My Nokia N95

Nokia N95

Nokia N95

Now I know I’ve bought some gadgets in my time. AND I know that just two or three days ago I told two different people that I was over my gadget phase… then this baby came along. My Nokia N95, and never a sweeter toy have I had (except for my battery operated record player which I used to play my Abba records on when I was seven, but let’s not go there).

The N95 is:

  • a phone (quad-band GSM),
  • a VoIP phone,
  • a camera (5 MP, uhuh not a typo… 5 Mega pixels),
  • an iPod replacement (shit did I just write that?),
  • a radio,
  • a video player,
  • a voice recorder,
  • a video recorder (DVD quality),
  • a Podcast directory (audio and video),
  • a Podcast creator,
  • a barcode scanner (don’t question the value of that),
  • an office document creator (quickword, quickcells, quickpresentation),
  • pdf viewer (with Acrobat Lite),
  • a way to Blog (but only to Vox which is cool cause I have an account there),
  • a way to send pix to Flickr AND (this is my favourite)…
  • this little tiny phone (which Nokia calls “what computers have become”) is also a GPS device, with full tracking*.

We just now arrived home from testing it with maps it downloaded over Wi-Fi here at home. We are currently downloading the East Australia maps on the PC and they are currently installing on David’s 1GB MicroSD card, which also came with the phone.

All that for the lowly price of $630 to be paid over 24 months (works out to be just over $20/month), plus the cap.

I hear y’all who know me scream, “but weren’t you waiting for the iPhone”, and yep I was. But given that the iPhone is probably still a couple of years away from coming here I thought “what the hell”, besides I get lost so often and have been after a GPS device for so long the Nokia N95 is a welcome relief.

So don’t y’all rush out and get one, I don’t want it to become too popular (read “common”) but I’m sure it will.

Off to play some more, I’ve just encoded a full movie to put on the phone to see what it looks like… sweet!

* The route creator and vocal directions come at a cost of $110/year or you can pay $14/month.


  1. man! we’ve been checking this phone out for ourselves too!! {always one staep ahead with the tech!}

    ok, questions:
    -what network are you on? optus? 3?
    -is it mac compatable? are u using it with the mac?
    -is the slider thing crap?

    looking forward to more reviews of this thing… because we are close to getting some!

  2. All good questions…

    1. We are on Vodafone… this is the first time I have been with them so not sure how it is going to go. They are currently the only ones carrying the phone on contract with payments, Telstra and 3 were the only other carriers who had it, but you had to buy it outright at $1399, more than double what you would pay on contract, and hey I needed a play anyway.

    2. Hmmm mac compatible… you need to download an update for iSync, but once done it works. Also works as Mass Storage Device. The Nokia software that comes in-box is for PC only but having looked at it on the PC who knows why anyone would use it. iSync takes care of all that stuff for you. So after all that YEP Mac compatible, I’m using it on my Mac now :) David just told me that to send SMS and connect to Address Book on the Mac we will need to buy a plug-in… have to say though getting my K750i working with my Address Book was a matter of entering some data in the App’s plist file… Will check that out shortly.

    3. Slider thing is great… feels a little funky at first but you warm up to it. The sliding to reveal the media player controls automatically opens the media centre so it’s all good, it also rotates the screen for a landscape view.

    The biggest pain we are finding is the Map data for the GPS… it takes over 7 hours to download just the east Australian Maps, but I suppose once you have them they are there. Alternatively if you are in a WiFi-enabled area the maps can download via the WiFi as you go, but it is probably better to get them all in one go.

    Also if you don’t have your memory card in your phone (i.e. it is attached to your computer downloading maps) and you start your MAPS application it will store the data on your phone memory, so in effect taking up more space than it really needs.

    Really looking forward to getting into Geocaching now have been hanging for a GPS mainly for that :P

  3. I was just saying to Jill the other day, I am in no rush to get a new phone at the moment because there aren’t any new ones that have me interested but now you have shown me one, thanks!

    So when the contract runs out, I’ll look for a N95 adding to their popularity!

  4. ROFL… Brian you are soo funny… For me it’s a great phone so far… very happy with my purchase.

    The only bad thing in the review is the battery life… which others have reported that if you let it go through a couple of discharge/recharge cycles the battery life is fine.

    Another person suggested that you turn off the network scanning, when on it scans for new WiFi networks every 30sec – 2 minutes and does eat through battery.

    But who is going to stay connected to a network all day every day and not have the phone somewhere it can be plugged in? It’s the same story with most PDAs and Mobile Phones.

    One more thing on the review… the last part says “I’d feel far more comfortable with a plastic shield though.” In reference to the LCD being “directly exposed to air” the reviewer should check his / her box there is a plastic screen protector included! (but not listed on their list of inclusions in the overview).

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