Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Nokia new Mobile N96

The new N96 is official! The word's all over the Internet, with pictures and a limited spec sheet. Nokia finally made the phone available at GSMA Barcelona today, and our man there reports that the phone is a union of the N81 and the N95.

The N96 has a 5MP camera with Carl-Zeiss lens and Xenon flash, and will come with S60 3rd feature pack, which is yet to make a release. To make the surfing experience a little richer, a fully flash-enabled surfing interface is included. The phone will come with 16GB of space built in, with an option to double that



Network -- GSM900 / GSM1800 / GSM1900 / GSM850 / HSDPA

Introduced -- 2008 Q1

Status -- Coming soon

Form factor -- Slider

Antenna -- Internal


Weight -- 125 g (including battery)

Dimensions -- 103 x 55 x 18 mm


Type --Graphical

Colours --TFT, 16M colors

Size --240 x 320 pixels


Shared Memory 16 GB

- Photocall

- microSD (TransFlash)

- 128MB RAM, 256MB system memory


- Polyphonic Yes, 64 voices

- Monophonic, True Tones, MP3


GPRS -- Yes, Class 32, 107 / 64.2 kbps

Modem -- Yes, Class 32, 296 kbps; DTM Class 11, 177 kbps

3G -- Yes, HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps

WLAN -- Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UPnP technology

USB -- Yes, 2.0, microUSB

Bluetooth --Yes, 2.0 with A2DP


Browser -- Yes, WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS reader

Infrared -- Yes

Email Client -- Yes

- Symbian OS, S60 rel. 3.2

- Instant Messaging

- Push to talk


Vibration -- Yes

SMS -- Send / Receive

MMS -- Send / Receive

Camera -- Yes, 5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, video(VGA 30fps), flash;

secondary VGA videocall camera

Java -- Yes

Changeable Games -- Yes

Games -- Yes

Clock -- Yes

Alarm -- Yes

Calculator -- Yes

To-Do List -- Yes

Voice Dialing -- Yes

Voice Memo -- Yes

T9 -- Yes

Handsfree -- Yes

FM Radio -- Yes

- Built-in GPS receiver

- A-GPS function

- DVB-H TV broadcast receiver

- Dual slide design

- MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+/WMA player

- 3.5 mm audio output jack

- TV out

- Organizer

- Office document viewer

Standard Battery

Type -- Li-Ion

Amperage -- 950 mAh

Standby Time -- 220 hours

Talk Time -- 3 hours 40 minutes

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Nokia N85

N85 is the latest Nseries signing and a bulletproof spec sheet sets it right in the thick of all-in-one action. Full-house connectivity and multimedia prowess topped with a massive OLED screen to die for, Nokia N85 gives the lineup a great edge and comes out as the definitive brand-loyal upgrade. No, it will never rule the Nseries but sure has what it takes to make them tick. With the echo of the not so glorious N96 entry still lingering, we are about to see what Nokia N85 can do for the Nseries morale.

Key features:

  • 2.6" 16M-color OLED display of QVGA resolution
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash and AF assist light
  • Camera lens cover
  • Symbian OS 9.3 with S60 3.2 UI
  • ARM 11 369 MHz CPU
  • 3G with HSDPA support
  • Quad-band GSM support
  • Wi-Fi with UPnP technology
  • Built-in GPS with A-GPS functionality and 3 months of free voice-guided navigation
  • FM transmitter
  • Dual slide design with dedicated gaming/audio keys
  • microSD card slot with microSDHC support
  • 8GB memory card included in the retail package
  • Built-in accelerometer for UI auto-rotation
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • TV out
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • Navi wheel navigation
  • VGA video recording at 30fps
  • USB and Bluetooth v2.0
  • One free N-gage game
  • Keylock switch

Friday, September 26, 2008

Nokia N79

The bar-shaped Nokia N79 has a bit more modest feature list but has better (or so it seems to us) looks and a more compact boy. It still supports all the four GSM bands but the 3G works only on
the 900 and 2100 MHz bands. The display on the N79 is a 2.4" QVGA TFT unit, capable of showing up to 16M colors. Wi-Fi, GPS and a 5 megapixel camera are some of its other more important features.

Nokia N79 also sports FM radio and FM transmitter, allowing you to broadcast your favorite tracks within a short range over radio waves.

Nokia N79, much like the N85, features the touch sensitive Navi wheel navigation solution which we first came to know in the Nokia N81. The N79 also has a 3.5mm audio jack and will ship with a 4GB memory card.

