AND THE KITCHEN SINK
WHEN NOKIA announced the N95 late last year, cellphone aficionados worldwide put their upgrade plans on hold.
What Nokia promised was a phone that could almost do everything. It has satellite positioning (GPS) capabilities, a music player, it’s Nokia’s first phone to include HSDPA capabilities, it comes with a massive 2GB memory card, a five megapixel camera and isn’t much larger than other recent Nokias and many of its competitors.
The danger any company runs with such an ambitious product is that nothing works properly because it has everything. However, on the whole the N95 delivers what it promises.
However, I found the integration of the mapping software and the GPS somewhat lacking. You need to fire up the GPS first and then go into the mapping system to find your position and track your progress. But the good news is that the maps of SA are there and look to be accurate.
The two things any user will notice about the phone is its big screen and that, in addition to sliding upwards to reveal the keyboard, the screen slides downwards to reveal music controls. The screen also flips from portrait to landscape view when that happens, making it easier to view your music collection.
The camera takes great pics and video and while it may be a bit awkward to handle as a video camera due to its size it could easily stand in for either type of camera in most settings.
There are downsides: the battery life is less than sterling and for anything more than basic use don’t expect much more than a day’s battery life.
This is a great phone – but those who don’t need the kitchen sink along with all the other features may want to look elsewhere.