|Nokia N95-4 8GB Unlocked Cell Phone with 5 MP Camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Media Player--U.S. Version with Warranty (Black)
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Limitations? No limits! Nothing is holding you back. The unlocked Nokia N95 is a smart cell-phone that frees you from the bondage of space and time. It extends your ability and expands your potential at succeeding nearly anywhere you go - and enjoying every moment of it. The N95 runs on Symbian OS v9.2, which is an S60 3rd Edition platform with Feature Pack 1. The phone uses a two-way slider mechanism, has a music player, a hi-res still and video camera, and more. 3G allows faster Internet downloads than before. Unlocked N95 is an essential tool. Advanced contacts database with support for multiple phone and e-mail details per entry, also supports thumbnail pictures and groups Speed dialing Logs - keeps lists of your dialed, received, and missed calls Automatic redial Automatic answer (works with compatible headset or car kit only) Speaker independent name dialing (SIND) Voice commands Voice recorder Talking ringtone Integrated hands-free speaker Bluetooth 2 Text messaging - supports concatenated SMS, picture messaging, SMS distribution list / Multimedia messaging - combine image, video, text, and audio clip and send as MMS to a compatible phone or PC Up to 5 megapixel (2592 x 1944 pixels) camera, Carl Zeiss optics, Tessar lens, MPEG-4 VGA video capture of up to 30 fps Video call and video sharing support (WCDMA network services) Integrated electronic flash Digital stereo microphone Digital music player - supports MP3 / AAC /AAC+/eAAC+/ WMA /M4A with playlists and equalizer / FM radio Internet Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML with appropriate service Email capability Package includes Nokia N95; Nokia Video Connectivity Cable CA-75U; Nokia Connectivity Cable DKE-2; Nokia Stereo Headset HS-45, AD-43; Nokia Battery BL-6F; Nokia Travel Charger AC-5 may vary Unit Dimensions 99 x 53 x 21 mm, 90 cc / Weight 120 g
Combining a cell phone, GPS receiver, digital camera/camcorder, digital audio player, and PDA into an all-in-one multimedia computer/phone, the stylish Nokia N95 features a unique 2-way slide design for easy switching between telephony, entertainment, and Web browsing. The quad-band Nokia N95 GSM/EDGE phone is also ready to run on 3G networks here in the US (850/1900 MHz UMTS/HSDPA), enabling fast downloads and streaming multimedia while on the go. It also includes integrated Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b/g) for accessing open networks at work, at home, and on the road from a variety of wireless hotspots.
It's based on S60 software operating on the Symbian OS, enabling you to personalize the N95 by choosing from a wide choice of compatible applications that can be downloaded--including games, navigation, entertainment, and productivity titles. This version of the Nokia N95 (model N95-4) has an internal 8 GB memory, and it doesn't include a MicroSD expansion slot.
This unlocked cell phone can be used with a GSM network service provider and it provides quad-band connectivity (850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz). It does not come with a SIM card, and it requires that you provide a SIM card for usage with your selected service provider.
The innovative 2-way slide concept makes it easy to switch between different modes, going from reading maps to watching a video with a simple slide. A numeric keypad slides out from one end of the device while dedicated media keys slide out from the opposite direction, converting the display into full screen landscape mode.
With the Carl Zeiss optics on the 5-megapixel camera, you can capture print quality photos and DVD-like quality video clips. Carl Zeiss, a world leader in high quality camera lenses, brings an award-winning legacy to the Nokia N95 with state-of-the-art optics for mobile photography and mobile video. The Zeiss name has been associated with cameras from Hasselblad, Rollei, Yashica, Sony, and Nikon.
The Nokia N95 actually has two cameras, a high resolution camera on the back of the device (the main camera in landscape mode) and a lower resolution camera on the front (CIF resolution, 352 x 288). The main camera on the back of the N95 supports an image capture resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. (Note that the low-resolution camera on the front can provide two-way video calling; however, at this time no U.S. carrier offers this service.) You can use both cameras to take still pictures and record videos. Images are saved as JPEG files while videos are recorded in the MPEG-4 file format with the .mp4 file extension, or in the 3GPP file format with the .3gp file extension (sharing quality). Photos and video clips can be enjoyed on a compatible television thanks to the device's TV out feature and support for Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) technology.
