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Review of GSM/UMTS-smartphone Nokia N95 8Gb

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Table of contents:

  1. Positioning
  2. Design, size, controls
  3. Display
  4. Keypad
  5. Battery
  6. Memory
  7. Performance
  8. USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  9. VoIP
  10. Camera
  11. Search - version 4.0
  12. Multimedia menu
  13. N-Gage and gaming department
  14. Preinstalled applications
  15. Nokia N95 8Gb vs Nokia N95 - Software
  16. Nokia N95 8Gb vs Nokia N95 - Rundown
  17. Impressions

Sales package:

  • Handset
  • Battery (BL-6F, 1200 mAh)
  • Charger (AC-5)
  • Wired stereo-headset (HS-45) and remote (AD-54)
  • USB data cable (DKE-2)
  • Video connectivity cable (CA-75U)

Positioning

The Nokia N95 8Gb has been around on Nokias roadmap for quite a while, but when the original Nokia N95 started shipping, they bumped into a number of flaws and rushed to rectify them. This patching has brought life to two new products the Nokia N95-2, a variation of the original Nokia N95 for the North-American market, and the Nokia N95 8Gb. The stateside model is similar to the Nokia N95 8Gb in terms of design and materials used, however its software department is very close to the original phone, which makes it an in-between solution, whereas the Nokia N95 8Gb is the real upgrade.

Recently Nokia has been running with a new indexing system for duos, where all basic editions get standard indexes, while enhanced versions come with suffixes standing for their storages. The Nokia N81 was the first device to exercise this approach; we will also see this for other models down the road.

The most important thing you need to realize is that the Nokia N95 8Gb is not a brand-new handset on the contrary, it comes in as an update to the original phone, albeit its different hardware-wise. Incidentally, the Nokia N95 8Gbs firmware doesnt get along with the Nokia N95.

This also stems from this phones positioning. The difference between its price tag and that of the Nokia N95 doesnt make any difference for this price bracket (Nokia N95 goes for 1 Euro as long as you get an 18-month contract with it) around 70 Euro which is pretty much what youll see with the Nokia N81 and its 8Gb variation. As long as carrier-driven markets are concerned, the only obstacle consumers might encounter is availability of the model in their carriers range. For truths sake, let us note that Nokia is currently focusing on carriers and pays way less attention to free markets, like Russia, which doesnt seem outrageous from the perspective of business carriers place much bigger orders, even though they normally put fewer models on offer.

So the big picture appears to be somewhat complicated. Lets see what some of the NSeries products will cost you and compare their wholesale prices:

  Wholesale price, Euro Retail price, stated in the companys press-release
Nokia N81 340 360
Nokia N81 8Gb 420 430
Nokia N82 430 450
Nokia N95 463 (previously 493, -30 Euro after the Nokia N95 8Gb announcement) 550
Nokia N95 8Gb 535 560

While this comparison could really use the Nokia N93i as well, it is still a very niche product, and its better to overlook it here. At the same time, the Nokia N81 and the Nokia N95 are two phones craved by the masses, and in their price-brackets they are definitely sought-after offerings. This way, the new generation of Nokias phones is ushered in by the N81, the most affordable phone in its class. The Nokia N82 is almost a hundred Euro steeper, which comes as no surprise, since many see it as probably most popular smartphone, jam-packed with features and on top of all that, the flagship in imaging, just like the Nokia N73 was some time ago. And the Nokia N95 turns out to be very close to the Nokia N81 and the Nokia N82 price-wise, which completely dissolves its positioning strategy and puts it into a situation when it has to battle two other models pushing from below and also a higher-up, the Nokia N95 8Gb. And in these circumstances the Nokia N95s sales dont seem as stellar as they were before the aforementioned handsets have stormed into the market.

And carrier-driven markets couldnt be happier any operator can pick a model for his retail network and avoid bringing two competing models onto its shelves, while open markets are about to experiences a completely opposite effect, when the Nokia N95s sales will go down in favor of other Nokia-branded solutions. Is there any gain for the manufacturer? There most definitely is. Here we need to take account of the Nokia N95s service expenses (the problem with its casing) and mostly negative perception of its plastic by consumers. And while it is a burning issue in all regions, when you can grab a contracted phone for free it gets easier, right? Especially compared to, say, Russia, where everyone will need to pay the N95s full price and still deal with all these flaws.

