Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Major differences between N95 and N96

Positive

  • 16GB of integrated memory (as opposed to 8GB for N95 8GB), plus further extensibility via microSD memory card
  • 2.8 inch display with 16 million colours (same as N95 8GB, versus 2.6" display for original N95)
  • Camera flash is a dual-LED in the N96 while it is only a single LED in the N95
  • New audio DSP for improved audio quality and longer playback time
  • New version of Nokia Video Centre
  • Longer music playback time (14 hrs) and video playback time (5 hrs)
  • Windows Media WMV9 video codec is added
  • Hardware acceleration for video codecs for H.264 and WMV (as well as MPEG4 as before)
  • Location tagging (geotagging) of pictures, using the integrated GPS
  • Mobile TV DVB-H receiver is built into N96
  • New release of Nokia Experience Software
    • Maps 2.0 with satellite images, upgrade to pedestrian mode and voice-guided car navigation
    • Internet Radio pre-installed
    • Home Media Solution (sync with DLNA / UPnP devices over WLAN)
    • Online sharing of pictures with plugins for Flickr, Ovi Share and other services (Can be added on N95 with newer version of Share Online Application)
  • S60 3rd Edition is upgraded from Feature Pack 1 to Feature Pack 2
    • Symbian OS is upgraded from version 9.2 to 9.3
    • The Java ME engine is upgraded from MIDP 2.0 to MIDP 2.1
    • User data is preserved when upgrading firmware (This feature is also present on the N95-2 as v21 installs UDP base files)
  • The FM radio is upgraded with RDS
  • Limited graphics acceleration (only for internal apps)
  • N96 is a dual-band HSDPA (900 and 2100 MHz) while N95 was a single band (2100)
  • MicroSD memory card slot (as in original N95, while N95 8GB has no card slot)
  • No need to open the slide for optimal GPS reception
  • New design
    • Landscape-oriented design (landscape oriented speakers, connectors and buttons located optimally for landscape use)
    • Flip-out kickstand
    • Media keys available in all modes (even when slide is closed, for background control of music)
    • Media keys on short side can transform into gaming keys
    • Lockswitch (enables quick lock / unlock of keypad)
    • Thinner and lighter than N95 8GB
  • N-Gage included. About 5 games preloaded and one free game coupon (varies by country).

Negative

  • CPU downgraded to ARM9 264MHz for N96 (N95 have Dual 332Mhz ARM11 based CPU)
  • Same battery as original N95 (950 mAh), but the N96 reportedly has a much better battery life using the same battery (Nokia N95 8GB has 1200 mAh)
  • No infra-red port on N96
  • No Hardware 3D graphics accelerator for N96
  • Built-in support for VoIP telephony (and thus cheap Internet Calling) removed from N96 (N95 has Nokia VoIP 2.1)
  • Digital zoom is only x10 on N96, while it's x20 on N95 8GB
  • Camera Lens in the N96 is 2.8/5.2, and in the N95 2.8/5.6 (N95 have more apperture)

1 comment:

d.dinning said...

Hi, to clarify the different numbers of the N95 lens vs the lens in N96. The number 2.8 of 2.8/5.2 relates to the maximum aperture. In theory the larger this number the greater the amount of light and therefore the more sensitive the camera is in low light but there are many afctors which influence this so you can;t just look at that. 5.2 refers to the lens focal length not the aperture. So N96 has a shorter focal length than N95 which means you'll get more in the picture than N95. The camera in N96 is all new. It uses a more sensitive image sensor and improved optics so in practice you should see more detail in the images from N96 and low light should be slightly improved. br D