The Nokia N96 is basically an upgraded version of the previous Nokia N95. Compare to its predecessors, Nokia N96 is equipped with 16 GB internal flash memory and an integrated DVB-H tuner for mobile TV. Unfortunately, not all countries have DVB-H system broadcasting. Many peoples complaining about its battery life, it’s even worse than the Nokia N95. Personally, I recharged my battery every day. So, I wouldn’t notice any lack of battery life. My friend had his Nokia N96 running without recharging for up to 4 days.
The Nokia N96 has a smoothly rounded corner compare to Nokia N95 which has a sharp corner. The Nokia N96 is designed to make it looks much more modern and sleeker than Nokia N95. The keypads on Nokia N96 will only visible when it illuminated. The size of the Nokia N96 cell phone is slightly bigger than Nokia N95.
The Nokia N96 is equipped with a 2.8-inch QVGA display, up to 16 million colors with 240 x 320 pixels. The screen displays sharp and colorful images. At the top of the front panel, there are pinhole VGA camera and earpiece. Below it, there are the basic navigation keys, five-way d-pad, and hidden multimedia playback controls that light up when in use. Sliding up the phone will reveal the standard dial keys.
The right side of the phone features top and bottom corner stereo speakers, a volume controller under the top speaker, and a camera button just above the bottom speaker.
At the left side of the phone is where the covered microSDHC card slot resided. It can support up to 16 GB of microSDHC cards.
On the top side, it has the 3.5mm headphone/TV-Output jack, power button, and key-lock switch button.
The bottom side of the phone, it has the micro-USB data connector port and the 2mm Nokia pin charging port.
The backside of the Nokia N96 is equipped with a single piece of glossy dark plastic back panel cover. It also houses the 5 megapixels Carl Zeiss digital camera and dual-LED flash.
With all the high-end hardware in the Nokia N96, it still can perform well as a telephone device. The phone is powered by Symbian S60 Feature Pack 2 (version 3.2) Operating System. It provides better power and wireless connection management. The Nokia N96 user interface remains the same as its previous predecessors. The voice quality is the usual high Nokia standard. The phone functions can be access and navigate easily because of the user-friendly interface.
WIRELESS AND MULTIMEDIA
The Nokia N96 is more like a portable multimedia device with a phone attached to it. There are many functions on it that users can utilize such as the WI-FI, GPRS, 16 GB of storage for your favorite music and videos, 5-megapixel digital cameras, etc.
There is the new Destinations feature in the Symbian S60 Feature Pack 2 which enables the automatic switching connectivity option. The Bluetooth function on this phone is also very stable and versatile.
There is a built-in GPS that comes with applications such as Nokia Maps 2.0.
16 GB Storage:
There is 16 GB of internal storage which is perfect for storing your pictures, music, videos, and even maps taken from Nokia Maps 2.0.
The Nokia N96 is equipped with the N-GAGE Platform. There are also preloaded games on it.
The built-in camera on this phone is the 5-megapixel and Carl Zeiss-equipped digital camera which provide good color balance and quick shutter speed. There is also a geotagging function on this camera. This camera also provides easier integration with online photo-sharing such as Ovi and Flickr. The double LED flash function on this phone is best for video recording to give better and brighter lighting on the images taken.
The Nokia N96 looks better than Nokia N95 because of its smoothly rounded corner. Despite it is wider and taller than Nokia N95; it is actually slimmer than Nokia N95. The Nokia N96 is more like a multimedia workstation, which is what people need in a cell phone nowadays. We require more than just a simple communication device.
The 16 GB internal memory storage is an added feature for new users, but it is hardly worth the money for Nokia N95 users to replace theirs with N96 considering the 16 GB microSD memory cards are now available for $58 at Amazon.com. As for the DVB-H tuner on Nokia N96 is useless for users in unsupported broadcasting countries.