Gallery: Nokia N96 vs N85

On November 21, 2008, in Cell Phones, Featured, by KLS

You will probably remember seeing another similar gallery where we featured the Nokia N95 vs the N85 it raised a few mixed comments and questions about whether or not the N85 was actually more superior than the N95. Now we have for you another comparison, N95’s successor: N96 gets compared to the N85, see what you think!

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A few months back, Optoma announced the first Pico projector based on the DLP Pico chipset and said that it would be in limited distribution in Europe and Asia in late 2008, with a worldwide launch in 2009.

Smaller than most smart phones, this new micro-portable projector fits in your palm and is the ideal companion to ultra-portable media devices such as iPods, PDA’s, smart phones and digital cameras. Optoma’s Pico Projector utilizes the latest LED technology resulting in a colorful and vivid image. The small and powerful unit is based upon DLP technology assuring the highest possible contrast.

As you will see in the demo video which was tipped into us. Once connected to a mobile device, the four-ounce Optoma Pico Projector allows users to share photos and videos and enjoy a far better visual experience with an image that is up to 100 times larger than the small screen of the source device.

Skip the recap of Optoma’s press release from June this year if you already know enough!

Optoma Introduces World’s First Pico Handheld Projector
Based on Texas Instruments’ DLP Pico® Chipset, Features Sleek Design and Extreme Portability

LAS VEGAS, NV (June 18, 2008) – Optoma, a leading manufacturer of award-winning digital projection and display devices, introduces the first Pico projector based on the DLP Pico chipset. Smaller than most smart phones, this new micro-portable projector fits in your palm and is the ideal companion to ultra-portable media devices such as iPods®, PDA’s, smart phones and digital cameras.

When connected to an ultra-mobile device, the four-ounce Optoma Pico Projector allows users to share photos and videos, and enjoy a far better visual experience with an image that is up to 100 times larger than the small screen of the source device.

“The Pico Projector is the next step in sharing visual media for today’s ultra-mobile consumers. Fitting in your shirt pocket, the Pico Projector can display pictures, videos or any content from a mobile media player or smart phone” says Jon Grodem, director of Product Management for Optoma. “Optoma’s Pico breaks free from the limitations of the 2 or 3 inch displays found on today’s mobile devices. This category defining projector creates a new benchmark for sharing content-on-the-go.”

Optoma’s Pico Projector utilizes the latest LED technology resulting in a colorful and vivid image. The small and powerful unit is based upon DLP technology assuring the highest possible contrast.

“The handheld Pico projector represents the latest advancement in the mobile device display industry. We view the Pico projector as a completely new and exciting market – one which dramatically expands the reach and potential of projection products into new end user applications,” says Dr. William Coggshall, founder and president of Pacific Media Associates.

The product will be first shown at Texas Instrument’s InfoComm 2008 booth C909 and will be available in limited distribution in Europe and Asia in late 2008, with a worldwide launch in 2009.

Click here for further details from Optoma…

I’m sure you’ll be aware that we’ve been talking lots about the upcoming Nokia smartphone, N96. Here’s just a quick headsup to say that it’s been spotted (I mean the arriving date) on both UK mobile giants’ sites Phones4U and the Carphone Warehouse that the N96 will be arriving in about two weeks time in the beginning of October.

While the Carphone Warehouse have already placed the N96 into it’s already launched section, it remains under the coming soon heading on the Phones4U site. Nevertheless, both firms are now already accepting pre-orders!

Here’s just a quick sum up of the N96 to remind you of why we are so excited!

The Nokia N96 mobile phone takes the impressive N95 and makes it even smarter. It has the same clever two-way sliding mechanism as its predecessor, giving you the choice of a conventional keypad or music controls, but there are quite a few changes inside.

The 5 megapixel camera is now linked with the built-in GPS mapping, letting you ‘geotag’ your pictures with location data. You’re able to capture video clips in DVD-like quality at 30 frames per second – and there’s compatibility with a wide range of video playback formats including MPEG-4, Windows Media Video and Flash Video. The Nokia N96 even has a stand on the back for handsfree viewing. Music is also well catered for, with a massive 16GB of expandable storage, 3D stereo speakers and a standard 3.5mm headphone socket. With WiFi and 3G HSDPA connectivity rounding off the package, this is a true multimedia computer.

