Carrying the Nokia N95 8GB with me, feels more like an experience rather than just having another smartphone in my pocket. It’s the experience of having 8gigs of memory under a sexy black case that bundles a bright 2.8″ screen and covers a bunch of advanced technology like quad GSM, A-GPS, HSDPA, WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 +ERD, EGPRS, WCDMA, HSCSD ,USB 2.0, Infrared, a 5 megapixels CMOS sensor and more. In other words, it’s almost everything the gadget freak and the power user wants for entertaining, managing, running a web server and fooling around.
Nokia N95 8GB ships loaded with the full length Spiderman 3 movie and a RCA cable for connecting the phone to your favorite TV set. I guess it’s not hard to imagine that all i did was exactly that. Connect the N95 to the big, 32 inch TV, hit the play button and sit back and relax.
From beginning to end Spiderman 3 lasts approximately 2 hours and 9 minutes which in terms of battery juice means 2 out of 6 lines of the battery meter. That is 1/3 of the power on a fully charged N95 or the distance it takes to fly directly from Athens, Greece to Rome, Italy. Frankly speaking, watching an action movie and landing to a new country leaves you with more than half of the battery life to be spent on 3.5G network coverage and GPS.
The beauty of the bright 2.8″ screen creates appetite for more than watching movies and video podcasts. Setting up Putty for Symbian was as easy as installing any other application but little i knew before actually trying to connect via SSH to a server somewhere in the UK. I have to admit that watching top displaying real time all processes and CPU usage, was a sentimental moment for me; I kid you not. I was there, watching more than 15 processes, PIDs and their respective users, consuming system’s resources that very moment.
From the application’s menu select Options > Setting and tools > Toggle full screen and you will realize that size does matter cliché is very true. This is where the real estate of 2.8 inches comes in handy. Opening or editing files is a killer using vi, Adobe Reader or your favorite Symbian editor / viewer.
Running a web server
Can you imagine what is to have 8GB of memory powered by an ARM 11 CPU running at 332MHz in the palm of your hand? Nokia did and created the concept of the Mobile Web Server also known as Raccoon. It’s basically a Symbian port of the Apache httpd web server or “a connectivity solution that enables HTTP traffic to a mobile device from the Internet”. I was unable* to install Raccoon but i finally made it using the consumer oriented, ready to use, Mobile Web Server available at mymobilesite.net. Their solution enables the PC user with a web browser to do the following, FREE of charge:
- Contacts – look up phone numbers
- SMS sending
- Blog – tell stories on your journeys
- Calendar – colleagues see your availability
- Gallery – browse pictures taken with camera phone
- Messaging – send instant messages
- Camera – share instant pictures
- Phone log – view missed calls
- Guestbook – visitors can leave their comments
- Guest and friend user accounts
- Chat – communicate with friends
- Presence – share your status
My personal mobile web site is served under pestaola.mymobilesite.net but it’s offline for obvious reasons.
Listening to FM radio consumes no battery, while playing with Google maps is a bit of an intensive task despite the dual CPUs inside the N95. Games from the N-Gage platform** take full advantage of the built-in 3D graphics hardware accelerator. Asphalt 3: Street Rules is a great example of such a game, showing off the 3D capabilities of N95 8GB. Check out the video to get an idea of the future of mobile gaming. One last thing… even though i’m a sucker for quality headphones, sound quality from the built-in speaker is great, period.
In a nutshell
In the hardware and software i trust, Nokia created an amazing combo of state of the art technology within 128g of weight. S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 1 powers the mobile computer named N95 8GB, clearly showing off its strengths and potential. I guess there are
definitely some bugs here and there, but it’s software, right? Sure, the N95 could be thinner, fuel cell powered and have a touch screen interface while two intergalactic developers R&D on it (grin). Buying the Nokia N95 8GB, you’re buying a piece of the future and great value for your money – no doubts!
*Due to the known issue of expired certifications i was unable to install Racoon and i refuse to follow a two page tutorial just for the sake or trying to make it work
**Asphalt 3: Street Rules was a demo
Nokia N95 8GB was updated and tested with firmware v11.0.026