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Nokia N95 Review

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We started our story for N95 paying attention to its small dimensions. Due to the fact that it is a very feature-rich device somehow subconsciously it is expected to be the size of a little brick, but this is definitely not so. In comparison with other phones like HTC TyTN, Nokia N93, Sony Ericsson K800 or LG KG920 it is obvious that this phone cannot be classified as big or heavy. Its dimensions are definitely justified by the functionality, which it offers.
Nokia N95 Review
Nokia N95 Review
Nokia N95 Review
Nokia N95 Review
Nokia N95 Review
Nokia N95 Review
Nokia N95 Review
Nokia N95 Review
Nokia N95 Review
Nokia N95 Review
Nokia N95 Review

First image - left to right: i-mate JAQ3, Eten M700, Nokia N95, T-Mobile MDA, Eten X500, HTC P3300.
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- top to bottom: i-mate JAQ3, T-Mobile MDA, Eten M700, Eten X500, HTC P3300, Nokia N95

Model

Dimension (Inches)

Dimension (MM)

Weight (OZ)

Weight (Gramms)

Nokia N95

3.9" x 2.1" x 0.8"

99 x 53 x 21

4,2

120

Nokia N93

4.7" x 2.2" x 1.1"

118 x 55.5 x 28

6,3

180

HTC TyTN

4.4" x 2.3" x 0.9"

112.5 x 58 x 22

6,2

176

Sony Ericsson K800

4.1" x 1.8" x 0.9"

105 x 47 x 22

4,1

115

LG KG920

4.3" x 2.0" x 0.7"

108 x 50 x 18

4,6

130



Nokia N95 Review
Nokia N95 Review
In a closed position, the front is dominated by the big QVGA display visualizing up to 16-millions colors. Its size diagonally is 66 mm. or 2.6 inches, which is big enough for device of such dimensions. The display is bright with intense colors; the displayed images are clear and very pleasant to watch. Its brightness and the backlit of the keyboard are automatically controlled against the surrounding light by a sensor, located above the display next to the camera for video conversations. Thus the display does not irritate you with brightness when it is dark and at the same time it is very well seen in a strong light as the phone automatically increases the screen's brightness. When you add the increased battery life, this is something we welcome in every phone!

Nokia N95 Review
Nokia N95 Review


Situated underneath the display are the navigational and the software buttons. In the center is the comfortable five-directional D-pad with the large shortcuts for the menu and the multimedia positioned on its left and right side respectively. Positioned around the D-pad are the software buttons, answer/reject, edit (pencil) and clear (C). They are significantly smaller, but being easily pressed they do not create problems.

In order for you to reach the rest of the keyboard you need to open the slider. Its uniqueness is in the fact that it is a double-slider and slides in both upward and downward directions. The actual sliding motion is aided by a spring-assist system, which starts functioning at the end of the opening/closing toward the relevant direction. We paid a special attention to how the closing of the slider is accomplished, when it was opened upwards, because if not engineered properly, the slider would have continued its movement downwards and open itself in the other direction. Fortunately Nokia have brilliantly managed this potential problem and it actually does not exist. If it is opened and you try to close it, the spring-assist gets activated when it is almost closed and helps you and at the same time does not allow you to easily continue the closure and to open it in the other direction.

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Backlight On

With the opening of the display upward, the numeric keyboard shows itself. Kudos to Nokia for providing a distance between the top row and the slider in such a way so that the keys in the first row can be easily reached. We mention this as a lot of the slider models have very little space between the top key row and the edge of slider, so when we try pressing the keys our thumbs usually hits the edge and hardly reach the keys.

The actual key-pressing is soft and clearly sensed, but they are difficult to distinguish from one another, nevertheless that they are embossed in its middle part. When it is dark, the keys are lightened in bright blue and are easily seen.

Nokia multimedia slider - Nokia N95 Review

Nokia multimedia slider




The movement of the slider to the reversed side is significantly limited and gives access to four multimedia keys arranged one above the other /the phone is held horizontally/. They are completely flush and slightly harder to press, but still do not create any serious issues. Their lightning underneath is blue like the one of the main keyboard.






