Nokia N95 now available...

30 Jun 2007 - 7:29pm
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niklasw
2005

...since 3months! Thats when I bought mine, unlocked! Because of the
slight iPhone hysteria I'd like to give you people some perspective:

The Nokia N95 has:

A hardware design that isn't near the sleakness of the iPhone but
still pretty nice... and it's smaller(99x53x21mm).
4Gb exchangeable memory (8Gb Cards coming),
exchangable battery,
5 mega pixel auto focus camera (with lens cover and flash),
30 fps video recording at 640x480 with image stabilization,
TV-out,
3.5mm headphone jack,
Bluetooth with A2DP stereo headset support,
quadband with high speed data like 3G,
WLan,
built in GPS with voice navigation and maps,
stereo speakers,
DRM free media player supporting most important formats,
Syncing of PIM details (and iTunes on a mac if you want http://nokia.com/mac).
UPnP support
FM Radio,
2.6" QVGA display in up to 16 mil. colors,
always online exchange mail support,
Flash Lite (2.0 unfortunately)
Safari web browser (default)
USB 2.0 via Mini USB
Java MIDP 2.0
Video calling (for those who bought in to that)

I've also bought and installed, to name a few:
SmartMovie XviD player to watch the latest TV-episodes for when i commute.
BestProfiles that switches profiles automatically based on my schedule
and according to my calendar meetings.
Opera Mobile (not mini) browser since I'm a long time user of it.
I read and edit office attachments from mails and read PDF files on it.
I use the Gmail java client.
I can do IM it from most common like Gtalk, Yahoo, MSN and Icq.

And to be honest, i bought an extra battery because it has to recharge
at least twice a day but hey still it is exchangeable :-P

Finally I'd like to point out another aspect that has been crucial in
my choice of phone: It can be fully operated using only one hand AND
it does not have a touch screen. If a phone has a touch screen
designers in my experience has a tendency to take the easy way out and
build functionality based on people holding the device with one hand
and pointing with the other. This (is my guess) also goes for the
iPhone. How do you then operate it when driving a car or walking down
the street holding something in you other hand?

--Niklas, Nokia fan-boy =)

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30 Jun 2007 - 9:37pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Niklas, since it lacks both a QWERTY and a touch screen, what is the
way you write your emails and do IMs? Is it a standard T9? if my
interpretation of the marketing docs have been correct, this is a
HUGE no-no on my part. I gotta have a QWERTY or minimally a
double-type like some Blackberries.

But besides that what are the other functions to support rapid and
heavy text entry? Predictive technologies? auto-correction? Pattern
recognition?

For a media heavy user, I'm sure the N95 rocks. But I'd rather have
less mega pixels and have a qwerty. Also, when I was on BB for about 3
years, I really missed the touch screen of my Treo (which I use one
handed ALL THE TIME). touch screen != two handed. My BB w/o a touch
screen I found much harder to use 1 handed than my treo with one.

FYI, there was a posting or interview by/with the CTO of Nokia
touting that touch screen is going to be where all the major
innovations of the next few years take place in mobile.

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1 Jul 2007 - 12:57am
Kevin Wong
2007

I agree that the Nokia N95 is an excellent phone, I can't help but make a
comment about phones and driving. Maybe walking, but driving a car
requires an incredible amount of attention, and taking that attention
away, even if it is talking on a hands free BT device, is certainly
dangerous. Using a phone with one hand while driving with the other is
not a scenario I wish to encourage no matter how many people do it.

