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  Reply # 90839 12-Oct-2007 14:38
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LOL, yeah, I did use that line a little bit too much eh! Should really read back through what I write before I hit that Post Reply button. All good points you've raised there...I think we can take away from that, that there are different strokes for different folks. All I need now is an iPhone and my life will be complete!

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  Reply # 90876 13-Oct-2007 08:38
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Really Aloha covered these points, but there are a few things I wanted to mention because some of your arguments are pretty weak. I agree with him though that theres no need or point in trying to convince you that the N95 is a better phone - it really is about what people need.

For me the N95 is the best phone, because I want the most functionality. Thats just me though. and I'm well aware that many others aren't after that degree of convergence whether it be for reasons of price-point, or not being prepared to accept some of the compromises that currently go with convergence, or any number of other reasons.


Madmax77:
Agreed, those features were impressive when they came out, and hey, even the TVC is cool. But lets be honest, in NZ...not too many WLAN spots around so we can discount WLAN being a compelling reason to but one...


I have no idea where you live, but if you're outside of Auckland the public WLANs point may well be valid.

In Auckland however there are so many WLANs, with more appearing daily. Try: The CBD, every Starbucks, all the Dick Smith powerhouses, Esquires coffee, most McDonalds, the University campuses (where I use it the most), the entire Parnell shopping area, the shopping area of Botany (quite a large area with coverage from several providers, including free access in Botany Mall), a plethora of Cafe's and numerous open WLANs in residential areas.


Madmax77:I've got a wireless network at home...but if I am at home I'm gonna be on the 15 or 17 inch Macbook...lets be honest, as good as the screen is on the N95, it aint 15 inches (let alone 17)


I'm afraid this sounds a little like ignorance; browsing isn't the only thing you can do with a WLAN. How about using your N95 as a VoIP phone? Streaming media to the TV-Out?

EDIT: Now you can game over WLAN too with the new release of Quake that has the Quakeworld client built-in! Yay!


Madmax77:nor does it have a QWERTY keyboard (the Curve does!).


QWERTY is nice, for sure. Personally I'm sort of on the fence on QWERTY phones though. Then tend to ruin the form factor aesthetically, and I actually care about that, and when I add that to the fact that I type at 25-30 words a minute with T9 on the N95 (and thats with full capitalisation and punctuation) and I'm just not sure I actually need QWERTY.

What I really wish is that one of the manufacturers would produce a phone with an N95-like feature set, but with the form factor of the Helios Ocean. Now thats a QWERTY! Beautiful double-slider action and doesn't ruin the form factor.

Madmax77:it supports MDSD cards, I have a 1 Gig one in mine...came standard!


MicroSD and MicroSDHC are different things, N95 and few other phones (only N76 and E90 to my knowledge, although non-Nokia manufacturers should start releasing compatible phones soon) support SDHC. N95 comes with a 1GB standard too though.

SDHC cards currently are up to 6GB, 8GB due before Christmas, and eventually up to 32GB. Thats a pretty huge advantage for the N95.

Madmax77:And 5MP camera on a mobile? Lets be honest! I've used them all...and if I'm going to a wedding...I'm not taking my mobile to photograph it! Cameras on mobiles are for PXT and email....not print and definitely not professional quality. It has nothing to do with the Megapixel myth....it has more to do with the quality of the lens and the fact that is a mobile not a camera...simple logic!


C'mon now. The idea that camera phones are only for PXT and email is simply outdated, thats a school of thought thats been outdated since Ericson released their 3mp cybershot range of phones. At some point in the future I see camera phones completely replacing standalone units for everyone but professional photographers and amateur enthusiasts. I don't think that time is too far off to be honest.

The N95 takes pretty good shots, in daylight conditions its a pretty respectable replacement for a standalone Digital Camera - with the advantage of always being on your person. The other day I took some photos of my Fiance being tattooed at Illicit. While I was there I used their free WLAN to upload them to my Facebook - they're basically indistinguishable from a standalone digicam. Also, they're perfectly acceptable for printing to 12x8.


Madmax77:As for 3G speeds....not needed for the Curve, email is just as fast on GPRS...GPS maps a fine....so not really needed!