A novel feature of the Nokia N79 is its easily customizable exterior (and interior). The handset will come with two extra Xpress-on covers in the retail package and additional ones can also be purchased. When you put a new back cover on, the N79 recognizes its color and can automatically change the interface theme color to match it.

Nokia N79 will hit the shelvesin Canvas White and Seal Grey color versions in October

Monday, August 11, 2008

Nokia 5320 Teensmart

XpressMusic is back on Symbian turf. Last time we checked the musical talent was playing second fiddle to smartphone skill but maybe it's time for the tables to turn. Nokia have ditched the swivel and are playing it rather low key on the 5320 exterior. Fair enough, less express in XpressMusic but no complaints elsewhere: FP2, HSDPA. Well geared up in terms of connectivity and running on the latest Symbian, Nokia 5320 will hardly count solely on the XpressMusic branding. What it can sure count on is our careful scrutiny. Let's play.

Key features

  • 2" 262K-color display of QVGA resolution
  • Symbian 9.3 OS with S60 3.2 UI
  • ARM 11 369 MHz CPU and 128MB of RAM
  • 140 MB of user memory microSD slot with support for up to 8GB, 512MB or 1GB card in the retail package
  • 3G with HSDPA support
  • Bluetooth and USB v2.0
  • 2 megapixel fixed-focus camera
  • 3.5 mm standard audio jack
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Dedicated music controls
  • Music-centric Active Standby plug-in
  • Very good loudspeaker performance
  • Compact body and light weight
  • Cool handsfree set in the retail package

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Nokia E71 Review

Following some time off since the E51, the Nokia E-series is back to the shop with a new pet for business-minded users. Nokia E71 seems to have it all to take over and build on the E61 QWERTY messengers' expertise. The suave upgrade is much slimmer now (and thus much more pocket-friendly), more powerful and a whole lot more skilled. The smaller display is actually the only step down. Well, we're back in business too, and we're about to see if that's the step back before a major leap forward.

Key features:

  • Quad-band GSM support
  • 3G with HSDPA 3.6Mbps support
  • Landscape 2.36" 16M color display of QVGA resolution
  • Comfortable full QWERTY keypad
  • Convenient business-minded shortcut keys
    Symbian 9.2 OS, S60 UI with FP1 (topped with some FP2 goodies)
  • 369 MHz ARM 11 CPU and 128 MB of SDRAM Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS receiver, A-GPS
  • 3.15 megapixel auto focus camera with LED flash
  • 110 MB of internal memory, microSD expansion, ships with a 2GB card
  • The slimmest smartphone ever
  • Stainless steel casing
  • Standard 2.5mm audio jack
  • Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP support
  • microUSB v2.0
  • FM radio
  • Infrared port
  • Great battery life
  • Office document editor
  • Rich retail package

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Nokia 3120 Review

Even if every little Nokia wants to be an N95 when it grows up, most of them end up a decent looking gadget with a neat little perk here and there to top the good old calling and texting. Nokia 3120 classic is just another one of them mixed by the time-tested recipe - do the bare minimum but do it right. Now, the notion of bare necessities in mobile phones is stretching as we speak, so no wonder yet another 3G-enabled junior gets thrown in the midrange skirmish.

Key features:

  • 2" 16M-color QVGA display
  • 2 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • S40 user interface
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Quad-band GSM support
  • 3G network support, video-call
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity
  • Stereo FM radio
  • microSD card slot, microSDHC support
  • Very good battery
  • 2.5mm standard audio jack
  • Rich preinstalled content

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Nokia N78 Review

Love it or leave it won't do here, we're afraid. Love it or hate it is more like it. There's so much to get excited about with Nokia N78. The excellent display and capable camera, topped with Navi wheel, FM transmitter, GPS and Wi-Fi sure round off a nice deal. And yes, the latest FP 2 is a downright treat. If only… Well, you must know already what we think of the package. Anyway, you're welcome to read on. Nokia N78 has a whole review up ahead to unleash its potential and a lifetime to beg for a facelift.

Key features:

  • 2.4" 16M-color display of QVGA resolution 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash
  • S60 UI with Feature Pack 2
  • FM transmitter
  • Navi wheel
  • 3G with HSDPA
  • microSD card slot, 2GB card in the retail package
  • GPS receiver and 3 months of free voice-guided navigation
  • Wi-Fi
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm standard audio jack
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity (microUSB port)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Samsung D780 Review

Samsung are obviously not of two minds about two-in-one phones. A new dual SIM handset - the Samsung D780 - is underway and it's intended as a more affordable dual SIM solution as compared to the D880 Duos. On the outside, there's nothing cool about Samsung D780 and that's fine by us. The new dual SIM bar means business and its top skill is well tucked under the battery. What you get is quality of build, comfy large keyboard and friendly handling. A big fella by all means, the D780 is a sensible piece of dual SIM action.

