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Nokia N96 16 GB Unlocked Cell Phone with 5 MP Camera, 3G, GPS, Media Player Micro SD Slot--U.S. Version with Warranty (Black)
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Product Description

The followup to the sensationally popular N95, the Nokia N96 is a veritable Swiss Army knife packed with all the mobile communication, multimedia, location and computing tools you need. With a large 2.8-inch screen, 16 GB of internal memory, additional MicroSD expansion, and support for high-quality videos in a wide range of formats, the dual-slide Nokia N96 represents an exciting new chapter in mobile media.

The Nokia N96 multimedia computer has a large 2.8-inch screen.

Its face slides up to reveal an alpha/numeric keypad.
The quad-band Nokia N96 GSM/EDGE phone makes it easy to roam globally and stay in touch with voice and text messaging, and this model is also ready to run on 3G networks here in the US (850/1900 MHz 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. You'll also be able to connect to a wide variety of peripherals--including stereo headphones--with the Bluetooth 2.0+EDR capabilities.

It's based on S60 software operating on the Symbian OS, enabling you to personalize the N96 by choosing from a wide choice of compatible applications that can be downloaded--including games, navigation, entertainment, and productivity titles. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera/camcorder with Carl Zeiss optics, assisted GPS (A-GPS) for navigation using the Nokia Maps application and geotagging of photos, FM radio, USB 2.0 connectivity, TV-out capability for displaying photos and videos on external televisions, access to live TV (operator service using DVB-H or streaming over 3G, where available), and up to 3.7 hours of GSM talk time.

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.

Phone Features
Offering a design similar to the N95, the N96 has a large 2.8-inch LCD screen with a 240 x 320-pixel resolution and support for up to 16 million colors for terrific depth when viewing photos or playing immersive 3D games. The screen also offers Auto UI rotation based on the integrated accelerometer. 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. In addition to the internal 16 GB memory, the N96 also offers memory expansion via optional MicroSDHC media up to 8 GB in size--providing a whopping 24 GB of mobile storage, enough for up to 40 hours of high-quality video.

The phone also slides down to reveal media playback controls, and the screen auto-rotates from portrait to landscape for optimal video viewing.

Capture vivid still imagery with the 5-megapixel Carl Zeiss lens, as well as smooth DVD-quality video.
The Nokia N96 actually has two cameras, a high-resolution, 5-megapixel camera on the back of the device and a lower resolution camera on the front (VGA resolution, 640 x 480) on the front of the phone for video calls (requires network compatibility). The main camera on the back of the N95 supports an image capture resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. You can use both cameras to take still pictures and record videos. It allows DVD-like quality video capture at 30 frames per second at VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels). Further, with the integrated A-GPS, you can now "geotag" pictures with location data and share them with online communities.

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 N96 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. This auto-focus Carl Zeiss Tessar lens has a 5.2mm focal length, F2.8 aperture, focus range as close as 10cm. The camera also features a flash, video light, auto-focus assist light, self-timer, white balance and exposure compensation settings, scene settings, and digital video stabilization.

Images are saved as JPEG or EXIF 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.

Accessing internet videos is quick and simple. The Nokia N96 supports common video formats including MPEG-4, Windows Media Video and Flash Video, making favorite videos easy to view. The Nokia Video Center also offers one place to discover and access a variety of mobile content ranging from movie trailers and comedy to news from world-leading content brands such as YouTube, Reuters, and Sony Pictures. Transferring and accessing videos is even faster with the high-speed USB 2.0 connection and WLAN and HSDPA support. In select markets, the integrated DVB-H receiver offers live broadcast TV with an automatically updating program guide. For added convenience, the Nokia N96 features a "kickstand" on the back cover that allows for hands-free viewing.

For a superb music experience, the Nokia N96 features media keys, a 3.5 mm headphone connector and built-in 3D stereo speakers. You'll easily be able to control playback with the dedicated media keys, and the digital music player supports playlist editing, equalizer and categorized access to your music collection. You'll also enjoy podcasts, Internet radio, and access to FM radio with RDS.

The back of the phone includes a kickstand for easy handsfree viewing of videos.

