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Nokia N96

Announced
Feb 11, 2008
Market status
Released
Release date
Sep 4, 2008

Pros

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Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (143 ppi)
  • Single-core processor
  • Too little RAM memory (128 MB RAM)
  • It is so thick it needs a personal fitness trainer (0.70 inches inches)
  • Low resolution display (240 x 320 pixels)
  • Low-resolution video capture
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment

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Description

Successor of the N95, the N96 is dual-slider with both numeric keypad and one for multimedia control. It still has 5-megapixel camera, but now is with 2.8" display, 16GB of memory plus microSD slot and DVB-H for digital TV. It is Symbian S60 Feature Pack 2 smartphone with WiFi, GPS, quad-band GSM support and dual-band UMTS.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Symbian (9.3) S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2
  • Form factor:
    • Dual-Slider
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.05 x 2.16 x 0.70 inches (103 x 55 x 18 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.40 oz (125 g)
      the average is 4.7 oz (136 g)
  • Design features:
    • Numeric keypad, Soft keys (2), Music control keys
  • Side Keys:
    • Right: Volume control, Camera shutter

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 2.8 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 240 x 320 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 143 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 5 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • Dual LED
    • Aperture size:

      Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

      • F2.8
    • Features:
      • Autofocus
  • Camcorder:
      • 640x480 (VGA) (30 fps)
    • Features:
      • Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • Yes

Hardware

  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 264 MHz, ARM9
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 128 MB RAM / 256 MB ROM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC

Battery

  • Talk time:
    • 3.66 hours
      the average is 12 h (703 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 9.2 days (220 hours)
      the average is 20 days (490 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 2.50 hours
      the average is 14 h (870 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 8.3 days (200 hours)
      the average is 29 days (703 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 14.00 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 950 mAh
  • Type:
    • Li - Ion

Multimedia

  • Music player:
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, WMA, RA, M4A (Apple lossless), MP4
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.264, WMV, RealVideo
  • Radio:
      • FM, Stereo, RDS, Visual Radio
  • Broadcast Mobile TV:
      • DVB-H

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
      • S60 OSS Browser
    • supports:
      • HTML, XHTML, WAP 2.0, Flash Lite (3.0)

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA 3.6 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • A-GPS
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries, Multiple numbers per contact, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • Calendar, Alarm, To-Do, Calculator, Notes
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, MMS, Predictive text input (T9)
  • E-mail:
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Yes
  • JAVA:

    JAVA - J2ME (Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition) is a technology that allows programmers to use the Java programming language and related tools to develop programs for mobile wireless information devices such as cellular phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). J2ME consists of programming specifications and a special virtual machine, the K Virtual Machine, that allows a J2ME-encoded program to run in the mobile device.

      • Midp 2.1, CLDC 1.1
  • Games:
      • N-Gage compatible

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.0, EDR
    • Profiles:
      • Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Basic Imaging (BIP), Dial-up networking (DUN), File Transfer (FTP), Generic Access (GAP), Generic Audio/Video Distribution (GAVDP), Generic Object Exchange (GOEP), Handsfree (HFP), Headset (HSP), Object Push (OPP), Serial Port (SPP), SIM Access (SAP)
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • Other:
    • TV-Out, DLNA, UPnP, Computer sync, OTA sync, VoIP

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Vibration, Phone profiles, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, Push-to-Talk

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 11 Aug 2008
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        QEYRM-247 link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Head:
      • 0.58 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz
    • Body:
      • 0.78 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz
  • EU SAR:
    • Head:
      • 0.91 W/kg

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 11 Feb 2008
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