So based on all the above, the Nokia N95 8Gb is meant to vary the makers range and steal some prospects from the N95. This was Nokias original plan and the plastic problems on the Nokia N95 have made the company more determined to roll it out.

Speaking of other bits and pieces, Nokia has always positioned its N9x devices as phones with prowess in some particular fields, be it imaging, music or something else. With the N95 they made an attempt to get everything under one hood; however the major focus was imaging, in other words, the handsets camera. And in its turn the Nokia N95 8Gb is a video-savvy device.

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Design, size, controls

The handset measures up at 99x53x21 mm and tips our scales at 128 grams. At a glance, it hasnt changed a bit as compared to the Nokia N95, nevertheless, you are being deluded here. In the Nokia N95 the 1,5 mm thick camera rim added extra girth, while the N95 8Gbs rear is flat. And since the upgrade enjoys a higher-capacity cell, it is 8 grams heavier, which doesnt make all the difference, though (the N95s weight is 120 grams).

Video, looks and size (50,2 mb, wmv)






Also I would like to take this opportunity to note that Nokia-branded phones are very unlikely to come bundled with lens shutters any time soon. This widget does a lot of good to imaging-heavy solutions, since it allows the user to launch camera application with a single swipe, however there are several downsides to it as well the foremost is that it collects dirt and dust. On top of that, the Nokia N95s shutter slightly protruded from the casing, and thus was greatly exposed to wear and tear, so the handset tended to lose its pristine condition pretty fast.


Speaking of other things that normally dont grab your attention, the phone now feels more balanced when you put it on the left spine. Regrettably, this setup wont be of much use since the angle you get this way doesnt make for comfortable video sessions.





Lets be honest, the Nokia N95s plastic quality was literally blasted many claimed that its halves seemed to be poorly fixed, and on the whole it didnt look particularly sturdy due to its thin plastic shell. All these drawbacks have been addressed in the Nokia N95 8Gb, its front fascia is now clad in glossy black plastic, which gets smudgy in no time, yet we didnt find it prone to scuffs or scratches.



The chromed buttons sitting on the right side have been carried over from the original device and probably all their flaws have hopped on the N95 8Gb as well specifically, the issue with their coating that wore out to the point where the transparent plastic base of these keys got exposed. At the same time the OK button is now all black and you wont have any hardships of this kind with it, thats for sure.

The model still employs dual-slider action, where pushing the upper slide down unveils the player controls. Unlike the Nokia N95, this phone has no multimedia menu onboard the display will simply toggle to the landscape mode upon opening the music buttons. In fact, the multimedia menu found in the N95 was a mere concept, so the N95 8 Gb currently holds the first version of the Nokia N81-esque Multimedia menu.

The playback controls have been shape-changed as well sitting slightly above the surface, they deliver a better tactile feel, which gives a reassuring feedback when using the buttons.

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Display

The N95 8Gb comes installed with a 2.8-inch QVGA display (230x320 pixels, 42x58 mm).Its 16 million colors and sufficient brightness make for an easy-to-read picture. While in the sun, the display gets washed out, yet remains perfectly legible.

The 8Gbs diagonal is a clear improvement over the original N95 and its 2,6 inches (which is also quite a difference compared to other 2- and 2,2-inch units). The increased diagonal normally brings about a more blurry image, however thanks to the N95 8Gbs brighter display, you will hardly notice this effect. The Nokia N95 8Gbs display is competent enough to ensure that you will come out satisfied after watching videos on it, even though it doesnt seem all that much of an upgrade over the original model.






As far as the number of text lines displayed at a time is concerned, you wont notice any significant advantages of the N95 8Gb, although it manages to cramp an extra line into some menus, all thanks to its larger diagonal and properly tweaked fonts. For instance, the Active Standby icon bar features seven items instead of those six found on the N95.