Side profile of the N96.
This smartphone has an integrated Wi-Fi LAN (802.11b/g), enabling seamless connectivity with wireless networks at work, at home, and on the roam via Wi-Fi hotspots at airports and coffee shops. Because the N96 is Bluetooth enabled (with version 2.0+EDR), wireless communication headsets can be configured with the phone for total hands-free operation. It also offers Bluetooth stereo audio support (A2DP), enabling you to enjoy your music without any wires. If your laptop is Bluetooth enabled, you can connect wirelessly and enjoy dial-up networking (DUN)--surf the Internet, send email, and access files from a server.

With A-GPS functionality, you'll be able find your route quickly and easily, whether walking or driving (A-GPS is a network dependant feature that requires a data plan; additional charges may apply). The Nokia Maps application offers richer maps with urban details and satellite views and the ability to search and download information about points of interests, such as restaurants, hotels, companies, travel agencies, airports, and more. It also provides optional upgrades such as City Guides, turn-by-turn pedestrian mode and voice-guided car navigation.

The N96 has all the bases covered when it comes to messaging. Support is built in for sending and receiving text, video, graphics and sound via messages. It also enables you to check your email on the go (supporting POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP protocols). T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit--a plus for mobile text messaging users.

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) technology means that this Nokia phone 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.

Other features include:

  • Supports the Ovi family of Nokia internet services, including maps, music, media sharing and more
  • N-Gage application with try-and-buy games
  • Music playback: MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, WMA
  • Video playback: MPEG-4 / SP and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, up to 30 fps, up to VGA resolution (scaled max QVGA on device, SDTV on TV-out); RealVideo up to QCIF at 30 fps
  • Bluetooth version 2.0 with the following profiles: A2DP (stereo music streaming), AVRC (remote control), HFP (hands-free car kits), HSP (communication headsets), BIP (for sending images to another device), DUN (dial-up networking), FTP (file transfer), OPP (object push for business cards, calendar items, and pictures)
  • 128MB RAM, 256MB system memory (operating system plus dynamic user data area)
  • 3.5mm stereo headset plug , TV-out support (PAL/NTSC)
  • Wi-Fi supports WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security settings
  • Speaker-independent voice commands
  • Document viewer (compatible with Excel, PowerPoint, Word, PDF, ZIP)
  • Flight mode

Vital Statistics
The Nokia N96 weighs 4.4 ounces and measures 4.06 x 2.17 x 0.71 inches. Its 950 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.7 hours of GSM talk time (2.5 hours on 3G networks), and up to 220 hours of GSM standby time (200 hours on 3G networks. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as the 850/1900 MHz HSDPA 3G frequencies found in the US.

What's in the Box
Handset, battery, travel charger (AC-5U), connectivity cable (CA-101), video-out cable (CA-75U), wired stereo headset and remote (HS-45, AD-54), mobile car charger, documentation

The unlocked Nokia N96 replaces the popular N95 with new refinements for better mobility. 16GB of integrated memory (as opposed to 8GB for N95 8GB), plus further microSD memory card for memory expansion 2.8 inch display with 16 million colours 5 Megapixel Digital Camera with dual LED camera-flash Longer music playback time (14 hrs) and video playback time (5 hrs) - Windows Media WMV9 video codec is added Hardware acceleration for video codecs for H.264 and WMV Location tagging (geotagging) of pictures, using the integrated GPS Mobile TV DVB-H receiver built-in Maps 2.0 with satellite images, upgrade to GPS pedestrian mode and voice-guided car navigation Internet Radio capable Receives FM radio with RDS Online sharing of pictures with plugins for Flickr, Ovi Share and other services Symbian OS is upgraded from version 9.2 to 9.3 Java ME engine is upgraded from MIDP 2.0 to MIDP 2.1 N96 is a dual-band HSDPA (900 and 2100 MHz) MicroSD memory card slot Battery - Nokia Battery BL-5F, 950 mAh Talk time - up to 160 / 230 minutes (WCDMA / GSM) Stand-by time - up to 200 / 230 hours (WCDMA / GSM) Contacts - advanced contacts database with support for multiple phone and e-mail details per entry and thumbnail pictures Speed dialing, voice dialing (speaker independent) and voice commands Logs - lists of dialed, received and missed calls Conference call capable Integrated stereo speakers MPEG-4 Part 2 (H.263/SP), up to VGA 30 fps, hardware-accelerated codec, scaled to max QVGA on device screen, or max SDTV on TV-out Digital music player - supports MP3, AAC, eAAC+, WMA, album art / Playlist editing and sharing Up to 5 megapixel (2592 x 1944 pixels) digital camera Video mode up to VGA Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity Support for standard 3.5mm headphones

