Nokia N95 8GB Review

Introduction and Design

Following the market success of Nokia N95, which became a hit with its combined all-in-one functionality, the Finnish company has launched N95 US and N95 8GB, the former model being intended above all to fill the market niche, that was created due to the lack of 3G capabilities in N95 in the USA. The latter model comes as an upgrade of N95, sporting, as its name suggests, an 8 GB in-built memory. Unfortunately, its 3G functionality is still not applicable in the USA, and it can only be used in Europe. Therefore, many of the Nokia fans in America will be let down again by the impossibility to benefit from the phone’s complete functionality.

The set contains:

  • Nokia N95 8GB
  • Stereo headset
  • Nokia Wired Stereo Headset HS-45 1050 with remote Control
  • User Guide
  • CD-ROM
  • Nokia Charger AC-5
  • Micro USB Cable DKE-2
  • Nokia Video Connectivity Cable CA-75U


One look at the phone is enough to make us realize that its colorscheme has been changed from grey to classic black. Another novelty themanufacturer deserves credit for is the expanded display from 2.6” inN95 to 2.8” in this model. On top of that, the display boasts increasedsharpness and contrast, compared to that of the original.

The expanded display has resulted in decreasing the size of the keys of the navigation keypad, which are also less spaced out. Although they are soft to press and give good tactile feedback, it sometimes happens that you press the wrong key.

Compared to N95, the multimedia keys that you see when you open the slide downwards, have good relief and give better tactile feedback. The backlight is changed, too – it’s white, rather than blue as in the original model. The keys of the numeric keypad, as well as those located on the right-hand side of the phone, are also backlit in white.

When we look at N95 8GB from its left-hand side, we see that it’s an exact replica of the original, save for the absence of a memory card slot. The phone’s right, upper and lower part have not undergone any change and the arrangement of the keys and the connectors is identical with that of N95.

The positioning of the camera has not changed, either: it is in the upper part of the phone’s back. The difference, however, is that the flash is under the lens and not on the right-hand side, like in N95. Another feature that is easy to notice is the lack of lens cover, which is probably due to the fact that Nokia have replaced the former 940 mAh battery with a new and thicker 1200 mAh one.

A lot of consumers weren’t keen on the make of the original N95 because of the materials it is made of, creating a feeling of a toy phone. In the 8GB version this is replaced by a rubber back and sides, which feel better to touch and also have an anti-slippery effect.

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