|Nokia N Series N96 - 16GB - Black (Unlocked) Smartphone|
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|Packed with features, the Nokia N Series N96 cell phone has all the mobile communication, multimedia, location, and computing tools needed. Boasting a large 2.8-inch screen, two-way sliding body with 16 GB of internal memory, the Nokia N Series allows the addition of memory with a microSD card for expansion. With the Nokia N Series N96 cell phone, users will enjoy the Carl Zeiss optics on the 5 MP camera to capture quality photos and video clips. Even more, this smartphone features a flash, digital video stabilization, video light, auto-focus, self-timer, 5.2 mm focal length, and f/2.8 aperture with a focus range as close as 10 cm. In other words, it is a fully functioning digital camera rolled into a smartphone. Additionally, the music experience with the Nokia N Series features media keys, a 3.5 mm headphone connector, and 3D stereo speakers. Podcasting and access to FM radio and Internet radio is also part of the experience. Other features with the Nokia N Series include, but are not limited to, GPS functionality, Universal Plug and Play, support for Ovi family Internet service, access to email, and more. This fully featured phone is unlocked so the user can enjoy any carrier that supports SIM card service.|
|Family Line||Nokia N Series|
|UPC||6438158002722, 758478024935, 8411102941900|
|Storage Capacity||16 GB|
|Network Technology||GSM / GPRS / EDGE / HSDPA / WCDMA (UMTS)|
|Band||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband) HSDPA 900/2100|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||MicroSD|
|Battery Capacity||950 mAh|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 220 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 220 hr|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Diagonal Screen Size||2.8 in.|
|Display Resolution||240 x 320 pixels|
|Color Depth||24-bit (16.7 million colors)|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||No|
The Nokia N96 features 16GB of storage and advanced multimedia features, including a 5-megapixel camera. The smartphone also has integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G support.
The N96 froze on a couple of occasions and can sometimes be sluggish. Nokia's Ovi services aren't fully activated in North America, so you can't take advantage of those extra capabilities. It's also expensive.
Though the Nokia N96 is a powerful all-in-one smartphone with an impressive amount of user storage, it's not a significant upgrade to the N95 and is outdone by new devices coming to market, including the Nokia N97.
Average review score based on 32 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
On the face of it, not much has been added to the Nokia N96 to distinguish it from its predecessor, the N95 8GB (which beefed up the memory and changed the colour of the original, silver-clad N95).
This time the sleek black livery's the same, but the memory has been expanded again to 16GB and you also get microSD card expansion for bumping that up further (something the last one was painfully missing).
TV on your phone
Plenty of memory is is pretty much essential on a multimedia phone like this, and it has a DVB-H mobile TV tuner that you probably won't be able to use yet, unless you happen to visit somewhere like Italy, where they actually have DVB-H TV services in operation. The UK currently has no similar DVB-H services available or imminent, mainly due to a number of technical and regulatory issues.
It looks very similar to the N95 too but closer inspection reveals that it's slightly longer and wider, but also thinner and lighter than its predecessor; it's still on the chunky side, but not quite as much.
While the original N95 was hailed as a superphone on its arrival, it quickly gained a reputation for buggyness, slow operation and a tendency to crash. Since then, software upgrades with the N95 and N95 8GB have solved these issues, and on our brief acquaintance with the new N96 model, its seems to be fine as far as reliability is concerned.
The case slides up to reveal the keypad, and slides down to reveal a set of dedicated media player controls, flipping into landscape mode as it does so. But while this feature was present on the N95, the N96 has added an additional set of hidden media player controls around the D-pad/scroll wheel, which light up when you're in multimedia mode.
The 5 megapixel camera has the same Carl Zeiss lens as the N95 and takes a very good snap, showed off to good effect on the sharp and bright 16 million colour screen. This version has a brighter flash with two LEDs instead of one it's not exactly blinding, but does give you a bit more scope in low light conditions, especially for video.
There's also a secondary camera on the front for video-conferencing.
Smooth video playback
Your pictures can be automatically geotagged, which of course means that there's A-GPS on board, backed up by Nokia Maps, which works very well indeed, though you can also download Google Maps to take advantage of that system's aerial photographs.
Video playback at 30fps (video recording can also be set at this level) is generally smooth and there's a fold-out stand on the back (which doubles as the frame for the camera lens and flash) so you can set it up on a desk for watching mini widescreen viewing.
It works, but there's no real option to adjust the angle it sits at. Incidentally, when it's positioned this way, the stereo speakers sit on top at each end of the phone ideal positioning in other words.
Intuitive music player
The web browser, whether it be connecting through the fast-ish HSDPA 3G connection (up to 3.6Mbps) or the fastest Wi-Fi link, is decent if not spectacular, especially when you can flip into landscape mode and use the slide-out media player controls for streaming video or music.