The N95 slides two ways to reveal a phone keypad (top) and media controls (bottom).
With instant access to the Internet, sharing life experiences with the world by uploading pictures and videos directly to popular picture sharing and blogging sites is quick and easy. The N95 includes software for uploading images directly to the Flickr.com website, one of the world's most popular photo communities, which allows you to share pics with friends and family, send photos directly to your blog, or simply organize and store.
Aspiring photographers and film makers don't have to stop at just capturing stunning images and DVD-like quality video (640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) with the Nokia N95. An integrated photo and video editor allows for music and tags to be added before sending images to friends or uploading them to the web.
The Nokia N95 also offers a large 2.8-inch QVGA 16 million color display, impressive 3D graphics, built-in stereo speakers offering a 3D stereo effect, standard 3.5 mm audio jack, and mini USB for convenient data transfer. Other highlights include 802.11b/g Wi-Fi with WPA2/WPA security, Bluetooth v2.0 connectivity, and 8 GB of internal memory, as well as the following features.
Designed with mobile photographers and bloggers in mind, the Nokia N95's Lifeblog feature lets you view, search, edit, and share your personal digital content with ease. Lifeblog's synchronizing software automatically pulls your media together into an easy-to-browse, searchable multimedia diary: SMS, MMS, images, videos, sounds, and text notes stay organized between the N95 and your PC.
Plan your route, find your way home, and get to know places you've never visited with the integrated GPS mapping capability. The Maps application includes maps for more than 100 countries, enabling you to explore the world, find specific routes or locate services such as restaurants and hotels and covering more than 15 million points of interest. You can also purchase additional features, such as city guides and voice guided navigation.
Nokia Web Browser with Mini Map
View web pages as they were originally intended with the integrated Nokia Web Browser, which enables you to zoom out to a full screen view of the entire page using the Mini Map feature. Find the section you want and then zoom in to the content you need. The text instantly adjusts to the size of your screen. The browser also keeps a history of your browsing so you can quickly get back to where you started.
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) technology means that the Nokia N95 will discover, interact with, and control other compatible home electronic devices. This includes PCs, media centers, home entertainment systems, new smart appliances, home automation systems, networked peripherals, and Web-based services. With compatible equipment, you can stream video from your Nokia device directly to your TV, or hear music tracks stored on your PC through your living room's sound system.
RealPlayer Multimedia Playback
Take your media with you when you're out on the go. With the built-in RealPlayer software, you can stream and download your favorite content onto the N95, giving you access to the latest news, sports, and entertainment updates. Or sync up with your PC and play the music and movies stored on your hard drive.
The Nokia N95 (8 GB, N95-4) weighs 4.55 ounces and measures 3.9 x 2.1 x 0.83 inches. Its 1200 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5 hours of GSM talk time (3.5 hours when using the 3G network), and up to 280 hours of standby time. This quad-band phone runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies, as well as the 850/1900 MHz UMTS/HSDPA 3G frequencies (for use in the United States).
What's in the Box
Handset, battery travel charger, wired music headset, USB cable (DKE-2), video connectivity cable (CA-75U), Nokia documentation
- This unlocked cell phone is compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. Not all carrier features may be supported. It will not work with CDMA carriers like Verizon Wireless, Alltel and Sprint.
- Quad-band GSM cell phone compatible with 850/900/1800/1900 frequencies and US 3G compatibility via 850/1900 UMTS/HSDPA plus GPRS/EDGE capabilities
- Dual slide design; 8 GB of internal memory (not expandable); 5-megapixel/camcorder with Carl Zeiss Optics and DVD-quality video capture
- Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g); A-GPS for navigation with Nokia Maps app; Bluetooth stereo music; integrated stereo speakers
- Up to 5 hours of GSM talk time (3.5 hours using 3G), up to 280 hours of standby time
- buttons too small but good phone
The call quality is good. Speakers are amazing. Photo quality is good. It finds m wireless connection quickly.
