Conclusion: If you own an N95 then we wouldn’t bother getting an N96 as there’s not much more to see here. If you don't own an N95 and like the sound of the N96 then we still wouldn't advise you to buy it as Nokia is bound to come up with something much better in the near future. We're just not sure why Nokia bothered to call it the N96 when it really isn’t that much of an improvement.
Excerpt: No Nokia N96 review worth its salt would be complete without referring to its spiritual daddy, the hugely popular Nokia N95. The Nokia N96 offers similar features and a similar form factor to the N95, but with a much…
Excerpt: Nokia N96 multimedia smartphone can replace nearly any device that we use in our daily lives: telephone, PDA, GPS navigation, camera. Nokia N96 is equipped with a powerful ARM926EJ processor with a frequency of 334 MHz. Anyone who buys this model will get a unique opportunity to watch videos of a variety of formats – MPEG-4, Windows Media Video, Real Video, AVI.
Summary: Nokia has shovelled in functions at the expense of usability so much that we're surprised Apple doesn’t run, “I’m an N96, I’m an iPhone” ads. It’s the cutting-edge of mobile tech, for sure, but does it have to feel like quite such hard work?
Summary: The Nokia N96 will be available from August-September 2008 and it
will have a price around 550-600 Euro.The phone is packed with lots of
features like TV , GPS and a 5 megapixels camera.The build quality is
really good as well as the reception.All in all this phone is a real successor
for the N95 and it will probably be a bestseller.
Excerpt: Nokia has made an official announcement of the N96 smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2008. This is an heir of the N95, but looking like the N81. Like the predecessor, the new Nokia smartphone comes in a two-way slider form: the bottom part reveals a numeric keypad, while the top one hides the media player buttons. The company positions the N96 as a multimedia PC optimized for video and TV watching. There is the support of Ovi services.
Summary: Design In case you are familiar with N81 (with or without 8GB), you'll notice that Nokia N96 features almost the same design layout. The plastic used is exactly the same as that of N81, only sizes are different. Also, N96 is a dual-slider, just like its N95 predecessor, so you can slide it down when you want to watch movies or play a game. Bulky and unattractive, Nokia N96 measures 103 x 55 x 18mm and weighs around 125g (battery included).
Cons: I have been expecting a more stylish look from one of the most expensive Nseries handsets currently on the market. Moreover, the hard-to-use keypad and the camera-dedicated button, as well as the low autonomy of the battery don’t go well with the Nseries logo. I guess Nokia didn't consider it and overpriced the device just because it's a high tier product, but there are other Nokia handsets that can offer better features than the N96, and which are, furthermore, much ...
Excerpt: Nokia’s N96 is a throwback to a bygone era of smartphones – a few years ago, really – when pinstripe cases complemented buyers’ handmade Italian suits, mobile e-mail was for sealing million-dollar contracts, and the phone’s $895 unsubsidized price barely fazed would-be owners. Now that this particular segment of phone is as prized by mallrats as the execs who own the stores they shop at though, the N96 still holds its own, but only as a niche device.
Pros: Fast OS; large storage capacity; wide multimedia options; respectable camera
Cons: Stratospheric price; no touchscreen; no QWERTY keyboard; slightly obtuse operating system; nonstandard power and data jacks; surprisingly poor build quality