for mobile mapping and navigation, lets users pre-plan a route on their PC, then synchronize it with their mobile device. The service also supports high-resolution aerial images, 3D landmarks for 216 cities, and terrain maps. There's also a new route overview feature. The company says future upgrades will integrate Nokia Maps with other personal content, enabling users to combine location-associated media and content with trips or visits, and share the results with others.

Nokia Messaging brings together consumer push e-mail and instant messaging for Nokia devices, allowing users to access an array of online mail and messaging services, such as Gmail, as well as those offered by ISPs. Part of the release is a new Web portal for Mail on Ovi, which lets PC users create and access Ovi e-mail accounts and other Ovi services with a single sign-on account.

Mail on Ovi also offers users Web access to e-mail and up to 1GB of storage space, and spam filters. The beta version of Mail on Ovi will be available this month, with a launch planned for February. The broader Nokia Messaging service will launch during the first quarter of 2009 overseas, for Nokia S60-based devices. A US rollout date was not named. Support for IM and for Nokia Series 40 devices will arrive in the second half of 2009. The company says it plans to sign deals with mobile operators to set up Nokia Messaging as an operator-supported service, available as part of a subscriber's data plan.

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