The screen resolution should have been better for watching youtube. The buttons are too small....more info
- Bit Disappointed... My last NSeries Phone....
I am a Nokia user ever since I started using mobile phones and I also have Nokia N800. After in hyper excitement mode ordering Nokia N95, I am quite disappointed.
1) The browsing in N95 is not quite friendly at all.
2) It doesn't 'just works' So many user tweaks needed on the phone to use its functionalities.
3) After using a iPod Touch and seeing a iPhone, iPhone trumps N95 on ease of use, looks, screen. While N95 is the king in specifications and features, for me I think I would go with iphone as ease of use is one of my main reason.
4) For Techies can put so much into technical settings and installing and finding various applications and N95 is the best choice! (I learnt a bad lesson by buying Nokia N800 which is not 'General User Friendly' at all compared to IPod Touch.
I am not a apple fanboy but after using both Apple Products and Nokia Products, I feel that If I go with Apple I will always have stuff that 'just works' and so intuitive and friendly to use!
I am returning the same and will be going for a iphone!
Update : 3 days after N95 8GB
1) I am feeling that my right side slider has become bit loose. The left side remains perfect while the right one becomes wobbly.
2) An annoying bug in which memory card has to be reformatted as my video recording pauses every 10-15 seconds and continues again. Not able to get continuous recording.
For a 640$ device (which say in mobiles is a very significant investment) these bugs are really annoying and completely unsatisfactory.
Update : One week after N95
Hmm tough one.. There are some items which takes time to get used to it.. kind of 'acquired taste'. I would put N95 into that category. Though it may not 'wow' me like iPhone whenever I touch the phone, the versatility is amazing. The kind of apps available and freedom to used bluetooth keyboard, easy tethering with N800,nice applications to use makes this device a swiss army knife. I have decided to keep it with me albeit tolerating some minor annoyances ("acquired taste" / "undocumented 'features' " ).
**** Update 2 weeks later!
I am liking the phone! Like the feel when pressing the keys! Got used to the phone... Things going pretty smooth. Installed lots of applications without much trouble. Camera quality is pretty good for a mobile phone camera. Volume from music player is great. Though Video player (real player) doesnt support too many formats. Need thirdparty applications.
**** 2 Months Later *****
The Gallery is slow!! Believe me it takes atleast 45 seconds to 2 minutes to load the gallery after you have taken a picture to see a thumbnail of the picture if you have even a modest number say 75 pictures totally!! Completely unacceptable in a 600$ gadget! When I have to show my pictures to someone its like taking whole age just to get a thumbnail while everyone just open their stuff to show the pic!
Sometimes the phone becomes sluggish and needs restart couple of times a week...
There are a lot of nice applications and one can choose as per their needs... The s60 browser sucks a bit and I would recommend opera mini over s60 browser any day!
Overall I am still having some positive view over the phone but the gallery load time alone will make me to think twice before buying the phone again...as I got this as mainly for my mobile camera usage and i cant even see the pictures in my mobile easily without waiting for 2 mintues or so....
There are no other phones with similar tech specifications in terms of hardware... but if i have to go over the process again... i may go with iphone 3g for the ease of use and the usablity unless nokia fixes these issues my next purchase wouldnt be a nokia device!
5 Months Later...
The phone is utterly annoying... and unbelievably slow.... just load 50 odd photos and it takes for ever to open the gallery... frequent reboots.... slow hang-ups... I have wasted my money.... I am giving this phone to my dad.. I just want to get rid of this phone.......more info
- Why microSD?
