I just love to hate the Nokia N96 and that’s not because of the dodgy camera button only. Specs wise the N96 is an engineer marvel with every mainstream radio possible built in, plus a 2.8 inch screen, kickstand and Tv Out. This is where all the fun starts. The 2.8 inch screen is bright and crisp but what if a 84 inch display runs the show? The Tv Out cable included in the N96’s box is all you need apart from a really big screen or a projector.
It only takes 10 seconds to hook up the N96 with the projector and signal sync. The built in accelerometer does its magic rotating the screen on both the phone and the external display. What actually happens is N96 mirroring and scaling its primary 2.8 inch display up to, you guessed it, 84 inches.
Despite the wow-i-can-do-it thing the concept of driving a 84 inch display with something made for making phones calls, SMS, surf the web and fit in the palm of your hand is quite astonishing. Even before the hands on experience with a N96 i was praising the hardware and software combo on this little monster. N96 is probably the first ever Nokia smartphone made way ahead of its time with lot of engineering intelligence thrown in during development but with such a poor built quality and choice of materials.
Nevertheless, 16GBs of internal memory plus another 8GBs of microSD capacity definitely do the job during a long weekend away from home or for this video rich presentation you’ve been preparing the last two weeks. Just remember to carry the Tv Out cable always with you.
Now, think big. Think NeuScreen 3, MultiTouch Screen Engine on Nokia N95. Think S60 pwned. Think iPhone video out like applications. The N96 can be Nokia’s most hacked and modified device ever, a test bed for future mobiles and crazy ideas such as games playable only in big screens using the built in accelerometer, map applications for Earth and the galaxy, media centric applications and UI etc.
I just love to hate the Nokia N96 but looking at that huge 84 inches display i dream the future. Kudos to the cutest cousin ever for helping me with the setup.