Sunday, August 12, 2007

A month with the N95

Its going to be a month now with the N95 and its been quiet an experience.
I got the phone with firmware v11 and at that time v12 was already out. But the net was full of posts talking about v12 bugs. So after 7 days of holding myself back I gave up and upgraded to v12. I was quiet happy with v11, there were no issues but then every one had upgraded (every one with N95 puts down their firmware version in their signature on most of the forums) so I couldn't have stayed with it. Yes the keypress bug is present but its not as annoying as many have said, even I am a fast texter and hardly encounter the bug. But the thing is that it (the bug) shouldn't be there and so I hope that its rectified in V12+.
Another thing that I would like in the upcoming firmware is the Active Standby Plugins feature. I've already posted about my slider issues , and I think I will be heading to the service center to find out if they can fix that gap on the right bottom side of the slider. I don't want that fragile N95 feeling whenever I press any right side key on the slider.
One more thing that needs to be fixed in the newer firmware is the radio volume when the speakers are on. My dad's Sony Ericsson J230 has much better loudspeaker output than the N95. I cant stand all those comments my dad passes when I use his phone to listen to the radio :( .
I never use the Multimedia keys. I hope they make it configurable or at least make it do something else like opening the most frequently programs or whatever.

The camera is one of the most impressive features the N95 has. I've taken say 300+ photos with it so far, with the maximum of them of my month old niece. I find the sports mode and the close up mode very useful at times. I've tried the Edit picture option and its quiet impressive too. I just don't understand the cartoonize feature in the in the Apply Effects options. I thought it was related to some cartoon stuff but it does some image color transformations. The camera captured the 3 blades of the fan in sports mode.
Check photos here.

So far the phone has hung just once. I was downloading a pic, it was just 54 kb. Just as the transfer reached 99% the phone restarted. Now that was bad. But as soon as the phone started I got a query box asking "There are incomplete downloads. Would you like to see them?" something like that, so it opened the browser. I went into options - downloads and saw the transfer was paused at 99%, all I had to do was resume the transfer. Now thats good :D .

A few days earlier my wife took the N95 and I carried my old 6630. I missed the N95 like anything. Just an hour with the 6630 and I could already feel the N95 side effects. The keypad lock/unlock which I was so used to with nokia phones (* + unlock), I forgot it. I kept pressing the two softkeys to unlock the phone. The screen felt so small , I just wanted the N95 back. I think I am so used to the bigger screens after E61 and N95 I would not go for a smaller one ever. It means that now I am not interested in 6120 classic :)

So overall the N95 is a wonderful device you wont part away once you have it, with a little issues that I hope will get better with the firmware upgrades.


  1. The battery is just fine, it all depends on usage. No special treatment to the N95, I charge it the same way I used to charge my other phones i.e I just take care that its fully charged when ever I leave home other wise I charge it as soon as there are only two bars left.



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