If thats all you need internet for then I'll absolutely grant you that point. I need to browse with my phone, and occasionally use it as a bluetooth modem or make video calls, so 3G is far better.



Finally, I have no idea what Blackberry software support is like, fantastic probably. Symbian really is good though, as Aloha suggests. Game emulator, webcam, p2p, media streaming, remote access and file sharing with your PC, control your N95 with a Wii controller - theres just so much you can do with Symbian. Really looking forward to the Universal IR remote program to arrive too! Its in beta at the moment and will be released pretty soon - checkout the youtube video made by one of the beta testers.





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  Reply # 90883 13-Oct-2007 09:07
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Oh, forgot to mention to all the N95 owners here: new V20.X firmware on the way soon. Will include the Ngage application (and presumably the Nokia music store application too). The only other thing I know about it is that it will include numerous improvements to the WLAN implementation (I presume this is will include something from the WLAN software service that Nokia recently formed a partnership with, amongst other things).

Got this information from a person in the N95 8GB beta program, so I'm assuming this information is solid.

Not to mention it makes sense for Nokia to have all their existing userbase with the NGage application onboard for the launch of the new NGage platform on 02/11/2007. So I guess the implicit timeframe for the release on this firmware would be the next two weeks.




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  Reply # 90902 13-Oct-2007 11:45
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Hi just wondering in your opinion would you go with the n95 8g or the currently available n95? Also does your friend in the beta programme for the n95 8g know when it will be released? thanks

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  Reply # 90903 13-Oct-2007 11:52
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I haven't asked him about the release date to be honest, I'll do that, but of course he may not be any more aware than any of us.

As to which N95 to get, its a pretty tough call really.

If 8GB is all the storage you think you'll need to then I would wholeheartedly recommend the 8GB model. If you MUST have the option of more storage then go with the current one. If you fall somewhere in between those polar-extremes then its really difficult and only you can really answer that. It'll be easier to make that call as beta testers report back to us about how different the performance with the extra RAM is.




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  Reply # 90908 13-Oct-2007 12:25
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Great I will keep an eye out for your posts. Thanks a lot mate :-)

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  Reply # 91090 15-Oct-2007 11:37
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  Reply # 91097 15-Oct-2007 12:36
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  Reply # 91167 15-Oct-2007 22:08
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Hmm.. Will the n95 8gb come out on vodafone nz? Sometimes we seem to miss phones, also will the n95-3(the one with micro-sd) work with 3g on vodafone?

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  Reply # 91190 16-Oct-2007 08:11
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yepyep1: Hmm.. Will the n95 8gb come out on vodafone nz? Sometimes we seem to miss phones, also will the n95-3(the one with micro-sd) work with 3g on vodafone?


Don't know if we will get the 8GB.

THe N95-3 will not work with Vodafone 3G, it doesn't operate on the Vodafone 3G frequency.




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  Reply # 91779 20-Oct-2007 12:49
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Nokia n95-3

Frequency Band:
GSM 850
GSM 900
GSM 1800
GSM 1900
WCDMA 1900
WCDMA 850
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Nokia n95 8GB

Frequency Band:
GSM 850
GSM 900
GSM 1800
GSM 1900
WCDMA 2100


What frequency do vodafone use? Whats WCDMA too isn't that what telecom use, or is that just cdma?

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  Reply # 93601 3-Nov-2007 15:08
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I found some faceplates on trademe for the N95:


http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listings.aspx?member=343286

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  Reply # 93602 3-Nov-2007 15:14
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Theres a good thread at Howard forums about faceplates, including one with a very nice black faceplate and backing. Hard to find good quality ones, so its good to check out that thread to find which are best.

By the way everyone, 8GB microSDHC cards are now available via Ebay. I'll probably wait until December and get one in Amsterdam. . . when I'm there attending the Nokiaworld conference - an all-expenses paid trip care of Nokia! OH YEAH!




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  Reply # 93613 3-Nov-2007 19:59

yepyep1:
What frequency do vodafone use? Whats WCDMA too isn't that what telecom use, or is that just cdma?


Voda use WCDMA 2100 so N95-3 will not have 3G if you want to use it in NZ with Voda.




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  Reply # 93624 3-Nov-2007 21:51
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Nice work NZTech! Keen to pick one up for me too? :D

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