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This is not a fantastic phone, especially considering today's market of smart phones, however, it is a much cheaper alternative to the latest smart phones. It has fairly good internet capabilities, and you can use the 'Skype' app - essential for me and a lot of people I know.
I took this phone travelling with me for just under a year, and it is still going strong, despite being dropped more times than I can count, and after quite a few counts of water damage - this phone survived a typhoon despite its age!
Having said that, the battery life is not fantastic (possibly due to my model being third hand, possibly just a feature of the phone), and the internet can be very slow and frustrating. Slow internet is better than nothing though, and I do still recommend this phone if you need an internet phone on the cheap.
A disappointing result from Nokia.
When this phone was first advertised I thought this was a new way to see a mobile what with high speed internet, iPlayer on the phone and a massive 16GB memory. However the hype was exactly that a hype. This phone has more bugs, problems and is slower than any other phone of the same capacity I have found.
The looks of the phone are mainly masculine with it being rather chunky and a little heavier than other phones out there I think of men or builders when I see this phone and what my little one has put it through it does seem to stay in tact even being launched across the room and being dropped multiple times hasn't made any differene to the screen apart from a few minor scratches. Therefore the outdoors of the case is really good.
* Built-in GPS navigation with Nokia Maps application
* 5 megapixel camera
* Secondary video camera for video calling
* Wi-Fi wireless internet connection
* 2.8 inch display with 16 million colours - one of the largest and best screens available
* Ultra-fast HSDPA data transfer (3.6 Mbps)
The camera I found to be ok but without using the flash you end up with blurry pictures which isn't what anyone is looking for.
Wi-Fi seems to be ok although it does find it hard to pick up the signals even though you are pretty close to the signal.
The display is not bad but there is better out there.
The Sat Nav is useless when I used it a few times areas that have been around for years (I'm talking have been here a long time and haven't recently i.e in the last 5 years been built) weren't shown on the map and it seemed to have a mind of it's own telling you to do U-turns even though it sent you in that direction in the first place. I also found it drained the battery having Sat Nav on for an hour, not so brilliant when you need the phone the rest of the day.
Of course it has all the usual features of music player, bluetooth, video recorder, internet browsing etc etc and all features work ok althought the phone can be slow and tends to crash a lot.
I also found after the first 6months that the phone went downhill and was more trouble than it was worth. In a total of just over a year I have had 4 brand new phones because of the faults that the N96 has shown with switching itself on and off, refusing to charge, crashing and freezing, not bringing though incoming phonecalls or text messages and to receiving very little signal.
This phone has been one of the worst newer phones I have had and have to say tha given the chance I would never have got it. It's a major disappointment and not a good phone at all.
I upgraded my Nokia N85 to the N96 last year and was initially impressed with the phone.
Being a Nokia lover I found the N96 easy to use and navigate. It has a music player, radio player, GPS, is good for surfing the internet - with a screen that can be turned and a very impressive 5mp camera with a flash (which takes very good photos for a mobile phone).
The problem is the Nokia N96 is very buggy and doesn't like doing 2 things at once (such as opening a message whilst listening to music). It freezes up fairly regularly and as I am with Vodafone has a permanent text message flashing in the top right corner indicating a new message has been received when in fact it has not. I read around about this and seems it is a common fault with the Vodafone network but it is frustrating.
The phone also take pretty good videos and the design and look of the phone is very nice. Unfortunately though none of these features are better than the equivalent on the N85 and in hindsight I would have been better off not upgrading.
Although it is a nice phone the bugs are frustrating and I would probably recommend going for the N85 over the N96!
When I first had this phone I was blown away with all it's features! GPS, wifi, 16gb internal storage, fast internet, large vibrant screen.
It wasn't until I'd owned it for a few months did it start to become more of a hinderence than a great phone. At the time I got this it was Nokias flagship phone. The icon of their sales team, since then it's kind of disappeared.. No surprises why in reality it's a slow phone, the way it slides down to show the media controls was to an extent annoying. The large memory although great became just a waste seeing as I already owned an iPod so I had no real need to use my phone as a media player. The screen started getting small areas of white underneath the plastic cover as well as some dead pixels and within a few months the camera was broken.