Another change of note is the protective plastic layer covering the display, which was missing in the Nokia N95. Probably Nokia deemed it an essential part, which is quite reasonable, since they will never save much money by omitting it.

The display accommodates up to 8 text and up to 3 service lines. In some modes, though, you may get up to 14 text lines. All fonts are as sharp as they are easy to read.

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Keypad

The buttons are made of bare plastic, while the soft-keys are chromed. The N95 8Gbs keypad is generally a breeze to handle the keys are not exactly stiff, nor do they feel wobbly. They are all lit in white (ambient light sensor is onboard), so these buttons visible in various environments. The navigation button is average in size, which may give you some trouble, but all in all it is fairly easy to press. On balance, the handsets keypad is just fine and wont be criticized by most users.



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Battery

The handset utilizes a 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery (BL-6F), whereas the Nokia N95 comes packaged with a 950 mAh Li-Pol unit (BL-5F), meaning that the 8Gb edition can carry almost 25 percent more juice, which allow it to work longer hours, but there are some new power consumers in the N95 8Gb as well enhanced display and louder speakers.




Nokias engineers have tried to tweak and tune every last thing that has something to do with the phones software, including instantly fading display backlighting (the keypad gets locked outright), and A-GPS, employed wherever possible, and the lack of the multimedia menu when you reveal the music controls. All these tiny and seemingly insignificant details make all the difference in the phones battery life. All in all, in some modes you will see nearly 15-20 percent increase in the battery time, while in some applications the N95 8Gb lasts just as long.

For all owners of the Nokia N95 I shall note that the BL-6F wont fit into its casing, whereas the N95s cell can be installed into the new phone hands down.

The manufacturer rates the battery as being good for up to 6 hours of talk time (GSM networks, previously 4 hours) and up to 280 of standby (previously 220 hours). If youll be heavy on the N95 8Gbs features, it will stay online for around 1,5 days with roughly 1,5 hours of calls, hourly mail checks (via Wi-Fi or EDGE) and 3 hours of music. With average use, however, it will last up to 2-3 days, and hardly more than that. From my perspective, the N95 8Gb is one of those phones you should recharge every evening. Full charging time a little bit more than 2 hours, although the battery charges up to 80% in 1,5 hours.

Undoubtedly, the 8Gb editions 1,5 days of operation is a remarkable achievement, which might even save your day in some circumstances. But for the most part you will still need to plug in the charger every night.

Below is a chart with top times we managed to squeeze out of the Nokia N95 and the Nokia N95 8Gb in various applications:

  Nokia N95 Nokia N95 8Gb
GPS-navigation 3.5 hours 3 hours 50 minutes
Video (H.264), speakerphone mode 2 hours 51 minutes 4 hours 8 minutes
WEB-surfing (via EDGE) 3 hours 3 hours 24 minutes
Wi-Fi (non-stop data upload) 3 hours 3 hours 21 minutes
Music (in headphones) 8.5 hours 9 hours 50 minutes

As you see, the newcomer isnt all that better than the original N95 and again, this pretty much means that you will need to charge your N95 8Gb daily, no tremendous improvements have been made to this department.

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Memory

The device comes equipped with 128 Mb of RAM, after first launch you will get around 95 Mb of free memory at your disposal, which is enough for running a dozen of applications and browsing heavy web-pages the word slow-down is definitely not in the N95 8Gbs vocabulary.

The volume of flash-memory makes 7672 Mb this storage space is managed in the same fashion as memory cards.

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Performance

The Nokia N95 8Gb is no different from the original Nokia N95 on this front technically, this is one and the same device running the TI OMAP 2420 platform. Among the changes is the 8Gb editions RAM volume however it has almost nothing to do with the handsets overall performance, which is proven by the tests you can find below.




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USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

USB. The handset comes in with USB 2.0 support (data transfer speeds 600-650 Kb/s, whereas the Nokia N95 offered up to 900-950 Kb/s), upon a successful PC connection you can choose one of the following modes:

  • Data Transfer (Mass Storage USB) memory cards is available, no drivers required, as your OS identifies the handset automatically.
  • PC Suite used for device management via Nokia PC Suite, enables all features of the phone, data backup etc.
  • Image Print no explanation required.
  • Media Player (MTP protocol) synchronizes data with Windows Media Player.

