Nokia will finally begin shipping its N97 “Mobile Computer” this month to 75 countries, even though it began accepting pre-orders last month. The first batch will come packed with their Ovi Store. No specific countries were named, but we expect that North America and much of Europe will be on the list. Nokia VP Jonas Geust said that he is hoping it will be as successful as their N95, which has sold more than 10 million units during Q1 2009.
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Nokia has brought out its N95 to help you find your way. With its 2.8-inch (240 x 320) QVGA screen with up to 16 million colors, it has 8GB of memory, A-GPS, and HSDPA connectivity. It features a 5 mp cam with Carl Zeiss optics, WiFi, music player and FM tuner, and supports Nokia Share online for a one-click upload of images or videos for Flickr or Vox. If you live in the U.S., you also get a bonus of voice guidance and direction in their Maps for 6 months as a freebie. Look for the N95 online and at retailers for $779.00.
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The latest in the long line of Nokia products to come out is their 5 megapixel N82. With Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon Flash for low light, it’s all about the camera. The phone/cam also features high-quality video recording, an orientation sensor, and can send pictures instantly. A successor to its N95, it comes with a 2 GB microSD memory card for 900 images or 84 minutes of video. The N82 also has WiFi capability and comes equipped with Nokia Maps. Count on a price of €450 (~$658.00.)
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Nokia has debuted its N95 with “Spiderman 3” film, wallpaper, and ringtones, which they feel will show off its capabilities. The handheld features a 2.8-inch, 240 x 320 QVGA display, a 5 megapixel cam with Zeiss optics, A-GPS with over 150 countries, WLAN, HSDPA, and storage of up to 20 hours of video and 6000 tunes with 8GB. The N95 also has the good fortune of being part of the Nokia Music Store and N-Gage Games, which will be going live soon so that you can actually test a game before purchase. The black N95 with 2-way slide is available in Europe and selected countries in Africa and the Middle East for €560 (~$793.00.)
Computerworld just published its in-depth usability test of the Apple iPhone, the HTC Touch running Windows Mobile 6 Professional, and the Nokia N95 running the Symbian operating system. The tests involved a number of participants who had never used any of the three devices, and had measurable results (i.e. the time it took to accomplish various actions). Apple’s famed information architecture and interface design skills seem to have paid off as the iPhone bested it competitors by a factor of two in some of the tests.
The study praises the iPhones information architecture and consistent user experience as a strong benefit to any user be it someone new to the iPhone or a power user. At Gear Live we have noticed several inconsistencies in the user interface, for instance, the new message button being in different locations in the mail and SMS clients for instance. We do however agree with the general consensus of the study that overall the user experience with the iPhone is far more unified that it’s competitors.
Things were not entirely positive for Apple - some users found the lack of tactile feedback a little disorienting, however all users were able to finish each of the tasks with the iPhone. The also iPhone fell behind it’s competitors in the sheer count of features. The N95 managed to edge out the iPhone in this category with GPS, voice activation and the ability to record movies with it’s camera. Considering that the Nokia is $100-300 more expensive in the United States than the iPhone many users have elected to splurge for Apple’s $400 easy to use wonder device.
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