Nokia N95 8GB review ~ Pinoy Reviews

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Nokia N95 8GB review

I previously owned the Nokia N95 and when the Nokia N95 8GB version came out, I immediately wanted it. I don't know whether it's because of the cool piano black finish or because I'm just a cell phone addict who always feel the need to update their mobile phone every once in a while but my better judgment was overturned and I purchased this device.


From the spec sheet, there's really not much difference between the Nokia N95 8GB over the previous version. First their similarities: Both devices are quadband GSM phones that can work on networks operating on the 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 frequency. Both models are capable of 3G and HSDPA which will allow you over the air downloads at broadband speeds or if you're going to use it as a modem on your laptop and your network supports 3G or HSDPA, you can surf the net also at broadband speed. The Nokia N95 8GB and the previous model also has built-in GPS and a 5 mega pixel camera. Other similar specifications include Bluetooth, WiFi, infrared, and Bluetooth A2DP profile.


In terms of design, there's really not much difference between the two, in fact, if it's your first time seeing the two device together at your local store, you would probably think it's the same model but only in different colors. However, I did notice an improvement on the slider mechanism of the Nokia N95 8GB. With the previous model, I have had some issues with the slider since it easily shifts, the newer model has a more solid slider. In terms of weight, the Nokia N95 8GB is slightly heavier though I didn't really notice and I was only informed of this when I compared the specs of the two phones. Another improvement is in terms of the multimedia keys which are now raised and has a more tactile feel.


Feature wise, the only improvement I liked on the Nokia N95 8GB is the larger 2.8 inch screen. Though there's no improvement in terms of resolution but watching videos is more enjoyable and, in my viewpoint, pictures and image quality stands out more. The Nokia N95 8GB’s on board memory is another plus factor for me because I absolutely need a lot of storage for my music and videos. With the previous model, I need two memory cards to fit in my music and downloaded videos but now, every thing's on the phone. The only downside of having a built-in memory is that you're limited to only 8GB. If you have more music and video collection than me then you probably need a larger memory and this is when an expansion slot comes in handy, besides, with removable storage, you can use your memory card on your other existing device.


If you already own a Nokia N95, upgrading your phone isn't really that worth it, however, if you're looking for a new phone and you've narrowed it down to the Nokia N95 and the Nokia N95 8GB version, I suggest that you go with the 8GB version, paying a little premium is much worth it if you have the extra money, otherwise, go with the original version.