Saturday, October 11, 2008

Nokia N96 review

Lets look at Nokia N96 more closely, as it is already available.

Being a successor of the Nokia N95 8GB, Nokia N96 has some king-size spec sheet to top and it can't be accused of not trying.

According to Nokia, The Nokia N96 is mobile entertainment at its best, a fitting flagship for our Nseries range. It defines convergence by blending phone and multimedia options seamlessly with the unique Nokia Nseries dual slider that makes discovering and sharing experiences easy. Watch live TV and video, take high quality photos and geotag them to specific locations or directly upload them online via the fast internet connection - it is all about taking mobile entertainment and communication to the next level.

In many markets, the Nokia N96 comes pre-loaded with a blockbuster movie (title varies by region). Feel part of the action as it erupts through the vivid 2.8" display and built-in 3D stereo speakers.

The Nokia N96 has the ability to store up to 40 hours of video content transferred from a PC via hi-speed USB 2.0 connection or found online with WLAN and HSDPA support.

Capture clear, bright, high quality video clips at 30 frames per second as well as sharp, defined photos with the 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED Flash. Images can be geotagged instantly to record the location and directly uploaded to online communities such as Share on Ovi and Flickr.

Ok, after all these nice things about N96 lets look at some key features, according to gsmarena:

Key features:

  • 2.8" 16M-color TFT LCD display of QVGA resolution
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash and AF assist light
  • Built-in DVB-H TV tuner
  • Symbian OS 9.3 with S60 3.2 UI
  • Dual ARM 9 264 MHz CPU and 128 MB of RAM
  • 3G with HSDPA support
  • Quad-band GSM support
  • Wi-Fi with UPnP technology
  • Built-in GPS with A-GPS functionality and 3 months of free voice-guided navigation
  • Dual slide design with dedicated gaming/audio keys
  • Massive 16GB onboard storage
  • microSD card slot with microSDHC support
  • Built-in accelerometer for UI auto-rotation
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • TV out
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • Car charger in the retail package
  • VGA video recording at 30fps
  • USB and Bluetooth v2.0
  • One free N-gage game and Transformers movie preloaded
  • Keypad locking slide key
Well among these quite nice advantages, there are and some disatvantages

Main disadvantages:

  • Inadequate battery life
  • No camera lens protection
  • The N81-inspired design
  • No office document editing out of the box
  • Doesn't charge via the USB port
  • Dreadful camera key
  • Cheap looking keypad
  • Unreasonably hefty price tag
As I have noticed in Lithuania it is quite expensive for the real so far. As you can see gsmarena names quite serious disatvantages. I could say that battery life is quite important for mobile devices, but in this case we have as I understand not the best situation.
The design is not so bad I would say, but realy reminds N81 :).
I would say that at first look it realy looks similat to Nokia N81. Ofcourse the features are a bit different.

Here is some pictures:

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