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Nokia N95 8GB smartphone

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The N95 8GB will also be one of the first N series to support the revamped N-Gage gaming platform, offering over-the-air multi-player and social networking-style facilities. In fact, the N95 8GB is geared up to support a range of downloadable services and content under Nokia’s Ovi multimedia umbrella, including Nokia's YouTube-like Video Centre.

Playing around with data downloads, streaming and browsing over mobile networks can be an expensive business if you’re not on a flat-rate data plan or downloading via Wi-Fi.

Nokia N95 8GB smartphone

The revamped N-Gage gaming platform is supported

With the N95 8GB, as well as the HSDPA option - giving you download speeds of up to 3.6Mb/s - you can also choose Wi-Fi for the most cost-effective and convenient option possible. Wi-Fi links are straightforward to set up and use, and you can use a quick link in the standby screen to scan for networks and start browsing.

Although 8GB of storage isn’t up there with the higher capacity iPods and other MP3 players of this world, and may not accommodate your entire music collection, it does offer room for thousands of tracks. And it's plenty of storage compared to the average mobile phone. There’s also 100MB of internal memory reserved for messages, contacts and so on.

Nokia N95 8GB smartphone

Tracks are listed in regular music player categories

Filling the phone up with tunes will be a priority for most users. You can synchronise files with Windows Media Player on a PC using the supplied USB cable, or manage tunes by using Nokia Music Manager in the supplied PC Suite software. Alternatively, you can switch the phone to mass storage mode, and drag over files straight from your desktop. For the PC Suite or mass storage options, you need to hit refresh in the music player to pull the files into your track list.

The media player on the Nokia N95 8GB offers a fine performance - the audio playback from the in-box stereo headset is pretty good too. You can use the supplied headphones or plug in your own as you please. Our reference Sennheiser and Bose sets certainly added more quality to the sound. Bluetooth headphones are another, wireless option.

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