If you’re interested, you might like to know that the UK networks which will be offering mobile deals for the Nokia N96 will be O2 and Orange.

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It has certainly been a long painful wait for us to finally see an unboxing video of the Nokia N96. Just to recap, the Nokia N96 eventually leaked with much speculation back in Dec 2007, previous to that, images of a number of funny mockups were also rumored. We featured a lite bite sized introduction to the phone back in April when it’s specs became more clear and you may be able to recall it already.

The Nokia N96 is a high end phone of the Nokia N Series. Like the N95, it’s got a double slider, 5 MP camera, Quadband, HSDPA, GPRS, EDGE, 16 GB internal memory, not to mention WiFi, bluetooth, etc. For more details, click here

However, we’re not here to review its specs today, today we’re featuring for you it’s unboxing video and if you’re planning on ordering one of these, this is what you might expect to see when yours arrives…

NB: I can now update everyone that we now know the Nokia N96 is expected to arrive and launch here in the UK via both the Carphone Warehouse and the Phones4u next month in October, no exact date available just yet…

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One of the most exciting new launches from the recent IFA has been the latest touchscreen multimedia phone Samsung Omnia. Most of you by now will probably know about it’s specs, 5-mp digital camera, HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, Windows Mobile 6.1 running various Microsoft Office applications, a huge touchscreen that many have said is even better than the iPhone’s and a bundle of other functions such as handwriting recognition, etc…

So I’ve just seen a pretty good video and thought I’d share it here


I think the Omnia looks quite promising, one of the main features I always look for in a touchscreen phone like the Omnia is has it got a good enough camera just for day to day use. Obviously the iPhone 3G’s been great for me but it lacked a proper camera to the extent that I’ve needed to install an enhancement app for it just to make it more convenient for my daily use. I like the Omnia’s camera and if you saw the video, the 9-continuous shots looked pretty impressive for a phone.

If you’re from the UK and also found the Omnia quite tempting, I’m happy to tell you that the Omnia is now available from Phones4U. I have not seen any updates from CarphoneWarehouse, so at the moment I only know that it is available from Phones4U from networks Orange and Vodafone. Both networks are offering only 18-month tariffs and of course price range varies from £35 to £55, surprisingly the handset price is free!
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As most will know, we in the United Kingdom usually get the latest in technology such as mobiles and other devices one step later than those lucky ones from the US so whenever news like this comes up, geeky bloggers like us get quite excited! This latest news just in, the three mobiles as titled have been noted as ‘coming soon’ on the Phones4u website as well as the Carphone Warehouse website. I have to say, even Phones4u which tends not to update as regularly, have decided to put these three phones up on their site, a possible indicator for their potential?

While Phones4u have not commented anything on possible arrival dates, we have managed to find these on the Carphone Warehouse page, here’s a quick list of what should be their expected arrival dates:

Samsung U900 Soul: 23rd April 2008

Sony Ericsson C902: June 2008

Nokia N96: August 2008

For others who may also be interested in upcoming latest phones which may be released in the near future, here’s a list sorted according to arrival month:

May 2008

  • Sony Ericsson T280i
  • Samsung F480
  • Motorola MOTO Z10
  • Nokia N78

June 2008

  • Samsung G810

July 2008

  • Motorola ROKR E8
  • Sony Ericsson G900

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Following what we wrote about the Nokia N96 two days ago, we now finally have the real pics of the N96 leaked. It is completely different from the pics we posted two days ago, as you can see below:

Here’s the Nokia N96 for real, though it does look alot like the N81.

New Nokia N96 Mobile Phone

We now know that the N96 doesn’t actually have a 6-megapixel camera like what was being rumoured, instead it’s another 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens and dual LED flash. Also it doesn’t appear to be a ‘double slider’ like what was said, it certainly seems alot like the N81!

More pics after the break…

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