It not been released here in the UK but it’s on the Vodafone website as coming soon.
Here’s the link.
I've been waiting for this phone for a long time now!!!! Since the time of its announcement last February but until now that apple have released i phone 3g a month ago, nokia n96 is still due for release i have decided not to buy it anymore. i think samsung i850 is better than n96. Nokia should not let people wait for along time coz its a bad marketing strategy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
kenzo, 12 Aug 2008ok.......bt i hav 2 problems with the n96
y didnt thy add an optical zoom .....4x
n y remov... moreok.......bt i hav 2 problems with the n96
y didnt thy add an optical zoom .....4x
n y remove the IR
I honestly do not know why Nokia decided to exclude optical zoom and infrared red (ir). My best guess regarding optical zoom would be overall pricing for the consumer and possible profit loss for Nokia.
Marketing is very complex. It's not as simple as add feature, introduce device into consumer market, like most believe. When considering possible features of a device, two main factors are considered, production cost and returned revenue. Optical zoom requires additional moving mechanical parts, which requires extended labor, which results in an increase in production cost. Given the stated facts, obviously the cost for consumers will be high. Now if the device fails to overturn production costs for whatever reason (cost, lack of popularity, defects, etc), Nokia quarterly profits will drop. No company wants that. Thus why certain features are omitted. I'm sure many other unmentioned factors, strategies, and plans goes into finally deciding what goes into the final product.
As for infrared red, bluetooth is replacing the usage of ir. Bluetooth excels infrared red in almost, if not in all fields. Now with more upcoming advancements in bluetooth, ir seems pointless.
Ying, 12 Aug 2008I agree within a few months or so, Nokia will release a more unique device. I disagree with it... moreok.......bt i hav 2 problems with the n96
y didnt thy add an optical zoom .....4x
n y remove the IR
Andy Burgin, 11 Aug 2008Just seen on www.jassp.net that theres a site offering the N96 for 699 euros/£549 an no way i ... moreI agree within a few months or so, Nokia will release a more unique device. I disagree with it being an improved version of the Nokia N96 though. Personally, I feel the next "big thing" will be presented within the upcoming 5th Edition Touch devices, and I'm not referring to Nokia's Tube either. Nokia representatives stated, the Tube will be introduced as a mid range device, and the high ends to follow thereafter.
As for the upcoming Samsung i8510 INNOV8, that device offers nothing more than a increased 3 megapixel capacity over the Nokia N96 and/or the Nokia N95. Personally, it's funny how mobile companies are still trying to outclass the almost 2 year old Nokia N95.
Kenzo, 11 Aug 2008Lol no dude ....im nt .....i use it.....i didnt even knw that....... ill wayt 4 the N96.... ... moreNot directly. Nokia do incorporate services from the corporation I'm employed at though. Unfortunately, company rules strictly forbid specific disclosures about who and what we do, if that was your following question.
Just seen on www.jassp.net that theres a site offering the N96 for 699 euros/£549 an no way i am going to pay that for the N96,whats Nokia thinking about as my Black 8gb N95 is more better mobile,the price of this mobile better drop down quickly or more people will sign up for the Samsung I8510 an leave the N96,as soon as the N96 will be made available Nokia will do its old trick an announce its 8 mega-pixel camera mobile an really annoy those who bought the N96,you always have to watch out with Nokia as my last 2 mobiles i got the N73 an the N95 what did Nokia do there usual trick release a improve version of both mobiles a month after thats why i was worried about signing up to early for the N96 an they might follow there trend Nokia release the N96i a better version but this time they have got to release a good 8 mega-pixel camera mobile to stop Samsung out selling them,will try out the Samsung mobile out for 14 days an decide is it going to live up to it good reviews
Ying, 11 Aug 2008You're welcome... I guess. By the way, your mail service, gawab.com, is famous for nesting for... moreLol no dude ....im nt .....i use it.....i didnt even knw that.......
ill wayt 4 the N96....
do u work 4 nokia..?
probably the 8gb or the touchscreen might come out first before this fone.....a little too late to release this item.
Kenzo, 11 Aug 2008My felo humanoid......thank u now i uderstand......pleas....tell all the Sammy freeks 2 calm d... moreYou're welcome... I guess. By the way, your mail service, gawab.com, is famous for nesting forum spammers. Hope you're not one...
Ying, 11 Aug 2008To everyone regarding the Nokia N96.
Still there are many ignorant to what Nokia has presen... moreMy felo humanoid......thank u now i uderstand......pleas....tell all the Sammy freeks 2 calm down bout the INNOV8.....it dosnt stand a chance......do u think they cn make symbian lyk nokia cn...i doubt so.......Thanx bro now i knw that the N96 is 4 me...although...i realy wanted Infrared....4 my universal remote control...bt it was ither that or less memory...im an audiophilia.....so i choos memory.....
im also a symbian freek.....hers my email.....i could learn 4rom ur experties.....email@example.com
Finaly my dilemer is ova...lol.....although i had wanted 4x optical zoom....its cool.....i cn live without it4 3years....;)
Anonymous, 01 Jan 1970Whether the Nokia N96 is "worth" 600 euros is debatable. I ask you this, if the Nokia N95 was never introduced, but rather the Nokia N96, would the "worth" be more sufficient then? Believe it or not, there are still many ignorant to the existence of the Nokia N95. With the correct marketing, the unfamiliar average consumer would more than likely go for the "newer" and "better" device, the Nokia N96.
