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Nokia announced this morning in a press release and a webcast the Smart2Go application which is also known as Nokia Maps for free download. It will be the pre-installed navigation software that will come with the most anticipated Nokia phone of the year, the Nokia N95, but can also be used by
other Nokia S60 devices Nokia S60 3rd Ed. devices. It will also be available for a diversity of other operating systems such as Windows Mobile 5 and Linux, in the future.
Rafe Blandford from All About Symbian gives a hands-on video review of the Nokia N95. He delivers almost ten minutes of detailed demos, opinions and screenshots. He says the Nokia N95 takes device convergence to a whole new level. However, Rafe mentions that it needs better battery life. Check it out.
Steve Garfield took pictures with his Nokia N95 under poor lighting conditions and concludes that the N95 takes better pictures than the Nokia N93. Although he had problems with the focus and shutter time, he says it may be because he has a pre-production version. He also writes,
the N95 will make you very popular at parties. The meeting I was at was all about new software solutions in technology. One attendee told me that seeing the N95 was the highlight of his evening.
Prototype Nokia N95 phones have been delivered to a few people who have influences within the Nokia blogosphere. A list of people who already received a Nokia N95:
The Nokia N93i is finally available to the market. The first price a seller on eBay offered USD $945. That is about USD $100 less than how much the Nokia N93 initially sold but stil expensive. Keep in mind the suggested price for the Nokia N93i is 600 Euros (USD $775), so expect the prices to drop as more sellers get their shipment. You can track the prices for the Nokia N93i here at the Nokia blog.
Mobile Today announces that the Nokia N95 will be available to dealers on March 7th, 2007. That means it should trickle slowly into the market by the second week of March. They also claim that the UK is expected to have a two week exclusive over the rest of Europe on the N95. But that won’t stop those UK dealers from putting them on eBay so the rest of the world can start buying! Read the source…
Phonescoop previews the Nokia 6131 NFC with a video that demonstrates the new information transfer technology. The Nokia 6131 NFC is the world’s first fully integrated, commercial NFC handset, which will soon allow swapping business cards, collecting product brochures and buying coffee and more with the simple tap of a phone.
Very unlikely, but CNet editor, Bonnie Cha, claims that the Nokia N95 will be available by the end of this January 2007. Bonnie writes,
The N95 is scheduled to be released to other parts of the world by the end of the month. The company did add that they could make modifications to the current model and re-release it here in the States but gave no time frame as to when that might happen.
Could it be true?
I will review the Vox application in my Nokia N93. The Nokia N93i will be the first Nseries device to have the application built in, but existing Nseries phone owners can use Vox now by running a configuration file. Vox members are able to upload videos and full size photos directly from the camera or Image Gallery application. However I can only think of one scenario when I’ll need to use this service.