  • Unlocked quad-band GSM cell phone compatible with 850/900/1800/1900 frequencies and US 3G compatibility via 850/1900 HSDPA plus GPRS/EDGE capabilities
  • 5-megapixel digital camera with Carl Zeiss Optics, autofocus, digital zoom and Flickr support; DVD-quality video capture (640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps)
  • Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g); A-GPS for navigation with Nokia Maps app; Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity for both handsfree communication and stereo music streaming
  • 2.8-inch screen; 2-way slider design reveals keypad on one side and media controls on other; access to personal email; full PIM features
  • Up to 3.7 hours of GSM talk time, up to 220 hours (9.2 days) of standby time.

Customer Reviews:

  • I love my Nokia N96.
    This phone has few drawbacks. The keys are a little hard but I'm heavy- handed and quickly got use to the feel. The camera takes nice pictures. It is so veratile and has great applications. It works with both T-
    Mobile and AT&T 3G Sim card. The connection is crisp and clear. I was torn between a Blackberry and the Nokia N96. I'm happy with my choice. If the battery life was longer and it was a touch screen it would be a 5 star phone. ...more info
  • Extremely High Tech
    I started very slowly learning all the features of the Nokia N96. My former phone was fairly basic, and when I first started enjoying the many features of the N96 I became excited about the myriad of new things I could do--once I learned how.

    At the heart of the large 16 gig internal storage is the Symbian OS. Awesome. What a welcome relief from Windows Mobile. There is an easy transfer of files from an external memory source. It uses a mini SD card.
    This gives one flexibility in various types of categorized external files.

    I immediately noticed how clear the incoming calls were. Sometimes on other units I have had a bit of a problem understanding the audio from an inbound call particular those which have static interference. The Nokia has very good audio properties, and the sounds are crisp. The speaker phone is a good feature on the N96 because the other party doesn't realize you are using this feature. There is an absence of feed back.

    Downloading the various features was easy as I took things a step at a time. The internet access works very well. At home it works flawlessly with my wireless router. WLAN can be tricky, and I was very surprised how easy it was to set up on the N96.

    The most interesting surprise of the N96 is the camera. Wow. The graphics are beautiful. Love the 5MP resolution of the camera, and coupled with the clearness of the 2.8 inch screen the photo viewing is spectacular for a device this small. There are many options in sorting your digital photos. Thumbnails are nice. The TV connection gives an added ability to view your photos on your TV screen. Also I like the fact they included AC and Car chargers.

    The FM radio expands both music contact and keeping in touch with the local news. This feature was emphasized when I was able to keep in touch with our local media during recent severe weather.

    Nokia quality is certainly evident in every phase of the N96. ...more info
  • Deflated expectations....after an 18 month wait.
    Although this phone is amazingly high-powered and sophisticated, it is greatly lacking in capabilities for the business owner. Having now used an older model Blackberry for over a year, I am regretting the purchase of this Nokia.

    This would be a FANTASTIC phone for any highschool, college, or media junkie....just not for the serious entrepreneur or small business person....more info
  • A Good Alternative to Touch Screen Phones
    I currently own the LG Dare and Blackberry Curve, so I get the opportunity to use a "dumb phone" and a "smartphone" on a regular basis. This Nokia N96 is sort of a compromise between the two. It has the strengths of a smart phone while also delivering the pluses of the normal phone. There are many pluses and minuses already mentioned by other reviewers, so I will not repeat the obvious ones. Here are a few that really caught my attention:

    The Nokia Software loads about 700mb of software on your computer which would be fine if it all worked like it was intended. I spent a lot of time searching forums for help on connecting and updating the device with the software.

    The 5mp camera is fantastic! I also like the small camera on the front of the device. Nice touch. Though, this device is loaded with so many features and options, it could be overwhelming to the technically challenged.

    The TV out capability is excellent. Home videos show clearly on my flat screen and movies display very well. It's like the Swiss Army Knife of cell phones!

    I love the FM radio feature. A good option that should be added to more portable devices.

    The phone is about the size of my LG Dare, but just a bit thicker. It fits in your hand quite well. Calls are clear. A full querty keyboard would be a welcome addition, though.

    I use the device on T-Mobile (non 3G). It works quite well, though you do give up certain features.

    The 2.8 inch screen is an absolute delight. Crisp and clear. Excellent for playing games and watching video.

