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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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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