Don't forget the inbuilt FM transmitter
Killer App IMO.
Nokia’s upcoming flagship handset, the 16GB N96, will arrive in the UK in August, according to retailer Carphone Warehouse. Nokia N96 Nokia's N96: release window narrowed down Carphone Warehouse’s website has been updated to reveal that the successor to the popular N95 will arrive in the summer. Until now, Nokia fans had …
Isn't that about the same time we're to get the pleasure of seeing the 3G iPhone ?
DVB-H is of little use at the moment. I guess the differentiator is the iPhone doesn't have GPS but does have a multi-touch display. Who knows perhaps competition will force Apple to open the phone up to other networks.
This summer should be interesting.
Jeez I've got a touch phone and it sucks - texting is just utterly painful, as is "pressing 3 to delete message" when listening to your messages, or fighting to disable screen lock so you CAN enter a number....
Can I have both? a keypad to use the bleedin' thing and touch to waft pictures about and do cool things?
Dunno about it being a pleasure, but any 3G iPhone will have to have a massive beef of specs (not just an inclusion of 3G) for it to be considered useful. The lack of MMS or even basic video recording (which 3 year old phones can do easily) will consign it to a phone aimed just at style gurus, for a start.
I sure hope the N96 will be modified a bit until releasing... Right now it's way too plasticky.
It feels really like a cheap toy in the hand. Plus, you have to fight to slide the screen, in either direction - for the N95 and N95 8GB sliding the screen was a pleasure.
The main keypad isn't extremely bad, it could be worse, but the buttons next to the screen are unbelievable - same style as the N81 (with same problems), just with a cheaper feel to them, and more than the N81 had (trying to find the right key will be a joy).
Still, i'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt as that version still appears to be a prototype - the software is incredibly buggy, and the phone will crash even if you look at it the wrong way.
I've gotten used to not putting the lid back over the battery (of course, no reset button, have to take out the battery).
"I thought FM transmitters were not exactly legal in in the EU? :/"
I think it depends - I believe that transmitters like the Griffin iTrip have been kosher, at least in the UK, for quite a while now. Could be wrong though, since it's not something that interests me greatly - I want a phone to do calls and texts, not make my bloody tea.
Late last year UK Gov. changed the law to allow short range FM transmitters (We're talking metres) for use in conjunction with personal audio equipment and in car entertainment (linking your MP3 player to your stereo).
Stores like Comet, Dixons, online retailers were all selling them anyway, just saying that they may not be legal to use. They didn't have much choice but to make them legal.
Regulations to legalize the use of certain types of FM transmitter in the UK came into force on 8 December 2006. The Regulations set a 50 nanoWatts power limit for legal devices, which limits the distance at which they can broadcast to up to 8 meters. Legality in other EU states may vary :o)
Hopefully they will get this thing by Christmas when my contracts for renew - I loves my n95, and the new n96 features sound cool... not heard much about it really - the fm transmitted really interests me though, only this morning I was sat on the M56 for 4 hours in a jam wishing I had an mp3 player in the car cos radio sucks....
I already have a Belkin 3.5 jack transmitter from like 2001 - but the cable wont reach from my phone holder.
The TyTN was something I'd been drooling over for some time; was just about to put my money down when I came across things like http://htcclassaction.org/ - if a tenth of what they and sites like them say is true of the typical HTC user experience and the company's attitudes towards it's customers... I'd rather do business with a less unethical company, thanks Neither Apple nor Nokia have shown me exactly what I want in a phone - I love the IDEA of the TyTN Dual - at least they're both companies that I've been dealing with for years (read "known quantities") that have, in their variously dunderheaded ways, at least tried.
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