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Friday, April 24, 2009

Nokia N96

Review Nokia N96

Nokia N96 is the latest Nokia smartphone in the N-Series range of products. The handset was publicly announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 2008, and started shipping in September 2008.

Design

As the N96 is a slider phone, the 2.8" screen dominates the front panel. With a resolution of 240x320 and capable of displaying 16 million colours, it looks superb in the majority of situations. The N96 runs the Symbian S60 9.3 operating system with the excellent Feature Pack 2 installed. Underneath the screen is the usual array of call buttons and softkeys, plus the introduction of a Navi-wheel, which works by moving your finger around the edge of the D-pad in order to move the onscreen cursor.

Camera

The N96 takes great pictures with its 5 megapixel camera. Once again it benefits from Carl Zeiss' input and is of course autofocus with a dual-LED flash for those darker situations. The camera allows you to adjust the basics such as the ISO and picture contrast levels, it also shoots 30fps VGA video.

Maps

The Nokia Maps GPS navigation program was pre-loaded into the phone. It is possible to install maps of selected regions to the device, or to download them as needed while on the move. Searching addresses and using the maps doesn't cost anything. A GPS-assisted turn-by-turn speech navigation is available for a small fee. You can find more information about the application in our Nokia Maps review.

GPS

The GPS on the N96 can do more than just maps. It can automatically mark the location of every photograph taken on the built-in five megapixel camera. The exact geographic coordinates are saved in the image information. When a photo like this is uploaded to a digital map on the Internet, like Google Maps, the picture is automatically attached to the correct location on the map.

Gaming

The N96 is perfect for anyone wanting to make the most of Nokia's N-gage gaming service, as not only do you get a selection of titles pre-loaded - and the chance to activate the full version of one for free - but the dual slide mechanism brings the gaming experience to life! It does this by the buttons hidden under the upper slide adapting to the function you're using, so when you're playing a game they become gaming keys, instantly giving two handed operation!

Connectivity

Of course, this wouldn't be an N-series phone without all the connectivity options you could want and unsurprisingly, it's all here, from 3G with HSDPA support to Wi-Fi and A2DP Bluetooth. The media side is well covered too, with the usual music and video player, FM RDS radio, a 3.5mm jack plug and TV-out, plus a DVB-H tuner. It even has a little flip down stand for resting the N96 on your desk and watching the latest iPlayer downloads!

TV

DVB-H digital TV signal wasn't available in the location where we tested the N96, but access to the TV has been made easy. A dedicated button on the control panel below the display takes you directly to TV screen. It is one of the best displays on a mobile phone have seen.

Summary Nokia N96

Feature-wise, the N96 has everything we expect a high-end smartphone to have (phones with touch screen or qwerty keyboard are another matter). Nokia has also integrated some of the features, like GPS and photos, into easy-to-use solutions. There are thousands of free and commercial applications available for the N96 and other Symbian OS/S60 smartphones. Additionally, new N-Gage games and Nokia's music store are compatible with the device.



Features Nokia N96

  1. Series 60 Symbian interface (version 3.2)
  2. 5 megapixel camera (2592 x 1944 pixels) with Carl Zeiss optics, Tessar lens, autofocus, dual LED flash (auto redeye reduction), 20x digital zoom
  3. Video camera: MPEG4/3GP VGA video capture at 640 x 480 pixels and 30 frames/second with digital stereo microphone (AAC format) and 10x digital zoom
  4. Front camera for video calling: CIF resolution (352 x 288 pixels)
  5. Video and still image editors
  6. Display: TFT, 16 million colours, 240 x 320 pixels (2.8 inches)
  7. Live TV (DVB-H based mobile TV with internal antenna)
  8. Digital music player (supports MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+/WMA/M4A formats) with playlists and equalizer
  9. Stereo FM radio RDS with Visual Radio support
  10. Built-in GPS navigation with Nokia Maps application
  11. Speaker independent name dialing
  12. Voice commands
  13. Voice recorder
  14. Talking ringtone
  15. Integrated hands-free speaker
  16. Speed dialing
  17. Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email (support for attachments)
  18. Push to talk (PoC)
  19. Java games
  20. Advanced contacts database with support for multiple phone and e-mail details per entry
  21. Memory: 16 Gbytes plus microSD memory card slot
  22. Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, TV-Out, WLAN (802.11 b/g), 3.5 mm stereo headphone plug
  23. WAP, EGPRS class B, WCDMA/HSDPA (3.6Mb/s download)
  24. Quadband plus 3G
  25. Size: 103 x 53 x 20 mm
  26. Weight: 125g
  27. Talktime: 150 minutes (3G) - 220 minutes (2G)
  28. Battery standby: 200 hours

Nokia N72


Review Nokia N72

The Nokia N72 is one of Nokia's high-end N-Series mobile phones, it is effectively a re-branded Nokia N70 with a reduced feature set. For an N-Series phone its features are quite limited, as it has only a 2MP camera, lacks WiFi, 3G, and runs on Symbian 8.1a operating system.

