Nokia aims high with new multimedia cellphones

Chris Davies - Sep 26, 2006
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Cor blimey, there’re a whole load of new Nokia phones about to sashay their way off the electronic catwalk and into your nearest carrier’s cell-tower range.  Some of them are curious and new, blinking like fresh kittens in the harsh Summer sun, while others are updates of more mature phones, street-wise and cunning, but with a hint of innocence around the eyes.

Sitting comfortably under the N-series moniker umbrella parasol damn this metaphor, Nokia is keen to stress the multimedia capabilities of each model.  First up is the N91, an update of the hard-drive toting iPod competitor – this time round it’s packing 8gb of storage and a Darth Vader-style black casing, support for the A2DP Bluetooth wireless headphones standard and a great range of music files (MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+/WAV/M4A/WMA).  Shortly behind it is the N73, capable of handling 2gb of storage for both audio and images from its 3.2 megapixel Carl Zeiss autofocus lens, with the N70 bringing up the rear; 1gb of storage and a 2 megapixel camera with 20x digital zoom and LED flash.

Nokia N91

If it’s clamshells that nibble at your fancy, you’ll be wanting to take a look at the N75.  Running the well-established Series 60 OS and boasting a 2.4″ high-resolution screen for smooth playback of MPEG-4 video, it’s a classy slice of multimedia power.  A 2 megapixel camera with flash and on-board photo and video editing software make it a viable alternative to (very) low-end compact digicams, and while you’re not snapping or filming you can use the dedicated transport keys on the front to control your music.  Nokia are keen to stress their new browser, complete with Mini Map feature.

N75

Finally, for the power-users among you, there’s the N95 – Nokia’s new flagship.  Throw all the latest top-end features – and a few extra – up in the air and catch them in a slick slider-format and you’re starting to get the idea; the N95 has built-in GPS, navigation software covering over 100 countries and 15 million Points Of Interest, a five megapixel Carl Zeiss autofocus camera which can also shoot stabilised DVD-quality video and dedicated slide-out music transport controls for the mp3 player.  Getting files on and off is a piece of surprisingly easy pie, with HSDPA and WiFi in both b and g flavours, Bluetooth (supporting A2DP, naturally) and USB2.0.  Tempted yet?  How about Nokia throw in hot-swappable microSD storage, email support and a document viewer for the major Office and pdf formats.  Seriously, this thing has to be seen to be believed!

Nokia N95

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