So I got a new phone...

  • Nokia N95 (8gb version)

    It's pretty sweet so far... I have never owned a good phone of any sort, so I decided to treat myself with Nokia's best available model here in Australia and see what all the fuss is about.

    It's got a 5 mega pixel camera with Carl Zeiss Optics and can record video at 640x480 at 30fps. I can also play those hideous N-Gage games on it, and it has GPS and W-LAN interface. The screen is a QVGA screen that can display 16million colours at 320x240. The internet browser supports java and flash playback which is cool... So far I haven't really figured out how to use it correctly, I've had it for like 2 days... I think I will try to put some custom content on it today, later on

    If you are looking for a new phone, I can recommend the Nokia N95 (8gb version).

    Here is a pikt0r:

    <img src="http://www.mobilegazette.com/handsets/nokia/nokia-n95-8gb/nokia-n95-8gb-combo.jpg">

  • I'm either going to get this or the Samsung Soul..

    Few questions:

    Does it have wifi?

    How good's the camera flash and picture quality?

    How long does the battery last?

    Thanks

    Rich

  • I'm either going to get this or the Samsung Soul..

    Few questions:

    Does it have wifi?

    How good's the camera flash and picture quality?

    How long does the battery last?

    Thanks

    Rich

    Yep it has wifi, you can even stream media from your PC if you have wireless infrastructure installed. The camera flash will blind a possum from 100 yards, and the camera is 5.0 mega pixels with carl zeiss optics... very clean images for a phone especially. The battery is not bad considering what it runs.... about 160 hours of standby time and 80 hours of talk time. So far I have had to charge it up after 2 days because I have been playing with it constantly. Uploading to the phone seems to use a bit of power, writing to the internal memory must be very consuming.

    So far, very impressed... best phone I have used, let alone owned.

  • Thanks The picture quality looks very good from some sample images I found.

    I'll probably side with the N95, the large screen and internal memory look great. Some more questions I couldn't get answers to though

    Is it possible to use MSN somehow?

    Is there a standard headphone jack?

  • I wish i got that fone instead of my stupid LG Viewty, which isn't half bad, but it's still pretty lame.

  • Viewty is the 3rd phone I'm considering.. what's wrong with it?

  • Viewty is the 3rd phone I'm considering.. what's wrong with it?

    Didn't come with memory so had to buy a card, to which it only supports up to 2GB cards, the camera even tho 5MP is pretty crap, the pictures are always crappy quality in any light. You can't save messages. The touch screen gets highly annoying after a while, etc etc.

  • Is it possible to use MSN somehow?

    Is there a standard headphone jack?

    Yep there is MSN and Skype as well... I think it depends what carrier you go with though as to whether you can get them to work. I bought the phone outright and got it SIM unlocked, and used my old sim card... I can't use MSN or anything like that but the GPS works and I can go on the internet and stuff like that.

    The headphone jack is also a standard size, so if you break the headphones that come with it you can just buy any normal ones and they plug right in there.

    The camera on this phone works best in natural light (as do most digital cameras) but it's not too shabby indoors and at night (though a little grainy). The video capture is where this phone shines though... records straight to MP4 at 640x480 30fps, uses about 10mb/sec of memory though so you would want to re-encode any captured video or get it off the phone and onto a DVD or something.

    I was tweaking it more last night and figured out how to turn all the menus off of the main screen so you can have a nice wallpaper that's not covered up by repeated menu options. It also makes it less likely that you will accidentally go into some app like the internet and cost yourself a whole bunch of money without realising.

    I also tried a video call the other day and it works great as well... there is a secondary camera in the front of the phone for video calls and for taking self portraits. The front camera isn't as good as the main one though obviously.

    Out of all the other phones I was looking at, this one was the best in it's price range ($1200 AUD) and seemed to have the least amount of problems/customer complaints. I have had only one small problem with it so far when transfering data to the phone from the computer... the phone mysteriously locked up and I couldn't even turn it off, but after about 60 seconds the phone just reset itself and then it was fine.

    I rate this phone (4/5 happy devils)

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  • Thanks for answering my questions, I've bought one

  • Thanks for answering my questions, I've bought one

    Awesome! xD

    So what do you think so far? I just downloaded a bunch of games for it... I recommend the DOOM RPG, it's pretty cool!

  • It should arrive within a week. Sadly I couldn't get an 8gb version, but I'll buy some cards for it.

  • It should arrive within a week. Sadly I couldn't get an 8gb version, but I'll buy some cards for it.

    Ah bummer... the 1Gb verison is still basically the same minus a few features. Be careful though, the largest micro SD card they can take is a 2Gb... we tried one with a 4Gb card and it said the card was corrupted and asked if we wanted to format it... we tried to format and it wouldn't do it

    Maybe there is a firmware upgrade or something for them? I dunno, but either way it's still a crazy phone and 2Gb is probably big enough anyway. I have the 8Gb and so far I have only been able to put 1Gb of stuff on it and I can't think of anything else to add to it!

    The 1Gb versions look nicer as well anyway... what colour did you get? The plum or the sand one? The 8Gb is only available in black sadly.

  • Looks grey/silver to me.

    Thanks for the heads up on the card, I'll grab some 2gb ones.

  • Looks grey/silver to me.

    Thanks for the heads up on the card, I'll grab some 2gb ones.

    Yeah the front will be silver, but the back will be either a metallic plum or a metallic sand colour... I think the plum looks the best, but meh I ended up with the crappiest colour of all... black. I hate black phones, it makes them look cheap.

    And no probs on the heads up

  • For info, it arrived broken! :O So I sent it back and got an LG Viewty (which is cheaper anyway).

    I'll see how it goes over the next few days. It looks very very nice though.

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