Bluetooth. The smartphone sports EDR-enabled Bluetooth 2.0 alongside the following profiles:

  • A2DP
  • AVCRP
  • BIP-ImagePush
  • DUN-GW
  • FT-Server
  • HandsFree-AG (1.0)
  • Headset-AG
  • OBEX
  • OPP-Client
  • OPP-Server
  • SIM Access-Server

The top speed you can get with the N95 8Gb. Bluetooth connection is around 100 Kb/s.We also tested its A2DP profile in pair with the Sony Ericsson DS970 headset, which worked just fine we managed our play list, skipped within tracks and adjusted volume seamlessly, however we couldnt make current tracks title show up on the N95 8Gbs display.

Wi-Fi. This handset comes armed with Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 g) support. All security standards are supported: WEP , WPA , WPA 2, with other advanced settings available. The device supports Universal PnP standard (UPnP), which is the successor to the wired standard PnP. With its help, along with Wi-Fi, you can send slides to a TV, music to a stereo system, and photos to a printer. In a certain sense UPnP is like an add-on to the infrastructure (Wi-Fi, for example) in the form of Bluetooth-esque services, so this looks more like a software upgrade. The sales package includes Home Media Server, which allows connecting the N95 8Gb. through your home Wi-Fi network to a desktop PC.

There is also a Wi-Fi wizard available in the N95 8Gb it can keep looking for enabled networks in the background mode and tap into them.

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VoIP

This feature has been carried over from the Eseries, as it retains just the same settings pool and is pretty easy to manage. The SIP protocol enables you to make calls bypassing your GSM-carrier (though you will still need an IP-telephony operator). The best thing about this solution is that you can employ Wi-Fi networks to reduce your calls-related expenses. If you would like to have a Skype-esque application on your handset, the Fring or TruPhone are the way to go.

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Camera

The camera found on the Nokia N95 8Gb hasnt undergone any newsworthy changes it employs the same module and software settings as the Nokia N95. The two cameras are totally identical see for yourself on the shots below.

Find our take on the N95s camera here




















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Search - version 4.0

The utility marries the local search abilities and browsing. Furthermore, the search engine used in the N95 8Gb may vary by country for Russia it is Yandex.ru. Generally, you can pick a search engine you like manually or keep the default one Yahoo. The reason behind this differentiation between regions is that the maker deems local search engines better tweaked for respective countries.

Local search is performed in all categories, which are:

  • Music
  • Contacts
  • Calendar
  • Messages (including message body)
  • Email (headline and message body)
  • Bookmarks
  • Images
  • Video
  • Points of interest
  • Applications
  • Notes

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All you need to do is punch in first letters of a word and the N95 8Gb will instantly display how many matches it could find in every section, which is really handy. For the time being, Samsung-branded devices come with a quite similar feature onboard; however their search engine is somewhat less sophisticated, even though the abilities are pretty much in line with Nokias search.

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Multimedia menu

This is a wheel-shaped menu (made its first appearance with the Nokia N81), where every tab features kindred functions. You can navigate through these tabs with the help of the navi-key or the numeric keypad.

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The current version sports only six pages, whose order of appearance may be easily varied by the default, the first tab you see is all about music (with this tab on, you can check out your library, start random playback of your tracks or view podcasts). The Games tab proposes exactly the same options as the N-Gage section. The Gallery allows you to view your last captured shot and calls up the Album. You can submit some entries to the Contacts tab, so it acts like a speed dial menu, which may come in handy on certain occasions. Internet links to your favorite pages, Maps points of interests and locations.

It doesnt take a rocket scientist to notice that there are a whole lot of functions typical of stand-alone apps duplicated in the N95 88Gb in the multimedia menu you can add new bookmarks, but the browser can serve the same purposes as well. You can throw some contacts into this menu, but adding them to the list of Fast dial makes more sense. Ergonomics-wise, this menu is a complete blank, bringing nothing new to the table. It is just another way to display the phones contents, and thats about it. Lets call it a contemporary way.