From my knowledge that phone don't have microSD slot. I don't think U.S. got the special edition....more info
- The perfect geek phone
Beware that this is lengthy! I figure that if you consider spending several hundred dollars on a phone, the more information the better. :)
The first thing to get straight about this phone is that it is not about form, but function. It is not the slimmest or sexiest phone out there, nor does it have the most awe-inspiring user interface compared to the likes of the iPhone. On the other hand, it has every capability that you will find on any phone these days:
* A 5MP camera with autofocus, LED flash, and VGA video recording, Carl Zeiss lens, and a 1/2.5" CCD (same as in most compact digital cameras). Various shooting modes (macro, night, night portrait, sports, etc...), ISO control, flash control w/red-eye reduction. Immediately send pictures via bluetooth, email, MMS, etc.
* GPS with Nokia Maps application and optional voice navigation. Various third party applications (e.g. Google Maps for S60) support its built-in GPS as well.
* 3.5G (HSDPA) connectivity (see note about models below), This gives clearer voice and much faster data downloads (theoretically up to 3.5 Mbps; in practice I have seen from 900 Kbps to about 2.2 Mbps, depending on location and time of day).
* WiFi (802.11g) with WEP, WPA/WPA2, and EAP/802.1x authentication (for corporate environments)
* Support for nearly every Bluetooh profile in existence: A2DP for stereo audio, DUN for tethering the phone's internet connection with a laptop (for on-the road use), OBEX to send/receive files and browse the internal filesystem from a computer.
* 3.5mm headset jack, infrared port w/send/receive utility, FM tuner.
* "Dual slider" design: Slide display up to reveal numeric keypad; and down to reveal four multimedia buttons (Play/Pause, stop, rewind, fast forward). Sliding it down also changes the display orientation from portrait to landscape; sliding it up switches it back.
* Symbian S60 smartphone OS: In addition to thousands of available generic Java (J2ME) mobile applications, there are also nearly an equal number of native applications that can access additional functionality/hardware on the phone (for instance, there is one that uses the built-in accelerometer to control your computer's mouse cursor by simply tilting the phone, and another one that uses the built-in GPS to "geotag" pictures with your location as you use the camera).
* Built-in applictions include QuickOffice to read Microsoft Office files (DOC, PPT, XLS), Adobe Acrobat Lite reader (PDF), RealPlayer (most media files/streams), home screen "Search" applet to search the Internet and local content, various organizer apps (clock w/unlimited alarms, phonebook with unlimited entries, calendar w/unlimited meetings, todos, memos, reminders..), calculator, unit converter -- you get the picture. Notably absent, though, is a Timer/Stopwatch application; however you can easily download a third party one (e.g. from Smartphoneware).
* Other S60-specific applications include Nokia's Internet Radio to stream live radio streams, "RotateMe" to automatically rotate the screen depending on your phone orientation, "Fring" mobile Skype/AIM/MSN/Google Talk/etc.. client, Google Maps with GPS support, Google home screen search applet, Mobile Weather app, "ExtGPS" to share the internal GPS information over bluetooth (e.g. to the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet), YouTube player, emTube (also for YouTube access), etc.
* One of the best mobile web browsers out there. Based on AppleWebKit (a.k.a. KTML, the web engine used in the likes of Apple Safari and KDE Konqueror), it renders web pages "as they were meant to be". And unlike that other phone that claims to do the same, the N95 also has a built-in Flash Lite player - so web pages that use flash will work as well. Plus, you are of course free to download and use other browsers, such as the excellent, super-fast and bandwidth-saving Opera Mini (operamini.com).
* Mail client with POP-3 and IMAP support (including IMAP-IDLE, a.k.a. "push mail"; alternatively it can poll at specified intervals).
* Mac OS X users: Although the phone does not come with bundled software for Mac OS X, you can download "Nokia Multimedia Transfer" (to synchronize photos and music with iPhoto and iTunes) and an iSync plugin (to synchronize the address book, calendar, todo etc) with your Mac - both from Nokia's web site. Also, setting up your Mac to access the Internet via the phone (providing that you have a data plan, e.g. the $15/month "MEdia Net Unlimited" from AT&T) is super-easy: When you first pair with the phone, the needed WAP/APN information is pulled automatically from your Phone's SIM card. (Ironically, this works for nearly every phone, except Apple's own iPhone; this one has a very crippled bluetooth stack, and does also not support tethering). UPDATE: I've learned that such tethering violates AT&T's Terms of Service. Moreover, there are no plans available for this phone (or most others) from AT&T that specifically allow tethering. If you do so anyway, stay under the radar, and don't abuse it - e.g. by using your cellular data plan as your main internet service.
