Nokia N96 Complete Mobile Review Tuesday, Jun 17 2008 

Sales package:

  • Handset
  • Li-Ion battery (BL-5F)
  • USB data cable (CA-101)
  • TV cable (CA-75U)
  • Remote control and headphones (AD-54, HS-45)
  • Car charger (DC-4)
  • Charger (AC-5)

Positioning

As a rule, the average consumer’s thought pattern isn’t characterized by sophistication or depth – all he cares to consider when choosing a phone is index and functionality. Take the Nokia N95 for example – it is a do-it-all flagship, so the average Joe readily assumes the device that has one rung added to its index, specifically, the N96, should outdo the previous offering in every single way. The logic seems solid at a glance, but as we go deeper into the N96, it loses a fair share of its soundness.

Nokia has a clear-cut goal: to roll out a variety of solutions in order to settle down in different niches and for this they need similarly styled phones that pack in unique feature sets. Being resembling design-wise helps offerings that stand close together within the range appear identical to those who buy this trick, even though as far as philosophy and hardware are concerned, they couldn’t be more polarized. Basically, that’s the story of the Nokia N96 that got stuck with the “flagship” title, so now it is considered as the best S60-based solution around, which is not how things really stand. Effectively, it is a niche product that’s meant to open the range of similarly featured solutions, a feeler, if you like – dubbing an all-round new solution that hasn’t stood the test of time yet “the flagship” is somewhat reckless. Moreover, Nokia has never done such thing, but gossips care very little about that.

Nokia’s portfolio offers a couple of DVB-H capable solutions, specifically the Nokia N77 and a more dated phone, the N92. Neither of them was widely available, since they were used either in pilot television projects or tailored for particular regions (like the N77 in Taiwan, starting late fall 2007). Indeed, given that the vast majority of markets still have no DVB-H television enabled, a replica of the N73, yet armed with this functionality, was uncalled for. In March 2008, the European authorities standardized on DVB-H and from this point on will put in their efforts to support it. In this sense the Nokia N96 has a good chance to avoid the role of an ugly duckling that will never see release – thankfully, mobile television isn’t a big focus in the N96, it is rather included among all other things there.

Much like other Nseries-branded solutions, the N96 is heavy on multimedia, and delivers especially with its video department. There is a handful of things going for it – the display diagonal, hardware support for H.264 decoding, speedier videos and a folding stand that allows having the N96 on flat surfaces at a video-friendly angle.

Interestingly, over a year ago Nokia started to enhance its product portfolio not only by varying styles, but also hardware platform underpinning their solutions. The Nokia N95 and its follow-ups built upon the TI OMAP chip, while the N96 takes advantage of STMicroelectronics’s Nomadik. So when comparing these two phones, their similarities don’t go beyond physical aspects, since other things, like functionality and hardware, are quite different.

Is the N96 a mass-market solution? No. Then, is it heavily specialized, aiming at one particular niche? No. It is rather somewhere in between. This phone will see moderate sales, although the fuss around it will easily shadow its modest numbers.

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Design, size, controls

Visually, the N96 is very much like the Nokia N81 8 Gb – same black finish with glossy surfaces, same controls, with a little bit of silver along the sides, making for a pretty seducing mix. The front face is extremely easy to soil with fingerprints and smudge; basically, it gets so dirty in a matter of minutes that a cleaning cloth becomes a must-have for its owners.

The phone measures in at 103x55x18 mm (125 grams) plus the camera part is even thicker due the rim around the lens that adds a couple of millimeters to the N96’s girth. On the whole, the N96 looks and feels more like some sort of shovel in the hand due to being quite wide – compared with the Nokia N81 it has gotten 0,5cm wider. While it is not a solution for women in any way, it is more about whether or not shop assistants will manage to convince them that it is the flagship solution. As far as I remember, the Nokia N93 wasn’t all that petite either, notwithstanding, women happily went for it and carried it around in their purses, and furthermore, some are still using it. It is important to realize that the Nokia N96’s dimensions are as close to the maximum as it get – its pocket-stretching casing won’t fit just about any jacket or trousers. Some may well argue with me on this, and I will readily agree that some types of clothes are perfect for the N96; but for the most part, it will not please you with its portability.
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Nokia N99 8 MP Nseries Mobile Phone Tuesday, Jun 17 2008 

The Nokia N99, is it real. Pictures are floating around the net. Blogs are talking about it, bookmarks are getting interesting reviews. Social networks, are spreading the word. Faster then wild fire, spreads a fire. The speculation is end less. The true question is. Will, this phone be on the market anytime soon? That question, has been on every nokia fans mind. The answer, is still un answered. Though, some high profile blogs have reported, that the phone is still in its building stage.

n99

Considering, the iphone has just been released. Maybe it is a good idea, the Nokia N99 stays put. What the phone offers, is still not yet answered. Though, the pictures floating around. Looks, like Nokia will be having windows mobile OS? If this is true, will this be worth buying? What version of windows will they run? Shifty sources, have claimed. That the phone, might be using a new mobile OS. Vista, which was earlyier released from microsoft. Proclaiming itself, as the next best OS out there. Another great, OS by microsoft themself. Though, vista being on a mobile phone. Will be extremely insane, and radical!

Another odd thing about the Nokia N99, is the keyboard. They seem, to not care about the new futuristic designs. Touch screen, surface touch, or anything related to not clicking. Instead, the phone has a “qwerty” keyboard layout. The general opinon of the mass media, consumer. They seem to be ok with it. As long as the phone carries wifi, email, gps, consumers seem to be satisfied. Speculating, at the other phones in the current market. It might be safe to say, the Nokia N99 will have a camera and mp3 system. So that you may share, send and take pictures. As well as download, your favorite song of the day.

