I have finally got my hands on the much awaited Nokia N96 which I have been waiting until its release in the UK which coincided with my contract being available for an upgrade. Now I have finally got my hands on the Nokia N96 and here is my opinion.
I have used the Nokia N95 for the year and a half since it was release Q2 – 2007. I have been a very satisfied customer of it despite its few drawbacks. I have been using almost all the features given on it, have been using TomTom installed on it and have been looking forward for the N96. I am actually pleased though there aren’t many significant Differences. My comparison is against the Nokia N95.
o Larger Screen than the Nokia N95 and is very good. Would be very good when I get around installing TomTom on this
o Pleasant look and feel. Similar to the N95 but there is a slight difference felt. The Finish of the phone has attempted to go into iPhone territory. Looks nice, however as a person who doesn’t like finger marks on my phone, it is not that great. Easily shows finger marks. However I don’t bother as I tend to wipe it all the time. After 1 ½ years of using the N95 I haven’t got one single scratch mark on it.
o Has a kick stand accommodating for video / tv viewing. Speakers positioned accordingly.
o The phone though looks like a posh toy, it does have a feel of durability on it. So I am hoping it is as durable as my N95 after the rough throws I have put on it.
o I like the idea of DVB-H TV on the phone. Not got around using it yet, will be nice when I do, hopefully.
o Performance wise, there is a slight decline observed, and when I researched online, quite questionably it seems as if they have put in a processor with lower clock speed. I can’t understand why Nokia would downgrade on the processor when the Nokia N95 was not the greatest of performers anyway. However it is certainly not a showstopper, but an upgrade of the processor would have been very welcome.
o The Hands-free kit cannot control radio channels. You have to press the button on the phone to change channels. As a person who listens to the radio while walking to work with the phone in the pocket and switching channels using the handsfree kit, it is a total let down.
o The USB connector is nto the same as the Nokia N95 which used a generic Micro USB cable. The N96 has a slightly different one. So you have to have your Nokia N96 USB Cable now and cannot borrow it off a similar device like the N95 was able to.
o I am extremely surprised why Nokia stuck to the same battery as the N95 (the BL-5F) which was heavily criticised for it. I am used to the routine of recharging the phone everyday and having a spare battery on full charge at all times. However I expected the N96 to have improved the battery. The N95-8GB was given the BL-6F which was supposedly more lasting than the BL-5F. I wonder why they went back to the BL-5F.
o Sounds are not as great as the Nokia N95. The Nokia default ring tones are nicer, however is very softer. So I am compelled to use my choice of Mp3 song as the ring tone. The Volume of the speakers are not as crisp and sharp and loud as the N95.
o The back cover is too light weighted plastic. I fear I might hurt it easily.
Overall, I am excited about the phone nad intend to put to test over the next 18 months into my contract and I hope Nokia has upped the standards I have had in my mind on my good old N95 which I am going to miss after 18 months of great service. Love you N95, welcome N96!
there is no point in the n96
the n95 8gb is better by far on everything
do noy buy n96
Gonna Rhea, 21 Oct 2008Do just say you were playing with somebody’s 'length'? Anyway the nokiaaaaaaarrrgggghhh is ... moreMy noodle is long, and N96 is the longest noodlerizer I've ever slid upon. Nice memory, it is really non-forgetful and plays music in a way that is audible (mostly)
Anonymous, 21 Oct 2008I have seen this and played with at length and to be fair it's ok...
ok....thats it....N95i... moreDo just say you were playing with somebody’s 'length'?
Anyway the nokiaaaaaaarrrgggghhh is wow is makes noodles go everywhere!!
I have seen this and played with at length and to be fair it's ok...
ok....thats it....N95i is just as good in fact it is smaller lighter and better looking what is the point of this phone really?
Wow this is like totally wow!!
woops i just spilt noodles down my blouse. I love NOkiaaaaaaarrrghhh..
Even made my noodles escape.
50, 21 Oct 2008Samsung iz only good for washing machine NOT mobiles fones..n96 iz the best...dawgSamsung has Route 66 on the 7110.
Anonymous, 20 Oct 2008as expensive as innov8 even more so no reason for buying this,i go for samy and i'll save coup... moreSamsung iz only good for washing machine NOT mobiles fones..n96 iz the best...dawg
please advise me which GPS software is working on this mobile, Nokia maps I know, but want something else. Thanks
i was a Nokia fan but we must confirm that samsung is more powerful now and can beat Nokia and i think that if nokia is Mercedes then Samsung is Ferrati NOW !
Arron, 20 Oct 2008Ive had my N96 for 6 -7 days now.... from Vodafone and ive had nothing but problems!! media do... moreyes thats true. I have recently got the nokia n96 and its turned itself off a number of times. I had to take the battery out to reset it.Lots of minor problems at the moment. Must be vodafone n96 that has problems.don't buy n96 phones from them as they suck.get the unlock version.
iPhone is like a gorgeous girlfriend and N96 is like a faithful loving wife. Choice is yours to make. I prefer my iphone to this. I prefer a hot girlfriend rather than a wholesome wife. yes I am Dogmai20f. the youtube troll
that a wonderful mobile really it's all what i need
as a cell phone