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Nokia N96

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1576 reviews of Nokia N96. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and screen. The size and camera are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the price and durability. Opinions are divided on the apps.

usability, camera, size, screen, portability

battery, performance, reliability, durability, price

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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 user reviews of Nokia N96 from The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on People are impressed by the reliability and screen. The design and price are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the camera and usability. Views are divided on the portability.

performance, price, design, screen, reliability

durability, battery, size, usability, camera

51% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

May, 2019

Expert review by : Nick Mokey (

Nokia N96 Review


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

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : GSMArena team (

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...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Ginny Mies (

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.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Bonnie Cha (

Nokia N96 (unlocked) review


The Nokia N96 caused quite a commotion when it first debuted at GSMA 2008 in February, but as with most of Nokia's high-end phones, it took a little while for the smartphone to make its way to the United States. Consequently, new products have come out...

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.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : PhoneArena Team (

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...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : ZDNet (

Nokia N96


Without any significant technological advances since its predecessor, the N96 struggles to impress. Its 16GB of storage is great, and the kickstand is a handy addition, but overall Nokia's latest "flagship" model has little to justify its top-shelf...

New streamlined design, All major connectivity options included, Bright, sharp 2.8-inch display, Massive 16GB internal storage plus microSD expansion

Processing, battery life and features have not been significantly improved since the original N95, Expensive compared to the alternatives

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : S. R. Obbayi (

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....

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Softpedia (

Nokia N96 Review


Standing at the top of the Nokia Nseries line, N96 has been stuffed with all the latest features that you can think of. While N95 was highly acclaimed at the time of its launch, expectations became even higher once Nokia announced its plans to release...

The strong points of the device are surely the large amount of storage space, the HSDPA connectivity and large screen that offers a smooth multimedia experience. The latter is even more appealing, as the phone comes with the "Transformers" movie...

I have been expecting a more stylish look from one of the most expensive Nseries handsets currently on the market. Moreover, the hard-to-use keypad and the camera-dedicated button, as well as the low autonomy of the battery don’t go well with the...

May, 2009

Expert review by : Marianne Schultz (

Nokia N96


The N96 is Nokia's current top-of-the-line model in their N-series line-up. Soon to be outdone by the upcoming N97, the N96 still presents a very capable multimedia device with a 2.8-inch QVGA screen, 16GB of internal memory, a 5-megapixel camera with...

The N96 is a 2-way slider, and when closed, the screen and its control buttons are what greet you. Slide the screen up and the number pad will be revealed below. Slide the screen down, and you'll see 4 multimedia control buttons at the top to control...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Louis Ramirez (

Nokia N96


Although it lives up to its predecessor's fame, the N96's bulky design, a dated Web browser, and high price tag fail to match up to today's more sophisticated competition.

Packed with media features; built-in GPS; 5-megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss optics; 3.5mm jack; 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity; easy to navigate

Expensive; construction feels cheap; dated Web browser; chunky design; some unique features unavailable stateside

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Mar, 2009
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