Nokia N95 Review
The phone can use applicationsbased both on the Java platform and Symbian S60, which provides wide3rd party software compatibility.Installation is a piece of cake, while additional programs increase the phone's capabilities and it can be personalized tobetter suit you. The phone comes with several applications, as well asa 3D Racing game which unfortunately is a demo. 3D Snakes is alsopresent.
The Video Centreapplication allows you to view On-line videos. You could use it towatch videos from YouTube (Watch on Mobile) and some particular videofiles from Reuters. After you preview the available video files youdecide whether you’ll stream them (YouTube) or download them (Reuters),in order to view them on your phone.
The internal memory of the device is upgraded to the enviable 160 MB. This is huge improvement compared to the N73, which has about 4 times less (43MB). UnlikeN73, N95 uses a microSD card instead of a miniSD. This is a positivechange, since its physical size is smaller, but the negative aspect isthat the memory size (GB) of the microSD standard is also smaller (currently it offers up to 2GB in one card). The slot islocated in the lower left side, hidden behind the protective cover, butnevertheless it is easily accessible and the hot-swap allows you to replace it with the phone turned on.
GPS chip, used for navigation via theMaps software, which comes with the phone, or another one, which youcan install latter. Our remark is that probably the best chipset onthe market, Sirf Star III, is not used here. Although our tests showedthat the signal reception is almost identical, N95 worked much slowerthan a device equipped with SirfStar GPS. For example, in case ofhot-restart, which means starting the GPS in a place, close to alocation, where it has already found its position, N95 took 30 secondsto find its position, while with SirfStar III this takes 3-4 seconds,or almost 10 times quicker.
Another inconvenience, which is rathera matter of software, is that after a cold start and pressing GPSPosition, the phone searches for satellites for a while and then stopson its own accord, without giving you notice of this. You have to pressagain GPS Position and it starts searching again before acquiringposition in the end.
Seconds it takes to acquire location: *lower is better
Holux GPSlim 236
New location within 2 miles from the previous
Hot restart; Same location with a lot of buildings
Hot restart within 2 miles with no obstacles
Inside building test 1
Inside building test 2
Inside building test 3
Inside building test 4
Inside building test 5
Test 1; inside building new location within 2 miles from previous
Test 2; inside building new location within 2 miles from previous
Test 3; inside building new location within 2 miles from previous
Test 4; inside building new location within 2 miles from previous
Hot restart closed
smart2go and ithas versions both for Symbian S60 phones and for Windows Mobile PocketPCs. This full-features software allows both localizing and routeplanning and searching for Points of Interest. All maps for the 150supported countries are free, while only turn-by-turn directions and extended Point of Interest information called City Guides are paid. TheTurn by Turn navigation is purchased only once, while you can orderCity Guides for different cities.
If you decide to purchase theextras, you can do that directly from you phone. Using the Internetconnection, you can view (after you have searched for them) maps ofplaces, which are not saved on your phone’s memory. Actually, N95 worksautonomously in offline mode, but Nokia recommends that you have anInternet connection, so that the software can download the routewhenever it decides to do so.
If for example you go to Dallas, TX and you didn't pre-install Texas map, the N95 will connect via an available data connection and will download only the area where you are traveling in Dallas and not Houston, El Paso etc. This way you only download what you need, and not the full Texas map which could be larger and would take time to download.