With all the speculation on the Nokia N99, we can only whisper and type away. What we wish this phone will have. Hopefully, in the coming future, we will have more general information on the phone. Maybe even a few real phone pictures a long with some nice facts, from the one great reliable source. Nokia themselves!

Nokia N95 Top 10 Tips Tuesday, Jun 17 2008 

1. In the Profiles settings of Nokia, there is an option: speak out the name to be called and choose open. Then go back to the laptop and press clock for seconds. It will succeed in calling wanted person via speaking out the name of his.

This function is realized by the software built in the cell phone itself that can recognize the voice calling. It seems that the function will take up much space.

However, it is not suggested to use the function, since its success rate is very low and always there is the problem like this: call jack but jane appears. If your voice is nearly same as that of computer, it will be good. You can do like this. In addition, you can use these two functions at the same time, 3D ringing and speaking out the name to be called, otherwise, the cell phone system will be halted.

2. If you didnt uninstall the program according to the common method, the cell phone may prompt you that the installation failed when you install the same program once again.

Maybe it is a detailed adjustment to the 3rd generation Nokia S60 for the security. Therefore, it is necessary to be careful for the installation and the uninstallation for the programs.

The important tips for the software installation of N95! Many friends can not run the program after installing *.Jar. Below is the solution:
a. When installing *.Jar program, you must use English to name *.Jar program file and it will work well. Some *Jar runs slowly, but do not worry. It will just take several seconds to run. (Generally less than 10 seconds)
b. If you want to manage *.Jar original installation file well, I suggest that you can create a folder, and put the English files *.Jar into it, as it is convenient to the classification.

By the way, the precious version of handay clock software is not compatible with N95 and when you open the clock function to work for you, then the multi-media button will become invalid. Note: higher than 4.02 version can be installed to work well for this function. As long as the normal JAR program for N95 can run, it just has the differences between full screen and the half screen.

3. N95 can look through the zoom of DOC documents. XLS files can be modified by the ranks of size, translation, the freezing window operation. PPT files can be displayed as the method of the full screen. As the version of FLASH players is a bit lower and larger flash will not be played. So will PPT, word, and excel.

4. If you want to install the theme of Nokia N95 into the cell phone as much as possible. If you install the theme into the card, it will recover automatically to the default theme when you restart the cell phone.

Two methods of the theme installation:

a. Copy the theme installation software (SIS or SISX format) into the cell phone card and use Y–browse to complete the installation.

b. Use card reader or data connection of the data cable to copy the decompressed theme folder into the cell phone card. The path is X:private10207114import (suppose X is the memory card).

The comparison between these two installation methods:
a. The process of the installation is very simple but it will auto create a file under the path: C:sysinstallsisregistry. For example,

C:sysinstallsisregistrya00000eb0000002_0000.ctl. This will take up too much space of hard drive C
b. The process of the installation is relatively complicate, however, there are not any installation steps and it wont create any file on hard drive C either. Of course it can not be installed on hard drive C Choose the style of theme installation correctly:
Usually, some people will install it at the first sight of the beautiful theme without considering it is fitable for you or not.
a. Do not install the different model theme, or it may be out of shape.
b. Install the unpractical theme because of the beautiful stand-by image and the letterform of its function list, information, selecting bars, the outside screen etc is not very clear at all.

c. The installed theme is too large and some themes will be up to 1MB. It will affect the speed poorly.
The deletion of the theme:
a. If you use method 1 to install the theme, you can delete it in program manager. If there are too many themes, it may not be resolved. You can use Y–browse to delete the file on C:preinstallAppscache.dat and try to delete on program manager. If still not, you can use the following method to deal with it.

b. If you use method 2 to install the theme, please remember the name of the theme and use card reader or data connection of data cable here: X:private10207114import to find the theme folder, and then delete the folder.

5. If you can not find or add the songs in the tab of music of N95, you may delete the original ones to update again.

6. As for looking through the different content, Nokia N95 provides two different network browser accesses.
The browser under the main function menu is used for the common WAP web page and the support of EDGE ensures the web fast speed. For the browser under the application program, it is mainly used for the HTML content, supporting three letter styles, full screen mode, and the analogue mouse for assisting the pages up and down, left and right.

7. The method that Nokia N95 makes wanted picture as the full screen wallpaper: To set full screen wallpaper, you must put the picture into your used Theme, and use S60 Theme Studio for Symbian OS to make your theme then add wanted picture into it. At last, combine them into sis files and install the theme into your cell phone. Here is ready for you to apply the theme onto your cell phone under the settings list.

8. The method to run N95 and speed up

a. Only using a SIM card, N95 will run slowly. You need to clear the spam files on hard drive C. The simplest way is to replace SIM card with MINISD card for restarting the cell phone. For about 3-5 minutes, shut down the cell phone to change back SIM card. Like this, Series60 system will renew the data on hard drive C, auto clearing original useless files. If you are interested, you can have a try.

b. Shut down unnecessary background program. The camera wont run on the background if it is not open. But as long as you have opened, even though it is shut down, it will run on the background in order to operate it faster. It is the same with card folder. In the running program interface, press select and then press shut down the application program. It will really close the using program.

9. The batch deletion and the batch copy
The method to batch deletion and batch copy: Sometimes, we need to delete a lot of information or the images. It is boring to delete them one by one. At this time, you can do like this: option

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