The N72 is based upon the N70 and is actually a remake of the N70 but was redesigned and is targeted at the mass market just like its prior model the N70 by the removal of the 3G hardware, making it much cheaper. However, it retains the same edition of the Symbian OS as the N70, as well as a similar set of features.

The Nokia N72 is a feature-rich phone with a 2 megapixel camera, a built-in flash, FM radio, Bluetooth 2.0, digital music player functionality and support for 3D Java games. It also sports Bluetooth 2.0 and USB 2.0 - Pop-Port interface.

It uses the S60 user-interface and the Symbian 8.1a operating system. It is available in two colors namely glossy black and pearl pink.

The N72 uses Dual-Voltage Reduced Size MMC (DV-RS-MMC) cards which are also marketed as MMC mobile. The user memory for Nokia N72 is expandable up to 2GB.



Features Nokia N72
  1. Series 60 Symbian SmartPhone
  2. 2 megapixel camera with CMOS sensor, 20x digital zoom and flash
  3. Video capture: 352 x 288 pixels at up to 15 frames per second (MPEG4 format), 4x digital zoom
  4. Photo & video editors
  5. Display: TFT, 262,144 colours, 176 x 208 pixels
  6. Digital music player (supports MP3, AAC, eAAC & eAAC+ formats) with playlists
  7. Stereo FM radio with Visual Radio support
  8. Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (SMTP, IMAP4 & POP3) with support for attachments
  9. Speaker Independent Voice dialing and commands
  10. Push to Talk
  11. Java & Symbian applications
  12. Advanced contacts database
  13. XHTML web browser WAP, EGPRS Class 10 (236.8 kbps)
  14. Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0
  15. Memory: 20 Mbytes plus 128 MB Reduced Size MMC card
  16. Triband
  17. Size: 109 x 53 x 22 mm
  18. Weight: 124g
  19. Talktime: 215 minutes
  20. Battery standby: 260 hours
  21. Music playback: 10 hours in offline mode

Nokia N71

Review Nokia N71

The Nokia N71 is a state of the art 3G mobile phone that has been designed with great attention to detail. It is similar to the Nokia 6680 but the N71 has a flip open mechanism & a few different features but they both have 3G Technology & a beautiful smooth design concept. The N71 comes in a sleek silver finish & is very comfortable to hold & use in the hand.

The N71 comes complete with a built in music player that allows the user to listen to their favourite music when ever they desire. The integrated music player allows the user to listen to their favourite music in most of the common digital formats available. The N71 comes with hot-swap miniSD cards which allows the user to store their music on the cards & have a collection of cards on them at all times.

The Nokia N71 has a crystal clear 2.4 Inch colour screen which provides a high picture quality for all those photos & videos that need to be viewed. The flip open design ensures that the large colour screen is always fully protected & this provides the user with the reassurance that it won't get scratched or damaged in their bag or briefcase.

The built in 2 megapixel camera is perfect for capturing those all important moments & the camera comes complete with a digital zoom & flash. It is possible for the user to swap between camera & video modes which can record all of the action on digital video. The N71 includes some very easy to use editing software which makes it possible for the user to make changes to their photos & recording. It is possible to print & share the photos instantly using either USB connectivity, Infra red, Bluetooth technology or online printing & storing services using the fast 3G network.

It is very simple to access the Internet with the Nokia N71 & with the 3G technology which provides the speed to make mobile web surfing a pleasant & instant experience.

The N71 can carry files between the user place of work & their home & allows the user to keep all the files in order by using Nokia Xpress Transfer storing solution. The user simply connects their N71 to their PC using either USB cable, infra red or Bluetooth wireless connectivity & the software transfers all the relevant files. Nokia Xpress Transfer can really keep your life in order & so can the N71.

Features Nokia N71

  1. Series 60 Symbian SmartPhone
  2. 2 megapixel camera with 20x digital zoom and flash
  3. VGA camera (0.3 megapixels) with 2x digital zoom
  4. Video recording (352 x 288 pixels, 15 frames per second)
  5. Video and still image editors
  6. Internal display: TFT, 262,144 colours, 320 x 240 pixels
  7. External display: 65,536 colours, 96 x 68 pixels
  8. Stereo music player MP3, WMA, eAAC+, AAC+, MPEG-4, RealAudio Voice and other formats) with equaliser
  9. Visual Radio
  10. MP3 ringtones (64-voice polyphonic)
  11. Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (with support for attachments), Instant Messaging
  12. Integrated handsfree speaker
  13. Java & Symbian applications
  14. Push to Talk
  15. Speaker Independent Name Dialing / Voice commands
  16. Voice recorder
  17. Advanced contacts database
  18. Connectivity: Bluetooth 1.2, USB 2.0 (USB mass storage), Infrared
    Memory: 10 Mbytes plus 128 Mbytes miniSD memory card (expandable to 2 Gbytes)
  19. WAP 2.0 web browser, GPRS, EGPRS, 3G data transfer (384 kbps)
    Triband plus 3G (GSM 900/1800/1900 and WCDMA 2100)
  20. Size: 99 x 51 x 26 mm
  21. Weight: 139 g
  22. Talktime: 4 hours
  23. Battery standby: up to 200 hours

Nokia N70


Review Nokia N70

The Nokia N70 is the first of the Nokia N-Series smartphones to be released. The N70 is a 3G smartphone, similar to the popular and successful 6680, but with upgraded features.

