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.
steven, 10 Aug 2008hope they have stoped it from frezzing my n95 8gb just does it all the timeyou can fix it by:
getting the latest firmware
hard and soft reset
format memory card
my n958gb have done all this b4 I put all my stuffs in, never freeze, fast performance ;0
umair, 10 Aug 2008hi i need some help.which phone should i buy nokia n95 8gb or n96 .battery is issues what u prefer?n958gb's battery is stronger than n96, talk/stand by time is better for sure, n96 could play a bit longer on music or video due to its fp2 designed. Sad thing is that, my n958gb made me worry about its battery sometime, so what's the point of n96? I like it but I have to keep holding myself not to get it...
Well what's a brick without great battery life, a very useless one ;)
hope they have stoped it from frezzing my n95 8gb just does it all the time
well iam thinking of getting it as soon as i'll find it but when it will be lounched in the market i was thinking of buying a sell phone which will be having all these features which n96 have it already so why to wait GO GET IT GOOOO
Anonymous, 10 Aug 2008for me, nokia n96 is better than htc touch pro,samsung serenata and samsung i8510 coz it has m... morebetter design !!! it sucks
just compare its design with SE c905 or SE Xperia x1
umair, 10 Aug 2008hi i need some help.which phone should i buy nokia n95 8gb or n96 .battery is issues what u prefer?To umair
I've read somewhere you are looking for N95-8gb but now thinking about N96! Well battery are same but N96 more memory DVB-H. And will be quite expensive in the beginning
I have a feeling n98 is gonna be an 8 megapix cellphone. n96 is by the way crap.
for me, nokia n96 is better than htc touch pro,samsung serenata and samsung i8510 coz it has more feature than these fone and elegant design than this......
The factory started up assembly of these on Aug 1 2008 and they will begin shipping in early Sept
hi i need some help.which phone should i buy nokia n95 8gb or n96 .battery is issues what u prefer?
I knw nokia;s gt sumfing up there sleaves....jst cnt figure out wat......
bt im sure the 96n wont cost that much they said they droping prises....shows thers new stuf coming......i thnk n98 is 1 of them......
well i jst the n96 bt with 4x optical zoom ,infrared and obviously beter bettery life.....
Either nokia has a plan for an 8 MP super snapper multimedia powerhouse, or nokia wants to fall behind in the cameraphone segment. This update of the n95 is taking too long and LG and Samsung are really doing work to beat it. I m not so sure about the picture quality of the c905 yet, because the quality varied depending on what source you looked at. For me the n96 is already outdated
lee, 09 Aug 2008agree with ya but if nokia charging £699.99 for this wot they gonna charge for 8mp?? maybe more than that
Andy Burgin, 09 Aug 2008 I have the Black 8gb N95 also its totally brilliant an with the price of the N96 being way to... moreagree with ya but if nokia charging £699.99 for this wot they gonna charge for 8mp??
I have the Black 8gb N95 also its totally brilliant an with the price of the N96 being way to High is it worth getting the N96 when Nokias going to release a 8 mega-pixel camera mobile before xmas,so the price the networks are expecting to charge for the N96 will fall down very quickly to get them signed up for or the N96 might end up being a waste of alot of time an money from Nokia,they better learn from the mistakes Nokia announcing a phone to early an taking them at least 8 months to get released as people were expecting this phone to made available by now but its still not available yet,they must have been more bothered about trailing the others with the touch screen mobile an now trailing again with the 8 mega-pixel camera mobiles so Nokias got to get themselves really up to date as they used to be the first ones on any new type of mobile on the market but Samsungs showing them up nowdays