Nokia’s Killer App To Steal Apple’s Thunder: Nokia N96

When the Nokia N96 was revealed to the world at Mobile World Congress in February, everyone started talking about the advanced capabilities of this new smartphone. Now that the release date is near, everyone is eager to see whether or not the phone is capable of living up to all of the hype that has surrounded it thus far. All reports seem to indicate that the N96 is indeed capable of taking mobile communication to the next level and impressing consumers with the multi-functional possibilities of the phone.

Nokia N96 Overview

The Nokia N96 is a multi-functional smart phone that is designed to fully integrate mobile communication with the use of the phone for entertainment purposes. The major point of interest that makes this new phone so appealing is that it has advanced video and camera capabilities that are unlike those seen in previous generations of smartphones. In addition to these video capabilities, this phone has taken music playing, Internet connectivity and GPS features to the next level. It is also notable that the new design makes it an efficient phone to use and one that’s user-friendly despite how advanced the features of this phone may be. It’s priced around 550 Euros and is due for release in the upcoming weeks.

Camera and Video Features On the N96

Most interesting for many people is the fact that is has such advanced camera and video camera features negating the need to carry a separate digital camera. It also eliminates the need for any type of separate video viewing device. Additionally, this smartphone is capable of advanced television viewing which really takes it to the next level of mobile entertainment which is the direction that all phones are trying to move towards in the modern market.

Here are some of the camera and video features and facts that a consumer should know:

• The camera is a fully-functional five megapixel camera which means that there is no need to carry (or even own) a separate camera; this camera phone can do all of the things that you would want from a traditional stand-alone digital camera device. The camera has a dual LED flash which means that it is capable of taking high-quality pictures in all different types of settings. All of the features and options that you would expect from a stand-alone camera are also present including the option of self-timer photo taking.
• Photos are capable of being stored in either JPEG or EXIF Format. These pictures are also capable of being tagged with the location of the pictures using the GPS features available with the Nokia smartphone. This means that the phone is capable of being used successfully by those people who engage in online social networking and mobile social networking which includes the sharing of pictures and integration of images into the social networking sites. This smartphone is capable of instant upload to sites like Flickr and Google.
• Also included is a fully functional video camera with advanced features including stabilization which means that the wobbliness that is often experienced when recording footage with a smartphone is going to be reduced or eliminated when using the phone for video recording. Editing and sharing features are also present as part of the video camera
• There’s a second camera in the front of the phone that serves the purpose of facilitating video phone calls between individuals interested in speaking face to face with one another. This is a feature that is particularly of interest to those people who want to use the N96 for video conferencing and for mobile VoIP with video capabilities.
• It doesn’t just do photos and video playback either, but also full-function mobile entertainment viewing. This includes everything from accessing YouTube videos with the phone’s mobile browser to actually watching DVB-H live TV broadcasting.

N96- Configuration:


2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900



Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall

3G Network

HSDPA 2100 / 900

Call records

Detailed, max 30 days


2008, February

Card slot

microSD (TransFlash), up to 8GB


Coming soon. Exp. release 2008, Q3

- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate



103 x 55 x 18 mm, 92 cc

- 16 GB internal memory


125 g

- 128MB RAM, 256MB storage memory



TFT, 16M colors

- Dual ARM 9 264 MHz CPU


240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches



Polyphonic (64 channels), Monophonic, True Tones, MP3


Standard battery, Li-Ion 950 mAh (BL-5F)




Up to 220 h



Talk time

Up to 3 h 40 min



Symbian OS 9.3, S60 rel. 3.2



Class 32, 107 / 64.2 kbps


SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging




WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS reader


Class 32, 296 kbps; DTM Class 11, 177 kbps




HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps




Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UPnP technology


5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, video(VGA 30fps), flash; secondary VGA videocall camera


Yes, v2.0 with A2DP

- Built-in GPS receiver

Infrared port


- A-GPS function


Yes, v2.0 microUSB

- DVB-H TV broadcast receiver

- Dual slide design

- Java MIDP 2.0

- MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+/WMA player

- 3.5 mm audio output jack

- TV out

- Stereo FM Radio with RDS

- Organizer

- Office document viewer


- Push to talk

- Voice dial/memo

- Built-in handsfree


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