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The N95’s Legacy and how it impacts Nokia today……….

N95All you gadget fans out there and even the normobs must be familiar with the legendary handset that came out from Nokia’s stables around 30 months ago, it was christened the N95 by them. Its was a legend then, and even is now but a lot of devices match it or better it these days.

Back in May 2007 when i became a proud owner of the Nokia N95 it was the best mobile phone that the market had. It beat it rivals by miles and no other phone could come near it in term of features. It had all what one could imagine. It had the following list of features that were till then unseen in any mobile device:

  • The first mobile phone that had a 5 Megapixel Camera that was a very  good performer
  • The first mobile phone that had 3.5G to be commercially launched, means it could do 3.5Mbps even in 2007, Wi-Fi, UPnP
  • The first mobile phone that had a built in GPS receiver.
  • Ability to render a desktop alike browsing experience(in 2007), with flash support
  • The cool dual way slide form factor
  • The in built accelerometer
  • The first phone to support N-Gage
  • Full set of media software, with all audio and video codecs, video and image editing suites, online integration
  • TV out for video echoing of any application or media item to a TV or other video equipment
  • Large 2.6 inch screen
  • Facility to work in portrait or landscape mode

Back in 2007 it was a very impressive feature set and had left the competition gasping. The N95 was at the epitome of convergence. Nokia had done what no other mobile manufacturer at time could even imagine. It was mile ahead of the rest. But this also led to loads and loads of expectations from Nokia with each of their impending releases. The next in line flagships from Nokia were not even remotely as path breaking products as the N95.

N958GB The next in line were the N95-8GB, which was essentially the same phone but with 8gig on memory on board, bigger screen and battery, but nothing much to add to the feature listN96 apart from these upgrades.

Then came the N96, it had even bigger onboard memory at 16gigs and the ability to add more via a Micro-SD card. This one even had DVBH support in built, and a newer version of the Symbian 60 OS, but apart from these it was similar to N95

Then came the N97, much hyped and anticipated. It had a 3.5″ full touch screen, a QWERTY keyboard and 32gigs of on board memory, but apart from these it had all that n95 had way back in 2007.N97

Nokia with these phones seems to have fallen behind the competition. The competition has better camera phones at 12 Megapixels, Xenon flash and the ability to record HD video. They competition also supports faster versions of HSDPA 3G network while Nokia is still stuck at 3.6Mbps, the one that N95 had two years ago. On the software front also the Symbian OS has not evolved as much and is felling the heat of competition from Apple and Android OS. Even Nokia has announced the N900 with Maemo(Linux based) OS.

Nokia which once was at the pinnacle of making the best mobile device which had the best convergence features in the shape of N95 has now fallen way behind others. The legacy of N95 has come to haunt Nokia as all of their devices will be compared to N95 for their ability to add new features and make the mobile a better convergence device.

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