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Nokia N95 Smartphone
Price: $700 MSRP
The N95 is Nokia’s flagship entry into the high-end phone market and it definitely is one of the most featured phones out there. Do all of these features come together to create a great finished product? What about in the post-iPhone world?
- 3G/GSM World Phone
- 5-Megapixel Camera
- Unlocked Phone and Open OS
- Terrible UI
- No Touch Screen
- Runs Slow
- No QWERTY Keyboard
Make no mistake; this phone is LOADED with features like GPS, 3G support and a whopping 5-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. This phone will also operate internationally with an international calling plan or international SIM card. Nokia’s Symbian OS is also open and allows for a whole wealth of 3rd party applications.
Videos look good and music sounds great with headphones. The slide-up media keys were a bit awkward, however, and we often found ourselves sliding it out by accident. This causes the phone to enter landscape mode. Once it’s in landscape mode, we had to slide out the regular keypad and unlock it to get it to switch back to portrait.
The GPS is usable and runs pretty fast over the 3G network. The internet browser is a real browser that will display entire pages, but it doesn’t scale them as well as the iPhone. You’ll end up panning around webpages a lot and traversing links with the arrow keys.
Call volume is great and the speakerphone is definitely usable. It’ll interface with any Bluetooth device you can throw at it. Dialing is easy thanks to the slide out keypad, but that’s about where are positive experiences with this phone ended.
Unfortunately, all these great components led to a clunky and slow-running phone. Load times for commonly used programs were long and after a few hours of usage, we found the phone ran even slower because it kept programs in memory.
A touch screen would have been nice as the screen is large enough. This is especially true after the iPhone, which shows what a touchscreen can do. Even a Windows Mobile phone with a touchscreen gains a lot of functionality.
This smartphone also loses a lot from the lack of a full QWERTY keyboard (or even the mini-QWERTY keyboard that Blackberry has going on). Typing e-mail on T9 is painfully slow for us as we’re used to full QWERTY’s on our expensive phones.
Nokia is billing this device as the completely open alternative to the iPhone, but we absolutely did not enjoy using this device. It may have more features than the iPhone, but it doesn’t come close to Apple’s usability. We recommend skipping this one especially since the iPhone and just about any other phone out there is cheaper.