Camera and gallery shortcut buttons - Nokia N95 Review
Volume keys - Nokia N95 Review
Backlight On - Nokia N95 Review

Camera and gallery shortcut buttons

Volume keys

Backlight On

All side buttons are located on the right and include the camera shutter button, gallery shortcut and volume control rocker. When the camera is started, they are also lit up in a blue color. The buttons are well spaced out and easily pressed.

The button of the camera is two-leveled, as the camera feature auto-focus. Half-pressing focuses, full pressing takes pictures.

microSD slot - Nokia N95 Review
3.5 mm stereo jack - Nokia N95 Review

microSD slot

3.5 mm stereo jack


The slot for microSD memory cards is located on the left side. It is covered with a lid, which opens easily but remains hang. The slot is hot-swappable and you may change the cards while the phone is working. A little bit upwards is the eye of the Infrared and the 3.5 mm. stereo jack next to it. It is used for connecting the phone to earphones, remote control or a cable for a TV connection. We are glad that it is a 3.5 mm, because regular headphones can be connected to it very easily, and they will offers a much better sound than the ones in the sales package.


Two small openings on both sides of the upper part there are for the speakers. They are stereo, and offer a very strong, clear and distinctive sound and are one of the best we’ve heard in a mobile phone currently on the market!

On the bottom side there is a standard mini USB port for computer connection, which still can not be used for recharging the device. On the upper side the last button Power ON/Off is situated. With a single push it shows the phone profiles, which you can easily change.

The stereo speakers - Nokia N95 Review
The stereo speakers - Nokia N95 Review

The stereo speakers

Lower side - Nokia N95 Review
Upper panel - Nokia N95 Review

Lower side

Upper panel



Nokia N95 Review
Nokia N95 Review
Nokia N95 Review
One on N95’s top features is located on the back panel. This is the five-megapixels camera with Carl Zeiss auto-focus lenses and a LED flash. The camera’s cover is manually retracted with a mechanical “ring” around it. It prevents the lenses from scratching and dirt. At the opening of the protective cover the camera gets automatically activated while at the closure it stops. When closed, you can not switch its software on unlike Sony Ericsson’s devices, which remind you: “open the lens cover”.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Pritam (unregistered)


camera looks pretty terrible. the autofocus seems to have trouble after a certain range, must not have a good aperature. my a800 takes better pics

posted on 20 Apr 2007, 07:21

2. n95fan (unregistered)


I guess your A800 does not have a phone in it?

posted on 20 Apr 2007, 07:24

3. Haroharo (unregistered)


what a joke! if you think an a800 takes better pictures then maybe you should take an eyesight test. The only major flaw with the N95s camera is the magenta tint and oversharpened detail. These can be fixed by firmware updates.

posted on 23 Apr 2007, 06:00

4. naveen (unregistered)


very good

posted on 29 Apr 2007, 21:56

5. Dacapo (unregistered)


N95 definitely the best of the best. The device got everything that a normal person to a hightech junkies wants; wifi + flawless internet browser, infrared+bluetooth connection, high-end camera, Mp3 & multimedia player, 3G connection & GPS reciever... Its only drawback for most people (including me) is the pocket-emptying price..!

posted on 20 May 2007, 17:21

6. (unregistered)


about 1/3 of these are coming back faulty, can be anything from battery life, software faults, loose slides or even buttons not working. on the ones that do work the battery life makes the N80 look good. oh and the GPS is rubbish.

posted on 02 Jun 2007, 02:45

7. MSANTOS (unregistered)


N95 nokia for my opinion is not as good as N73 because my N95 always hang and it needs to charged everyday. The service center here in Riyadh told me that they always repair N95 because of its battery life and ic connection. Please Nokia company, do action now and see the problems.

posted on 10 Jun 2007, 21:25

8. Fernando (unregistered)


who ever took those pics with N95 dont know how to take pics. Horrible.

posted on 12 Jun 2007, 09:45

9. folen_angel (unregistered)


