Avaliability of free maps & voice guidence etc of interest as will be travelling in UK - Europe in a few months. Hence Nokia seems the obvious choice.
Initially struggling to decide between the N97 mini, N900, or even 5800.
Very tempted by the much better screen on the N900 but it seems rather heavy for a phone (& of course somewhat dearer).
Other models were also very attractive (esp UI & screen-wise); eg. Nexus One & Omnia HD (i8910), but it seems every phone has its issues :(. Omnia HD seems particularly attractive - some very positive user comments (eg Cnet) but also quite a few unhappy with lack of (or slow) firmware fixes / upgrades (http://samsungi8910omnia.com/). Battery life is much better & reviews also suggest better GPS fixes, but alas no free maps etc. Ruled out Nexus One due to data charges for GPS use (map download - assuming Europe maps are available)
In the end I guess it is the free maps & voice guidence that is driving me to Nokia & on balance have been inclining towards the N97 mini, despite its 'negatives' (screen, & by some reviews an under powered processor & 'dated' UI).
Before I take the plunge, I would be interested in opinions on the following
1. Relative merits of the N97 mini vs N900 & Omnia HD.
2. Are there any catches to buying parallel imports of those 3 phones?
I read one thread (another phone) where the version available from parallel importers did not seem to be the same spec as the ones bought through normal channels (missing video out in that case).
Edit: corrected N97 to N97 mini in a couple of places. Not interested in the original N97.