There are 5 subflavors of the N95 released to date:
* The original N95 (a.k.a. N95-1, a.k.a. RM-159) targeted mainly the European and Asian markets; while it had quad-band GSM (2G) support for use in nearly every country, including the USA, it had support only for the international W-CDMA (UMTS/HSDPA, a.k.a. 3G/3.5G) frequency (commonly referred to as UMTS-2100). Nonetheless, this phone was later made available for retail in the USA as well, through Nokia's flagship stores, online site, and 3rd party retailers. It had manual shutter lens protection (you would slide it open to start the camera), 64MB of runtime/dynamic memory (RAM), and a 900 mAh battery. Common complaints about this phone was that it would often run out of memory when several applications were open, and that the battery life was too short.
* The N95-2 (a.k.a. "N95 8GB", a.k.a. RM-320) increased the screen size from 2.6" to 2.8" (diagonal), increased RAM from 64MB to 128MB, increased the battery size from 900 mAh to 1200 mAh, removed the slider mechanism for opening the camera lens, replaced the ¦ÌSDHC card slot with 8GB of internal flash, and replaced the silver faceplate with an all-black design. However, the bands supported were the same: W-CDMA 2100MHz, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz - so although it will work fine with both AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile USA and Rogers, it does not support 3G/3.5G network speeds in North America. Nonetheless, as with the N95-1, Nokia has sold this phone in North America as well until just a few weeks ago; so possibly, this is the phone sold here (Unfortunately, Nokia's own sales channels do not normally make this distinction, and Amazon's product description is also somewhat lacking). UPDATE: As the product description now clearly says, this is the N95-4 (a.k.a. N95 8GB NAM) model.
* The N95-3 (a.k.a. "N95 NAM", RM-160) is the first model targeted for North America. Most of the exterior design is similar to the N95-1 (Silver faceplate, 2.6" screen, ¦ÌSDHC slot), but like the N95-2, it has 128MB of RAM, a 1200 mAh battery, and no manual slider for the camera shutter. The main reason for its existence is that it swapped the original UMTS-2100 (WCDMA) frequency for UMTS-850 and UMTS-1900, so that it would work with AT&T Wireless's 3G/3.5G network. Until just a few days/weeks ago, this would have been the "best" choice for US customers.
* The N95-4 (a.k.a. "N95 8GB NAM", RM-421) is identical to the N95-2, except that like the N95-3, it swaps UMTS-2100 for UMTS-850/1900. It was released just a couple of weeks ago, though, so if Amazon got their inventory of "n95 8gb" devices from Nokia prior to this, it would have been the N95-2 rather than the N95-4. (The exterior and labeling of both is the same). Also, the firmware revision numbers are different, so some utilities (like the "Nokia Multimedia Transfer" application and iSync plugin for Mac OS X) do not yet recognize this phone. UPDATE: The N95-4 is now fully supported by most applications, including Nokia Multimeda Transfer and iSync plugin.
* The N95-5 is for Japan; it is a stripped-down version of the N95-1 (e.g. no WiFi). UPDATE: As someone commented below, it is actually for China.
COMPARED WITH OTHER PHONES:
N95 vs. iPhone
This is almost an irrational comparison, given how different these devices are:
* The iPhone is almost entirely about "sex appeal": Polished, slim, with a large screen for viewing content, multi-touch user interface (we've all seen how to zoom in and out using finger pinches, do inertial scrolling through a list of contacts, etc). As such, it is very big on "usability". The N95 is not even a touch-screen device. (Personally I actually prefer "hard" keys w/tactile feedback; having used the touch-screen based Motorola A1200 MING in the past. Touch screens are not very good for, for example, dialing a number without looking at the screen).
