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Reply # 64846 23-Mar-2007 15:07
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Yes. I am so glad to see that they are shipping. Thank you Fraktul for telling us. I can't wait to get one of these.

I hope that they start selling them here soon but even if they don't, they should be avaible from places that parallel import phones.

I went into the 'cool mobile' store at the Metro food court in the Imax complex (in Auckland) a couple of days ago and the asked the guy behind the counter if they were going to be getting this phone and they said yes. He was very rude though and and didn't seem interested in me but he said that he didn't know how much it was going to be selling for or when it was going to be a avaible for sale there. (I think it was because I wasn't Korean because he was looking at pictures on his phone and he didn't even look at me when he was speaking + all of the people that I have ever seen in that store have been asain). But now that I know that they will be getting it, I will ask one of my Korean friends to go and ask about it for me and I will post the price and avaible date on here when I know.




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  Reply # 65175 27-Mar-2007 16:41
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How is the reception, is it based on the  SIRF III chipset and how does it compare to dedicated GPS units?

Possible to download and upload routes into the device from a computer and to the computer after a trip to plot them out on a graph, does it have a USB cable to be connected to a digital SLR and record GPS data?

For the maps, pple keep saying its free, usually for GPS devices the base map is free and the country you bought it from has that map in it.  If I take it overseas and need it for like walking and driving street / street, do I need to pay more for a indepth map or are those also available for free?

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  Reply # 65177 27-Mar-2007 16:49

If anyone see it in Singapore or Hong Kong shops could you post here the price?




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  Reply # 65236 27-Mar-2007 22:26
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rayonline: How is the reception, is it based on the SIRF III chipset and how does it compare to dedicated GPS units?


From what others have said it is based on SIRF II, time to position ranges from 5 seconds to 5 minutes based on reception (eg if your inside expect 5 minutes, if at all). It appears to be reasonably comprable signal wise to other PDA GPS devices however the smaller antenna means it will never be as good as a decicated device. Overall I would say the feedback is pretty good.


Possible to download and upload routes into the device from a computer and to the computer after a trip to plot them out on a graph, does it have a USB cable to be connected to a digital SLR and record GPS data?


You can add point of interest on the included software, I am unsure if these can be uploaded from PC based software. There are numerious software GPS solutions where are or plan to be compatable with the N95. Nokie already have a PGS sorts software package which can show the route you jogged along, total distance, speed over time graphs etc.


For the maps, pple keep saying its free, usually for GPS devices the base map is free and the country you bought it from has that map in it. If I take it overseas and need it for like walking and driving street / street, do I need to pay more for a indepth map or are those also available for free?


The maps are free, downloading them via your network providers 3G connection may not be of course (best to download off your PC or via wifi). In addition there are tourist orintated maps and guides which contain places of interest and other tourist type information.

Trip planning or at least the voice navigation is a subscription fee I believe.




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  Reply # 65238 27-Mar-2007 22:29
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Anyone interested in a group buy let me know, also indications as to if you preffer a cheaper "Made by Nokia" asian version or a more expensive European "Made in Finland" version if there is a choice avaliable.

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  Reply # 65409 29-Mar-2007 08:55
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I may be interested in a group buy. As to the asian/finland options, I have no idea; is there really a difference in terms of build quality or after-sales support?

I know you didn't want to get off-topic with questions about buying phones overseas, but I have loads of questions anyway. Where overseas have you brought from before? How does that work with NZ networks? I'm with Vodafone, will my SIM card work with an overseas edition of the phone? etc etc Could you tell us a little bit about that, or PM me some details if you're exceptionally averse to discussing this here?

Have been looking into the question of Vodafine support here at the forums. . . hard to work out whats what with all the conflicting information. Fraktul, I assume that you are confident about getting the phone to work here?




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  Reply # 65428 29-Mar-2007 11:27
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I've taken a NZ phone overseas and used it with a NZ simcard or overseas local simcard.
I have also bought a overseas phone into NZ new or used and used it here.

There are no issues.  Build issues well that's for each person's interpretation, I personally don't mind where its made.
Only issue is if the phone is locked to a particular cellular network provider but places can unlock them anyway.  However many places overseas the phones are not locked anyway.

Obviously no warranty and Vodafone may not assist but you can still download the SMS settings - I have done so with a intl bought Nokia that way and it worked.  The warranty is also not international.  So to each person's own decision.  But for me I don't mind.

Don't forget import tax are at 12.5% for the item and the postage included. 
Or just go overseas and take back.

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  Reply # 65708 31-Mar-2007 12:39
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So expansys appears to have the best price going on this one (at least from an online vendor with some reputability), and stock should be arriving relatively soon. Anybody have experience with Expansys NZ?




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Reply # 65721 31-Mar-2007 13:34
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I believe that the "Made in Finland" Nokia's are of a better build quality compared to the "made in asia" Nokia's. I have a parallel imported Nokia 6260 and the build quality is terrible. I believe that it was made in asia. It still works even though it is very worn. I havn't treated it any differently than any of my other phones but the screen has a lot (and I mean alot) of dust behind it, the sliver colouring has worn of the side volume buttons, the coffee colouring of the phone has come off on some parts of the phone. All of my previous phones, after this period of time, has been in very good condition.

So if I was going to have a choice on where it was made, then I would buy a made in Finland Nokia N95, especially if I was going to spend this much money on this phone. I would certainlly be annoyed if my Nokia N95 was of this kind of bad build quality and I would also be put off buying another Nokia.

I also like the fact the Nokia's are one of the only phones that are not made in asia these days.





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  Reply # 65725 31-Mar-2007 13:59
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I think I will probably order from eXpansys too, price is very competitive.

Regarding build quality, yes the made in Finland versions are usually a lot better build wise. Feedback so far is that build quality on the N95 is very good period however.

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  Reply # 65729 31-Mar-2007 15:37
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My NZ New, Vodafone NZ branded N73 has Made in China under the battery

e-town have stock of the N95 now apparently:
http://www.etown.co.nz/store/viewItem.asp?idProduct=4259




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  Reply # 65734 31-Mar-2007 16:37
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Etown is preorder, they expect delivery in two weeks.

Far better off buying from expansys at those prices.

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Reply # 65756 31-Mar-2007 18:41
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It doesn't seem, from converting currencies on the internet, that it is any cheaper to buy it on expansys ($1739.21/ 629.95 English pounds) than it is to buy it at etown ($1599.99 exc gst/ $1799.99 inc gst). To buy it at etown is only about $50 more expensive which isn't going to make much of a difference when you include shipping and insurance, plus you can guarantee that it is going to arrive to you in good condition (because if etown breaks it then it is their problem) and you have somewhere to go for assistance in person if you need it.

The price seems high right now, probably Nokia's pricing strategy at the moment, so I might wait a few months for the price to come down.

p.s. I would consider buying it on expansys if our dollar got stronger and if the price at etown didn't come down.




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Reply # 65758 31-Mar-2007 18:52
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Oh sorry, I just found expansys Austrialia.

I see what you mean by it being much cheaper there (approx. $1154 NZ or $1019 AUS).

I will definitely be buying it from there. Wow, what a price difference. I am really excited about it now.

Ooh, I can't wait.




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  Reply # 65766 31-Mar-2007 19:31
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Dont forget to add GST, customs charge GST + any duties on goods over $500 usually and almost definitely when they are over $1000.

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