Nokia N95: A Review

nokia-n95_58.jpgThe most technically advanced Smartphone till now, the Nokia’s N95 is worth its price. It is complete with GPS satellite navigation, a 5 mega pixel camera with auto focus, 3G video calling, and every other feature you can think of! On the flipside, it is large and, like most Smartphones, it does not have 100% robust firmware. But if you have used another N-series phone or Symbian phone before, then you will definitely love it! It is available in 4GB and 8GB versions; in silver and black.

First, the headline features:

· Built-in GPS navigation· 5 mega pixel camera with Carl Zeiss & Tessar optics· Wi-Fi wireless internet connection

· 2.6 inch display with 16 million colors

· Ultra-fast HSDPA data transfer

Let us start with the basics. The Nokia N95 is a 3G Smartphone built on the Series 60 Symbian interface (version 3.1). These phones are usually slow due to multi-processing. At 120g, the N95 is of average weight for a Smartphone. Still, it sure is bulky despite its slide design. When closed, you can access menu functions using the 5-way navigation key and the associated control keys. The N95 also has several other dedicated media keys that can be used as shortcuts to media functions. This is a good feature if you like to have a lot of buttons to push. However, sometimes they just end up getting in the way. When you slide the phone open, you have access to a full keypad, which is good.Another attraction of the phone is the display. The first multimedia feature that you encounter is the screen, and it is a massive one: 2.6 inches across, 240 x 320 pixels and incredible 16 million colors. An ambient light detector is used to control the brightness of the screen, making it usable under most lighting conditions. It is one of the best screens ever and does full justice to the camera and navigation systems. The video camera is also outstanding, recording in VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels) at up to 30 frames per second with stereo audio. There is a second front-facing camera for making video calls too.

The other most interesting feature of the Nokia N95 is the built-in GPS navigation system. The N95 actually has a GPS system built into the phone which communicates directly with the satellite. However, the sensitivity and reliability of the GPS receiver is not as good, and neither is the user-friendliness of the system.

Those listed above are the most groundbreaking features, but N95 also has almost everything else you would consider incorporating in a phone: a music player with support for all common music formats, a stereo FM radio, integrated handsfree speaker, speaker independent voice dialing, talking ring tones, HSDPA (the fast data transfer technology dubbed “3.5G”) and lots more! When it comes to connectivity, the N95 is the best connected device in town, with support for Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, Infrared, Wireless LAN, TV-Out and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Its memory is also more than adequate with up to 160 Mb of onboard memory and support for microSD memory cards (up to 8 Gb). Battery life is satisfactory – when you consider how much work has to be done to power this beast, you can’t really set your expectations too high.

In conclusion, the Nokia N95 is bound to be a phone worth its price, though many feel that it is priced quite exorbitantly high. However, let’s acknowledge it: technology comes at a price. Such a feature-packed phone that has functions that seem endless, the N95 does suffer from some practical disadvantages, and you’ll need to decide whether the benefits outweigh the problems or not. All in all, it is a phone worth a try for the ones who are high on cash and want it their way.

Ashim Jolly