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N-Gage and gaming department

Much like the Nokia N81, the N95 8Gb comes preinstalled with the N-Gage section. When the service is released into the wild, however, this application will be available for download for the Nokia N95 as well, so there is no real difference between these two in this sense. The 8Gb edition ships with three games Space Impact, Asphalt 3D, Fifa07, all of them are demos, with full versions retailing for 20 Euro and more.

The handset comes with no buttons for games, even though its music controls could well double as gaming-minded keys. In my opinion, it is not very consistent of Nokia to put the Snake and some other games into a separate menu item, which somewhat fragments the handsets gaming experience some are N-Gage branded, some not. It is a clear misstep in the concept, bringing about ever more complexity into the phones menu.

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Preinstalled applications

The Nokia N95 8Gb comes armed with LifeBlog application that gathers all your multimedia content in one place and then allows you to browse it via a timeline, which is interesting in a certain sense, but as far as I know very few people actually find some use for this feature, while others prefer employing the phones Gallery or the File Manager.

Video Center enables the user to subscribe to various channels offering an assortment of video clips, including YouTubes mobile version. All videos get uploaded onto the device, so that you will be able to watch them whenever you want. You can expand clips to full screen in the landscape mode, plus there is the portrait mode available with the N95 8Gb. The best way to upload clips is via home or office Wi-Fi networks.

QuickOffice comes in its shrunk edition. Specifically, with the version found in the Nokia N95 8Gb you wont be able to edit office documents. To go beyond the Read Only mode you will need to pay extra money.

Adobe PDF allows reading PDF-files, no complaints about the application.

ZIP enables you to extract files from archives or create new archives.

Barcode reads bar codes, as its name suggests. Almost of no real use these days, though.

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Nokia N95 8Gb vs Nokia N95 - Software

In fact there are a multitude of things setting the software department of the N95 8Gb and the original N95 apart, however all these differences can be divided up into two camps: vital and those which will be overlooked by most users. Generally, most software enhancements found in the Nokia N95 8Gb are already available for the owners of its predecessor in one way or another be it though software or firmware updates. Lets run through the most vital changes:

  • Different number of shortcuts in the icon bar in Active Standby. More information displayed in some menus, which is partly due to the bigger display, partly due to the N95 8Gbs software;
  • The multimedia menu doesnt pop up when sliding the N95 8Gb down, now the phone comes with the Nokia N81-esque wheel-shaped multimedia menu. You cant add this menu onto the Nokia N95 and it is very unlikely that this software will become available for that phone;
  • Search 4.0, the application can be downloaded as a separate package;
  • Integration of Lifeblog 2.0 into the Gallery previously this service was available only as a stand-alone application. Looking at this feature you can clearly see Nokias efforts to integrate own services into its handsets. All other services like Vox and YouTube will be secondary to them, even though their menu items will remain intact (it will take you a wee bit longer to access them, though).
  • Nokia Music Shop official launch of this music store has brought to life its personal menu item in the Nokia N95 8Gbs menu tree. The Nokia N95 features this service as Online Shop, but it still leads to the same page with identical functionality and layout;
  • uPnP and Home Media have been slightly enhanced, nothing groundbreaking about the updates, though. You still wont be able to browse files on some other device, say, a handset directly this feature is essentially impossible without an access point which all devices are linked up with;
  • No video editor in the Nokia N95 8Gb;
  • Video Center new channels, improved compatibility with YouTube;
  • Post to Web this feature is available from the Gallery menu, does the same job as online services;
  • DRM 2.0 all certificates bound up with applications you are about to install are verified online, which is a crucial drawback for everyone who prefers to create own application certificates;
  • The updated version of the music player now comes integrated with the Nokia Podcasting application. We are pleased to know that Nokia ranks Mobile-Review.com podcasts (Russian only) among the best out there and recommends all users of its devices to subscribe. You can now subscribe to RSS-feeds for podcasts right from the handsets menu.

