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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Nokia N95 : Now this is what you call a real smart phone..!!

Hi guys and gals out there, I got fed up with my Nokia N70, which i've been using for over 8 and odd months. When I heard Nokia N95 was out, I found myself rather surprisingly curious about it, well, for the obvious reason that the model boasted of an in-built GSM module for real time mapping ! Pal, ain't that cool ?!! I rushed to the nearest retailer showroom to get a look at the piece. I admit frankly, I never believed in something called 'love at first sight' until i saw this ultra-cool suave and robust piece of merchandise you can slide in and out like a pocket map ! All that followed was trivial, except for the fact that I've now been sporting this gorgeous gadget on my waist belt for the last two weeks. Believe me, I got a proposal the day before...!!

While it shares much with the Nokia N80 in terms of both design and functionality, Nokia's N95, the subject of this review, takes the capabilities of a mobile phone to a new level. On paper, at least, there appears to be little that this Finnish wonder can't do. It has quad-band GSM/EDGE support and 2100MHz UMTS as well as a 5 megapixel autofocus camera, a built-in GPS receiver, Bluetooth stereo support, and 802.11b/g WLAN support.

The slider in the N95 relies on a spring loaded mechanism instead of the friction based design used in the N80, which tended to slide open on its own. On top of that, the slider on the N95 moves in two directions, exposing the keypad when slid one way, and a series of 4 dedicated media playback keys when slid the other way.

On the right side of the device a dedicated two-stage camera shutter button can be found (half press to focus, full press to snap the photo) and a photo playback/gallery button that is similar to what one would expect to find on a dedicated digital camera. Pressing the button once will display the last photo on the screen, pressing it again will bring up the photo gallery. Also located on the right side of the N95 are the volume rocker switch and one of the two stereo speakers. The other speaker is located on the left side of the phone, along with the 3.5mm stereo headset jack, the Infrared port, and the covered microSD memory card slot.

The N95 gives up the Nokia proprietary pop-port and instead has a miniUSB connector located on its bottom edge. The miniUSB port can not be used for charging, though, a task that is handled by a new style mini Nokia power connector. The camera lens is protected by a cover that is opened and closed with a slider switch. Opening and closing the cover activates and deactivates the camera. A secondary, QVGA resolution camera is located on the front of the device, just above the display, and is intended for 3G video calling.

Overall, I believe Nokia did a fine job on the physical design of the N95. The keypad design is the only aspect that I can find fault with, and given the constraints Nokia was working within, I think it is still quite acceptable.

Nokia N95. Carry the world with you. :)