It was good for the first month then rapidly began breaking for me, it was only a few months ago when I was out in London did I reach for my pocket and found it to be stolen more than anything I was glad it was gone, even had a good laugh at the poor sod who stole such a useless phone. Luckily I got another phone to replace it but I highly recommend that anyone looking to get a phone does not look into the N96, try the N95 or the newer models if you are looking for one from around this era.
There were some good features but the bad outweighed the good in the long run.
The nokia N96 is great phone with lots and lots of features. Having owned this phone for 18 months now i have come across all the advantages and disavantages that it has to offer.
The phone is very nicely laid out, looks very good and has a good keypad layout, sliding each way - up for the keypad, down for the music buttons. Also when you tilt the phone on its side the screen while automatically rotate itself so you can see the menu properly.
The camera is one of the best i have come across on mobile phones, not many can better the 5 megapixels on offer. Video recording is just as good.
My favourite feature of the N96 is the built in GPS with Nokia Maps. once you have this set up you will never get lost again, and have used it to navigate around London with ease. the GPS is very accurate, but sometimes it will give your location about 10 - 20 metres out of where you are standing.
The Large 16GB memory is perfect for storing all your music, i stilll to this day have not managed to fill this up yet, and you will probably never need to buy a memory card for this phone.
Now for some disavantages. The phone can be rather slow, especially if you have a lot of stuff on your phone. The screen scratches very easily. Also the build quality of the phone is appaling. i cant drop my phone from 1 metre high onto my sofa without it exploding into a firework of sim card, batterys and covers! i had an experience where after dropping the phone a few times the internal screws came lose and eventually fell out, stopping the headphone socket from working properly and almost writing off my phone!
Overall this phone is very good with its large array of features, but due to its speed and its quality of build, i could only give it a 7 out of 10.
I bought this phone about a year ago, because I had troubles with my Nokia N73. Because I really like to use Internet and wanted a bigger than average screen, I decided to get myself this N96.
**Possibilities**This phone has a lot of interesting possibilities;
- Camera of 5 megapixel (one camera at the front of the phone and one at the back) Nice quality and you can adjust your resolution through the photographing menu on the phone. I never use the camera located at the front because prictures taken by this camera are always a bit too blurry.
- Web &Walk - I have a Tmobile contract and I pay around 10 Euros per month for unlimited Internet acces. Because I do a lot of public transport travelling I like to check my email when I am going to work. The web&walk pictogram makes it easy to open my Internetbrowser.
-Bluetooth -Although I hardly ever use this option, it can be useful to send some files to someone elses phone so I guess that's a positive thing.
-Live tv - Depending on your provider you can watch Live tv through this phone. This option van easily be accessed through your Internet connection.
- Watching movies - The screen of the Nokia N96 is a bit bigger than regular phone displays. This makes watching a movie a bit more fun (although still, I'd rather watch a movie on my computer). I got Transformers for free when I bought this phone and I watched parts of it. What I like about the phone is the fact you can flip the screen from horizontal to vertical and that when you watch a movie you can FastForward or press Stop and Play (there are seperate buttons available for these options)
- Speaking time; When your battery is fully loaded and you do not use any Internet or downloading functions, you can use the phone for about 150-220 minutes maximum. Long enough for me.
- Battery; Of course if you, like me, use the internet and photocamera a lot and send a lot of emails through your phone, your battery won't last that long (Mine lasts for about 1 hour when I use Internet a lot).
- Music options - You can create your own playlist through the Multimedia centre that can be found on this phone. I always download some songs, push in the Nokia USB cable (that comes with the phone when you buy it) and transfer my music. It is advisable to buy an extra MicroSD card with extra memory! You can add up untill 16GB of extra memory to this phone.
- Radio - I love to listen to the radio but I noticed that when you are in the train or bus, the Nokia N96 has troubles finding the radio channels. So when it comes to the radio, not my favourite option.
I do like this phone, although it is a heavy one. I like the fact that I can add a lot of memory and that it is easy to transfers pictures or music to or from my laptop to or from the phone. The phone doesn't start up slow and has the regular set of "phoning"options, like "vibrating""still"or "beep". I use the alarm and agenda a lot as well, as I am a bit chaotic when it comes to keeping my own written agenda up to date...
Texting ia quite easy, the text buttons can be use easily and sending texts doesn't take much time. Nice one, I have to say!
