After deep meditation I have come to the conclusion that this phone is half cocked. The E90 has proved that its TI OMAP 2420 processor is well capable of handling a high res screen. The N95 8GB also houses the same processor and yet Nokia shied away from implementing high res. The N96 should have now ascended to a VGA screen since it is the top N series that money can buy. The N96 is supposed to be a progressive move from the N95 8GB but instead of progression we have stagnation. The same old screen in a supposedly top device! The addition of a microSD slot was a correction to a bad mistake. They should never have presented the N95 8GB without the choice of expandable memory. Furthermore there is no 3D graphics hardware acceleration which is bad news for those into gaming. Nokia already have a TV phone in the N77 so implementing DVB-H was unnecessary. The official figures for battery life are worse than the N95 8GB which is depressing.
Another worrying aspect is the straight jacket, inflexible policy of making every N series with an alphanumeric keypad. A QWERTY simply makes it easier to type. Are Nokia telling us that those who type will be penalised by QWERTY not being included in N series phones?? We have had about 25 N series phones and not one of them has a QWERTY! Nobody should talk about the E series because they are awkward: the E90 is bulky and the E61i resembles a slice of bread- it is too wide! A slick N series phone with QWERTY would take the market by storm if Nokia can keep the weight to under 140g, give it a high res screen and a contemporary design eg slide-out QWERTY. Another great design is the flip as seen in the N93-sure, that phone was too thick but Nokia are well capable of making a slimmer version. They could move the lens to the back panel. Opening the flip, one could make your regular phonecalls. Conversely, opening the phone in laptop mode whereby the screen is in landscape orientation would enable one to type with a full QWERTY. In other words Nokia have many design and technical choices. They should not limit themselves to N series alphanumeric keypad phones. One last point is the flash player. Flash 9 will enable many video sites on the internet to be played but Nokia have no plans to implement this. N series Real player is limited in scope. Flash Lite as the name implies, is too light. For instance you can only attain the mobile version of Youtube with it.
its really a pity that the future N96 users would have to be "slightly more" conscious
with the settings of their phone to prolong battery consumption.
inconvenience or not?it varies on the user.
good thing here is that users will only use a certain setting when "needed" which results to conservation of energy.
everyone here needs to admit that battery longevity of n96 deserves attention NOW.
The bateery life is really questionable especially considering the phone does not charge itself when connected via usb cabling when connecting to the HSDPA speeds for the net. This makes it a bad choice. Nokia fanatics can you tell your designers to always improve on the present than to down grade. Check the N95 8Gig's bateery life is much better.
Maybe someone can help me out, I loved the 9300/9500 communicators for 2 reasons, the large qwerty keyboard and the fact that I could create text messages and have them sent out at a given time and date. In other words, I could create a text on monday and have it set up to send on tuesday at 11am. One of the great things about Symbian S80.
My question is, does the N96 do this?
Is there a program maybe for S60 that would allow for something like this to happen?
320*240 screen is it high-end or joke,at least 640*480 or wvga is needed but nokia battery cannot work with that,see n95
For all those obsessed with "Nokia should have a touchscreen".
GSMArena has presented a video about the new symbian s60 touch UI.
My advice to you is this: have some patience. A Nokia device featuring this UI is far from being released. In the meantime you should robably look elsewhere.
I wish that this would have a touch screen...who needs a slider when u hav touch,,, the size reduces too!!!
Grow up Nokia.. feature a TOUCH SCREEN...when everyone around can make a touchscreen ,, why not you guys,,, stop basking in previous glory,, and get into some action.,..u r supposed to be the best..gimme.. touch screen + windows mobile on this,,, and i am game for it!!
for da comment bout it being simlar to da n95.. u gotta give them a break...sure its similar, but its pretty much pushin phone capabilty to as high as they can get :S, plus a change from 8 gig to 16gig is a large diff... and newer versiond os... and plus looks betta... so u cant really say its jsut another n95...
oh and btw im a samsung and ericsson fan haha, nokia to expesive for me for its quality :P
this is good phone have me. i like to kown where this phone come out too? is come out i like to have this phone too.....plesae send me E-mail to me....?ok
Basically a 16GB and TV version of the N95 8GB !
il wait for next Nokia N-Series to come......
Actually this mobile will suck cuz 16gb n ram is not increased.....
can't wait to see this phone in our country, I hope it 's worth it Iam using a nokia e90 .
This phone is the n92 all over again, I dont even think this handset is going to be launched
gains over n95 8gb are mediocre at best!!
Hey every body. N96 is a very good phone, And about the battary u can charge the phone enery day before u sleep. But when is that pohone going to launch in shops, and for how much??????
This phone seems to have all the features that I want except its to fat for my pants! Also, would be nice if it had touch screen like my ipod...
For all of you who are concerned with battery life. N95 came out with the BL-5F @ 950 mAh, we sell it stock with BL-6F @ 1200 mAh in Australia, just upgrade your battery...
I'm sure the N96 will fit the BL-6F...
About those wishing for a touchscreen phone by nokia, there a rumors of a possible n98. It wil hav a 3.2 inch screen, 16 million colors, wi-fi, 7.2mp camera with carl zeiss optics and wil run on windows mobile or symbian s70. Rumors say it wil be packed to the brim with every feature you can think of and is being branded as the iphone killer. It looks like a large 8600 luna. It looks stylish in my view. It is supposed to come out late this year.
As for QWERTY keyboard lovers, another rumor is out about a possible n99. Wil hav 9 way joystick, divx player wi-fi, 16gb memory, 7.2 carl zeiss mp, gps, 3.2 inch touchscreen n document viewer. It is supposed to come out either later this year or next year.
Anyway these are just rumors. But if they are true, nokia have outdone themselves in a marvellous way and are confirming their extending the lead as market leaders.
Go to google n type n97, n98 or n99. Very interesting.
Response to r.0.c.k.
Unfortunately the Nokia N96 isn't available. So yes, all we can do is make assumptions...on how a device will last based on an individual's usage. Yet, when comparing hardware to hardware with the same scenario, factual conclusions can be made (referring to past post, N95 vs N96).
I took into account many factors when choosing a device to best support my point. The most important factor, which of the devices I ACTUALLY OWN best suit the discussion, the Nokia N95 or N80. I noted in my post, "The scenario I will be describing is my own daily usage of my phone..." I'm sure there may be a better Nokia device to compare the N96 with besides the two I own, but I wanted it to be based on my own experience. I ultimately chose my N80 because it lack the 3D hardware, like the N96, but unlike the N95. The 3D hardware itself is a major draining battery component, which is another point in why the Nokia N96 has the 950mAh battery, but that's a different discussion.
My objective was to prove how a poor battery equipped phone could last more than 2 days. Ultimately, it all depends on how you use the device, like I said before.
Regarding your comment about spare batteries. Being an owner of the N95, I have yet to purchase a spare. It's a fact that the battery life of the N95 is poor. I use common sense as a counter measure. Traveling on the road? Purchase a car charger. Change the settings of the device. Reduce display brightness and light on duration. Change network to GSM instead of DUAL BAND, especially when not needed. Confirm the "only when needed" setting with the GPRS service. Little stuff like this goes a long way, and if the same tactics are applied to the Nokia N96, I feel this device will do pretty well in the "real world".