I am a former N80 owner and I've got nokia n95 for more than a week now, and i really love its performance, from the 5 megapixel camera, stereo speakers, GPS, WiFi, UMTS, dvd quality video, largest nokia screen( though lower resolution compared to N90 and N80 )etc... It's battery is lasting for about a day and a half under rigorous usage, and even longer when it is just in its standby mode. every possible connection is now a reality- from stereo speakers, to your laptop/desktop, and now, to your TV. Can anyone handle that? So stop comparing it to k800, N73 or even N93i because it's far better. To those people criticizing the phone, maybe the phone is too good or too expensive for you. But if the money is not an issue, Nokia N95 is a clear choice or rather the perfect mobile phone for you!

posted on 29 Jun 2007, 06:57

10. Laurio Vincent (unregistered)


Nokia N95 Review I've been using the N95 for a few days now. This is one hell of a cell phone. I did read a few reviews before buying the N95, obviously since it costs so damn much. A lot of people complained about the poor battery life and the slider being a bit wobbly. My friend's got an N95 and I got the N95, but both the phones have very firm sliders, even when closed, unlike the Nokia 6270 which does wobble a bit when the slider is closed. About the battery life, i think it is not as bad as others say it is. On my 1st day, the use obviously being pretty heavy since you try all the stuff in the handset, the battery lasted about a day. I think the screen brightness has something to do with it. If you reduce the screen brightness a bit, like I did, the battery will work longer. PRO'S: Excellent Camera, pretty good pics even in low light conditions. Normally with my N70, pics taken in low light environments have a lot of purple spots all over it. But these purple spots are almost invisible with the N95 in similar conditions. The cam has several options to enhance picture quality before take the picture itself. You can adjust the sharpness, contrast, light exposure, and many more and create a user defined profile for the cam. The video quality is excellent, but take a awesome amount of memory at highest settings. Good thing though, you can set you cam to take pics at 5MP, 3MP, 2MP, 0.8MP and 0.3MP and videos in VGA at 30 fps or 15fps, QVGA at 30 fps or 15fps, and QCIF at 15fps(3gp format). The screen in nice and big with a very clear and colourful display. However you may want to reduce the screen brightness a bit and keep the backlight timeout to about 15 secs if you want to increase the battery life. You can push it to the max if you don't care about battery life. The 2 loud speakers give an excellent sound output, much better and louder than my N70. The music player too has several options like equaliser, graphic visualizations, stereo widening, bass enhancer, etc. The earphones supplied give a good sound output but the bass effect is not as good as I expected it. However that's not a problem since you can plug in your personal earphones of any make or model that have a 3.5mm pin and listen to music the way you like it. The remote on the earphone adaptor looks very sleek too. I don't really need the GPS facility in the phone and have not been able to try it out as not supported by my network currently and i haven't visited the areas supporting wi-fi either. It's a plus point for those who need it though. The software response is pretty fast, compared to my N70 which is quite slow. It has a bearable time lag while opening applications, gallery, etc. It's too early to judge it right now since my 1GB card is only about 400mb full. The phone is loaded up with a lot of extra softwares which will spice up your cell. One impressive feature included in the web browser is multi-window option which i didn't have in my N70. This makes surfing a lot more fun and convenient. One thing I was very happy about is that the phone came with a 1GB card with it, even though the Nokia-Asia website shows the in-box having only a 128mb card(which i was very disappointed to hear at first). it also comes with a very classy leather cover, which is normally not included in in-box accessories. A car charger would have been great, if included[I know I'm asking for too much now:-)] Cons: Battery life, though not too big an issue, could have been better. Application Manager takes quite long to open, even though i hardly put any external softwares. The good thing is that software can be uninstalled from the main menu itself. Everytime i restart my phone, i don't get delivery reports for the first 10-15 minutes when i send text messages even though the settings show delivery reports ON. I have to wait about 15 minutes after starting it and it works after that automatically. The body of the handset looks a bit poor in quality considering the cost of the phone. Lets see how long it can go. If you put external themes that slows the cell a bit, the softwares(NOT THE PHONE) hang sometimes. Exiting it by holding the Menu key down and pressing the cancel button (c) takes very long. Very Pricey, but worth every buck you pay. Overall, in my opinion, if you got the cash...go for it!!!

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Nokia N95

Nokia N95

OS: Symbian 9.2
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Display2.6 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (154 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 332 MHz, ARM11 processor
64 MB RAM
Size3.89 x 2.08 x 0.82 inches
(99 x 53 x 21 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery950 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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