Nokia N95 8GB Review: Return Of The King: Video Player, Gallery, Camera

By 10:33 Sun, 08 Aug 2021 Comments

At the movies

Nokia N95 8GB features Real player for playing your video clips. The video player can be displayed in both portrait and landscape mode and can be switched to fullscreen. As you might have guessed, watching a video clip on a classy screen this large is a really enjoyable experience. When in full screen, the softkey functions are hidden so that they don't spoil the viewing experience and only pop up when a key is pressed. Topped with the remarkable display quality and the generous storage this adds up to superb performance by Nokia N95 8GB in the video player department.

The handset also has a Flash player preinstalled but there is nothing much we can say about it. It does a job, no bangs and whistles.

If you acquire bored with the content on your Nokia N95 8GB, you can always turn the radio on for a break. The Frequency Modulation (FM) radio can automatically scan and save the available stations in your area. If internet connection is available the Visual radio application can download all the stations in your area and save them to the handset with their names. We would have preferred RDS support, though not having it isn't really that much of a disappointment.

Nokia N95 8GB goes for Visual Radio instead of RDS

Gallery in three dimensions

The gallery of Nokia N95 8GB is a remarkable application. Not that we expected otherwise, as we're dealing with an N-series Nokia. The 3D rotating view looks really nice, but we have to admit we kind of miss the Navi wheel functionality of Nokia N81. Not for the superior functionality, it's just cool to use. Otherwise, no changes are to be seen here in terms of features - pictures can be viewed in both portrait and landscape mode and zoomed in up to 8x. Overall, picture browsing and zooming is quick but, not nearly as much as the recently reviewed Sony Ericsson W910.

The 3D gallery of Nokia N95 8GB looks remarkable • landscape and portrait mode viewing • zooming in on a picture

The gallery also offers a nice slide show with customizable settings, including automatic browsing and playing a pre-defined track from your phone.

The gallery has a remarkable file-management functionality, allowing selecting and sending of multiple files at a time. Basically it covers some of the functionality of the file manager, which is present too. Finally, there is an application manager to hold care of the installed applications on Nokia N95 8GB. Not much to talk about here, as it is identical to the one in any other Symbian device. Its functionality boils down to providing details about installed applications, removing them and keeping a log of movements in both directions.

File manager and application manager are the same well known applications

The useful "Search" application is also present in Nokia N95 8GB. This time it also has a reserved line in the active stand-by menu. The application itself finds almost every item in your Nokia containing a given keyword. From messages to settings, every bit of data is checked and then all results are shown.

The search application sifts through every bit of data on your phone

5 megapixel wonder

There is not much to say about the capturing camera of Nokia N95 8GB. No, nobody assumed common-or-garden, it's just that it's almost identical to the one in Nokia N95-1. We have talked a lot about the quality of this particular capturing camera and if you have been keeping track, you would know that it's the best capturing camera in a phone to date. Period. Yeah, we know that Samsung released a 10 megapixel phone in Korea a long time ago, but fine luck calling your mates on it.

The most obvious and vital incompatibility between the original N95 and N95 8GB is the capturing camera lens protector. It is removed from the 8GB model, and therefore the capturing camera is activated by pressing and holding the shutter key. The obvious drawback of having your capturing camera lens exposed to scratches needs no further comment. The capturing camera set up time has improved a lot over the previous model, and now the capturing camera can be started in a small less than three seconds. This beats the Nokia N95-1 time by about a second. With Nokia N95 8GB the shot-to-shot time can also be reduced to under three seconds, if the automatic preview is turned off. Nokia have been improving ever since the initial firmware of Nokia N95-1 was released, and now they have finally achieved a solid result. However the 5-megapixel Sony Ericsson K850 is just a tad snappier than the N95 8GB when it comes to shot-to-shot time.

"...We have talked a lot about the quality of this particular capturing camera and if you have been keeping track, you would know that it's the best capturing camera in a phone to date. Period..."


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