I got the Nokia N96 on contract with T-Mobile a few months ago and have to say it's the worst phone I've ever owned. I didn't wan't to get a touch screen phone as I thought it would be hard to text on - this has proved to be a major problem as the N96 is so slow it's still hard to text on!
- Apps available - there are plenty of applications available for the phone, and therefore it's easy to make up for some of the basic features missing (fore example, a stopwatch!).
- Slow - it can take several seconds to move from screen to screen after making selections. I like to be able to text with quickly, sometimes without looking at the phone screen... can't be done on the N96 as it takes ages to process your selections, and then can't keep up with those who type quickly!
- Phone freezes - quite frequently, the phone locks up.
- Feels cheap - the slide is not smooth, and if you shake the phone it rattles.
In all, an awful phone, I would never recommend anyone buys it!
Decent phone from Nokia. The camera part of the phone is pretty good although sometimes comes out very blurred but I suppose that is down to me rather than the phone. Signal strength seems to be pretty good, the area I live in struggles with some phones but with this one I seem to get an acceptable signal where ever I am in the house etc. The menus are pretty easy to use and are pretty self explanatory, although having said that to personalise my phone was a little be awkward to start with as it didn't seem to be in the normal place. Great way to text using this phone, seems easy at a couple of touches of the buttons and you are ready to text a specific person which I found handy. The only real downside to the phone is the size and weight of it, not an easy phone to fit in your pocket and can weigh your pants down if you have loose change as well. But overall a pretty good phone to own.
I am not a techno person so when I was offered this phone on contract I took, it was easily persuaded with the list of gadgets and software it offered.
Nokias best phone, it was eagily anticipated or so they say!
Complete with 16 GB built-in memory, GPS satellite navigation, a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, 3G video calling, and every other gadget you can think of, even and i Player with a cute little pull out stand.
When I received it I was alittle disappointed as it was so big and manly and heavy! But I persisted with it, I tried to bond as much as I could!
The phone is nice to look at, very stylish with a nice shiny black fascia, but that is all, battery life is poor, you have to charge it every night and if you use it alot during the day the battery dies.
I have had to have my N96 replaced twice in the time I've had it due to the battery and when I was sending txts it would continuously send the same txt 10-20 times or not send at all, pretty infuriating for myself and those receiving my txts.
Another problem I have had is with the camera; 5 mega pixels, the best camera in any mobile. But I find it hard to use, there are so many options that I loose my patients. I find I have to hold my finger down for too long to take a picture, and I am not always convinced with the quality when I compare with other mob pictures.
The phone has so many gadgets and software, but there are no games unless you pay for them! It does have a programme called msg reader, which reads back your texts messages for you in an american accent, thats quite funny to use when your bored.
In general the phone is too complicated to get around!
I have owned this phone for about a year and I love it.
It is very smart looking and quite lightweight, although larger then previous phones I have owned.
It has some good features such as the music player and the radio function, which is quite handy for me for when I listen to the football.
I am also impressed with the quality of the camera although you do have to hold the phone very still when taking a picture otherwise it is blurs. Also when I open the camera application, 7 times out of 10 it either takes a long time to appear or doesn't come on screen.
This phone has quite a large screen which is great for looking at photos or when browsing the web. Also it has a small silver piece on the back which flips out which is handy for standing the phone up if your watching a film.
The only other downside for me with the phone is it doesn't has the availability to record phone calls which is a feature I would of liked.
I am a self confessed gadget freak, and slave to Nokia, but, at the same time, I HATE having the same gear as other people, or being a sheep to tech and fashion like the majority of the populace.
With this in mind, after pretty much having a Nokia for every phone I've ever had, (was it the 3210 I started on? It's hard to keep track of all the numbers!) I had one stumble along the way, with the worst phone I have ever owned (some rubbish LG thing). I was the only person I know that had a 7710 with it's stylus and widescreen video format. I knew no one else with an N80 - the most powerful smartphone available when I got it... then I was forced to get an N95. Not my choice, although, when I first read about it, I couldn't wait.
But, I'm on contract. By the time it came around for me to pick a new phone, N95s were as common as chavs, and I really didn't want to be sen dead with one. So, I'd keep it hidden as much as possible until it was time to get a new phone.
Then... I heard about a new nokia. Unlike the N95 black thing with 8gig memory, this phone had 16gig, and had a slot for hot swappable cards.
