This particular Nokia N95 is a 2 gigabyte model that's locked to orange. It's an unwanted contract upgrade that we managed to pick up cheap off Ebay. We've been reviewing this model using an Orange Dolphin pay as you go simcard which gave us 300 free texts per month and free access to facebook and myspace for a £10 top up, it also now gives 50 megabytes of free internet access after orange recently changed the dolphin package.
The first thing we did before reviewing this phone was buy an 8 Gig Micro SD Card for it, after all, buying a 2 gigabyte N95 and adding a bigger memory card is actually a lot cheaper than buying an 8 gigabyte N95 outright!.
We don't know about you, but when we use a mobile phone we like functions to be easily accessible and the Nokia N95 is certainly easy to use. The menu's are located down the left hand side of the phone and without even sliding the phone open you can easily access a lot of functions. You can see appointments and set your alarm, access your contacts, view your call history, missed calls, received calls and dialed numbers etc. You can also access your text messages and start your internet browsing from this easy to access menu too.
We found this easy access menu very good and very easy to use, it quickly became the way we accessed text messages and the internet and we think it's a massive thumbs up because we didn't have to waste any time looking through menus to get at what we wanted.
Looking a bit deeper, the Nokia N95 is a feature packed mobile phone, once you get past the quick menu there is a vast amount to this superb mobile phone. 8 gig of storage is a massive amount, we managed to get our whole mp3 collection into this phone once we changed the micro sd card!. Not only that, there was still plenty of room for storing photographs.
Mentioning photographs brings us nicely to the phones camera. Very few phones around have a 5 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens!. The pictures it gives are superb, easily as good as most digital cameras. Although you can access the camera by going through the phones menu's, you can also just open up the lens, this causes the phone to jump straight into camera mode and from here you can either take a quick picture or change to video mode and do a bit of filming, in keeping with easy access, we thought having the lens cover as a camera activation switch was a really nice touch from Nokia. There is also a camera lens on the front of the camera, its not as good quality as the main camera and you have to go through the menu's to access it but it is ideal for taking pictures of yourself and for anything that you might want to send by mms messaging.
The Nokia N95 menus are easily accessed from two buttons either side of the numeric keypad, the button on the right is the multimedia key and this gives access to the camera, music player, fm radio, picture gallery, internet, maps and the video centre. We didn't bother with the life blog but looking at the rest, there is a fantastic choice of multimedia available on this mobile phone, the music player is great with 8 gigs of memory behind it, once you're into the music player there are options for both shuffle and repeat so you can happily listen to a favorite track or just pick a track randomly, it's a bit like having your Ipod in your phone!. Another nice touch from nokia is the reverse slide, most phones open one way but the N95 slides both ways and simply sliding the phone the other way gives access to the music player which again is a great shortcut to get to what you want fast.
The only multimedia device we had any disappointment with was the fm radio and that was because you need to use it with Headphones as they also act as the arial. When it comes down to it, this is only a minor gripe and it certainly doesn't spoil what is an excellent multimedia package the N95 has.
The other key is the menu key. This gives you access to just about everything this phone has, mobile phone settings, Ringtones, downloads, apps, gallery, music player, contacts, calendar, office tools, internet and everything else you can think of.
When it comes to internet browsing we found the N95 to be quite good as far as mobile phones go. Obviously you can't expect a lot with such a small screen but navigating web pages wasn't too bad and our orange internet access was very good. We wanted to see if orange internet was any good so we used the n95's tools menu to activate the wireless lan and tried surfing via a 10 meg home connection, I'm pleased to say that orange world was equally as good so internet on the move with your N95 should be excellent. Also in the tools menu we tried the bluetooth. Here at 3G Mobile Phones we like bluetooth, it's very handy for transferring big files from phone to phone and more importantly it doesn't cost anything!. We had no trouble adding music files and ringtones via the bluetooth, both from another mobile phone and via the Bluetooth Dongle we have plugged into our pc. A word of warning though, bluetooth can be a back door into your phone so we only switch ours on when we are transferring files, the rest of the time it's switched off and this is easily done on the N95 via the menu>tools>bluetooth pathway. The N95 has a massive amount of indicators on the screen, everything from battery power to unread messages and just about everything in between. As well as indicators for wireless lan, there is also one for bluetooth so it's easy to check at a glance if it's on or off.
The Nokia N95 is an outstanding mobile phone, there are just so many features on this phone it would be difficult to highlight them all. So far we haven't mentioned infa red, maps, gps receiver, voice dialing, video calling, voice and text notes as part of office, voice commands, barcode reader and applications (apps) that can be installed. These features can all be accessed via the menu key!. This phone is simply amazing and it deserves all the plaudits it gets, it is one of the best mobile phone handsets on the market and that's a big compliment given that it's already a few years old. The fact that it's still up there speaks volumes considering how fast technology changes!.
We added a few bits and pieces to the Nokia N95, first off was the 8 Gig Micro SD Card, having the extra memory was great when it came to storing music, photographs, extra ringtones and video, an 8 gig micro sd card is well worth investing in if you have the 2 gig version of the N95.
Krusell Designer Leather Case. There's nothing worse than a scratched mobile phone!. We spend a fortune on our phones then don't bother protecting them!. One of the best things we bought for our N95 was a Krusell designer leather case. This case wraps around the N95 longways and has a clear screen at the front so you can easily see if you have any messages at a glance. This leather case has kept our N95 in tip top condition and when we resell it on ebay, we actually expect to make a profit on it such is the condition it's in and the bargain price we got it for in the first place!.
Spare Battery. Sometimes it's not possible to recharge your phone, yes there are car chargers and windup chargers out there but our answer to being away for a few days was to buy an extra battery!.
That's about if for the Nokia N95, if we had to sum up this mobile phone quickly we would say superb!, get one because they are well worth it.