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Nokia N96

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1171 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and GPS navigation. The screen and camera are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the responsiveness, and many are negative about the features and reliability.

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battery, value for money, build quality, reliability, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Nokia N96 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Nokia N96

 

It's very difficult to recreate the magic of an original product like the N95. The N96 reminds me heavily of Ridley Scott's Alien (1979), whose sequels couldn't successfully match the grandeur of the original story line. Nokia tried it with the N95...

Nokia has included a DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting - Handheld) receiver, but this is currently supported only in Delhi, that too in beta. Only Doordarshan broadcasts certain TV channels, I'm told. When it becomes more popular, we'll probably need...

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Nokia N96

 

Nokia's N96 is a throwback to a bygone era of smartphones – a few years ago, really – when pinstripe cases complemented buyers' handmade Italian suits, mobile e-mail was for sealing million-dollar contracts, and the phone's $895 unsubsidized price...

Fast OS; large storage capacity; wide multimedia options; respectable camera

Stratospheric price; no touchscreen; no QWERTY keyboard; slightly obtuse operating system; nonstandard power and data jacks; surprisingly poor build quality

The N96 is bursting at the seams with potential, but it has a hard time justifying its lofty price tag.

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Nokia Nokia N96 Unlocked GSM Cell Phone - 5 Megapixel Camera GPS Multimedia Player Black

 

The Nokia N96 ($775, unlocked) caused a lot of international buzz when it debuted earlier this year. Finally, ten months later, a U.S. version has shipped, but it wasn't worth the long wait: Though this model has the same excellent multimedia and...

5-megapixel camera ; Excellent multimedia features

Clunky, cheap build ; No touch screen or QWERTY keyboard

The Nokia N96 has an excellent camera and multimedia capabilities, but lacks a touch screen or QWERTY keyboard.

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Nokia N96 (unlocked)

 

Editors' note: Ratings have been adjusted with respect to newer devices that have entered the market.

The Nokia N96 features 16GB of storage and advanced multimedia features, including a 5-megapixel camera. The smartphone also has integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G support.

The N96 froze on a couple of occasions and can sometimes be sluggish. Nokia's Ovi services aren't fully activated in North America, so you can't take advantage of those extra capabilities. It's also expensive.

Though the Nokia N96 is a powerful all-in-one smartphone with an impressive amount of user storage, it's not a significant upgrade to the N95 and is outdone by new devices coming to market, including the Nokia N97.

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Nokia N96 review: King's new clothes

 

Every time Nokia Nseries numbering goes up a notch geeks are holding their breath. Well, geeks - including us - are no ordinary human beings, but in the case of Nokia N96 they'd been holding their breath since February...

2.8" 16M-color TFT LCD display of QVGA resolution ; 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash and AF assist light ; Built-in DVB-H TV tuner ; Symbian OS 9.3 with S60 3.2 UI ; Dual ARM 9 264 MHz CPU and 128 MB of RAM ; 3G with HSDPA support ;...

Inadequate battery life ; No camera lens protection ; The @$$#% N81-inspired design ; No office document editing out of the box ; Doesn't charge via the USB port ; Dreadful camera key ; Cheap looking keypad ; Unreasonably hefty price tag

Being a successor of the Nokia N95 8GB, Nokia N96 has some king-size spec sheet to top and it can't be accused of not trying. There's FP2, double the built-in storage and DVB-H. The bloodline is strong but the crown is heavy and ancestral sins will be...

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Nokia N96 gets in-depth review months ahead of release

 

Mere mortals will need to wait until the third quarter of the year -- if not longer, depending on their region and tolerance for some probable price gouging in the early going -- to get their hands on the mighty Nokia N96. On the other hand, ...

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Nokia's N96 spotted in the wild

 

That, friends, is an N96. Or, at least we're led to believe so. Judging by five mysterious images that surfaced over at Mobile-Review, it appears that Nokia's N96 (which looks like a jazzed-up version of the N81, actually) has leaked out, and while ...

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Nokia's N96 grabs a Q4 North America launch date

 

You've seen the review, now get ready as Nokia just announced a Q4, North American release for its high-end, N96. That means localized 850/1900 HSDPA radios to go along with its GSM quad-band set, 2.8-inch QVGA display, 16GB of storage, a 5 megapixel...

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Nokia N96 Review

 

The Nokia N96 has a pretty hefty reputation to live up to. The N95 was a true powerhouse, and the finest converged device of its time. With a 5 megapixel camera, 3G data, the powerful S60 UI and eventually 8GB of internal memory there were few devices...

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Nokia N96 Review

 

This Nokia N96 review looks at the design and user interface that comes with this Symbian S60 based smartphone that allows you to watch Live TV and play your N-Gage games.

The Nokia N96 is a great and feature rich phone for the more adventurous Nokia phone lovers. It comes with great multimedia features that let you watch live TV, listen to music and watch videos and even catch up on the latest radio while on the go....

Product Specifications

This product is designed for great video and live TV. Turn on and enjoy prime time mobile entertainment that suits your schedule. You can enjoy high-quality video on a large bright display with superb sound, store more of your videos, musics, pictures and maps with massive storage, and choose from several high-speed connectivity options to access content and services.

Antenna

Antenna Type:Internal

Battery

Capacity:950mAh
Standby Time (PB):220hours
Talk Time (PB):220minutes

Calculator

Type:Basic

Cellular

Band:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Combined with:With two digital cameras / digital player / FM radio / GPS receiver
Integrated Components:2nd camera / Digital camera / Digital player / FM radio / GPS receiver
Phone Form Factor:Slider
Service Provider:Not specified
Technology:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Type:Smartphone
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice Recorder: Yes
Wireless Interface:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g

Communicator Features

Operating System:Symbian OS

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.8in
Height:4.1in
Weight:4.4oz
Width:2.2in

Display

Color Depth:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:2.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.1cm
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:microSD

Header

Manufacturer:Nokia
Model:N96
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nokia

Messaging & Data Services

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates For Global Evolution): Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access): Yes
Internet Browser: Yes

Miscellaneous

Color:Dark gray/Gray

Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Organizer

Alarm Clock: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Reminder: Yes

Telephone Features

Voice Dialing: Yes
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