Best of all? No one was talking about it. Still - no one could even guess what my phone is. And that is what I like. To stand apart from the crowd, with a technological equivalent that serves my needs down to the ground.
The phone is smooth. It is chunky enough to remind you that you are holding a piece of power. If... IF!!! they would ever go for it, you could watch live freeview through it in realtime with its DVB(? DVBH?) inbuilt receiver.
Best of all - no one has one! In a world where even my dog has an iPhone, and never shuts up about it, it is nice to have a phone with more storage capacity, which feels like a phone, acts like a PHONE, even has fairly decent movie and music playback, a really good camera, web browser, and now with the Ovi store, you can even get apps like an iPhone slave.
The mobile has a strange tendancy to crash every now and then, but it reboots very quickly.
If you want to stand apart from the crowd, with a feature packed phone, this is the phone for you.
The Nokia N96 is a smartphone released by Nokia in 2008, and is the mobile phone that i currently own.
The feature list is impressive, with a 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera, an 8GB hard drive with expandable flash memory, superb video features, a very clear large screen and decent musical capability. Add in WiFi, world maps, decent internet browsing, the very good BBC iPlayer app and with all the standard features you'd expect, and you end up with a good phone.
And that's really all it is. I'll try to explain.
The camera is excellent quality, with a good flash. Yet when taking photos you have to press and hold the take picture button for a couple of seconds, firstly to get the lens to focus correctly and then to take the picture. Hardly ideal for quick snaps.
The included memory is of a good size, easily enough for the casual user. Can fit plenty of songs on there, and the sound quality is good. No decent music player on the phone however.
The video capabilitites of this phone are it's main selling point. Video capture & playback is first class, and the little stand fitted around the camera lens is nifty. Mobile TV is also included, but there are literally no services for this in the UK, so it's a pointless feature.
The main problem with this phone is the software used to run it. Quite buggy and slow. A few examples:
- Phone will randomly turn itself off occasionally
- Phone will freeze, which you'll then need to remove the battery as the power button is also frozen
- Phone will slow to a crawl and you'll wonder why your cursor isn't moving, until the software catches up and the phone races through all your frustrated clicking
Other frustration is the build quality. The component features are high quality, yet the case seems cheap and plastic and has a high gloss finish. Looks nice, but slips from your fingers so easily because of this. The keypad feels very cheap & brittle, no soft rubber buttons.
This phone is a jack of all trades but masters only one, the video capabilities. Couple that with a lack of a touchscreen and very poor app availability leave this phone looking slightly old hat when compared to the iPhone 3GS.
I have such conflicting feelings about this phone, but overall, im
happy with it and what it does.
Towards the end of my last phone contract with TMobile, rather then
renewing, i thought id look around for a better deal. After some
looking around online and wandering in the shops, i decided on the
N96. I wanted something i could sync my emails/calendar etc to and
something with a decent camera and usable web browser. Got a very good
deal with Vodafone and i went home happy.
The specs on the phone are very impressive;
- 5 Megapixel camera
- 16GB internal memory with a Micro SD slot to add an additional 16GB
- Front facing VGA camera for video calls
- Quad band & Dual Band
- Built in accelerometer
- Mobile TV
- GPS locator for use with Google maps and satnav software
- FM & Online radio
- 128MB Ram
And alot more that i could keep listing and fill the review up with.
But as you can see, its pretty well kitted out and i was happy with my
The Symbian operating system - while getting old in comparison to
iPhone OS or Palm OS for example - is very straightforward to use and
offers alot of customisation. I changed my home screen to show my
calendar entries, Wifi networks in range, and altered my shortcuts to
my contacts, emails etc. So far so good!
I then went ahead and linked all of my calendars together which is
very straightforward. So my Outlook calendar in the office, talks to
my Google calendar, which talks to my iCal on my Macbook at home, and
vice-versa. And with a bit of software on the N96 called 'Mail for
Exchange' my Google calendar talks to my phone, so everything is in
sync wherever i am. Very cool!
The 3G connection to the internet works well, and with my unlimited
data plan its really easy to get on the internet, check my emails,
sync data and access most things on the web, inlcuding a nice quick
little Youtube application. If youre near a WiFi connection, it
obviously makes things much quicker, and im yet to have an issue
connecting to WiFi.