    The N96, to me, is more of a designer gadget. Those that love high tech devices with lots of features will drool over this phone. It does everything pretty well, but compared with other phones, it doesn't really excel at anything. It's definitely not the IPhone killer, but more of a trendy substitute. There are a lot of great phone choices out there. The Nokia N96 would not be my first choice if my choice was utility (LG Dare). Nor would it be my first choice for a smartphone (Blackberry or Samsung Omnia). It would rank pretty high on my list of phones if I were looking for an all in one multimedia phone that is somewhat future proof (sans touchscreen and querty keyboard). ...more info
  • Not really an upgrade. Too slow.
    This phone aims to be an upgrade to the N95 8 GB, but it falls a bit short of that. The feature set is only very minimally upgraded (mainly, more included memory plus a SD slot, a pullout kickstand around the camera lens, and a newer software release), and instead, it introduces some new shortcomings.

    The first thing that struck me was how much of an underperformer this phone really is. Using the included music player to stream audio to my Pioneer Car Stereo over Bluetooth (A2DP), it would stutter every 11-12 seconds, making for a less-than-stellar playback experience. I attributed that to its slow processor, though it is possible that a future firmware upgrade would fix this issue. Either way, i ended up returning it after a few days' use in favor of the slightly newer Nokia N85, which in contrast performs much better and feels snappier overall. (And by the way, looks much more modern and sexy, thanks in part to its gorgeous AMOLED screen).

    Secondly, a couple of other shortcomings from the original N95 (interational version, N95-1) are reintroduced in the N96. Both use a 950mAh battery, compared to 1200mAh in the subsequent N95 models as well as the N85, and coupled with its larger 2.8" LCD screen, it means that it must be charged daily with any extended use. Also, although it does include 128 MB of RAM (runtime memory), only about 45MB or so are available for applications at startup, so like the N95-1, it is subject to frequent "out of memory" errors if you leave a few applications open.

    Thirdly, although Nokia have resolved their long-standing WCDMA patent dispute with Qualcomm, this phone still only supports North American UMTS bands (850/1900 MHz), whereas the newer N85 has tri-band UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz) and so will be able to get 3G speeds worldwide. (Conversely, the international version of the N96 will not get 3G speeds in North America). In particular, if you plan to travel to Japan or South Korea, this phone will not work at all, wheras the N85 will. (All these phones support quad-band GSM though, and will work on 2G speeds everywhere else in the world).

    The distinctive new feature of the N96 is its support for the DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast for HandHelds) standard; however this feature is not enabled in the U.S. version, since carriers here have chosen to use MediaFLO instead. The price, however, remains as high as the international version (actually higher for most, since they would get a carrier subsidy in most countries), so you end up paying a premium for a feature you cannot use.

    On the positive side, this phone has much better support for different video formats/resolutions than other phones (also N-Series ones); it will pretty much play any movie you throw onto it without the need for transcoding or resizing.

    Also, it built relatively solid (mine did not have any creaking sounds, wobbly slider, or the like), and if you are concerned about build quality, you should definitely choose this over the N85. Or, you could choose to wait for the recently-announced N86 8MP (which upgrades the N85 with a 8MP camera, 8MB of built-in memory in addition to a SD slot, and more attention to build quality).

    One note worth mentioning about N-Series and other unlocked phones in general is that although you pay a higher price upfront when compared to other smartphones that are subsidized by the carrier (mainly, AT&T), you end up earning that back over time -- at least if you include a data plan. The reason is that AT&T charges higher prices for their "smartphone"/PDA/iPhone etc. plans than for the standard "data unlimited" plans. For instance, the "data" portion of the iPhone plan is $30/month, wheras "data unlimited" for Symbian S60 phones like the N96/N95/N85 is $10 or $15 per month (depending on whether you also have unlimited messaging). Over the 2-year contract period for the subsidized phone, that's a $360 or $480 difference - more than enough to offset the initial price difference. (So basically, compared to the iPhone, you get a lot more capabilities at a lower price).

    Secondly, "unlocked" means that you are free to insert a SIM card from any GSM carrier in the world, not just those from a given carrier. If you travel abroad, for instance, you can go into a local store to get a prepaid card with local tariffs, whereas with the iPhone you are forced to pay AT&T's international roaming charges ($1 - $3 per minute, depending on country).