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RightMark Audio Analyzer tests:

General performance

Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB:

+0.77, -1.83

Average

Noise level, dB (A):

-77.7

Average

Dynamic range, dB (A):

77.4

Average

THD, %:

0.0060

Very good

IMD, %:

0.153

Average

Stereo crosstalk, dB:

-71.4

Good

Intermodulation at 10 kHz, %:

0.065

Good

General performance: Average

Frequency response

Noise level

Alexander Dembovskys take on the Nokia N95 8Gbs audio performance:

At the end of the day, a standard audio jack is an integral piece of any music-minded solution. It doesnt matter how good your adapter looks, or how functional it is any adapter is a wall separating you from a superior sonic experience.

Just like the original Nokia N95, the 8Gb edition allows you to plug in custom earphones into the 3,5 mm jack on the casing or into the socket found on the remote control. Personally, I prefer the former way, and generally, from the perspective of audio quality, thats the best way to go.

The Nokia N95 8Gb editions results in our test came as no surprise, since it had sounded just like a pretty good stand-alone audio player even before we put it through its paces with RMAA. Its Frequency response is fairly smooth, however the lows could use some boost those who cant live without decent bass will need to use the equalizer here. As for all other parameters, the N95 8Gb is a solid performer good noise level, few distortions. The phones spec sheet will satisfy the average music aficionado, and given its 3,5 mm jack and a slew of options, the Nokia N95 8Gb is a pretty decent solution for playing music.

The output signal strength is pretty average here, the Nokia N95 8Gb is tweaked to handle earbud-style and some clip-on headphones (with low level of input resistance).

The Nokia N95 8Gbs music department is no different from that of the Nokia N95. Learn more about it here

  • N-Gage, application for accessing the games running on this platform. Staring from mid December it will be available for the Nokia N95, moreover, the 8Gb edition doesnt differ from the original solution in terms of ergonomics or gaming experience.
  • Nokia Maps found in the Nokia N95 8Gb comes with new maps, support for A-GPS and a couple of other changes. The application starts up in around 15-20 seconds, which is pretty decent. From the firmware version 12 onwards, the same application version is employed by the Nokia N95.

As you see, the N958Gb doesnt come with any fundamental software upgrades most new features it packs under the hood are available as add-ons to the Nokia N95. Maybe the integration of LifeBlug into the context menu will count as an improvement for some power users, but the majority of the phones owners wont even notice that.

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Nokia N95 8Gb vs Nokia N95 - Rundown

The table below puts all points we have made throughout this review together.

  Nokia N95 8Gb Nokia N95
Size, weight (mm, grams) 99x53x21, 128 99x53x21, 120
Lens shutter No Yes
Battery BL-6F, 1200 mAh (Li-Ion) BL-5F, 950 mAh (Li-Pol)
Battery life 1.5 days 1 day
Display TFT, 2.8 inches, QVGA, 16 mln. colors TFT, 2.6 inches, QVGA, 16 mln. colors
Display protection Yes No
Keypad backlighting White Blue
USB speed Up to 650 Kb/s Up to 950 Kb/s
Memory 8 Gb, no memory expansion slot microSD memory cards
RAM 128 Mb, 93-95 Mb available after the first launch 64 Mb, 18 Mb available after the first launch
Speakers volume Higher than that of the Nokia N95, distortions at the highest volume settings. Standard

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Impressions

The reception quality provided by the N95 8Gb is up to Nokias standards, nothing to worry about here the sound in the earpiece is clear, and people on the other end of our calls reported no problems. The vibro alert is pretty average strength-wise. The volume of ring tones, all thanks to the phones stereo-speakers, is over the roof, you will hear it from your bag, not to mention outerwear. Compared to the Nokia N95, the top volume level has jumped even higher (subjectively, by 10-15 percent).

There are a lot of ways to think of the Nokia N95 8Gb some will see it as another Nokia N95 that has had all its flaws dealt with, and some might reckon it as a brand-new offering. But since it was initially planned as an addition to the Nokia N95, its arrival is neither surprising nor shocking. The market will have both versions of the handset, whose ways will be crossing only on open markets, like Russia. Carrier-driven regions wont allow for conflicts between these two phones.