Kevin

> ...since 3months! Thats when I bought mine, unlocked! Because of the
> slight iPhone hysteria I'd like to give you people some perspective:
>
> The Nokia N95 has:
>
> A hardware design that isn't near the sleakness of the iPhone but
> still pretty nice... and it's smaller(99x53x21mm).
> 4Gb exchangeable memory (8Gb Cards coming),
> exchangable battery,
> 5 mega pixel auto focus camera (with lens cover and flash),
> 30 fps video recording at 640x480 with image stabilization,
> TV-out,
> 3.5mm headphone jack,
> Bluetooth with A2DP stereo headset support,
> quadband with high speed data like 3G,
> WLan,
> built in GPS with voice navigation and maps,
> stereo speakers,
> DRM free media player supporting most important formats,
> Syncing of PIM details (and iTunes on a mac if you want
> http://nokia.com/mac).
> UPnP support
> FM Radio,
> 2.6" QVGA display in up to 16 mil. colors,
> always online exchange mail support,
> Flash Lite (2.0 unfortunately)
> Safari web browser (default)
> USB 2.0 via Mini USB
> Java MIDP 2.0
> Video calling (for those who bought in to that)
>
> I've also bought and installed, to name a few:
> SmartMovie XviD player to watch the latest TV-episodes for when i commute.
> BestProfiles that switches profiles automatically based on my schedule
> and according to my calendar meetings.
> Opera Mobile (not mini) browser since I'm a long time user of it.
> I read and edit office attachments from mails and read PDF files on it.
> I use the Gmail java client.
> I can do IM it from most common like Gtalk, Yahoo, MSN and Icq.
>
> And to be honest, i bought an extra battery because it has to recharge
> at least twice a day but hey still it is exchangeable :-P
>
> Finally I'd like to point out another aspect that has been crucial in
> my choice of phone: It can be fully operated using only one hand AND
> it does not have a touch screen. If a phone has a touch screen
> designers in my experience has a tendency to take the easy way out and
> build functionality based on people holding the device with one hand
> and pointing with the other. This (is my guess) also goes for the
> iPhone. How do you then operate it when driving a car or walking down
> the street holding something in you other hand?
>
> --Niklas, Nokia fan-boy =)
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1 Jul 2007 - 2:15am
niklasw
2005

Kevin: your point is very valid. ANd I definately don't encourgae it
but do you think people using phones in cars do that less if they are
forced to two hand operation? In a two hand case it gets even more
dangerous. I fex use the GPS and hands free(on the N95) in car. But
there are many other scenarios where one hand operation is more
suitable.

Dave: About the article which I read, congratulations to Steve, even
the Nokia CTO can't resist saying something iPhone related ;)

Rapid and heavy text entry would be a N95 flaw I suppose. It is
standard T9 that remebers words you add to it. But thats it. You
could always connect a foldable BT keypad but then you have to have
another device with you.

Thing is I tend to in 90% of the time be within 30min of a lap top or
other proper computer. So I use the phone to make calls, stay
connected, create and consume media.

I love that I ALWAYS have a proper media player, camera for video and
(good)images that I can upload to flickr or vox instantly, a GPS and a
phone and don't have to have several devices for it. So if you
exchange your iPod, digital camera or GPS for a N95 you could fit an
extra keyboard in your pocket instead ;)

Your point about BB w/o a touch screen beeing much harder to use 1
handed than a treo with one, I suppose proves the opposite of my
theory then but that has not been my experience. Neither the BB or
Treo has never been big around here.

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1 Jul 2007 - 5:28pm
cfmdesigns
2004

On Jun 30, 2007, at 5:29 PM, Niklas Wolkert wrote:

> The Nokia N95 has:
>
> A hardware design that isn't near the sleakness of the iPhone but
> still pretty nice... and it's smaller(99x53x21mm).

Is that actually a plus? Seems to me that the larger screen is a
selling point on the iPhone. You start to have something where
viewing photos, watching video, or surfing the web isn't a painful
experience with a larger screen.

> stereo speakers,

Are they any good, at that size?

> DRM free media player supporting most important formats,

Is that a plus or a minus? *All* music players (or 99.99% or them)
play DRM-free music. This one happenbs to play *only* DRM-free music.

> I read and edit office attachments from mails and read PDF files on
> it.

I've yet to really conceive of a need/desire to edit a Word doc or an
Excel spreadsheet on something with a 2" screen (or 3.5" for the
iPhone). I imagine it can't be either comfortable or fully
featured. I suppose if it's the only mechanism you have for editing,
it would be better than nothing, but there are things for which a
laptop is really a better solution.