    Finally, regarding carrier compatability: This phone is optimized for use on AT&T's network, with support for the 850/1900 MHz 3G bands. It will also work with T-Mobile USA, albeit at 2G (GSM/EDGE) speeds. It will NOT work with CDMA carriers such as Verizon, Sprint, Alltel, US Cellular, MetroPCS, and so on. For those carriers, there is no such thing as an "unlocked" phone.
    ...more info
  • Do not buy this phone
    I've used Nokia phones for years.

    Of all the phones I've had this is simply the worst device I've ever used.

    Don't be duped by the model number. While the N95 is a wonderful phone, the N96 is badly made and unstable...more info
  • Excellent Video and Sound
    I've waited a month of having this phone to review it to make sure that I give an accurate review of it's pros, cons and quirks. Here's the "short" version of my review.

    Switching to the Nokia N96 after using an HTC MDA with Windows Mobile on it for 2 1/2 years.

    If you slide the keypad down, the numeric keypad shows and the display remains in portrait. If you slide the keypad up, the multimedia keypad shows and the display goes to landscape mode. However, if you close the multimedia keypad, the display stays in landscape mode. This can be a pro or a con, depending on who you are. For me, this is a con, because I have to move the numeric keypad down to get the screen to go back to portrait.

    The menu items on the screen are customizable.

    The clearest calls ever. This is the first mobile phone that I have ever used speakerphone where the other party does not ask, "Are you on a speakerphone?" It sounds the same as if you were using the handset. I did try using the "Say Caller's Name" function, hoping that the caller's name would be verbally communicated, but the phone froze up and had to be reset after a test call was made to it.

    Messages show the sender and the first 30 characters of any message, great for getting the jist of what you're looking for in your inbox. The left and right buttons allow movement between Inbox, Templates, Drafts, Sent, Outbox and Reports. Inbound MMS may take hours if being sent from a competitor's service company (this may be an AT&T issue, though).

    Large, easy to read month and week calendar. Easy to add appointments, just pick a date and start typing. Easily swap between calendar views using the * key.

    Quickly locates surrounding Wifi, however, once you select a network (even if the connection is unsuccessful) you must manually select a new network by vising the WLAN Scanning setting.

    Phone has Normal, Silent, Meeting, Outdoor, Pager, and Offline profiles which are 100% customizable. Press and hold the # key and you swap between your preferred profile and silent mode. Excellent 1 click capability.

    I did not test this feature extensively, but was able to connect to a BlackBerry Pearl quickly.

    Video Center
    Video starts in portrait, must open multimedia buttons to change to landscape. Has extremely vivid, detailed video. Multimedia backlit buttons on keyboard fade after so many seconds of being idle, must memorize which buttons are where. Thankfully, the "select" button doubles as a pause button.

    You can sort your photos by captured, months, albums, tags, downloads and all. A very appealing rotating menu of the thumbnails can be used to select which photo(s) you would like to view.

    I only played PinBall and I hated it. Having to use the 1 and 3 keys for the flippers with my thumbnails scratching up the bottom of the screen. Didn't like playing games on it at all.

    Lock button is convenient quick slider. Does have a power button, don't need to hold down the end key. The volume button is the hardest button I have ever had to press on a phone, don't attempt this one handed. Memory card slot is hard to open, afraid it will snap off every time I try to open it. The keypad is backlit in white. When the keypad idles out, you have the option to have the select button "pulse" in a dim bit of light to that it's easy to find in the dark. Very neat!

    Video Camera
    5 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens is the best I've ever seen on a phone. The shutter button can be held halfway down, just as any other digital camera to focus. The phone has different scene modes found in other digital cameras, such as Auto, User Defined, Close Up, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night and Night Portrait. The camera also has burst mode that works extremely well! Video tells you how much time you have left (i.e., 1:29:00) but when shooting video, the time rapidly declined to 1:24:00 within 5 seconds and continued declining from there. The video does have a video light, similar to a flash for still pictures. White balance, color tone are other options you can use. The shutter button is hard to press without blurring the shot if you have the flash turned off. Zoom is slow. Lots of options for the self timer. There is a secondary camera used for a self portrait or video calls, but it is definitely a worse lens, etc., as it picks up a lot of noise in low light and the quality is inferior.

    A "pearl" would definitely come in handing. Using the Navigation button is tedious and time consuming. Your thumb starts to hurt after a while of using it to scroll, as well.

