Feeds

Reviewer puts prototype Nokia N96 to test

Conclusion: stick with your N95

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Nokia's N96, the follow up to the popular N95, isn't even out until the summer, but someone's got his hands on a prototype and given it a write-up. The conclusion: don't chuck out your N95 just yet.

Nokia N96

Nokia's N96: really any better than the N95?

The pre-release N96 was picked up by Russian site Mobile Review, and it's really gone to town on the handset, snapping it from almost every conceivable angle.

All of which really just reveals that the N96 does what the N95 does, and then some. It looks nicer and is thinner too.

The site felt that the protoype was too far off the production version to determine the build quality, speed and reliability of the version we'll be able to buy, but it reckons the only real advantages the N96 offers over the N95 are a more stylish look, a bigger screen and its enhanced TV and video functionality.

Nokia N96 with kickstand

Built-in DVB-H receiver

Yes, the N96 has a DVB-H receiver built in, but how many punters will be able to use it to watch telly?

Of course, the site's review is coloured by the fact that the price of phones likes the N95 and N96 aren't subsidised by local carriers, so it concludes that the features the N96 offers over the N95 won't be worth the price premium the new machine will carry.

The N96 is due to go on sale this coming summer for €550 ($866/£435) before local sales taxes and network subsidies, if any, are applied.

Related Reviews
Nokia N810 internet tablet
Nokia 7900 Prism
Nokia N82
Nokia E51
Nokia N95 8GB

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources
Hang on? Aren't those file formats you hardly ever see outside torrents?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.