DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME. I have been a nokia fan for a long time......not any more.
I purchased this phone (Australia) and have returned it twice. I am now on my 3rd, however the menu has changed from my first 2!! Have other Australians had faults? I have been told by the store they have since had a (80ish% return rate), I must of been one of the first to buy.
The staff told me that it has definatley changed menu designs, looking more like the N95. Makes me wonder if it still has the same specs.
TOTALLY LOST RESPECT FOR THE COMPANY!!!!
Anonymous, 13 Nov 2008how many months is the navigation offered for ???28
Kenzo, 13 Nov 2008Hell yeah im fussy....the N96 is ovaprised......evry 1 is saying that ....i 4 1 realised it 1s... moreit took so long for u to realize that. thats what ive been telling u from the start. n96 aint worth it.
Anonymous, 01 Jan 1970Oh and 1 more thing the bettery life of the N96 is very low.....y should i pay another R500 4 a BL-5F2 (1200 mAh) bettery when iv alredy spent R10 750 on the darn phone?
It dosnt make sence......
Anonymous, 01 Jan 1970Hell yeah im fussy....the N96 is ovaprised......evry 1 is saying that ....i 4 1 realised it 1st hand...its only been released 3 weeks but the slide is wobly and body full of scratches at the back....
No ways....N95 8GB dumies look newer than N96 1nes....yet they almost 2 years old.
Id like 2 see you pay R10 750 for a phone thats got a 5 year old chip set...and a slow CPU that lags even wen having 7GB of its internal memory...that will also look & feel like its 8months old when its only 3 weeks coz its prone 2 scratches..
I dnt knw about you.. but im not willing 2 spend R10 750 for all of that!
I work 4 Nokia so il wait till they give me 1 at work.
Anonymous, 12 Nov 2008i just bought my n96, and it's a disappointment, three days after my purchase the software pla... moremaybe its china phone thats why a few weeks/days its not working anymore..
you should buy at the authorized store..so that you can be sure of its quality..
just my opinion..
Major differences between N95 and N96
Dual CPU ARM9 264MHz for N96 (N95 have Dual ARM11 332Mhz based CPU BUT ARM9 based processor is faster than an ARM11 based processor at same speed)
2.8 inch display with 16.7 (16.777.261) million colours (same as N95 8GB, versus 2.6" display for original N95)
Camera flash with Powerful Double LED flash. (single LED in the N95)
New audio DSP for improved audio quality and longer playback time.
Longer music playback time (14 hrs) and video playback time (6 hrs)
Windows Media WMV9 video codec is added.
Hardware acceleration for video codecs for H.264 and WMV (as well as MPEG4 as before)
Mobile TV DVB-H 1.0 receiver is built into N96
S60 3rd Edition is upgraded from Feature Pack 1 to Feature Pack 2
Symbian OS is upgraded from version 9.2 to 9.3 (9.3 more smart and reliable)
The Java ME engine is upgraded from MIDP 2.0 to MIDP 2.1
User data is preserved when upgrading firmware (This feature is also present on the N95-2 as v21 installs UDP base files)
New Quick office application open all types of (Microsoft Office) files.
Visual Radio v2.0
New version of Nokia Video Centre (show&Edit Videos)
New release of Nokia Experience Software
(geotagging) of pictures, using the integrated GPS
Micro 2.0 HS-USB (Write 3 Mbps /Read 4.1 Mbps) (N95/N95 8G use regular USB)
MicroSD memory card slot (as in original N95, while N95 8GB has no card slot)
RSS 2.1 Reader
Downloadable maps (google maps,Nokia maps,Route 66,etc)
20x camera digital zoom (N95 has 10x digital zoom)
Home Media Solution (sync with DLNA / UPnP devices over WLAN)
The FM radio is upgraded with RDS
N96 is a dual-band HSDPA (900 and 2100 MHz) (while N95 was a single band (2100))
No need to open the slide for optimal GPS reception.
Thinner and lighter than N95 8GB.
N-Gage free games coupon (varies by country) [Just 1 game free].
Nokia N96 has VGA video call camera (N95/N95 8G has CIF)
Video Light - Allows illumination when recording video in the dark (the N95 doesn't have Video Light)
Back up feature - Allows the user to back up the phones settings on to a Micro SD memory card. This includes contacts, massages and media. This allows for easy restoration (the N95 doesn't have this)
Upgraded Bluetooth Stereo Audio
Stronger and super qualitative sound and 3D speakers (N95 8gp normal speakers)
FOTA Firmware over the Air
OMA E-mail Notification v1.0
OMA Device Management v1.2
WEP 2.0 support
OpenGL ES 1.1 Plugin
The Internet browser has improved usability and compatibility
Dual Transfer Mode (MSC 11)
Support SPP Bluetooth Profiles
Same battery as original N95 (950 mAh), but the N96 reportedly has a much better battery life using the same battery (Nokia N95 8GB has 1200 mAh)
No Hardware 3D graphics accelerator for N96
No infrared port
N95/N95 8G has 2.8/5.6 Lens (N96 has 2.8/5.2)
N95 classic has lens cover and much more qualitative shutter (N95 8G/N96 don't have this feature)
manually select MMS messaging mode. If you write a long text message it will automatically select MMS mode which could stop the recipient from receiving the message if they do not have MMS set up on their handset. (Nokia USA employee stated that there is an update in the works to fix this very soon)
VoIP 2.1 support for WLAN and Cellular. However there are many sites (see External Links at the bottom) over the web claiming that VoIP client is removed from N96 (ie. VoIP client which can be used directly by end-user, not VoIP API which can be used by software developers in their applications). N95, which has built-in VoIP client, can be used for internet calling without installing any additional software. Of course third party VoIP applications can still be used on both phones (N95 and N96), but they are not always so reliable as the built-in one.