The music player is still a good one, easy to load up the 16GB of onboard memory with tracks from your PC or via Bluetooth and intuitively organised.
Worth the upgrade?
Ease of use: 4/5
Call quality: 5/5
I like this N96 because of the ff.
a. unlock phone and can take different SIM CARD
b. its 16gb internal memory storage plus external memory card expansion
c. wi-fi internet
d. gps navigation system
e. big screen, clear & brisk lcd screen
f. new built in tv system but is not necessary
g. 5 megapixel camera & external speaker system
h. 3.5mm audio output jack and headphone control system
i. bluetooth system and many more...
a. high price
b. no touch screen
c. no AM radio system
I purchased this phone and used it extensively.
The new Symbian OS does not give you any permission to install the software that you want, so unless you have weeks to spend searching the net for a solution or an advanced computer engineering degree you will pay big bucks for the applications. Free is not something applying to this phone.
GPS the offline navigation is only awailable from Nokia Maps and that for a very limited region and for a lot of money. Free navigation is only through 3G. So prepare to pay the same plan as iPhone.
The phone is cute but extremely slow. If you want to pay big bucks and wait and wait and wait, go for it... Forget DivX the phone is too slow for that so no movies…
And the battery 4 or 5 hours is a joke, it’s more like 45 min to an hour of intensive mp3 listening or internet surfing.The camera is great, but after 2 or 3 pictures the phone dies
AD2P is an option, but will work only with brand new Nokia accessories, so forget that blue tooth radio you have or that stereo headset.
The warranty is only applicable in the original purchase country. So if you buy a new phone and have a problem with it, you will need to send it to China or Europe for service.
Worst purchase I ever made… Read around and you will see, actual users switching to N95 or going off to iPhone or Blackberry…
I really like the Nokia N96. Having owned and inspected several other members of the Nokia N-Series family, the N96 is definitely my favorite so far. The quality of the construction of the phone is excellent. It's sturdy, the slide and buttons are smooth, and the screen is bright and solid. The functionality of the phone is also impressive as is the ease of use. This is exactly what I've come to expect fron Nokia and why I consider myself a loyal Nokia user. I don't care for touch screen devices, I have no use for a QWERTY keyboard, and I like something fairly compact that is primarily designed to function as a phone. With the limited options in the market that fit this description I'm very happy to have found this phone. If you're looking for a well made, easy to use phone with tons of features you will be pleased with the N96.
This phone isnt for people who merely make phone calls, and text message from time to time. No, this phone is for the tech savi person who feels they have to have it all, no matter the price, no matter how bulky the device. Many of these people were the ones that ran out and waited in line, or pre-ordered the iPhone and paid $699 for them. Unfortunatly for them, the iPhone has only a fraction of what this phone has, and for about the same price.
Sure sure, the iPhone is much cheaper now, and they did add 3G to it, but that is the tip of the iceburg when compaired to the N96. The N96 has it all, you name it, it has it, and im being serious. It even has things almost no other phone has. FM radio, TV tuner, 5MP camera... and that just scratchs the surface. Sure its not a touch screen, and sure it doest have a qwerty keyboard for texting. But if you can put that behind you and know that you can STILL text with it, and you can still get around the phones app's withough getting to touch it, then this phone might be for you. But most of all you must want to have everything a computer can do, in the palm of your hand. Because that is what this is folks. Its a mobile muti-media device, that just so happens to make phone calls. And if you want your beloved touch screen and your full qwerty keyboard, then look out for the N97, all the same features of the N96, but with all the things it was missing before... Touch Screen, flip up qwerty keyboard, and 2x the memory, 32gb... and its just plain sexy looking too.
Now the only downside to the N96 which they solved with N97 is the lower than appreciated battery life. At full use you get about 4-5 hours out of it. Standby is almost 2 weeks, but what good is a $600 phone if your not gonna use it. The only other thing some might complain about is that its not the smallest phone in the world. iPhone users cant complain because it is smaller (but thicker) than the iPhone, but that is due to its many more added features. It does fit in your pocket nicer, and it does fit in your hand better than an iPhone. And if you just cant stop using your iPhone, then get the N96 so you can give your iPhone some WiFi by reversing the 3G network on the 802.11 g/b wireless card built in to the N96 and can be used as a mobile hotspot for all your friends to connect with.
And lastly, another great thing about this phone is the Symbian OS, its older and wiser, and runs beautifully. Not to mention there are many more apps for it than for the iPhone, and many more developers making more games (Ngage) and apps every day, many for free.
Thanks for reading this review, please let me know if it was helpfull. And before buying one of these amazing phones, please see my guide "How to spot a fake N96" it will save you alot headaches, and alot of money.