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Nokia N96 review | Introduction

Published on: Sunday, November 9th 2008                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

Nokia N96 review

I t is becoming more and more difficult for current manufacturers to put a unique mobile phone into the market. Many cell phones are equal when it comes to their functionality, and there are only minor differences between current models and their successors. Unlike a few years ago, when mobile phones were gradually taking on more functionalities of other devices. These new models definitely made a difference at the time. The Nokia N95 brought fame to Nokia, which eventually resulted in the N95 8GB version. The same cell phone, in fact, only featuring a larger internal memory of 8GB, as the name already gives away, as well as a slightly bigger monitor and a different color than its predecessor. About the functions; the Nokia N95 already had excellent specifications, and the successor more and more often turns out to be approximately the same phone albeit with a different look. Up to now, Nokia did not introduce many mobile phones with a touch screen and perhaps the focus will be on these in the future.

Nokia N96 review

For now, we are curious as to what Nokia is offering us with the new N96, which you will be able to read about in the following review.

 

Nokia N96 mobile phone review

Nokia N96 mobile phone review

First impression of the Nokia N96 handset

The Nokia N96 cell phone comes in a sleek package. A picture of the phone is displayed on the top side, and the internal memory of 16GB is mentioned. Upon opening the box, you will find the N96 placed in a picture. When opening the picture, you will find a surprisingly large amount of standard included accessories. The box contains a battery charger, car charger, battery, headset, USB cable, manuals, software and a cable to connect the N96 to a television set. This means you don't have to purchase any other accessory except for maybe a pouch. The cell phone itself looks neat too, although somewhat on the large side. The Nokia N96 mobile phone is able to slide two ways. If you slide open to the top, the standard buttons will appear, if you slide open to the bottom, the monitor will rotate automatically and short-cuts for multimedia applications will appear.

Nokia N96 test

Nokia N96 test

Nokia N96 multimedia phone menu

Like all telephones of the N series, the Nokia N96 uses the Symbian operating system. The Symbian S60 Edition 3 to be precise. Upon pressing the menu buttons, several icons appear. It is well-structured, although it goes rather far making you have to search for the correct option to set or open something. With a bit of practice, however, you should not encounter any problems operating the Symbian software. One advantage of Symbian is the fact that it enables installing external software, thus enhancing the user’s possibilities. The disadvantage, unfortunately, is the fact that it makes the menu less well-structured, due to the fact that more functionality becomes available. Besides that, it slows the phone down compared to a standard operating system, which is mainly experienced upon activating the handset and opening an application. However, many similar mobile phones suffer from the same phenomenon with Windows Mobile, for example.

 

Nokia N96 TV-cable

Nokia N96 TV-cable

Nokia N96 USB cable

Nokia N96  USB cable

Nokia N96 Car charger

Nokia N96 Car charger

 
 
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