* The iPhone feature set is, at best, mediocre. Yes, it has WiFi - so does a lot of other phones. Yes, it has a "WYSIWYG" web browser; again, so do so many others (including the 3-year old Motorola A1200 MING, another touch-screen phone by the way). However, it lacks: 3G support, GPS, Infrared, FM Radio, decent camera functionality (no flash, video recording, etc), 3rd party application support (e.g. no Internet Radio, GPS navigation, etc), or even a usable Bluetooth stack (to do silly little things like transfer files or enable internet access for a nearby laptop while on the road). Even the otherwise crappy Motorola RAZR line (e.g. RAZR v3xx) do most of these things. UPDATE: With the release of the iPhone 3G and the new App Store, Apple has come a long way. It's worth pointing out though that the iPhone can still not run standard J2ME/MIDP mobile applications, only those released specifically for the iPhone through the App store. Per the Apple Terms of Service, this means: No 3rd party web browser (e.g. Opera Mini), no voice navigation, not even something along the lines of Nokia Sports Tracker (since it uses the GPS).
* The iPhone is only available with a 2-year contract from AT&T; the N95 is only available SIM-free (unlocked).
In short: The iPhone is about form, the N95 (and Symbian devices in general) about function.
N95 vs. Sony Ericsson K850i
These are the only two 5MP camera phones available for the US market. Neither of them is offered by a carrier (AT&T, T-Mobile, Cellular One, Rogers...), so in both cases you will pay the full price for the phone. (The upside, of course, is that you will not need to renew your contract to get it.. :)
Also, both phones (in the case of the N95, some flavors of it) support the U.S. 3G bands, in addition to being quad-band GSM phones. The difference here is that the k850i supports all four GSM bands and all three UMTS bands at the same time, so you don't have to pick a "US" vs. "International" flavor. Finally, both phones have built-in FM tuners - though the k850i also supports RDM to display programming information transmitted in the broadcast.
Most comparisons of these phones therefore center around the camera functionality (e.g. PhoneArena.com, GSMArena.com, and Mobile-Review.Com all have head-to-head comparison reviews of the two). In summary: As far as camera phones go, these are as good as you get; they are both comparable to mid-range pocket cameras. The k850i has an advantage indoors, because it has a real Xenon flash in addition to the LED autofocus assist beam. However, in general, it has more "washed out" color reproduction than the more vivid N95; and it only supports video recording in QVGA (320x240) resolution compared to the N95 VGA (640x480).
The main difference between the phones lie in other areas. The N95 is a Symbian smartphone, and so can run a whole slew of native applications specifically written for this platform, while the k850i is limited to running generic Java (j2me) mobile applictions. Also, the k850i does not have a built-in GPS (but using an external bluetooth GPS receiver together with free GPS navigation software such as AmazeGPS, you can get voice navigation on this phone as well). The Java version of Google Maps (which is what you would use on the k850i) has a "My Location" feature that uses information from cell phone towers to pinpoint ROUGHLY where you are, within a couple of miles; similar to the iPhone. Various other limits exist in the k850i as well (1000 phonebook entries, 5 alarms, etc..)
On the other hand, the k850i does have a few built-in applications that are notably absent from the N95: A flashlight application (uses the LED autofocus beam), mouse/keyboard emulation to control your bluetooth-enabled computer (e.g. for presentation), and a stopwatch/timer app.
One last thing to note about the K850i: Although it uniquely supports both U.S. and International 3G frequencies, its use on the AT&T wireless network is sub-optimal. That's because there is an interoperability issue with its built-in media player and the MEdiaNet configuration - so streaming internet videos (e.g. from YouTube) does not work. This was the single most important reason why I ended up returning my k850i to the local store where I bought it, after having had it for about 2 weeks.
N95 vs. the Samsung G810
The Samsung G810 was announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February; it is another Symbian S60 phone with a feature set almost identical to the N95. It will be sold internationally starting this fall; probably not in the U.S. though -- it is lacking the GSM 850 MHz frequency used here. (In other words, it is only a "tri-band" phone). Maybe they plan on releasing a US version as well - I guess that depends on whether a carrier picks it up or not.
