Nokia's latest 3G smartphone is a small upgrade to the N93 and comes in a stylish package. Loaded with the latest features in mobile phone technology, the N93i is perfect for anyone looking for a reasonable quality camera that can double as a mobile phone or PDA.
The N93i keeps all the features of its N93 predecessor packed in a slightly smaller and more stylish package. Measuring in at 108 by 58 by 25 millimetres, and weighing 163 grams, this clamshell phone remains at the large end of town and always feels like it's weighing you down when left in a pocket. That's the price you pay for a phone with practically every major new technology inside it.
The front of the N93i includes a mirrored finish with a hidden LCD screen that looks very impressive, but we can't help but feel that it will be covered with scratches in no time. The keypad comprises a flat metal surface with well-spaced buttons, while the rest of the N93i is finished in silver plastic with a contrasting dark grey surface used on the underside. The most striking element, however, is the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar autofocus lens as used in Sony's very successful slim range of digital cameras.
The N93i includes an integrated 3.2-megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom and LED flash, plus a rotating viewfinder. Flipping the screen to its side automatically changes the orientation of the image to landscape mode, while rotating it upwards automatically puts the phone into camera mode. The main display measures 2.4 inches, with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution and 16 million colours, which is a major improvement over the older N93's 262K-colour screen. The N93i also comes with a lot of useful gear, including a travel charger and headset, Nokia connectivity and video-out cables, and a 1GB miniSD card on top of the N93i's built-in 50MB storage space.
The build quality of the N93i is not up to Nokia's usual standard. The plastic on the back cover feels just a little bit too thin, and the screen rotating mechanism doesn't feel very solid.
Nokia has stuck with the standard Symbian S60 3rd Edition user interface, which looks amazing and is very simple to use thanks to the high-resolution display. The menus feature sharp and colourful icons and the text is easy to read. Any application can be run in landscape mode with a simple twist of the screen, and can also be viewed on a TV using the supplied video-out cable. Connecting the N93i to a TV is a plug-and-play affair, and you're able to view the whole user interface of the phone on the TV to make navigating easier.