Actually, the foremost benefit you get with the Nokia N95 8Gb is its RAM volume, which is now twice the size of the original N95 this lends a whole new feel to the device, renders it much easier to use. The current version of the Multimedia menu brings no exciting touches it still hasnt replaced the main menu in the NSeries devices and isnt really popular as of today. In fact we are now being told this menu is possible and also shown the way it might look.

The model comes in as a video-savvy solution, hence its huge diagonal and storage space. For the time being, Nokia doesnt focus the audiences attention on that, but video is what this phone is all about. Among all NSeries-branded solutions, the N95 8Gb fits in the role of a pocketable video player best. Furthermore, it is pretty much in line with contemporary players, being second to, well, only the Apple Touch the king of video-inclined portable players.

In Europe the handset will retail for around 570 Euro (before taxes), while in Russia the official sales kick off at the level of 750-800 Euro. The reason for a gap this big is not exactly in VAT, but in Nokias strategy, when the company openly overprices its products for Russian distributors, increasing its wholesale prices by 10-12 percent. There is a multitude of reasons for that, yet we wont go into detail in this particular write-up. The bottom line when officially supplied N95 8Gbs will still be profitable is 700-730 Euro the market will reach it by February. At the same time, unofficial supplies of the handset from other regions will offer more affordable prices even today these units go for 700-750 Euro, and are expected to get even cheaper (around 600 Euro) in the future.

If you dont own a Nokia N95, but consider this device for your next phone purchase, here is a piece of advice from me grab a Nokia N95 8Gb, it is the safest way to go in our case. And if you already have a Nokia N95, and by and large you feel content with it, the new model is definitely not for you; given the substantial price gap it wont be an adequate replacement. Better wait for the end of summer 2008 to buy the companys next flagship.

The Nokia N95 8Gb faces no direct competition on the market, expect for the NSeries offerings we listed above. The best thing about it is that today consumers are offered to pick the feature pack and the form-factor they need from this line-up.

Related links:

Review of GSM/UMTS-smartphone Nokia N81/Nokia N81 8Gb

Software Series 60 3rd Edition

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Eldar Murtazin (eldar@mobile-review.com)
Translated by Oleg Kononosov (oleg.kononosov@mobile-review.com)

Published — 22 November 2007

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News:

[ 31-07 16:21 ]Sir Jony Ive: Apple Isn't In It For The Money

[ 31-07 13:34 ]Video: Nokia Designer Interviews

[ 31-07 13:10 ]RIM To Layoff 3,000 More Employees

[ 30-07 20:59 ]Video: iPhone 5 Housing Shown Off

[ 30-07 19:12 ]Android Fortunes Decline In U.S.

[ 25-07 16:18 ]Why Apple Is Suing Samsung?

[ 25-07 15:53 ]A Few Choice Quotes About Apple ... By Samsung

[ 23-07 20:25 ]Russian iOS Hacker Calls It A Day

[ 23-07 17:40 ]Video: It's Still Not Out, But Galaxy Note 10.1 Gets An Ad

[ 19-07 19:10 ]Another Loss For Nokia: $1 Billion Down In Q2

[ 19-07 17:22 ]British Judge Orders Apple To Run Ads Saying Samsung Did Not Copy Them

[ 19-07 16:57 ]iPhone 5 To Feature Nano-SIM Cards

[ 18-07 14:20 ]What The iPad Could Have Looked Like ...

[ 18-07 13:25 ]App Store Hack Is Still Going Strong Despite Apple's Best Efforts

[ 13-07 12:34 ]Infographic: The (Hypothetical) Sale Of RIM

[ 13-07 11:10 ]Video: iPhone Hacker Makes In-App Purchases Free

[ 12-07 19:50 ]iPhone 5 Images Leak Again

[ 12-07 17:51 ]Android Takes 50%+ Of U.S. And Europe

[ 11-07 16:02 ]Apple Involved In 60% Of Patent Suits

[ 11-07 13:14 ]Video: Kindle Fire Gets A Jelly Bean

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