Other than that, for better or worse the G810 has a 3x optical zoom. "Worse" because that inevitably leads to compromises in the optics (the thickness of the phone is the same, so that must mean that the CCD sensor is smaller - meaning more noise). On the upside, it does have Xenon flash and a protective lens cap.
Early available specs also indicate that it will have 96MB of RAM - midway between the N95-1 and subsequent N95s; however, the RAM will be split up into a 32MB chunk for the DSP (GSM and W-CDMA radios) and 64MB for the Symbian phone OS/functionality. Thus, this could become an issue.
For now, anther Samsung, the G600, although not available for sale in the US, seems to have a better camera (in some reviews outperforming the N95 and k850i), as well as quad-band GSM support. (It is otherwise a low-end phone though, without e.g. 3G).
UPDATE: Other Nokia Phones
Since the N95, several other N-series and E-series phones have been released by Nokia with very similar feature sets. For instance, the N82, which features a full Xenon flash, and thus doubles nicely as a pocket camera also for indoor use (though the only version available does not support North American 3G bands, just like the N95-1 and N95-2).
UPDATE Dec 1, 2008: The N95 now has a couple of worthy successors, each of which improve on its feature set in different ways: The N85 and the N96. Personally, I'll stick to the N95 8GB though (see my N85 review to see why).
- Very Upset..not what I have expected....
I was very excited about making my next Nokia N-Series purchase, and I purchased the N95. When it arrived, I started to enjoy the N95's great features (5MPX Carl Zeiss Optics), Music player..etc. The same day, I noticed it had about 5, and yes  dead pixels on the bottom screen. It wasn't really that noticeable, but once you activated the camera in a dark setting..it was visible.
So I called up Amazon, and asked them about this issue, so they sent me a replacement device. When this replacement came in, I was very excited too, I kept on saying "Amazon is really great since they sent me a replacement at no charge", but then out of no where..this also had about  dead pixels. So after all of this, and paying a lot for this device, I got really upset, and asked Amazon to refund my money completely (which they did).
I was not at all expecting any of these problems AT ALL from a Nokia Flagship phone..but I was very disappointed. So save your time and money, and don't purchase this N95-4..it's not worth it to pay this plus of a money and receive these annoying problems. ...more info
- All-in-One Phone Great For Its Time
I was struggling whether or not to rate this 3 or 4 stars, based solely upon the context of when I bought it and now. I bought it from Amazon almost a year ago, when the N96 was just being talked about. Very satisfied with Amazon's price at the time and considering the only other option was an iPhone I decided this was a better deal (and no two-year contract).
1. US 3G compatibility and wifi. Wifi is definitely the faster option if you're at home, but it's nice to access data on the go.
2. The camera, once you get used to it, takes good pictures. Not as good as a digital camera, but pretty good all things considered.
3. The storage capacity is excellent.
4. Speakerphone and call quality is good, although I had to recently replace the earphone speaker, even though the phone isn't even a year old.
5. Despite the earphone speaker, I've dropped the phone many times and at least the construction is durable.
6. Standard headphone jack if you want to use this as a walkman and the playback is fine despite the awkward UI.
1. No qwerty keyboard. I thought I would be fine with the standard keyboard, but it gets annoying after a while with a lot of web surfing. At the time it seemed standard for a consumer phone to not have a qwerty keyboard, so in that context I don't want to be too harsh (why the N96 didn't have one is a mystery).
2. Due to recently replacing the earphone speaker I'm concerned about other 'quality' issues with the phone. Nothing else is wrong, but it makes one wonder.
3. 3G connectivity with At&t is okay but not super fast. This is partly the phones older technology and a result of all the iPhones in the Boston area that slow down the network. My connection is faster the further I am from the downtown hub so I know its both.
4. It's music menus are obnoxious, the playback of mp3s is fine, but the UI of the music player isn't great. This phone is not a good replacement for a Zune or iPod.
The N95 has a lot of other features not covered since I do not use them I decided not to comment on them.
