Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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Nokia N95 - chunky chunky
Member Name: xisorosix
Advantages: Many functions, great support for connectivity
Disadvantages: Dodgy firmware, battery life not great
A good phone that I used for nearly 2 years! I really liked using the phone with its 5 megapixel camera and two-slide feature that allowed you to use one part as a normal keypad with 12 keys (no qwerty keyboard) and the other end as effectively a music player with the four buttons forward, backward, play/pause, stop).
Aesthetics wise, I really like the silver front and deep purple back colouring with the comfortably handy switch that allows you to open and close the lens (which features Carl Zeiss & Tessar optics) with flash and autofocus. The phone also has a front camera so you can take photos easier (particularly if you like taking photos of yourself!) The screen at the front is a 2.6 inch display with 16 million colours - it's really nice and comfy for viewing even in dim lighting. The front of the phone (before you start sliding away...) has the basic buttons like the call button and home menu. On one side there is also a camera button for quick photo taking, a volume button and a media button. On the other side there is your 3.5mm headphone jack and a slot for memory cards. Mine one is the lower memory, 4gb N95, there is one with 8gb too.
Other functions include built-in loudspeaker, FM radio, and very fast data transfer (HSDPA) - these have all been really handy and easy to use, especially the loudspeaker. The phone also offers very good connection - there is support for bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, infrared, wireless LAN, TV-output support. The sound quality is pretty good and I had no complaints plugging in my headphones and listening to music on the go using the slider. There is also built-in GPS, wi-fi connectivity - I can't comment on these since I didn't use the functions much. There are so many functions to play around with that you can quickly lose sight of the bad things about the phone...
I disliked the unstable firmware that meant my phone would be slow and freeze up occasionally, and more and more as the phone past the 1 year mark. This became a real problem so much so that before my contract was over, I'd had to find another phone as a substitute! I was having problems receiving calls and it would take forever to do basics like sending out text messages! The battery life isn't particularly good - this was expected given the size of the phone. The battery standby length is around 200 hours.
Another negative against this phone is that it is really chunky for a mobile phone! You have the two-way slider, but if I could have a slimmer phone instead, I would! It looks like a giant brick when carried in your jean pocket and although it is comfy to hold, the dimensions aren't really ideal at 99 x 53 x 21 mm.
Overall, with the negatives out weigh the positives for me for this phone since despite the applications and functions the phone comes with, it's really reliability and battery life that matter more. This phone was one of the most advanced phones when it first came out in 2007, and it was fun to use, but it caused me too much hassle when it started to play up...
Summary: An OK phone that was let down by battery life, size and dodgy firmware.
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