Alright, i have to admit i lied about the bikini but Nokia N95 8GB is so sexy that it could definitely fit in a bikini. The black color and the bigger, 2.8″ screen make the new N95 worth every single penny of Nokia’s R&D and marketing money. The device is nearly perfect and solid rock for the last week i’ve been testing it. It really marks a milestone in the development process of smartphones or multimedia computers if you want to stick with Nokia’s marketing terms.
I can keep on writing and praising the N95 8GB but that wouldn’t be fair for you, dear reader; There are 12 pics in this post showing of the looks and the beauty of the phone. Instead i would like to point out a couple of annoyances compared to my recent N82 experience.
I miss the protective camera cover, the N82 had. This 5 Megapixels CCD waiting for me under the hood of an Autofocus Carl Zeiss Tessar 2.8/5.6 Optics, really needs some care. Other than keeping away all the dust and dirt, the protective cover doubled as a switch for the camera.
The headphones jack is placed on the left side of the N95, in between the built-in speaker and the IrDA sensor. This is all good if your don’t use a protective case and headphones, but in case you jog and you want to keep that big bright LCD away from scratches and sweat, you have a problem. Plugging the headphones adds a bit of a bulk on the phone and makes it impossible putting it inside the case unless you decide to buy a new one for that purpose. On the N82, the headphones jack was placed on the bottom.
I just can’t understand why Nokia has the built in accelerometer disabled. I was hoping that a few Kb from the 107.8MB firmware update to version 11.0.026 would enable the accelerometer and the auto rotating screen feature which turns out to be a killer when browsing or watching video on N95 8GB. It worked on the N82 with the smaller screen, why not on this engineering marvel? In case you have time and patience, try to install rotateMe v2.0 to make use of the accelerometer and the automatic screen rotation feature. It didn’t work for me, due to the well known certificate issue.
I don’t like the N95 8GB… i just don’t like it because i simply l-o-v-e it, thus i’m harsh judging. It’s a phone designed with almost universal completeness in mind. It’s a multimedia computer with enough power for the gadget enthusiast and solid rock features for the white collar professional.
Update: Higher resolution pics now available on Flickr under Creative Commons.