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Unboxing the Nokia N96 S60 Smartphone Print E-mail
Written by Glenn Letham   
Monday, 01 December 2008
The kind folks at Nokia's PR arm have provided us with a trial N96 device for a first hand look. See below for a description of some of the top selling points of this device, a few short comings, and a details intro video that drags on for about 11 minutes (sorry for the extra long first look!)


This slick device is the follow-up to the way popular N95, although this device has a definite focus on enjoying a rich, multi-media experience (the N95 in my mind is thought more of as an enterprise workhorse that is heavy on location-awareness, thanks to the integrated GPS). The N96 also has GPS along with many other cool features:

  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Bluetooth, WiFI
  • 16 GB flash memory
  • Symbian OS 9.3
  • S60 3 FP2
  • supports HSDPA, EGPRS
  • and much more!

The key selling point of this device is multi-media. Whether you need to create and share multi-media or browse the web for entertainment this device delivers. The music player rocks (pardon the pun) and added apps like Internet radio are a fine addition to the package. A key selling point of this device is the speed (it reacts very fast, and its loaded with memory) making watching videos simple and fun. The device is relatively compact and comfortable in the had, it has amazing lines and is very stylish (you'll be turning heads with this device) fitting nicely into most pockets without any discomfort.

Shortcomings that I've found include a lack of support by some popular 3rd party apps (I'm still trying to get Shozu to work on it), the shiny front screen is very cool but a hassle if finger prints and smudges turn you off. The back cover is basically the entire back of the device, making access to the battery very simple although a camera shutter lense (recall the original N95) would be a nice option in my mind. The biggest issue I have with this device is the keypad. A flat keypad was a bit tough for me to use and down-right annoying at times... I simply can't get used to it and find myself crazing the individual, raised keys of the N95 8GB. The flat, plastic front is indeed stylish and gives the impression that the device is all screen, however, if it wasn't for the fact that my finger nails are a bit long right now, I'd likely be having huge issues trying to text message on this keypad.

Overall, the pros are outweighing the cons and once there's more supported 3rd party apps and perhaps a firmware update to prevent the sporadic lock-ups that I've been experiencing it will definitely be head-turning must have for those who want the best device that money can buy! Until then I have to say that it takes a back seat to the N95 8GB for now.

N96 Unboxing Video:

Nokia N96 unboxing video from glenn gisuser on Vimeo.

Some of the applications I'm currently running on the N96 include:

  • Noki viNe
  • Sports Tracker
  • Twibble
  • Flixwagon
  • QIK
  • Google Maps Mobile

See N96 specs and more HERE

N96 Photos:
Last Updated ( Monday, 01 December 2008 )


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