Nokia N95 Martins Quick Review

Nokia N95 Martins Quick Review



Nokia N95 - Martin's Quick Review
Nokia N95 - All the features under the sun
With a​ dual-sliding design and a​ stylish plum-and-silver colour scheme, the Nokia N95 packs a​ lot of​ features into a​ fairly small package .​
You’d expect it​ to​ weigh more than it​ does – just 120g of​ phone, measuring 99mm x 53mm x 21mm .​
Sliding the phone downwards reveals the traditional keypad, whilst sliding in​ the opposite direction gives you access to​ the multimedia controls .​
The alphanumeric keypad is​ raised slightly, and responsive to​ light touch .​
Blue back-lighting means you can easily see what you’re typing .​
The LCD screen is​ large, bright and clear and resolves at​ 240 x 320 pixels .​
It is​ easy to​ view, even in​ direct sunlight, but you will need the included clear plastic screen protector to​ avoid scratches and finger marks.
Nokia’s N95 is​ undoubtedly feature-packed .​
Much of​ the hype surrounding it​ has to​ do with the included GPS functionality .​
Two mapping systems are available, both of​ which are free to​ view but the GPRS/3G connection needed to​ access them isn’t .​
Turn-by-turn navigational guiding also incurs additional charges .​
Using the phone’s keypad to​ operate the system proves a​ little trying and lack of​ volume is​ also a​ problem.
As the first phone to​ include a​ five megapixel camera, the N95 commands respect .​
Image quality is​ good, as​ is​ colour reproduction .​
As with most phone cameras, image sharpness suffers a​ little .​
In particular, the N95 really struggles with night shots, despite having a​ red-eye reduction flash .​
There’s an​ autofocus and macro, portrait, sports, sequence and burst shooting modes, plus the option to​ manually control white balance, colour tone and exposure .​
The phone can interface with web-based photo accounts including Flickr, Vox or​ Lifeblog.
The Nokia N95 functions well as​ a​ multi-media device – it​ includes both video and music players .​
There’s support for MPC, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA and M4A audio formats, as​ well as​ MPEG-4, H.264/AVC, H.263, 3GPP and RealVideo files .​
The quality of​ the bundled earphones isn’t poor, but it​ is​ an​ advantage that the phone has a​ 3.5mm headphone jack so that you can plug in​ better quality headphones if​ you’re serious about your music .​
Here, the multimedia keypad really shines, with the previous, play/pause, stop and next keys offering intuitive control of​ the device .​
You can watch videos on the Nokia N95, but the screen is​ really too small to​ do the feature justice.
A new feature is​ the Video Centre – an​ RSS feeder for video content from Reuters and YouTube .​
Using this, you can download and stream video clips using Wi-Fi or​ your provider’s data service .​
Memory is​ adequate – with 160MB of​ internal memory and a​ microSD slot that supports cards up to​ 2GB.
Unfortunately, the phone does feel a​ little cheap, with the sliding mechanism a​ bit loose and the plastic quality not as​ good as​ it​ should be, given the phone’s price tag .​
Battery life is​ another disappointing aspect of​ the phone, with only 160 hours of​ talk time and up to​ 200 hours of​ standby time .​
These figures are slightly better if​ you’re using a​ traditional GSM network, but are still well below par .​
Use of​ the GPS or​ camera noticeably accelerates battery flattening.
If money isn’t an​ object, the Nokia N95 offers a​ feature-packed phone in​ a​ light-weight, well-designed package.




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