Anonymous, 11 Aug 2008Nobody needs an upgrade to the N95. All N95 series are very successful already. What everybody... moreI stated the Nokia N96 is more so an accommodation to the Nokia N95. The Nokia N96 was developed to extend consumers' variations of options. To say the Nokia N95 needs not to be upgraded, I agree somewhat. Total replacement of the Nokia N95 would be ultimately a fatal move. In my opinion, the Nokia N95 is the base building block of all current and future high end smartphones. However, improvements, whether minor and/or major are more than welcome.
Ying, 11 Aug 2008To everyone regarding the Nokia N96. Still there are many ignorant to what Nokia has presen... moreBottom line: N96 is a great phone but does not deserve the 600 euros worth of money. Nothing new in N96, but rather "upgraded". 600 euros? It is so costly to upgrade!
Nobody needs an upgrade to the N95. All N95 series are very successful already. What everybody needs is the successor of N95, the one that has new features to introduce and not the redundant features that have been repeated over and over again.
To everyone regarding the Nokia N96.
Still there are many ignorant to what Nokia has presented in the Nokia N96. I have posted many articles regarding the device's specifics and provided much detail on them. Maybe you all didn't read them due to the articles being scattered or just chose to ignore them. I'm going to combine all here in this final post about the device.
All arguments are welcome.
First and foremost, the Nokia N96 IS the upgrade of the incredible Nokia N95. More specifically the Nokia N95 8gb. Secondly, the Nokia N96 was developed to accommodate the Nokia N95, not replace it. The Nokia N95-1 major issues were confronted and solved by the Nokia N95 8gb. To many that was enough but to the true dedicated N-Series fan, it wasn't, and Nokia felt the same. Don't misunderstand. The Nokia N95-1 and 8gb version are both incredible, but (I truly believe a lot of people forgot this) Nokia is all about INNOVATION. Thus the Nokia N96. Sure. Nokia's N96 concept could of followed every other mobile phone company's approach and slapped in touch screen, xenon flash, etc, but would separate them from everyone else? Instead Nokia took the N95 8gb and improved it. Their main aim was OPTIMIZATION.
Concerning the comparison of the Apple Iphone and the Nokia N96 is utterly ridiculous. The two phones are total opposites: specs, O.S., functions, build, etc. This phone IS NOT in anyway way an "Iphone killer" or "the answer to Apple's Iphone" so please stop. Nokia has an answer to the Iphone and its followers (basically every phone with a touch screen now) called the S60 Touch UI. Nokia is mastering their tactile feedback touch screen which will completely change the user experience.
Probably the most discussed hardware on the Nokia N96 is its flash. The Nokia N96 uses dual high-current LEDs, which GREATLY differ from the low end LEDs the N95 offered. "Why not xenon?" is the most asked question. Here's the article I introduced on gsmarena.com that started the dispute xenon vs high-current LEDs. I suggest you all read it.
LEDs with a super capacitor has many advantages over Xenon. The light energy generated by LED flash exceeds most xenon flashes. With super capacitor-based LED Flash comparable to xenon in light energy, other attributes of the super capacitor solution make this more attractive for use in mobile phones, most notably the thin form factor which enables a flash unit < 2mm thick. In other words, you get smaller phones in form due to the lack of space needed to accommodate the large electrolytic storage capacitor for xenon.
Pay close attention to this...In addition, unlike the electrolytic storage capacitor for xenon, the super capacitor can offload demands from the battery and handle all mobile-phone functions that need peak power - wireless voice and data, GPS readings, digital video, music and TV - improving talk time, battery life and audio quality. Translation. Your phone performs better while consuming much less energy from the battery.
In addition to all mentioned above, here's a video of the product manager of the Nokia N96 at Mobile World Congress showing a demo of the LED brightness. Notice he's also using the LEDs for video recording as well. Definitely a plus.
Speaking of batteries, the most concerning issue on the Nokia N96 is the small 950mah battery. Many have posted that Nokia is "going backwards" and "haven't learned" from their mistake. Let's analyze that.
But before I do, I'm going to correct this misconception of "BIGGER is BETTER" in batteries. The "mAh" rating is similar to "gallons of fuel" for an internal combustion engine. The rating is used to find the duration of a battery pack given a CERTAIN DRAW. Therefore, the EFFICIENCY of a battery is different at different discharge rates aka usages. When discharging at low rate, the battery's energy is delivered more efficiently than at higher discharge rates. Installing batteries with different mAh ratings WILL NOT AFFECT the operation of a device rated for a specific voltage UNLESS the load limits of the battery are exceeded.
Nokia realized that the software, they first release on the N95 was draining the battery quickly. They presented a solution with the software upgraded to V.20.0.015. The menu layout was changed and the result was the battery lasting 2 days. In conclusion, Nokia HAVE learned from the N95 mistake.
"Why not stay with the 1200mah or higher battery?" you ask. Here's a video of the product manager explaining why.
The Nokia N96 product manager says that bigger battery means bigger device. It was more important to keep the device comfortable to hold. He also claims that software optimizations (there goes that word again) were attributed to the Nokia N96 to make it more efficient. Don't forget this device is running of the S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2.
In conclusion, Nokia developed the N96 to be as efficient as possible on the battery. Thus the super capacitor, the high current LEDS instead of xenon, and the software optimization.
Last topic, the design of the Nokia N96. The phone's dimensions are relatively the same to the Nokia N80 (go compare). The device also offers two dedicated media keys. Both were installed to accommodate the slid position of the device. Review the sample photos. The Nokia N96 offers the traditional front VGA camera as well.
I surely hope i cleared up a lot of issues dealing with the Nokia N96.
it is a very good phone.camera's clearity is out standing.(i am a nokia'sfen.)audio o/p is verrygood.