The pencil button that allows you to mark/unmark items and highlight text is not included.BUT This action can still be done however, by pressing and holding down the # key'.
The Nokia N96 features the following:
Quad band GSM / GPRS / EDGE: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Dual band UMTS / HSDPA: UMTS 900 / 2100 N96-1 (RM-247, Global), UMTS 850 / 1900 N96-3 (RM-247, Global), no UMTS N96 (RM-297, PR China)
HSDPA and Wi-Fi access (RM-297 variant (PR China only) does not have WCDMA, WLAN and DVB-H).
DVB-H Mobile TV (network-dependent feature).
A-GPS Navigation using Nokia Maps, map data fetched using 3G or downloaded over the Internet and transferred to the phone over USB.
Access to Ovi
Instant upload to Flickr, Vox, Yahoo! and Google.
Full xHTML, HTML, RSS reader browser.
Symbian OS v9.3 S60 3.2 Edition, user interface.
16 GB of internal flash memory.
Max memory = [MicroSD 32GB (released 2009) ,16GB internal]= 48GB .
2-way slide, as in Nokia N95.
5-megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss TESSAR optics.
Sensor for Auto-rotate.
VGA camera in front of the phone, for video calling and self-portrait use.
Double LED flash for the camera.
Pre-bundled with WaveSecure in India. variant
Plays music files, and lets you download easily via Nokia Web.
Allows high-quality video calling using 3G
A built-in accelerometer when tilted as on the Nokia N82.
The new design :
Landscape-oriented design (landscape oriented speakers, connectors and buttons located optimally for landscape use)
Media keys available in all modes (even when slide is closed, for background control of music)
Media keys on short side can transform into gaming keys
Lock switch (enables quick lock / unlock of keypad)
128mb SDRAM (synchronous dynamic random access memory)
Available memory for the user is 90mb after operating the system.
Can play various type of Music files like --> (MP3/AAC/eACC/AAC+/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Mid/RM(real)/RAM(real)/AMR/m3u(playlist))
Can play various type of Video files like --> (RM(real video)/H.263/H.264/3GPP/HQ-3GPP(30fps)/Mp4/WMV/FLV(Flash player))
Anonymous, 12 Nov 2008zzz dont critisize any phone developer on tis section,makes no different,every phone is unique... moreMaybe if people didn't say this phone is the best, when obviously there are better phones out there.
Who's fault is this?
Nokia, for once again falling behind the leaders in the field, and now (as usual) they are playing catch up.
Yet, people are quite happy to accept their marketing at face value.
"wat is INNOV8 w/o s60 develope by nokia?"
Nokia contributed to Symbian's development, they are not the only one's, that is why other manufacturers can use it.
Here's an example:-
"LONDON, UK; June 24, 2008 - Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and NTT DOCOMO announced today their intent to unite Symbian OS™, S60, UIQ and MOAP(S) to create one open mobile software platform. Together with AT&T, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone they plan to establish the Symbian Foundation to extend the appeal of this unified software platform."
Here a comparison between the X1 and the N96:
I will not pay Money 4 this Device....il wait till they give me 1 at work......
Yet im still going 2 Make my final judgment wen i get my hands on a real product...
Till then im not happy...
2 day i had a hands on expirience with a Dummie version of the N96....i hav 2 say its not impressive.....the slide is wobly wen in standby state.....yet the mechanisym when sliding up nor down is exelent.....and the keys on the top deck are cramped up...it would take quite sum tym 2 get us2.....The Stop button is 2 close 2 the Symbian menu button and call answer key "green key"...
So is the "c" button 2 close 2 the Play button and call end button.."red key"....
The Kick stand is fragile and can be broken.....the surface is not scratch risistant eather.....
wat is INNOV8 w/o s60 develope by nokia?TouchWiz?Not even close to s60 v5 Touch?Stop saying innov8's pros here in n96 section,think abt tons of its cons back then
zzz dont critisize any phone developer on tis section,makes no different,every phone is unique in its way,if u pleased with samsung's phone,go ahead and talk abt how good it is in their respective section instead of critisize other phone here,no body care i guess...