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Expected to be superior to every other phone out there, owners are saying otherwise

Mobile phones are more powerful today than ever, and even best some of the old computers of the early 90's. Nokia this week officially made its "superphone", the N95, available on U.S. shores. The N95 was released in Europe earlier this year, but reports suggested that Nokia was already giving out samples of the N95 to several U.S. publications.

The N95 lands first at Nokia stores in the U.S. carrying a price of $749.99. Although it's a steep price for a mobile phone, the N95 has been long in waiting among phone enthusiasts. Nokia first made waves with the much anticipated release of its N80, which came out last year. The N95 is a highly upgraded version of the N80, sporting a new double-sliding face that reveals the numeric keypad as well as audio playback controls at the top. Like the N80, the N95 supports 802.11b and 802.11g Wi-Fi standards is is based on Symbian OS 9.1 S60 release 3.1 -- the N80 was release 3.0. Some quick specifications include:
  • Display: 240x320 pixels, 2.6-inches and 16M colors
  • Memory: 160MB internal memory
  • Memory expansion: up to 2GB microSD (128MB card included)
  • Communications: EDGE, 3G, WLAN, Bluetooth, Infrared, GPRS, HSC SD
Like its predecessor, the N95 is capable of real-time 3D graphics, but as previous user of the N80, much of the N95's interface is similar. That being said, often time's user interface elements would show lag on loading. Some N80 users complained that the phone often froze while ending a call, which I myself did experience. Nokia responded and mentioned that it would be ironing out the kinks in the N95. However, users who have N95's are already noting that music playback is poor as is battery life.

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By corduroygt on 4/9/2007 8:31:16 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Nokia E61 and all of these Symbian 3rd edition phones are really slow and unresponsive. Also, besides blacklist, I really dont have a need to install programs emulators etc on my cell phone. I do have a great 1500mAh battery though...
Still, next time I will get a phone that's faster and more reliable, with a good music player. Packing too much tech into a phone without making sure everything will work smoothly is not a good idea.

RE: Slow
By sxr7171 on 4/9/2007 8:35:57 PM , Rating: 4
Well, I can say for a fact that this phone has a fast UI this time, even faster than my N93. This thing is really sick.

RE: Slow
By cheetah2k on 4/9/2007 9:24:12 PM , Rating: 2
Someone forgot to mention that the N95 also sports a 330Mhz CPU, which is a lot faster than some of its predessors which have the ~220Mhz one.

I think its time to overclock!!

RE: Slow
By DingieM on 4/10/2007 7:34:06 AM , Rating: 2
Its Nokia's S60 3rd edition not Symbian's.

The amount of software used in the devices these days only increases as well as memory eating applications.

I own a SE P990i since beginning of februari and just updated the last available firmware for my country. Now it works enjoyably (is that good grammar ?) fast and that device only impresses me more and more: build quality, battery life, audio quality etc. etc.
I also have the stereo bluetooth headset HBH-DS970 and the audio just sounds increadible.

So this N95 will get better functionality through the firmware updates I'm sure of that.
People who just want the best audio quality either purchase a more expensive headphone/earphone or by a SE W950i

I don't understand...
By daftrok on 4/9/2007 8:57:58 PM , Rating: 2
Why don't companies make more widescreen display phones? You can watch movies and view photos alot better and looks nicer than these square screens. And wtf is with this $749.99 pricetag? The iPhone is CHEAPER than this (of course that $749.99 price tag could be without the plan whereas iPhone is) and has a bigger screen and better internal memory. Sometimes I really don't understand the pricing of cellphones.

RE: I don't understand...
By Johnmcl7 on 4/10/2007 2:24:39 AM , Rating: 2
The 750 dollar is the 'sim free' price whereas the Iphone price you're comparing it to is with a two year price plan by memory. I have the N93's predecessor which was around the same price sim free but was free on an 18 month contract.


RE: I don't understand...
By AngeLove1 on 4/10/2007 1:54:11 PM , Rating: 2
The pricing is based on features. Comparing the N95 to the iPhone - the iPhone is the one that's overpriced. The N95 has far more and better features. It is a smartphone. The iPhone is not. Not to mention, it isn't tied to a provider.

And by the way, the N95 does have as a 'widescreen'. Movies and photos are displayed in landscape mode.