Physically the N70 is similar in appearance to the Nokia 6680, with a conventional boxy shape and a functional (but small) keypad with a five-way scroll key, two soft keys, an application key, and a multimedia key. The N70 is slightly thicker than the 6680, but lighter. The screen is a good size and the two cameras are well located. Overall, it's a good, practical design for a smartphone, and the most traditional-looking of the N-Series phones. The surface does scratch however, so take good care of it.

The N70 is a powerful imaging device with a high quality camera with 2 megapixels. This is the first Nokia phone to break the 2 megapixel barrier. The camera has a very powerful 20x digital zoom, an integrated flash and a choice of modes including scenery, portrait, night and sports. It's possible to control settings such as brightness, white balance settings and colour tones. The camera, whilst good, isn't as good as the 2 megapixel camera on the Sony Ericsson K750i or W900i। There's a dedicated camera button and a protective slide. Nokia XpressPrint enables you to print photos directly to a PictBridge-compliant printer. Video recording is also possible (but not at the 2 megapixel resolution). A Movie Director application is supplied for editing videos.


The N70 has the full range of 3G capabilities, including video calling, video downloads and video/music streaming. A second VGA resolution camera is used for making video calls. Data transfer via 3G is very fast, opening up the possibility of media streaming and music or video downloads. The display on the N70 is very good with 262k colours and a bright active matrix display. It's a great multimedia device.

The Real Player media player supports video playback in MPEG4 format, plus audio in a choice of formats including MP3, AAC, Real Audio, WAV and Nokia Ring Tones. The Visual Radio lets you listen to songs from radio stations, with information about the song and artist. A stereo headset is supplied as part of the sales package.

The internal memory of the device is 30 Mbytes, with the addition of a 64 Mbyte MMC Card which can be hot-swapped. Connectivity is via Bluetooth or USB.

The N70 takes the 6680 and adds a few more features such as the enhanced camera.

Features N70
  1. 2 megapixel camera (1600 x 1200 pixels) with 20x digital zoom and flash
  2. Video recorder
  3. Second VGA camera (640 x 480 pixels ) with 2x digital zoom for video calling
  4. Display: active matrix, 176 x 208 pixels, 262,144 colours
  5. Music player: MP3, AAC, RealAudio and other formats
  6. Visual Radio
  7. Downloadable Java & Symbian applications
  8. Voice Features: voice dialing, voice commands, voice recorder
  9. Integrated handsfree speaker
  10. True Tones, polyphonic ringtones
  11. Messaging: SMS, MMS, Instant Messaging, Email
  12. Push To Talk
  13. Conference calling
  14. Advanced contacts database with support for multiple phone and email details per entry, also supports thumbnail pictures and groups
  15. Personal Information Management (PIM)
  16. WAP 2.0, GPRS class 10
  17. Fast WCDMA, EDGE and 3G connections for broadband-speed browsing - up to 384 kbps download / 128 kbps upload
  18. XHTML/HTML multimode browser (supports image maps, background images, and frames)
  19. Mobile Wallet
  20. Memory: 30 Mbytes plus expandable 64 Mbyte MMC card
  21. Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0
  22. Triband & 3G (GSM 900/1800/1900 and WCDMA 2100 networks)
  23. Size: 109 x 53 x 24 mm
  24. Weight: 126g
  25. Talktime: up to 3.5 hours
  26. Battery standby: up to 11 days

Music Edition

In 2006 Nokia released its Music Edition series for N70. All had black housings and new sales boxes and packages, and were special for their extra storage capacity as compared to the standard models. Music Edition of the N70 model featured 1 GB memory card, 3.5 mm audio adapter with remote control (AD-42), headphones, and some additional themes.

Lauch N Series

On 27 April 2005, Nokia announced a new brand of multimedia devices at the press conference of mobile phone manufacturer in Amsterdam. The first three Nseries devices introduced at the conference consists of N70, N90 and N91.

On 2 November 2005, Nokia announced the
N71, N80 and N92, and on 25 April 2006, Nokia announced the N72, N73 and N93.

On 26 September 2006, Nokia announced the
N75 and N95.

On 8 January 2007, Nokia announced the
N76, N77 and N93i.

On 29 August 2007, Nokia announced the
N95 8GB, N81, N81 8GB.

On 14 November 2007, Nokia announced the
N82, the first Nokia with Xenon Flash.

At the 2008 GSMA held in Barcelona, the
N96 and N78 were unveiled.

Two new N-Series devices were revealed at the end of August 2008, the
N79 and N85.

On December 2, 2008, Nokia N-Series announced the
N97.

On February 17, 2009, Nokia announced the N86 8MP, which is Nokia's first 8 megapixel camera phone.