Nokia N95 Review
The N95 is one of the fastest S60 devices offered on the market. Main culprit for this is the Texas Instruments OMAP2420 chipset , which includes an ARM 11 processor at 330 MHz, 2D/3D graphic accelerator and Imaging/Video accelerator. The later is obligatory for the VGA video recording and helps for faster image manipulation. The same OMAP 2420 processor is used in E90, N93 and N93i phones. As a whole the N95 is a lot faster than other smartphones like the E65 and the N73 for example: moving through its menu is faster, but the main difference can be noticed when installing applications, which takes a lot less time. The only case we wished it would move faster is during taking pictures, where the wait is very noticeable.
Nokia N95 performed well as a phone, just like all other upmarket Nokias: our test proved that its signal reception is excellent, achieving 8 from 10 point. During conversation the sound level is also perfect in both directions: the volume is above the medium and the voices sound realistically, clear, well-defined, and noise-free.
The battery times, claimed by Nokia, are perfect: 6.5 hours in speaking mode and 10 days in readiness mode. Actually, when using WiFi, listening to music on the loudspeakers and taking some pictures with the camera, the phone lasted for just one day. Naturally, it depends on the usage, but in this case it can be considered to be short. There is a ‘danger’ that you might have to charge it before the end of the day, if you use it too much. According to us, the car-charger is an accessory that has to be bought together with the phone.
Nokia N95 is a complex all-in-one device and performs well as such. The smartphone avails of fun options (including the good music player with powerful loudspeakers and a 3.5 mm jack and the best 5-megapixels camera on the market), as well as advanced options like the built-in GPS and WiFi. The most important thing is that all this is fitted in a comparatively small device, which has no compromises when it comes to conversation: good coverage and terrific sound! The camera can easily replace a pocket consumer camera at about $300-350 price level and if you use the GPS from time to time, rather than every day, the phone can also be the substitute of a separate navigation module, costing at least $150. Thus the phone’s current price (about $750 at the time of publication) is worthwhile. The convenience of carrying one device instead of three is just priceless!