I own an N958GB. The N96 with its 16GB is very welcome but I expect the battery to be a flop... like in the case of the simple N95. So maybe you should wait till a new N96+ comes out before you decide!!! It will go like this, believe me!!! Otherwise you will bite the dust like those who went for the N95...
If only Nokia could improve the N96's battery life... and make it slimmer... It's still a huge brick in contrast with other similar phones... Nice specs, though!
@ Steve J
Thanks for the complement.
Nokia actually did address all requests for the Nokia N95. They replied with two models. The Nokia N95 8gb and the Nokia N82.
The Nokia N82 offered enhanced features Nokia users requested: card slot, xenon, non slider form, RAM, increased battery capacity, etc. Naturally adding a card slot and a bigger battery increased the size of the phone.
Nokia noticed an unsettling trend... New hardware... Bigger battery... Even bigger phone. As time goes on, more and more technology will be introduced to the mobile world.
I ask you, is the solution to newly introduced technology slapping in a bigger battery each time?
For many the question is "Yes!" Well if that's the case, I guess sooner or later we all will be sporting the size of the first cell phones, the TRUE brick.
Nokia is only company to recognize and address this issue. Thus the Nokia N96.
Replying to the flash comment, maybe you're not just grasping the concept. High-current LED flashes are just as good, and in some cases better, in terms of light energy than their Xenon flash counterparts. THE MAIN ADVANTAGE IS SIZE. Don't forget the advantages of high current LEDs used in video recording mainly battery consumption. But I'm sure you and other people's solution will be a bigger battery. Same old cycle.
In addition, the key to clear pictures is Light Energy - the total amount of light that fills a camera's pixels during image-capture time. Light power, along with flash exposure time is used to calculate Light Energy: light power (lux) x flash exposure time (secs) = Light Energy (lux.secs). Ten to fifteen lux.secs of Light Energy is ideal for high-resolution pictures. I suggest you re-read my posted article and pay close attention to the expose times of xenon compared to high current LEDs.
The sole and only purpose of a digital camera is to take pictures. Size isn't a factor so yes xenon is used. Last time a checked, this isn't a camera site. So stop comparing a DIGITAL CAMERA to a MULTIMEDIA DEVICE.
This phone has everything its like all the nokia phones put into one the only thing thats new is the OS and the 16 gigs im guessing its gonna lag as well 2 much programs got put into this phone and looks plane the should'v made something new
Good old nokia, take 2 phones n95+n81, put them together ! what do u get ? n96 genius.
I enjoin everyone to read MR. YING analysis of the N96 which clears all ambiguities.
I don't like reading people contributing to this GSM ARENA complaining of battery and design. Simply put: Different designs should not be miscontrued to ''a single design''.
No battery is expected to last more than ONE day with heavy use. S.E. battery is not better than NOKIA battery. S.E. will tell you that their battery last 9 or 12hrs. This can be true without using at all. I use both Nokia & S.E.
Over and above, in every ten people with Mobile phones, Nokia accounts for 60 - 70%. This places NOKIA above other phones. The reason is not far-fetched.
If your god SAMSUNG is so great than why Samsung is using operating system made by Nokia SYMBIAN S60 is the registered of Nokia Corporation Nokia connecting people is trade mark of Nokia that's written on your SAMSUNG i450, i550, i420 etc. By the way N95 was first dual slider phone N81 has first such appearance NOKIA 7650 the phone with digital camera was world's first slider phone which is 6-7 years old
Are the borders of this phone made from steel?
Anyways good phone. Want it one for myself this Diwali.
explicit copy off i 450 & F400 Samsung!!
Nokia has nothing to Show further!
If the battery is not improved, this phone, which looks brilliant, will bite the dust!
I have suffered with the pathetic battery life of Nokia N95.
It needs to be in touch with the capacity of the phone.
to yaing.ok nokia lead,but tell me why in n92 was 1500mah battery .answer for me is only one-stingy.i'll never by phone under 1500mah battery again.
Nokia seriously has got some work to do
as Ying as Steve J
Nokia needs to do!
surprisingly nokia has presented a superb h/s,actually i dont have words to say about N 96,its a cool handset with all the features anyone wish for.In simple terms NOKIA ROCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Ying you are certainly a smooth talker! The fact of the matter is that all the majority wanted to be added to the N95 8GB was a microSD card slot and lens cover. Nokia addressed the former but not the latter. It is curious why Nokia repeatedly fail to conduct market surveys before production. It was obvious that many would be disappointed with the absence of a memory card on the N95 8GB because it cripples flexibility. Nokia now correct a mistake that should never have been made.
As for the flash; distinguished makers of compact digicams do not agree with you. They continue to use mighty Xenon flash. Remember that Xenon flash travels further than dual LED. Furthermore better quality pictures are attained. Consult with professional photographers.
As for the battery this optimisation has to be seen to be believed! Even after tweaking the software there is no way 950mAh will be enough to run battery draining applications such as DVB-H. Nokia have placed form before function. These people have to be responsible and thoroughly test that battery in this N96 with the demanding customer in mind. It should last a day with heavy use.
look at HP iPAQ 910c, it has a 1840mAh battery!
this phone totally rocks. It comes from the n81 design n has 16GB. total 24GB of memory with memory card
well...this phone is like SAMSUNG i450.. but i450 is cool than this phone..N96 copied the style of the i450..wel, its nokia's choice.to copy their competitors design and style.. :)
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. 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.
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 need to accommodate the large electrolytic storage capacitor for xenon. 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.
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. 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.
Concerning the comparison of the Apple Iphone and the Nokia N96 is utterly ridiculous. The two phones are total opposites: specs, O.S., functions, built, 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 called the S60 Touch UI. Nokia is mastering their tactile feedback touch screen which will completely change the user experience. Here's an article with a further details.
I surely hope i cleared up a lot of issues dealing with the Nokia N96.
A lot of companies have lost themselves in this "phone war" and forgot the true defination of world leading technology. Any old phone company can slap the lastest and greatest piece of hardware in their device and call themselves the best.
AS for the ones saying Nokia sucks, let me ask you something. If Nokia sucks so much, why are your precious phone companies being licensed to Nokia's own S60 platform. Futhermore, why are they being licensed to a mobile platfrom period. If they are the best, shouldn't it be the other way around? What new ground shaking technology are they offering? Like i said, it takes more than hardware to be the best.