Here’s the hands-on gallery for the Nokia N96. I’m sure this bad-boy doesn’t need any introduction, but for the sake of completeness, here’s a quick rundown of what to expect.
- Quadband EDGE
- Dualband HSDPA (850/2100 MHz)
- DVB-H Class C
- 103 x 55 x 18 mm
- 16 GB internal memory AND a microSD slot
- 950 mAh battery
- 2.8 inch 320×240 display with 16 million colors
- 3.5 mm headphone jack
- WiFi (802.11 b/g)
- 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics
VGA video recording at 30 FPS
Dual LED flash
- S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 (Flash Lite 3 enabled web browser included)
The glossy-black finish hides buttons that illuminate from below…so cool. The sliding mechanism is much improved over the N95 – springy and snappy at the same time, it’s incredibly satisfying. The music controls illuminate upon sliding the N96 down. A kickstand pops out from the rear, making video and TV viewing convenient. Oh yea, and the TV (DVB-H) is smooth and crisp.
Overall, the Nokia N96 is slightly (emphasis on slightly) longer than the N95, with about the same width and thickness, but feels lighter and more solid. And, speaking of solid, did I mention that much improved sliding mechanism?
If you just bought a Nokia N95, I’m sorry to say that the Nokia N96 is the new hotness. The Nokia N95 is still the cat’s meow, but the N96 gets the lion’s share of the glory. That glossy-black finish might not be your cup of tea, but damn if I didn’t love it.