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The Nokia n95 Taste Test

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 — 9:50am PDT
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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 account,

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.


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

  2. 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. Richard says:

    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. DaveO says:

    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. 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. 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. Miss604 says:

    I’ll let you play with it ๐Ÿ˜€

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

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  11. mark dasall says:

    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

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

  17. Sam says:

    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.

  18. Ron says:

    And use Wavelog to post text, photos, videos and sound to your blog!

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

  20. Matsu says:

    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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