By aurareturn on 4/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: k
By codeThug on 4/9/2007 8:12:10 PM , Rating: 2
Same here... Yawnnnn.

RE: k
By aurareturn on 4/9/2007 9:23:43 PM , Rating: 1
There's better news to post.

By jiopsi on 4/10/2007 4:11:56 AM , Rating: 2
It has been a long wait, but now the best mobilephone has emerged.

By jiopsi on 4/10/07, Rating: 0
By chaos386 on 4/10/2007 4:07:00 PM , Rating: 2
I'm surprised that such a major feature of the phone (built-in GPS and navigation software) wasn't mentioned in the article.

The reviewer in on drugs...
By UnFaZeD on 4/9/07, Rating: -1
RE: The reviewer in on drugs...
By Alexstarfire on 4/9/2007 9:58:54 PM , Rating: 2
Well, with a price tag of $749.99 it's no wonder. The other reason we don't have 3G over here is because there really isn't a 3G network, no sense in getting 3G if you can't use it. I will say that since no one has 3G there isn't much reason to get a 3G network. I think it's stupid that we don't have it. It's would be a hell of a lot better than the crap we have now. For the US being so innovative it's hard to understand why we are so far behind in implementing new technology. We are a hell of a lot bigger than any country that uses the 3G network, so that does explain a lot.

BTW, the iPhone is gonna suck anyways. Another slick product from Apple that will have no fuctionality and loads of complaints. I've had my Sony Ericsson W810i for about 8 months now and it's great. Unfortunately Congular didn't carry the phone when I got it so it cost me about $330 shipped for a new international phone. It's doesn't have a 5 megapixel camera on it, nor does it slide, but it's does everything it's supposed to very well.

The only reason to even consider getting the N95 is if you need a new phone, a new camera, and a new MP3 player. For $749.99 it costs about as much as they all would combined.

RE: The reviewer in on drugs...
By kelmon on 4/10/2007 6:55:54 AM , Rating: 3
No offence, but what makes you think that that the iPhone is "gonna suck"? I've heard some ridiculous statements but this one has to be pretty high on the list. I'm not saying that it will be the best phone but how you can say that it has "no functionality" is beyond me. On what basis can you possibly make this statement?

Sorry, I'm just really confused...

RE: The reviewer in on drugs...
By aju on 4/10/2007 1:07:38 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt the iPhone will suck. That might be an extreme statement. However, there are already phones on the market that have more bang for the buck. From what I have read, it does not support 3G and has a maximum of 8GB non-removable storage. The only thing it has going for it is its large touch screen and the likelihood of excellent UI. At $599 for the 8GB unit, it sounds over priced when there are existing phones that have the same or similar feature sets while costing much less and supporting 3G, TV broadcasts, FM radio, and have higher resolution cameras all in a smaller package with better battery life. I have also heard it has a non-removable battery. That is perfectly fine in a disposable device, but not in one you plan on keeping for a while. Technology and functionality in cell phones evolve at a rate that dwarf’s video cards. Chances are that by the time it is available there will devices that are far superior in many ways.

RE: The reviewer in on drugs...
By EGBTMagus on 4/10/2007 9:31:30 AM , Rating: 2
Cingular has on 3G. It's not everywhere but it is in over 190 Cities right now. Verizon and Sprint are aswell but they are not on GSM but they are on 3G. T-Mobile will be moving to 3G this year.

RE: The reviewer in on drugs...
By Eldercat1 on 4/10/2007 12:30:19 PM , Rating: 2
My Cingular 8525 has 3G and Wi-Fi. When out and about the 3G Connection is indistinguishable from my Wi-fi connection to my fiber optic Broadband. I am really enjoying the 3G Coverage that you claim doesn't exist, as most of the DFW Metroplex area has 3G Coverage.(Dallas, Fort Worth, and lots of suburbs) In addition Cingular has 3G in 120 Cities in the US potentially offering coverage to tens of millions of users. I see the claim "the US doesn't have 3g Coverage" a lot, and I really wonder why people don't know about it.

By Vanilla Thunder on 4/10/2007 11:17:47 AM , Rating: 2
Bugger off, ya fuckin' limey. Like all us "yanks" are just sitting around "yanking it" waiting for the iPhone. Pull your head out of the "tea and biscuit" hole and check out reality for a minute, mate.

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