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.

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



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!



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.

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.



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.

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.


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.



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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