To compete with other handset manufacturers Nokia have launched their
own application store named the 'Ovi Store'. This can be accessed
through the web on a computer or through your phone. A standalone
application can be downloaded to the N96 for quick access.
While this is a nice idea, the execution has been pretty poor in my
opinion. The store seems very unorganised and anythign can be
submitted - from apps, to games, wallpapers, videos etc. IT just gets
a bit untidy.
The only thing i have downloaded from the Ovi Store is a magnifier
application that works though the camera. A bot of fun for a few
minutes and thats about it. Apples App store is much better set out
and easier to use.
The camera on this phone is excellent. Crisp, clear pictures are
taken, it has a great double LED flash, lots of photo tweaking
features and the video recording mode is similarly great. While it may
not rival a standalone digital camera (or some of the newer Sony
Ericsson camera phones) it is definitely very usable and the pictures
are easily transferred to PC etc or just chuck them in a message and
send it off to Twitter or Facebook using the nice and quick 3G
Other features such as the media player, word processor, pdf reader
and games all work well and as expected. Although, all of the games
are just demos, full versions need to be downloaded. Tetris isnt much
fun when the game ends after youve put down about a dozen bricks!
The major downside for this phone to me is the Vodafone network
branded software. It is currently based on Nokias V11 software which
is now over a year old. Nokia is now up to V30 with N96 software.
V11 leaves the phone sluggish and unresponsive at times, hard to use,
and very frustrating when trying to get things done. V30 is apparently
a world of difference.
The network consistently say they will get it sorted, but as they do
not stock the phone anymore, it isnt looking good. I am waiting for my
12 month network warranty to run out before i debrand the phone and
use Nokias up to date software, so i can use the phone as it is meant
to be used!
Potential to be a fantastic bit of kit, let down by the software. 3.5/5
The camera is absolutely brilliant, I cannot speak any more highly of it, great images, brilliant picture quality, focus and zoom. The downside to it is that it can take a long time for the camera (and most other app's) to start up, it's quite frustrating. Many a time I have wanted to take a quick snap however by the time the camera's set up, the moment has been lost for the picture.
Applications are slow on this phone, and many times the phone has frozen on me whilst switching from app to app, a problem that led to me having to return the phone for a new one. (Nokia advised that a software update was due to resolve the issue)
On the plus side the sound quality is good having 2 side corner mounted speakers of high quality, a bonus when watching say BBC I Player or using the net. Saying this though, if you're using loudspeaker its no good, as you can just about make out what's being said and there is an odd echo.
Battery life is poor, especially if you forget to close an application down, as this continues to drain the battery. The phones a bit of hassle to use ergonomically when trying to send texts, although I could just have chubby fingers lol..! If you are someone who likes texting, look elsewhere, as this phone isn't ideally suited for texting.
A feature which initially attracted me was the 16gb memory, great if you like music, videos or are business minded and need to save documents etc.
I was offered this phone as a free replacement to the N95 8Gb that I kept having problems with and was told that the N96 was the N95's big brother offering the same features but with a more user friendly interface etc. This is my 3rd N Series phone, but I had 2x N85, 5x N95 8Gb and 2x N96, all thanks to various problems/defects with each model.
Let me tell you that the interface is identical to every N Series I have used, which I believe is due to the Symbian OS it uses.
The camera is great, sharp images and great colour balance, but it's slow to start up and slow to take pictures. The moment has pretty much gone by the time the camera is ready to take the picture.
The other issue is this. I use my phone a lot. I send around 100+ texts per day, play games most days and use the phone and music features. Sadly by early afternoon, my battery is dead so I have to keep it on charge at work all day long. Even by bedtime the battery has 1-2 bars!
The music interface is a nightmare. Getting songs on the phone and in playlists is unfathomable. I suppose when you're used to using the Nokia software it becomes easier, but it's not straight forward and takes a lot to figure it all out.
This phone has a uilt in BBC iPlayer feature which works great, but only if connected to a wifi connection and not GPRS or WAP etc. What good is this?
When using the loudspeaker, the other person on the call can never hear me, claiming the microphone is poor quality and quiet. I often lose signal too and compared to the N95 8Gb, the reception is terrible.
What I do like is the look of the phone. The battery life is dismal to say the least, but it's a sturdy N Series phone with all the good and bad points you would expect from the N Series and a Symbian OS. It's nothing special but then again it's nothing bad either.