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Nokia N95

 Nokia N95 Discontinued
26th September 2006

You've probably already guessed by the "number creep" on the model name of this particular handset that the Nokia N95 squeezes in more features than ever before, and you'd be right.

The Nokia N95 is a feature packed device, with a large 2.6" 240x320 pixel display, 5 megapixel camera, HSDPA, WiFi/WLAN, UMTS and GPS-based satellite navigation. There's a FM radio too.

This is wrapped up in an unusual two-way slider design. Move the screen up, and you'll get the keypad in the usual slider phone fashion. Move the Nokia N95's screen down and you'll get multimedia control keys, designed to be used with the phone in landscape (wide) mode. The web browser can be used in landscape mode to, taking advantage of the N95's 320 pixel wide display.

Internal memory is an impressive 160Mb, and this can be expanded with hot swappable microSD cards. Of course, it's an MP3 player, but you'll also need plenty of space to store pictures taken with the 5 megapixel camera and video clips.

 Nokia N95 closed Talking of video clips, the N95 can record DVD quality video at 640x480 pixels @ 30fps. The camera is another one with Carl Zeiss optics, and it also has autofocus. However the Nokia N95 isn't a direct rival to the Nokia N93 which has optical zoom and what appears to be a better lens.

Back to connectivity - this is a WCDMA/UMTS 2100MHz phone for European/non-US 3G networks that also supports HSDPA high-speed data. Nokia say that the N95 will support 1-2 Mbps initially but throughput will improve as HSDPA capacity is expanded at the network end.. of course, you'll have to be in an HSDPA coverage area for it to work. The N95 also supports 802.11b and g WiFi, quad-band GSM, EDGE and GPRS. In addition, the N95 has stereo Bluetooth and an infra-red port. Of course, you can also connect to the N95 using a USB cable.

The GPS on the Nokia N95 supports a "Maps" application which Nokia says "includes maps for more that 100 countries ... covering more than 15 million points of interest". Exactly what ships as standard with the Nokia N95 is not clear, but certainly some features will incur an extra cost.

This is a Symbian S60 device with the usual impressive wide array of applications that we've come to expect from high-end N series phones. This includes a range of programs to manipulate and share images and video clips, a comprehensive multimedia player, Visual Radio, an advanced web browser, email client, file viewer and a whole load of personal information management tools.

 Nokia N95 multimedia Oh yes.. it makes phone calls too. In fact, it's almost easier to list the things that the Nokia N95 doesn't have - for example, it lacks the high-resolution screens of the Nokia 770 and 9300i devices, doesn't have a digital TV tuner and it doesn't support push email. You'd expect that a device with all these features.. especially one from Nokia.. would be enormous, but impressively Nokia have kept the weight down to just 120 grams in a package measuring 99 x 53 x 21mm.

There's a trade-off in terms of battery life - the Nokia N95 manages 2 hours 40 minutes talktime on 3G, and just 3.5 hours on GSM.  Music playback is up to 7 hours though, but no figures have been given for GPS operation.

What happened to the Nokia N94? And what happens after the Finns make the Nokia N99? In any case, Nokia say that the N95 should be available sometime in the first quarter of 2007, although we wouldn't be surprised if that slipped a little.

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Nokia N95 at a glance


Q1 2007


GSM 850/900/1800/1900
UMTS 2100




240x320 pixels, 16m colours


5 megapixels


Large slider
99x53x21mm / 120 grams



Memory card:








Battery life:

2.5-3.5 hours talk / 9 days standby


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