At this point with Nokia looking to release the N97 and Palm with their Pre, the Nokia N95 is looking more dated. However, it will last for a while and at this lower price it might be a good option for someone looking for an all-in-one phone.
- The Best All-in-One Device
The N95 has to be the best all around device. Everything works well. It's hard to imagine a device that small has all the modern day gadgets built in: Phone, GPS, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, 3G, Camcorder, and a fine camera. The N95 is quality built (unlike many high end Korean phones) with a very clear high res. screen. Battery life is excellent. I only wish the 8G device has an expandable storage like the non-8G models. I ordered from Amazon with one-day delivery and it arrived on time. Highly recommended to those who want an all around device that works. Set up is bit complicated but it's a complicated device. Be patient! Nokia website has good support. The software however is bit buggy for Vista-64 but works fine with XP. I spent a day setting up the N95. Once working, it's a small wonder. I also have an iPhone and the Nokia has far more features and is a better phone, esp. it's unlocked so that I can use it overseas - this restriction on the iPhone is the worst thing to an otherwise a great device of its kind. The N95 is well worth the $660 price!...more info
- Best Phone Ever
This phone is the best phone on the world. its like a pc on the phone. everything you need is on the phone camera,camcorder,gps,mp3,wifi,voip. what more you need?...more info
- Great Phone
This phone is probably the only phone in the word that has been reviewed numerous times in numerous sites. So, I will skip the review part. It has great features and works very well. It is a true workhorse. Even though it doesn't bug me, the only downside is that it is slow at times. Not a a big deal but wanted to point out some flaw....more info
- I love it
Absolutely amazing phone. Everything works great. GPS, WI-fi, spearkphone, call quality. N-gage is amazing. way better than iphone...more info
- Disappointed very limited and disorganized, horrible functionality
This phone is very cumbersome and hard to use. It has great voice clarity and the speaker is good but that is about it.
The GPS & Nokia maps do not work. I downloaded google maps but even that freezes. I get nothing on Nokia maps but a large picture of the earth
Many apps that you can use on the Blackberry & Iphone are not available on this nokia phone.
Yahoo mail DOES NOT work at all. cannot set up any email application and then when I access Yahoo Mail from the web, I get an error when opening any email message.
Texting, writing email to someone is very frustrating with lack of qwerty keyboard. Forget about typing an email (if you can even access the email) more than one or two sentences unless you have at least 30minutres to fiddle with getting right letters and the procedures to get to your email.
youtube videos are also horrible quality and freeze.
Better to either wait for N97 or get a Blackberry Bold or Iphone. This phone is certainly not worth the $500 maybe $300 but nowhere near $500.
This phone may have a nice form factor and look 'nice' but the applications & software are beyond horrible...more info
- NOKIA N95 8GB
It's light not heavy, because the Symbyan S60 3rd edition you can do many things and install many applications the only one problem that I can note it's the Battery life it's short and it's a little bit slow when you try to make something else. Iphone it' faster but has many limitations I have both and I can compare that things.
NOKIA it's more functional that iPhone. ...more info
- Best on the market.
Still the best on the market after 1 year release in Europe.
There is NO BETTER phone on the market for media creation.
There are FEW BETTER (Arguably) phones on the market for media consumption.
Take a picture, upload it to flickr. Geo tag it then share you vacation with family realtime.
Make a video, add a soundtrack, edit the movie, add text, upload it to youtube.
Put all your music on this and use your 3.5mm headphones.
Most importantly, stop carrying a camera, pmp and phone around!
Downside is there is no qwerty or touchscreen. So text input is limited. Couldn't care less about the touch screen.
this phone has everything. the only problem I have is that it's just too bulky...more info
- Nokia N95 8GB
I've owned several cell phones, all nokia and this is the best one to date,so much so that if I have to change phones for some reason I want the same model....more info
- N95 review
Great phone overall. Built more solid then N85. The only reason I changed it for N85 is camera seems to be a little worse than N85 camera and also N95 is kind of on a bulky side......more info