Photos: Nokia N95 (North American Edition, unlocked)
Of all the <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/4321-6452_7-6587057.html">Nokia N series</a> of smart phones, the Nokia N95 is arguably one of the most popular and sought-after models. And why not? It has a 5-megapixel camera, built-in GPS, advanced multimedia capabilities, and a cool dual-slider design, just to name a few highlights. Now, after lusting over the European version, we get a version of our very own. Keep on clicking to see photos of the Nokia N95 North American Edition, and then read our review to see what's new in this model.
For the most part, the North American Edition is very similar to the original version, but there are some major additions that make it a better buy, namely 3G support, more memory, longer battery life, and faster performance.
Though there's already an unlocked version of the European Nokia N95 available, the demand for this smart phone has been so great that Nokia decided to release a North American Edition of the Nokia N95. Unfortunately, a U.S. carrier has yet to pick up the phone, so for now, you'll have to pay a wallet-gouging $699 for one.
The N95 measures 3.8 inches long by 2.1 inches wide by 0.8 inch thick and weighs only 4.2 ounces. The smart phone falls more into the short-and-stocky category rather than svelte and sexy, so it'll make for a bit of a tight fit in a pants pocket. However, you shouldn't have any problems slipping it into a bag.
With this new version of the N95, Nokia has removed the protective camera lens. Now you may be scratching your head wondering why Nokia would have gone and done such a silly thing. Well, believe it or not, by removing the lens, it created more space to fit in a larger capacity battery, one that promises 30 percent longer battery life.
The North American Edition of the Nokia N95 gets an increase in memory with about 160MB of internal memory (compared to the previous 150MB) and the microSD expansion slot can now support up to 4GB expandable media (used to be 2GB).
For the most part, the navigation controls are easy to use, though they're a bit slick and the toggle and outer ring of buttons could have been bigger. The alphanumeric dialpad was easier to use with large, tactile keys.