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Apple iPhone vs Nokia N95

Will Apple's iPhone reshape the mobile phone market? Are there better devices actually available already? We put the iPhone head-to-head with its competition to see how it stacks up.

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iPhone vs Nokia

Will Apple's iPhone reshape the mobile phone market? Are there better devices actually available already? We put the iPhone head-to-head with its competition to see how it stacks up.

Gadget aficionados will no doubt have heard that Apple is launching the iPhone, its first mobile phone, in the US on 29 June. Here in Australia, though, we'll have to wait until next year to get our grubby mitts on the sleek multimedia device. Apple recently published information comparing its hot little handset with the already available Nokia N95, Samsung BlackJack, Palm Treo 750 and the Blackberry Curve 8300.

Apple also recently upped the stated battery life of the iPhone from five to eight hours of talk time, 250 hours of standby, five hours of Internet browsing, seven hours of video playback and 24 hours of audio playback -- 10 hours longer than Apple's hard-disk based iPods.

Apple's iPhone Competitor Data Chart

Image credit: Apple

But why is the iPhone generating so much hype? It's just a phone after all, isn't it? While it does have an elegant design and attractive interface, what could be in this device that's revolutionary? We compare it side-by-side with the N95, the top-of-the line handset from the world's No. 1 phone maker, at the moment, Nokia. We've also colour coded our table to indicate in green which device's feature, in our opinion, comes out on top.

 
Apple iPhone

Apple iPhone

Nokia N95

Nokia N95

Operating system Mac OS X Symbian S60 3G No Yes (HSDPA-enhanced) Camera resolution 2 megapixels 5 megapixels Browser Safari Nokia Web Browser with Mini map E-mail Displays HTML-rich; Push IMAP (Yahoo); IMAP/POP3 POP3/SMTP/IMAP Music player iTunes RealPlayer / Nokia Media Player GPS No Yes Touchscreen Yes (multi-touch sensors) No Screen 8.9cm (320x480 pixels) 6.4cm (240x320 pixels) Weight 136g 120g Memory 4GB/8GB 160MB Processor speed Unknown 330MHz Expansion slot None microSD Replaceable battery No Yes MMS (for sending pictures and video) No Yes IM (instant messaging) No Yes Video calling No Yes Video capture Unknown 640 x 480 (30 frames per second) VoIP No Yes YouTube Yes Yes User can install 3rd-party apps No Yes Accelerometer changes screen orientation when rotated Yes No* Spell checker Yes No Ambient light sensor (dims screen in low light) Yes Yes Proximity sensor (turns screen off when put up to your ear) Yes No Video output to TV No Yes Visual voicemail Yes No Threaded SMS Yes No Browse music by album covers Yes No Flickr integration No Yes Supports stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) Unknown Yes Locked to carrier Yes No Availability 2008 Now Price US$499 - 4GB, US$599 8GB (~AU$590, AU$708) - 2 year contract AU$1379 outright

* The Nokia N95 has an accelerometer built-in, which can be used for applications including Activity Monitor and MovingBall.

Both Nokia and Apple offer guided tours of their super-dooper devices on their respective Web sites.

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