Apple iPhone vs Nokia N95

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iPhone vs Nokia

Will Apple's iPhone reshape the mobile phone market? Are there better devices actually available already? We put the iPhone head-to-head with its competition to see how it stacks up.

Gadget aficionados will no doubt have heard that Apple is launching the iPhone, its first mobile phone, in the US on 29 June. Here in Australia, though, we'll have to wait until next year to get our grubby mitts on the sleek multimedia device. Apple recently published information comparing its hot little handset with the already available Nokia N95, Samsung BlackJack, Palm Treo 750 and the Blackberry Curve 8300.

Apple also recently upped the stated battery life of the iPhone from five to eight hours of talk time, 250 hours of standby, five hours of Internet browsing, seven hours of video playback and 24 hours of audio playback -- 10 hours longer than Apple's hard-disk based iPods.

Apple's iPhone Competitor Data Chart
Image credit: Apple

But why is the iPhone generating so much hype? It's just a phone after all, isn't it? While it does have an elegant design and attractive interface, what could be in this device that's revolutionary? We compare it side-by-side with the N95, the top-of-the line handset from the world's No. 1 phone maker, at the moment, Nokia. We've also colour coded our table to indicate in green which device's feature, in our opinion, comes out on top.

Apple iPhone

Apple iPhone

Nokia N95

Nokia N95

Operating system Mac OS X Symbian S60
3G No Yes (HSDPA-enhanced)
Camera resolution 2 megapixels 5 megapixels
Browser Safari Nokia Web Browser with Mini map
E-mail Displays HTML-rich; Push IMAP (Yahoo); IMAP/POP3 POP3/SMTP/IMAP
Music player iTunes RealPlayer / Nokia Media Player
GPS No Yes
Touchscreen Yes (multi-touch sensors) No
Screen 8.9cm (320x480 pixels) 6.4cm (240x320 pixels)
Weight 136g 120g
Memory 4GB/8GB 160MB
Processor speed Unknown 330MHz
Expansion slot None microSD
Replaceable battery No Yes
MMS (for sending pictures and video) No Yes
IM (instant messaging) No Yes
Video calling No Yes
Video capture Unknown 640 x 480 (30 frames per second)
VoIP No Yes
YouTube Yes Yes
User can install 3rd-party apps No Yes
Accelerometer changes screen orientation when rotated Yes No*
Spell checker Yes No
Ambient light sensor (dims screen in low light) Yes Yes
Proximity sensor (turns screen off when put up to your ear) Yes No
Video output to TV No Yes
Visual voicemail Yes No
Threaded SMS Yes No
Browse music by album covers Yes No
Flickr integration No Yes
Supports stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) Unknown Yes
Locked to carrier Yes No
Availability 2008 Now
Price US$499 - 4GB, US$599 8GB (~AU$590, AU$708) - 2 year contract AU$1379 outright

* The Nokia N95 has an accelerometer built-in, which can be used for applications including Activity Monitor and MovingBall.

Both Nokia and Apple offer guided tours of their super-dooper devices on their respective Web sites.

We'd like to hear your thoughts on the iPhone versus the competition. Leave your comments below.

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David obi posted a comment   

N95 is the main.


sandeep posted a comment   

n95 best as it has better gaming,music,camera n much more than apple


mj guanzon posted a comment   

n95 also has the Accelerometer that changes screen orientation when rotated.


Bill posted a comment   

overall iphones d best


dy posted a comment   



Mask posted a comment   

Nokia Should Do this To get apple Drowning.... :)


blueevil posted a comment   

iPhone **** NOKIA the Best...


Iphone Luver posted a comment   

Iphone simply tha besssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssst


The Mobile Phone Freak posted a comment   

IF you really want to go out to buy one of these phones, you have to think about a number of things, not just read one article, it's comments and then go out and buy.
The important thing is to see what's right for you. If you like the iPhone 'cause you think it suits you, then fine. If you think the N95 suits you then fine. Just remeber to think about what you are going to buy before you buy it.


iPhone Luver posted a comment   

an iphone will always be better than any other phone.
Just check out what it can do, it's radicool!!!

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