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Nokia N96 what a weird phone

Recently mainly for geek value and the fact I was renewing my contact I upgraded from a N81 to the new(ish) N96, now i really loved the N81, its was a fast phone, had plenty of memory (8gig), EXCELLENT build quality, and worked well as both a phone and a music player, when the N96 came out, it looked a no brainer to upgrade as both the looks and layout were identical but with more memory,features and a bigger screen

However…..

its not all roses, to save you all reading the boring stuff I’m just gona do the normal pro’s and con’s list

Pros

Nice Screen: can watch an Anime with subtitle on it no prob

loud: it can drive a big pair of earphones at ear rupture level

Features: this does everything, I’m still looking for the “make toast” key

Space: loads, it comes with 16Gig and I’ve put in an additional 16Gig M2 card with no probs

Nice and Open: This ‘aint no Iphone, you can do what you want on this devil.

Data Transfer: proper USB2 (the N81 only had a sub USB1 speed (400kbs)), and an excellent Bloothtooth

Cons

SLOW: for some god forsaken reason its got a slower processor than the N95, and the OS speed in comparison to the N81 sucks

Poor apps: both the built in music and movie player quite frankly are bobbins (the movie player more than the music), i replaced the movie player with Core Player and the music player with LCG JukeBox from lonely cat games (although i keep the music player around when i want to play tracks by id3 tag rather than file/folder layout), replacing these improved the speed no end.

Build Quality: this is objective but it does seem more fragile than the N81 but that might be just me giving it a hard life.

Headphone socket: this shares the same problem that the Iphone does, in that people that want a top of the range phone might not want a top of the range pair of head phones , but in the N96’s case you cant open the phones slider when a large pair of phones are plugged in and have to get one of those IPhone extenders/adaptors.

Still crashes!!: this was supposed to not happen post the N95 but i crash mine once a week at least, although the fact the alarms still work when its either crashed or has been turned off is an amazing feature.

Large AAC files: This one is a strange un, large aac files (over an hour) that used to play fine on the N81, report the wrong length (normally much much shorter) and cut off when this time is reached, a slight work around to this is to hide the music player just before the time is up, if you do this it carries on playing (sort of like the music equivalent of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal)

conclusion

In the first week i almost went back to the N81, but after i had ripped the naff apps out (the music player also seems to leek memory and leaving it hidden while using the media keys is normally what crashes my phone), i have started to really like it, good hardware let down a bit by poor software.

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