Mmm...The_Nootz, an interesting name! You have made some valid points and I feel that you reflect the mindset of contemporary Nokia policy. I guess I am a bit of a rebel! But you know multimedia is not just about pictures and images. What about text? Magazines and newspapers are all part of multimedia. You know and I know that for serious work T9 is inadequate. You wouldn't use it as your text input on a computer would you??
May I suggest that Nokia put it to the test. Make a variation of the N96. Call it, for instance, the N96Q. The "Q" would denote the presence of a QWERTY. Make it a two way slider but with a difference. If it slides in portrait orientation T9 keys are revealed. If it slides in landscape, a full QWERTY is seen. Nokia are brilliant at screen rotation and orientation. Look what they did with the 6260 and the N93. The N96Q would not be a problem to manufacture. A variation on this theme would be HTC S730 design. There are so many possibilities. Why rigidly stick to the N95 version of dual slide??
Others may ask well why not go for an E-series. The answer is that the E-series compromises top of the range N features and is too bulky. Hence the necessity of the N96Q. Nokia shouldn't knock it until they've tried it!!
its actually your fixation that keeps you saying that nokia will not put a qwerty in "one" of their N-series phones.
did you have any idea that nokia will produce e51 without the camera? or did it ever come to your mind that nokia will produce a phone with smoked glass sliding cover like 8600 Luna?how about 7900 Prism and 7500 Prism with a very innovative keypad design?.i guess not. you will never know what's exactly in their mind so your conclusion that nokia will not add a qwerty in one of their N-series phones is still regressive.knowing nokia, you'll always be surprise.
regarding your comparison about multimedia phones and pocket pc....
are you aware of HTC TyTN II and HTC Touch Cruise? still a pocket PC but with a respectful 3.15mp camera which is usually a feature of a multimedia phone and who expected that? they progressed from vga to 3.15 in terms of multimedia features.therefore, a multimedia phone(like the N-series) could also have qwerty and make an improvement in its terms of pocket PC features, besides they are doing fair enough in multimedia.
and ohh....SE is even adding their walkman features in their C-series or cybershot phones.so how about the E-series features being add in N-series? just one phone like that....just only one
purpose of E-series?
purpose of N-series? STOP
how about purpose of innovation guys?
nokia run out of new design.
so they made it look like n81.
even the n78 looks like a monoblock version of it.
i am soo sony ericsson.
DVB-H tv rec'ver inbuilt!! cool, wonder if they will release a DVB-T receiver for AUS.
Great phone,great features,cant wait to get 1 altough i got N958gb. You guys make people want to buy more handphone.Superb & keep the good work. Nokia Rocks
Way better than the 16 GB Iphone ;)
too bad the camera still isn't 7 megapixel ( lol )
imposible nokia surrounding no hearing fell
then if nokia change sony ericsoon sound
wow this phone is horrible. N81 with 16gb memory and better camera? wtf? disgusting. N95 ftw!
To Steve J
Please rid yourself of this fixation of yours and that HTC of yours. If you really like that device, then go ahead and buy it. Again, that is a PocketPC, which, again, is pointless to compare with this multimedia device.
As a PocketPC, HTC S730 is designed for typing, because the aim was to carry mobile Office with you, as well as an Internet connection for email. And Windows Mobile manages these things very well. But Nokia N96 is optimized for multimedia. Battery performance optimized for longer playback time, hardware accelerated codecs (see H.264), dedicated DSP chip for audio quality, massive memory to store even DVDs, high performance camera and video recorder (best available), all of these tell us (beside Nokia themselves) that this device is made for something else. Now don't draw the wrong conclusion. Nokia N96 is still capable of managing Office and email and all other things that require typing. As a comparison, HTC S730 can (also) manage music and video players, but doesn't offer spectacular results like a dedicated multimedia device.
That is why, in my opinion, you'll never see an Nseries handset with QWERTY. If you want an Nseries device and still want to edit Office etc., get used to that T9. It seems that there are users who type pretty well with T9. On the other hand, if your aim is to get a phone that manages Office etc and still want some music/video/photos, go for a PocketPC (such as your HTC S730) or an Eseries device like E90.
If you're still unsatisfied of what the mobile phone market has to offer, all you can do is wait until something that satisfies you comes out.
very nice style.. very nice in features.. nice phone.. but i think its expensive..
I live in Iran and I have a N95 8G
please tell me is it good that I sell the N95 and buy a N96?or waiting for next products of NSeries?and who know what's the price of N96?...
Please send the answers to my mail..:)