Archive for September 19, 2008

Nokia N96 lands in Philippine Soil

Posted: September 19, 2008 in Tech

My editor Art Samaniego just came home from Hongkong with another gadget in his hands – the Nokia N96.  Art graciously lend me the N96 for me to play around.  Here’s my initial observations:

The Nokia N96 is the latest smartphone from Nokia.  I thought this will be Nokia’s answer to the iPhone that is why that first thing I did was to tap the screen thinking that it’s a touchscreen phone.  Art told me it’s not.  Well in a way, that’s a good news for me – not that I hate touch screen phones, am just not use to it.

The slide-out buttons comes with dual function – you can use the buttons to play music, or they can be your game buttons depending on which mode are you into.  Next thing I noticed is the 5 megapixel camera phone with Carl Zeiss optics.

I also noticed that it comes with a stand at the back of the phone which can prop up the device for you to watch videos on.  Art played an MPEG4 movie while I am taking pictures of the phone that’s why I didn’t notice what movie did he played.  But the quality of the video is good and the audio was clear as well. The Nokia N96 supports common video formats including MPEG4, Windows Media Video and Flash, while transferring and accessing videos is fast with a USB 2.0 connection and WLAN and HSDPA support.

The N96 I have in the picture if am not mistaken is the first Nokia N96 unit here in the Philippines because Art said the unit was one of the first units in Hongkong.  I am not even sure if Nokia Philippines has one already.

While others eagerly awaits for the unit, Art and I are already using it.  This is just one of the perks of being in the technology world and for having a ‘padrino’ like Art.  The next gadget we are waiting for – Sony Ericsson Xperia X1.

Learn more about Nokia N96 on our TechReviewer section.  For the meantime, let me enjoy the N96 some more.