Key features:

  • Seamless dual SIM handling (both cards are active simultaneously)
  • 2 megapixel camera with nice image quality

  • 2.1" 262K-color TFT display (QVGA resolution)

  • microSD memory expansion

  • FM radio

  • Bluetooth with A2DP

  • MS Office document viewer

  • Snappy user interface

  • Comfortable keyboard and controls

Monday, May 26, 2008

Sony Ericsson W980 Walkman

It's no news any more that we've been playing with one of the hotties of the season for some time now. Sony Ericsson W980 made a glorious entrance but we're yet to see about the exit. Set to top the Walkman feature phone lineup, W980 carries along 8 GB worth of storage, a 3 megapixel camera and a built-in accelerometer. The touch-sensitive keys and the latest Sony Ericsson feature phone interface add to the excitement. Still not interested? Then try to think of another music phone with a built-in FM transmitter!

Key features:

  • 2.2" 262K-color TFT LCD display of QVGA resolution
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • 8 gigs of onboard memory
  • FM transmitter
  • Great user interface
  • 3G with HSDPA
  • External 262K-color display with a resolution of 176 x 176 pixels
  • Walkman 3.0 music player
  • Shake control
  • Light effects
  • Touch-sensitive keys
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP profile support
  • USB 2.0 connectivity
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keypad

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Nokia 3500 Classicaly simple

To get it straight, Nokia 3500 classic is not the kind of handset to have you head-over-heels in love. It was never meant to be. What really matters in this classic from-the-head-not-the-heart scenario is ease of use, decent looks and passable performance. The less promises are made, the less heartbreak you have to deal with. Classic, ain't it?

Key features:

1.8" TFT 256K-color display

Compact and light-weight handset

2 megapixel camera

microSD card slot

Good organizer

S40 3rd edition user interface

Stereo FM radio

2.5mm standard stereo audio jack

MiniUSB slot

Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP

Built-in handsfree

Spacious phonebook (2000 entries)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Sony Ericsson G900

The Sony Ericsson G900 is physically identical to the G700 with a 2.4" 262K-color TFT display of QVGA resolution. However the G900 has more to offer than its sibling - bringing Wi-Fi support and a 5 megapixel auto focus camera it looks set to cause high-tech high-end excitement.

As with the G700, UMTS support with video calls is also on board, along with stereo Bluetooth and an M2 memory card slot. Sony Ericsson also made a big deal of their Notes applications that allows you to organize your life with electronic yellow Sticky Notes (they come in other colors, too).

Saturday, April 26, 2008

LG KF600

Touchpads are no longer revolutionary. But they are still not flawless either. The ones we've managed to test so far have all fallen seriously short of being the best thing since sliced bread. However, our experience with LG KF600 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona revealed a huge step forward for touchpad-navigated devices. You can imagine we were more than eager to make a full review of the handset. Luckily, the pre-release unit we got was good enough for that purpose. So, here we go.

Key features:

  • 2" 256K-color TFT LCD display of QVGA resolution

  • 1.49" 256K-color TFT 176 x 240 pixel InteractPad

  • 3.15 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash

  • Tri-band GSM/EDGE support

  • Bluetooth and USB v2.0

  • Cool additional themes by Keith Haring

  • FM radio

  • Cool games

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Samsung F700

The F700 is pretty much where it all began for Samsung and large touch screens. It was their first mobile phone to feature a three-and-above-inch touch screen display while back in the day 3 mega pixel auto focus cameras were still high-end stuff. As time went by Samsung F490 and the Samsung Armani phone loomed into prominence, and there are a few more coming up. And guess what, none of them has the bulky QWERTY underside. That should tell you something.

Key features:

  • Stylish looks and high-quality build
  • Tri-band GSM and HSDPA support with video calls
  • Large 3.2" touchscreen TFT display of 240 x 440 pixel resolution
  • Comfortable QWERTY keyboard
  • 3 megapixel autofocus camera
  • Touch haptic feedback is present
  • microSD memory card slot
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack
  • Office documents viewer
  • Snappy user interface
  • Intuitive music player
  • Fast screen autorotation when keyboard is revealed


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