Nokia starts to ship N96
In the shops shortly
Nokia may have said in the past that its N96 flagship multimedia phone would arrive here in October, but it announced today that the N95 follow-up has begun shipping.
Nokia's N96: N95 successor leaving the factory as we speak
There's no contradiction. Shipping from Nokia's assembly plants and arriving on shop shelves isn't necessarily the same thing, and we can well imagine the handset arriving in, say, Carphone Warehouse's holding facility in the coming weeks ahead of launch day.
The dual-slide handset sports a 2.8in display, 16GB of internal memory that can be further expanded with Micro SDHC cards. It also incorporates a DVB-H TV tuner and it supports most common video formats, including MPEG 4, WMV and Flash. The handset features a "kickstand" on the back that allows the device to stand up for hands-free viewing.
Stand up and pay attention
It also features media keys, a 3.5mm headphone connector and built-in 3D stereo speakers plus the Nokia Maps application with Assisted GPS, a five-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, flash and video light and video capture. It has Wi-Fi and HSDPA connectivity.
Nokia reiterated that the N96 will set you back €550 ($794/£448) minus sales tax, or less if you buy it tethered to a network.
Way too Late
I was going to get one but they've spent so long delaying the damn thing that I've now got an iPhone, sorry Nokia but you've let me down 1 too many times.
Too Late Is Already Dead In The Water
A few months ago I was really looking forward to this getting released but after a series of delays as well as the useless TV Tuner function it has kinda put me off.
I know it has the large screen & whopping storage but when I done comparisons against the 8gb N95, the N95 got a better write up.
Now that Nokia have announced the N85 & N79 which has the new OLED screen & lens cover & increased battery life. I reckon that they shuld just scrap the N96 & push the sale of the N85 / N79.
Now that there are more 8mp phones coming to light like the Samsung I8510 & SE C905, not to mention the newly announced LG KC910 which like the Viewty will record straight to Divx at 640x480 at 30 fps.
O2 have already stated that they won't be stocking the handset, which will no doubt increase the cost for it on other networks.
Nokia really need to pull something special from their hats & I don't honestly think that the N96 would do justice even if offered for free on certain tariffs.
And how much DVB-H content is there
I dont know about you lot, but most of the mobile providers I've tried have horrid content.
Pay £2 to watch a blurry small square video of something that lasts 30 seconds and is riddled with compression artifacts. Is DVB-H going to be broadcast from the TV studios or by the mobile network provider? If its the latter then I see no point in DVB-H at all.
Still something the little apple fart boys can bitch about not having for a while.
it's just an N95 with rounded edges
Come on it's just an N95 with rounded edges, can't believe it's taken them over a year to come up with that. As for the DVB-H, there's no broadcasts in the UK, so is effectively useless.
Jump off the nokia ship and head for the samsung i8510, a mcuh more stylish s60 phone, with all the features + 8mp camera.
THIS PHONE SOUNDS GREAT
Unfortunately i have to wait a year or so before my next upgrade, but it seems like nokia have listened to what people are wanting.
It is just a shame that they never made a phone that could stream from stage6 while it existed.
I temporarily saw a beautiful future for entertainment on the move. Then it was snatched away.
Let's face it, stage6 was the brightest possible future. Now we have kontiki and 4OD and iPlayer. gee....
Anyway. Nice feature set on this baby.
Imagine carrying around 48GB (16 internal + 32 on card) of flash in your pocket. Who needs an eeePC.
I think that someone should start manufacturing phone docking stations that have a 7-10" screen, usable keyboard + mouse, and a charger built in. Plug in the phone for browsing/email etc. save from having to carry loads of crap around.
Sell them to cafes, individuals, trains. then you only have to take your tiny pocket friendly phone everywhere, and plug in at the place you are travelling in/to.