> And to be honest, i bought an extra battery because it has to recharge
> at least twice a day but hey still it is exchangeable :-P

Yow. Sounds like skipping 3G at this point may not have been a bad
idea for Apple. (They were damned if they do, damned if they don't:
if they had included it, they would have been plastered for lousy
battery life.)

> Finally I'd like to point out another aspect that has been crucial in
> my choice of phone: It can be fully operated using only one hand AND
> it does not have a touch screen. If a phone has a touch screen
> designers in my experience has a tendency to take the easy way out and
> build functionality based on people holding the device with one hand
> and pointing with the other. This (is my guess) also goes for the
> iPhone. How do you then operate it when driving a car or walking down
> the street holding something in you other hand?

I think I've seen two car-mounting systems for the iPhone already, so
(reasonably) safely operating it in the car should be doable.

I can't operate my Samsung very well one-handed for anything other
than checking remote messages (let's see, *4 to delete, hope I got
the keys right!), so I don't see that much of an issue. People who
are able to handle their existing phone one-handed will probably
learn what to do on the iPhone the same way. Not as easy to orient
your fingers without setting off the wrong keys without a button, but
it's definitely doable. (I'll bet there are tiny rubber nubs which
could be affixed to the extreme outer edge of the screen, which would
give the user the tactile feedback needed to set up a grid and hit
the screen in the right place.)

-- Jim

4 Jul 2007 - 10:00am
David Polinchock
2005

This is why I love my Nokia 9500 and I'm looking forward to the E90 so much.
It's a great combination of everything I need in a phone. When closed, it's
a great phone and you can still call 1-800-GO-FEDEX without going crazy!
But, you can open it up and have a great keyboard and screen. Plus, you
have a 3.2 megapixel (I think) camera and a VGA video camera on front for
video conferencing.

The biggest design challenge I think the industry still faces is how to move
from phone to phone. I should be able to have multiple phones and move from
phone to phone based on what I'm doing. If I need to write, I take the E90.
If I'm biking, I should be able to take something smaller.

BTW, I did get an iPhone yesterday and I've been playing with it for the
past 24 hours. Have to admit that the screen interface is way cool and is
certainly lots of fun to play with. Some things seem pretty crazy, like the
way you need to scroll through all of the names to make a phone call,
instead of being able go directly to the right name. Especially since you
can do that in other functions, like e-mail. And I wish that other
functions were able to change their orientation, like it does in Safari. It
would really make the keyboard kick butt in applications like e-mail. But
my daughter really loves to watch movies on it!

I'm sure they'll be lots more exploration the rest of the week!

David
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> From: Niklas Wolkert <niklas.wolkert at gmail.com>
> Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007 00:15:02 -0700 (PDT)
> To: <discuss at lists.interactiondesigners.com>
> Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Nokia N95 now available...
>
> Kevin: your point is very valid. ANd I definately don't encourgae it
> but do you think people using phones in cars do that less if they are
> forced to two hand operation? In a two hand case it gets even more
> dangerous. I fex use the GPS and hands free(on the N95) in car. But
> there are many other scenarios where one hand operation is more
> suitable.
>
> Dave: About the article which I read, congratulations to Steve, even
> the Nokia CTO can't resist saying something iPhone related ;)
>
> Rapid and heavy text entry would be a N95 flaw I suppose. It is
> standard T9 that remebers words you add to it. But thats it. You
> could always connect a foldable BT keypad but then you have to have
> another device with you.
>
> Thing is I tend to in 90% of the time be within 30min of a lap top or
> other proper computer. So I use the phone to make calls, stay
> connected, create and consume media.
>
> I love that I ALWAYS have a proper media player, camera for video and
> (good)images that I can upload to flickr or vox instantly, a GPS and a
> phone and don't have to have several devices for it. So if you
> exchange your iPod, digital camera or GPS for a N95 you could fit an
> extra keyboard in your pocket instead ;)
>
> Your point about BB w/o a touch screen beeing much harder to use 1
> handed than a treo with one, I suppose proves the opposite of my
> theory then but that has not been my experience. Neither the BB or
> Treo has never been big around here.
>
>
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