    Battery will show fully charged for days, but as soon as you take a call, the battery seems to drain super quick, almost like when you have a full tank of gas and the guage doesn't move for days, but as soon as it does, you know you'll be out of gas within 50 miles. This could be quite confusing for a first time multimedia phone user. Would recommend to see this in a touch screen with a QWERTY keypad. The backplate is very delicate and it feels like I'm going to break it.

    The other day the phone said, "No SIM Card" and when I opened the backplate and took the battery out, yep, there was the SIM card. It had become unsecured. I'm sure just pressing the battery down would've corrected this, but this could be a pain. BTW, this happened without me dropping or jarring the phone at all.

    The kick stand is hard to open the first time, you're afraid you'll break it, however, afterwords it's really easy to open, but not too easy that it'll fly open on its own.

    If you need to relocate files from one memory source to another, it is a smooth, quick process (i.e., from MicroSD card to 16GB Memory).

    Quick charging time.

    The camera lens cover is *not* recessed, making for easy cleaning.

    FM Radio is excellent, you can use either the handset, headset or stereo speakers. Also, this has the best stereo sound I have ever heard from a phone, much better than my iPod dock....more info
  • Powerful but expensive
    It's a very nice and stylish cellphone but it's too expensive.

    The best:
    It allows to create VPNs and access pop mail, you can download games and some other useful apps, GPS works as promised and it's easy to use, good sound quality.

    The bad:
    It's too slow, sometimes it freezes when you receive a new message or when trying to open an application, GPS drains the battery really fast; it doesn't include a usb adapter to recharge the battery. Mobile TV doesn't work in Mexico yet....more info
  • terrible phone
    i regret to buy this, this is the worst phone i've used. I bought it 5 months ago expecting a powerful and useful phone.
    good things of this phone:
    1, very good look (i think there is nothing else good of this phone with the price)
    bad things
    1, very slow, it takes around 3 seconds to open contacts or navigate. if you want to open an application, it takes much longer( sometimes 2 minutes depends on which app you open)
    2, battery is terrible( only for one day even though i don't use it) consider this because battery is the key of mobile phones
    3,operating system of nokia is terrible ( Iphone is much much better, skype, games, music, video, everything else is better even though this phone have some functions like camera, gps. the design of the camera is bad. when i take the pic, its not clear because my hands shake sometimes, gps is useless with this phone)
    4, web browsing, its extremely slow to log in, browse. it takes forever to browse a website, compared to the iphone, this is just a stupid device)
    5, the keyboard is hard to use, navigation wheel is useless
    6, everything else is just bad
    I've use many phones such as samsung, lg, iphone, sony, i want to try nokia because i heard it is good, but nokia 96 is the worst one i've used. the price now is 490 sth, 5 months ago it is 630 sth.
    all in all, this is just a terrible phone. trust me!...more info
  • No good at all
    I return the item because it did not give me all it says will do....more info
  • according to me
    i always luv nokia products since they started making the 'N' series
    well, this nokia n96 a lil bit more better than previous n95 8gb that i had. but some people saying that battery consume was high, i agreed with it, no infrared, n application opening seems getting slower compare to n95 8gb.
    the good thing, it is a NOKIA we talking about over here,
    it's good, always good.cant wait for n97 that will comes out on july
    accelerometers, arrghh,,, georgous, auto update for the nokia firmupdate software via phone, that's a ++ ( on previous nokia products you need to update via pc suite)
    n this is about the video n photo quality: even thou n95 8gb that i had is the same best quality with n 96 that i just purchased, but..
    it's better the me
    i compared it several times.
    one thing that made me dissapoint is the color.
    if you got to n type on the search product " nokia n96"
    it will appears that they have the all housing black color ( include the liner side is black ) for the nokia n-96
    but in fact: there's none.
    i try to find n searching everywhere, none
    every single nokia n-96 that you'll buy has the liner side silver or dark grey color. if you find one with the black liner side, it might be a fake one or not originally nokia made

    that's all my men.....more info
  • Best Nokia I have owned
    I purchased this after I returned a N85-3 to another dealer, this phone has it all and works as good if not better than the old outdated N95-3.There are so many things to point out it would take me forever to put it all down but from a person that has owned a N73, Two N81's, a N78, a N95-2, Three N95-3's, Two N95-4's, a N85-3 and out of all of them the N96-3 is the best of all.If you would like the best Nokia that is being produced right now I would say pick up a N96-3,it works great and is really fun to use....more info