The Nokia n95 Taste Test

Comments 21 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I’m not actually going to taste the Nokia n95 but I am going to have one in my possession for the next 8 days. The mission: document my commute to work using the phone’s features such as taking photos with the 5 mega pixel camera or the secondary camera, making a video with the DVD-quality capture, blogging with the WIFI and geo tagging with the GPS. I’m along for the n95 ride with 4 other Vancouver techno geeks: Kris Krug, Dave Olson, Roland Tanglao and Richard Eriksson. Check in on their Flickr streams and blogs for their daily documentation.

roland and kk+

I’ve been using a Nokia 6682 for the last year so the UI is pretty simple to navigate, actually it’s 90% the same as the 6682 it just has a few more features, a screen that slides in two directions and can be displayed vertically or horizontally. It also has many more cool animations and ring tones.

n95 commute day 1

After “Day One” I have all of my preferences setup although I would like to create a few more photo capture profiles. One thing that isn’t so easy whipping out the phone and snapping a shot instantly. It takes a while to open the camera shutter, get a picture, take the shot, then have it display correctly. Taking sequential shots by selecting such in the preferences is possible, it’s just a pain to point and shoot quickly on the fly. One cool thing is that you can assign an album to the photos being taken and when you upload those photos to Flickr it automatically pops in a tag with the album name.

We’ll see how the next couple of days turn out. My photos will be in the Flickr set “Nokia n95 Trial” and I’ll be uploading videos to my blip.tv account, Miss604.blip.tv.

Dicks on Dicks

The theme is “our commute” so we’ll see how much info the five of us can produce with these phones over the next week. I’m pretty much all on foot crossing town so I’ll try to take a different route every day, mix it up with a bus here and there, and see what I can share.

Update: Day 2 – I tried a quick little video on the bus, the quality is superb.

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  1. Roland TanglaoTuesday, October 2nd, 2007 — 12:49pm PST

    taste test, that’s a great way to put it!

  2. Derek K. MillerTuesday, October 2nd, 2007 — 12:53pm PST

    You wrote “it’s just a pain to point and shoot quickly on the fly.”

    What else is a cell phone camera *for*? Sheesh. Way to go, Nokia.

  3. RichardTuesday, October 2nd, 2007 — 1:16pm PST

    I’m a “Vancouver techno geek”? I resemble that remark!

    I don’t think a week’s enough time to delve deep enough into what’s possible, esp. with the GPS functionality, so I agree, ‘taste test’ is a good way to describe it.

  4. DaveOTuesday, October 2nd, 2007 — 2:01pm PST

    Whoa you are learning all the tricks! I am just starting to get it figured out (thanks for the tip on the charger adapter – though mine was $3.79 not $1.79) and agree that the camera is slow but on the good side the photos are great. I gotta figure out the automagic photo album trick and get Shozu installed, etc. … will keep fiddling.

  5. Rev. Don DeeleyTuesday, October 2nd, 2007 — 3:33pm PST

    Can we request flavors of pictures-themes to run through them in addition to being on your way to work? Like water? I was reminded of it by your pictures of the rain. Vancouver has lots of great fountains, but beyond that-and your Stanley Park posts speak to this-it also has a great sense of naturalism. That makes for great flow and creates little storms-within-a-storm under signs and awnings and trees and along roadsides. The logic of puddles reveals paths.
    But I’m also a water geek, so that’s where that comes from. By the way, the pictures have been looking great so far.

  6. John BollwittTuesday, October 2nd, 2007 — 4:25pm PST

    I’m jealous. Not so much that she got the phone as much as the phone having better (potential) photo quality than the Canon S230 that I picked up nearly five years ago. Crazy technology…

  7. Miss604Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 — 4:26pm PST

    I’ll let you play with it 😀

  8. Ryan CousineauTuesday, October 2nd, 2007 — 11:48pm PST

    Well, John, I’m jealous too, but she probably won’t let me play with it :(.

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  12. mark dasallTuesday, October 16th, 2007 — 12:05pm PST

    nice merong pinoy… yeah i have n95 too im in surrey. its a really cool phone .it depends when or how you use it. . its not thats slow when it comes on user interface but this is the fastest response ive ever see. but its much more cooler if fido will introduce a 3g in here. and one more thing. unlimited data plan for new owners… but asusual nokia had release again an n95 8g. i ecpected that this thing will happen. but then i was really surprise that nokia didnt just add and “i” next to the new n95. just like e62 and then thay release a e62i.lol..

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  15. Philip CainesMonday, October 29th, 2007 — 5:31pm PST

    I just bought this phone and I am waiting for the shipment. I wanted to see the video quality, and I noticed that you take the same #6 bus ride as me, maybe I will see you on there some time! Techy Geeks of Vancouver Unite!

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  17. curious georgeMonday, December 24th, 2007 — 11:27am PST

    just wondering…how can u get free stuff???

  18. SamSaturday, January 5th, 2008 — 3:00am PST

    you need to check out the capabilities of the movement sensor. Not many people know that you can navigate you phone by movements, control an RC car with the phone (using movements) and the best thing, turn it into a light sabre. The N95 is the mutts nuts and it beats the over hyped iPhone anyday.

  19. RonTuesday, January 15th, 2008 — 1:14am PST

    And use Wavelog to post text, photos, videos and sound to your blog!
    http://www.telewaving.com

  20. iphone games musicSunday, July 20th, 2008 — 10:23am PST

    Nice blog, i have added it to my favourites, greetings

  21. MatsuFriday, November 7th, 2008 — 3:42pm PST

    I’ve used Wavelog 2 since couple of weeks and it makes mobile blogging with multimedia content so simple from Nokia phones.

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