i just learned that n96 strays away from usual top of the line processor, texas instrument omap cpu, and used instead a still not so familiar "nomadik" cpu. 3d graphics accelerator has been taken out of the box. and some sort of DSP was installed instead optimized for video and music playback. so from here, we can draw a conclusion that n96 is meant for media playback and live tv broadcast. it has a 5mp carl zeiss camera lens and shoots 30fps vga videos but it's not the best in that department. has ngage & landscape gaming support but without the 3d graphics chip means gaming is only a part of its do-it-all capabilities but not what it's specialized into. has the dsp chip and 16gb plus 2 batches of music/media controls but the dsp is optimised only in audio decoding of video files, kinda weird..still won't dethrone n91 or n81 8gb in audio quality.
so here's the run down of how n96 stands as member of flagship devices:
n90 - flagship camera phone in 2mp department
n91 - dated flagship music phone
n92 - dated flagship dvb-h phone
n93/i - flagship in video department (still the best videocamcorder phone up to now in video encoding quality and stereo audio encoding)
n95/8gb - flagship all-in-one device
n96 - flagship all-in-one device focusing on video playback & live tv broadcast.
n82 - flagship camera phone 5mp category
n81/8gb - music & gaming phone focusing on audio quality & ideal gaming
n80 - dated flagship all-in-one device
n78 - middle class all-in-one device focusing on music
n76 - slim smartphone focusing on music
n75 - america's version of n76
n73 - flagship camera phone 3mp category
n72 - n70 for gsm market only
n71 - (n/a)
n70 - classic symbian smartphone
as you can analyze, n96 is not meant to replace nor succeed the n95/8gb. they're on the same category with n96 specializing on a specific department.
Man this phone is Bangin! The best phone i have ever had, very fast, spectacular photos, very usable ther is no doubt in my mind that it blows the rest of the brands out of the water! sorry all the iphone has is the touch screen Big deal - very unpractical and feature lacking phone.
dual core technology, somewhat like cpu technology, the very first in mobile technology
faster interface, less power usage
NOKIA LOVER, 26 Jul 2008nokia is the best, people in here talking about samsung this and whatever, but the bottom line... moreOmfg!!!! Nokia rox!!!! I owned the N95 8GB cant say anything bad about it...its just perfect and now WOW n96 so mfking INCREDIBLE !!!!! Im so getting one!!! Screw the godam iPhone its plain SUX !!! Oh yeah you heard iPhone's fan Im dissing your favorite phone how bout that? HAHAHAHA
This people are envious about N96 undeniable success. Rating the phone using only with their imagination. no hard fact basis at all.
They cant accept the fact that people now a days value practical things and cant be fooled by overhype feature which they dont need anyway.
Thats why the most pre ordered phone on websites is N96, accept that fact..
design - 4/10 nokia is running out of concept. this is a hybrid of n81 and n95. i'll rate n81 9/10 for being one of the most good looking phones. i'll rate n96 4/10 for being one of the fugliest!
features - 5/10 nothing new here, except the 16gb. still 5/10 for being an n95 wannabe.
performance - 2/10 i'm sure a lot will be complaining when they buy this phone. nokia never learns from previous mistakes. battery alone is a total disaster. no 3d graphics chip and slow processor for very poor performance!
Guys ! please write your name ! ( You can write it at top of your opinion , if you don't know its place !!!)
Guys ! Don't be worry about the battery life . I knew it ! Nokia always has sth for fans ! ( just check the equipments in website that sell it .)
Anonymous, 27 Jul 2008nokia n96 design - 4/10 features - 5/10 performance - 2/10How can you rate a phone thats not even out!!!
Well, I'm gonna do this... Since I've been waiting for so looooong for this N96, I don't mind to wait a bit longer to compare...
If i8510 come out first and gets better review of its performance than nokia, I'll get it and give nokia a lesson as punishment for being so slow, ignore, proud, price is getting higher and higher on their latest nseries release, just hard to stand with their kinda arrogance
Anonymous, 27 Jul 2008i should say, you cant afford to buy a new and expensive phone model (n96) that is worse and m... moreI say get a life..
Theirs a big world outside than your pc
it is in the real world where you can find the real importance to practicality and value than your MP..
I can afford expensive phones but I'm not going to be fooled by Innov8, better share your money to the less unfortunate rather than pay for a feature that you don't need
I tell you, you will leave a happy life c", than being envious
this model is the best in nokia but it will not launch here in UAE. Feel sad for those who really want this mobile.
I Bet Nokias kicking themselves now taking so long to get the N96 on the market as Samsung an Sony Ericsson are going to make the N96 sales not that good as expected,they announced the N96 in Febuary but why? is it taking that long to get the N96 released,i was really looking at getting the N96 but either the i8500 or C905 might become available before the N96 an as my contract is over i didn"t upgrade until something on par or even a little better than the Black 8gb N95 i have was avilable an they say the i8500 will be available in August i think i will be getting that mobile instead of waiting for the N96 an i bet a few people will do the same thing as the N96 might become out in September or October