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Topic # 11621 2-Feb-2007 15:10
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So who is considering a Nokia N95 for their next mobile purchase?

With it looking more and more likely on a March release date (yes I know this is not a NZ release date, I have not purchase a mobile phone NZ new in over 7 years and am well aware of the pro and cons of this. Please do not get off topic with discussion on this point) I am giving this some pretty serious thought.

I have a Nokia N80I currently so out of this I would be looking at a better camera from a subjective review of proto pictures I have seen compared to my N80 and substantially better video. Additionally a larger screen, HSPDA, 3.5mm port (screw you pop port!), GPS, slightly longer battery time from current indications of protos and some dedicated media buttons + UI landscape mode.

Over all this seems to stack up as a reasonable sort of an upgrade for somebody with an N80 or similar phone. The inbuilt GPS is particularly attractive to me since I am going on my OE in a few months along with the ability to not need to have multiple devices such as separate camera lugged round with me.

There are a few odd choices Nokia have made however with are still preventing me on being 100% sure this is the correct choice. Namely:

- Flash, why wouldn’t you put a Xenon flash in. I don’t mind loosing a small bit of battery life to get decent lighting.
- RAM, protos are still showing ~19MB free after boot. This may be my biggest gripe, totally retarded choice Nokia. If I spend $1500 on a phone I don’t mind spending $100 more so I can multitask in a half decent fashion.
- Screen resolution...The screen is bigger than the N80 yet the res is smaller. Another stupid choice Nokia, add 1mm to the battery and form factor for the extra juice required.

Really it seems like if they had made the device a tiny amount thicker (it is slightly thinner than the N80 already) and add maybe 15% to the cost they would have got a device which is far more functional. Given these changes I still think there would be good market appeal in the devices target market, in fact I think it would actually have more market appeal in its target market..

Anyhow what is everyone else’s impressions of some of the initial N95 reviews floating about and some of the points I have made above. I would be interested in seeing if others had some of the same concerns.


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Reply # 59597 2-Feb-2007 15:22
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Yes I will be purchasing one of these

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Reply # 59599 2-Feb-2007 15:27
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I'll buy one also.

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  Reply # 59600 2-Feb-2007 15:57
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Seeing that Sky Mobile TV only available on Vodafone Live handsets which my JasJam is not "eligible" enough to enjoy it... guess I maybe looking at getting another handset to enjoy Sky Mobile TV, beside now that Nokia has got Exchange ActiveSync client for S60, I can easily sync with my Exchange for all PIM needs. :-) might be a good "entertainment" phone. LOL




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  Reply # 59626 2-Feb-2007 18:39

I'll buy one. Definitely.

Someone showed me this phone 2 days ago and I think it's a very good one. However I'd like to have something thinner, but GPS here we go!




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  Reply # 59631 2-Feb-2007 19:25
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I'm not *too* worried about how thin it is. I have gotten used to the N80 in my jeans pocket now so anything that size or smaller is OK with me now. Thats not to say if they couldn't make it thinner I wouldn't mind though!

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  Reply # 59650 2-Feb-2007 21:03
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I'm definately very keen as an upgrade from my 6680.

Does anyone know if NZ is included in the "maps available for 100 countries" that I have read in various places? Also, from one YouTube video I saw it was stated that the street level mapping is retrieved from the internet by the phone on demand but in the future a PC app will allow you to pre-load the maps to a memory card. Can anyone verify this?

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  Reply # 59651 2-Feb-2007 21:16

scottjpalmer: I'm definately very keen as an upgrade from my 6680.

Does anyone know if NZ is included in the "maps available for 100 countries" that I have read in various places? Also, from one YouTube video I saw it was stated that the street level mapping is retrieved from the internet by the phone on demand but in the future a PC app will allow you to pre-load the maps to a memory card. Can anyone verify this?


Yes I can. It uses maps from Navman and NZ is amongst the 100. Wohoo!





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  Reply # 59658 2-Feb-2007 22:47
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It caches maps it downloads apparantly up to s user specified limit of the memory card so at least it seems semi intelligent and not causing you some 15K data bill from Vodafone

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  Reply # 60041 7-Feb-2007 19:57
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Oh, for a moment I thought N95 used actual GPS receivers.  It actually uses data downloaded from the internet.

Still a great phone and would definitely buy it when it comes out!

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  Reply # 60045 7-Feb-2007 20:02
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It does have a GPS receiver built in, it just downloads the street maps to plot your position (as received from the inbuilt GPS) on

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  Reply # 62228 28-Feb-2007 08:09
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Ya ill get one.....im off on a trip soon
when is this phone coming out????

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  Reply # 62242 28-Feb-2007 09:25

End of March, early April...probably...




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Hey, does anyone know where to get one of these? I read on another website some where (can't remember which one) that someone said that a shop in Wellington had Nokia N95's for sale for $1200. Does anyone know if this is true and if it is, can anyone tell me where it is?

Thanks.




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  Reply # 62740 4-Mar-2007 21:33
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Americancars: Hey, does anyone know where to get one of these? I read on another website some where (can't remember which one) that someone said that a shop in Wellington had Nokia N95's for sale for $1200. Does anyone know if this is true and if it is, can anyone tell me where it is?

Thanks.


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Reply # 64769 22-Mar-2007 21:41
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Just spotted, officially started shipping in key markets: http://www.nokia.com/A4136001?newsid=1113533

Wohoo!

Hopefully Apoc puts up some of his great reviews on Symbian Freak again when he get his production model next week. Fingers crossed free memory is up to 25mb (or above), camera quality and the red hue issue is not present, not buggy and a crashfest like the launch N80 FW!

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