"All your dreams...in the palm of your hand"4.5 starson by sb12345
Pros: WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Symbian OS based, Map application, large screen, dual slider, intuitive user interface, 5MP camera
Cons: Battery life poor, but it is fine w/ a nightly recharge, not made of anodized aluminum
Summary: This phone does everything imaginable. It's pretty much a full computer in your pocket.
5MP is phenomenal for a cell phone. It also has many advanced functions such as aperture settings, exposure compensation, white balance, self timer, and red-eye flash settings. On top of that, the video camera is very very good but not DVD quality as Nokia says. It even has image stabilization built in. In other reviews, you may have read that the "camera was slow" or something along those lines. The truth is that the shutter itself is not slow, but the response time between pushing the button and the clicking of the shutter is long.
GPS: Really useful and neat feature to have. Be sure to clear all maps first using the PC map loader (if it was not bought in the US--mine was an Asian model) Then load your US maps into the memory card. The map goes down to street level and is fairly up-to-date. The accuracy of the GPS is around 150 feet. It even indicates altitude and speed of your vehicle.
The media centre of this phone has some impressive animation, and plays videos and songs in stereo sound with impressive quality. Plus, it can be hooked up to any TV so you can blow it up on a larger screen.
Fairly good. Regular sites don't load as fast as a normal comp, but that's because of the overall processing power/RAM of the unit. WiFi also saves you on expensive data costs that you would prob encounter with your wireless carrier. It's really useful for checking email and browsing your favorite sites.
The EDR really helps when you sync your media files from your computer. It also helps increase the range between your computer and the N95.
The Symbian OS is very intuitive and clean. Occasionally, it lags but this wasn't a big issue for me. Even more complex apps like the Map application loads and quits efficiently without hanging up. The unit only freezes after applying a more complex setting such as changing the system theme or something. It can be fixed by a simple restart of the device. However, this should've been fixed by Nokia through a simple message telling you to restart your device the way you'd restart your computer after installing an update or program.
This seems to be a big point of critisism for the editors and other users of this phone. The honest bottom line is this: it doesn't go about 14 hrs without a recharge. (that is w/ use of WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth). If you use the phone just for talking w/ idling, the battery lasts a comfortable 21 hrs. The best thing to do is to probably charge it overnight daily. Then you'll be fine.
The address book, calandar, and document viewers are excellent. Multiple numbers per contact w/ room for email addresses, home addresses etc. The calandar has many options for appts, meetings, and alarms. The document viewer not only opens regular text docs, but also spreadsheets and some kind of file that resembles PowerPoint. Checking email is also easy as setting up your account with the wizard is a snap. It works of WiFi or through your wireless carrier.
The size is really nice and the important info such as time, date, etc show up nice and large so it's easy to read. For videos and the GPS, it's perfect. The ambient light sensor works well.
The phone has a solid feel. It's also slimmer than it looks. When I saw the pics on the Nokia site, it def looked thicker than when I actually had the unit in my hand. The fact that the sliding mechanism isn't assisted isn't a big deal for me. The two-way slider is also pretty neat. However, the slider, when open, has a slight flimsy feel to it. It's also made of plastic, and not anodized aluminum like a lot of new electronics (eg. iPod) which is surprising for such a high-tech device. The plastic is wrapped tightly and solidly around the device though and doesn't "squeak" or "creak" when being handled.
Overall, this phone is really THE THING as it surpasses the typical smartphone. Despite a few minor faults, it is an amazing device with tremendous functionality.