Posted by: dronthego | January 23, 2008


I have a dilemna on what would be my next Nokia smartphone. Listed below are my choices and my comments.



Nokia N95 – It’s cheaper now, since it’s been a year after it was released in the market. The N95 has 3.5G HSDPA, 5.0 Megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens, and built-in GPS aside from the Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. I am fascinated with Qik‘s technology of live streaming videos and the N95 is the perfect tool for it. The N95 almost has all the stuff I need. Almost. The slight problem I see in the N95 is it doesn’t have a QWERTY thumboard. I am so used to QWERTY thumboards on the smartphones I’ve been using these days so I may have a hard time with text entry, e-mails, and instant messaging.


Nokia N95 8GB – It’s an absolute improvement of the N95. Bigger screen, bigger RAM, bigger storage! Nevertheless, it still doesn’t have a thumboard, and it’s still new so definitely it’s still expensive.


Nokia E51 – An elegant business phone. Reminds me of the Dopod 595 Windows Mobile smartphone I’ve used 2 years ago. It also sells at a good price. The screen is too small for me though.


Nokia E61i – The E61i is an upgrade for my current handheld. A noticeable change here is the addition of the 2 Megapixel camera which I think is not bad for Qik’s videos. Thing is, it only has 3G and doesn’t support HSDPA. As much as possible, I want HSDPA on my device.


Nokia E90 – Now this is what I’m talking about! It has everything I needed. Everything! I played with this unit before it was launched in the market. How funny I wasn’t interested back then and now I’m drooling on it. But how much does it cost? The price still doesn’t go down.

So which Nokia would I get? I may still buy the N95 even if it doesn’t have a thumboard. Maybe I can still enter text properly on a normal phone pad. I may also consider the E61i despite the absence of HSDPA. I’ll just have to do a test on Qik and see if it can stream properly on 3G speeds. Now if I can raise enough money for an E90, then my Nokia-lusting will be all over!



  1. Hi there. Sorry if I’m digging up a really old post, but I found it interesting because a few months ago, I was in this exact same position.

    I made the decision to buy an E61i and I’ve been a happy camper ever since. But since you already own an E61, (am I right?) it’s probably not the best choice for you.

    I know that the E51 is really great too because I got one for my dad. But yeah, the screen is somewhat small for power users.

    In my honest opinion, I think the best option for you is to buy the vanilla N95. It’s pretty cheap now. And with the latest firmware, it’s functionally the same as the 8GB version, only with a slightly smaller screen.

    And for the QWERTY keypad problem, you can just buy a Nokia Bluetooth keyboard for (Ouch) Php5000+.

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