Convergence – there’s a buzzword for you, and nobody is embracing it more than Nokia with its latest mobile phone, the N95.
Not content with giving you just a phone, the chaps at Nokia have crammed in a dedicated music player, 5 mega pixel camera, sat nav, Wi-Fi, 3G and HSDPA connectivity, Bluetooth, GPS capability, blogging tools, the ability to get your emails on the go and pretty much every other feature you’ve seen on a phone to date. Is this all too much, or just the next logical step?
Slightly larger than Sony Ericsson’s W810i Walkman phone, compared to other slimmer phones on the market this is no size zero model. The design is dominated by the 2.6-inch screen on the front which slides both up and down to reveal the controls, including the dedicated music buttons.
Controlling and changing camera settings again is easy thanks to a combination of on and off screen buttons, however we did find considerable time lag between taking a picture and it actually capturing it.
Depending on whether you going to buy your phone directly from Nokia or via an operator will depend on whether you get access to the VoIP software. Basically Vodafone and Orange scared of cannibalising their markets have opted for this feature to be turned off, while T-Mobile let you have the phone unfettered.
So should you embrace convergence? The Nokia N95 is a very nice if not muddled at times piece of kit, still bar the lack of a Qwerty keyboard this is still one of the best smart phones available today.