AND THE KITCHEN SINK

Finweek English Edition - - Communication & technology - BENE­DICT KELLY

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.

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