Nokia N93i

Nokia's latest 3G smartphone is a small upgrade to the N93 and comes in a stylish package. Loaded with the latest features in mobile phone technology, the N93i is perfect for anyone looking for a reasonable quality camera that can double as a mobile phone or PDA.


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Nokia's latest 3G smartphone is a small upgrade to the N93 and comes in a stylish package. Loaded with the latest features in mobile phone technology, the N93i is perfect for anyone looking for a reasonable quality camera that can double as a mobile phone or PDA.

Design
The N93i keeps all the features of its N93 predecessor packed in a slightly smaller and more stylish package. Measuring in at 108 by 58 by 25 millimetres, and weighing 163 grams, this clamshell phone remains at the large end of town and always feels like it's weighing you down when left in a pocket. That's the price you pay for a phone with practically every major new technology inside it.

The front of the N93i includes a mirrored finish with a hidden LCD screen that looks very impressive, but we can't help but feel that it will be covered with scratches in no time. The keypad comprises a flat metal surface with well-spaced buttons, while the rest of the N93i is finished in silver plastic with a contrasting dark grey surface used on the underside. The most striking element, however, is the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar autofocus lens as used in Sony's very successful slim range of digital cameras.

The N93i includes an integrated 3.2-megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom and LED flash, plus a rotating viewfinder. Flipping the screen to its side automatically changes the orientation of the image to landscape mode, while rotating it upwards automatically puts the phone into camera mode. The main display measures 2.4 inches, with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution and 16 million colours, which is a major improvement over the older N93's 262K-colour screen. The N93i also comes with a lot of useful gear, including a travel charger and headset, Nokia connectivity and video-out cables, and a 1GB miniSD card on top of the N93i's built-in 50MB storage space.

The build quality of the N93i is not up to Nokia's usual standard. The plastic on the back cover feels just a little bit too thin, and the screen rotating mechanism doesn't feel very solid.

Features
Nokia has stuck with the standard Symbian S60 3rd Edition user interface, which looks amazing and is very simple to use thanks to the high-resolution display. The menus feature sharp and colourful icons and the text is easy to read. Any application can be run in landscape mode with a simple twist of the screen, and can also be viewed on a TV using the supplied video-out cable. Connecting the N93i to a TV is a plug-and-play affair, and you're able to view the whole user interface of the phone on the TV to make navigating easier.

The integrated digital camera allows you to record high-quality videos in MP4 format at 30 frames per second and with 640 x 480 resolution. There's 3x optical zoom and up to 8x digital, and at the highest quality, the 1GB SD card should allow roughly 45 minutes of recording. With this much storage on board, you can easily store over 500 still images at a maximum 2048 x 1536 resolution.

Connectivity is taken care of with tri-band GSM support, 3G, Bluetooth 2.0, infrared and Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) as standard as well as ports for USB and TV-out. When you're not working, Nokia has provided an integrated FM radio and music player with support for MP3, AAC, M4A, eAAC+ and AAC+ formats. The N93i also comes with RealPlayer and can play most video files including 3GP and MP4 in full screen mode.

Performance
When turning on the N93i for the first time, the first thing you realize is how impressive the screen looks compared with the previous N93, which itself had a great screen. The screen is sharp and vibrant, although you'll need to cover it in direct sunlight as it does get washed out. Images and videos taken with the camera are excellent compared with most camera-phones, and even rivals those of standalone digital cameras. We printed several 6x4-inch photos from the N93i and only those taken in low light were deemed to be unacceptable. However, sound recording for videos is a step down from the older N93 but the quality of the loudspeaker is great, even at max volume.

Connecting to Wi-Fi is simple: the N93i will list the networks it detects, you enter the wireless encryption key, and the phone is connected. The high-resolution display and Nokia's in-built web browser make the internet experience reasonably good for a phone.

By moving to a slimmer design Nokia had to shrink the size of its battery, which is now a 950mAh BL-5F unit instead of the longer lasting 1100mAh battery used in the N93. The battery can't cope with filming and watching videos for extended periods, so if you plan to do this expect to recharge the phone every day. Talk time lasted well over three hours and standby, with minimal use, averaged almost a week.

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PECI posted a comment   

The Good:rare and uniqe phone

The Bad:the mirror is easy to dirty and scratch

THIS PHONE IS WICKED EVERY TIME I'M USING THE PHONE IN THE SHOPING CENTER PEOPLE STARE AT ME ITS ALLSO UNIQE AND ULTRA RARE ITS A VERY EXCLUSIVE PHONE FROM NOKIA I HAVE HAD MINE FOR 3 YEARS WORKS PERFECTLY AND THE CAMERA IS GREAT FOR CATCHING THAT PERFECT SPEACIAL MEMORY I LOVE THIS PHONE TO DEATH

The Gold Fish
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The Gold Fish posted a review   

The Good:- Excellent Camera with a very useful zoom
- Twisty screen is great for watching films/tv shows (Vodafone's Mobile TV service works well with this phone)
- The dedicated video capture keys and zoom lever make this phone easier to use for such purpose than most other phones
- Outer display features useful information
- When the phone is closed, clicking the flash button twice, the phone's flash could, and most definitely should, be used as a flashlight!!
- Wi Fi stability is impressive

The Bad:- Does not support memory cards over 2GB - keep a few flash cards around with different things on them!!
- The flash does not produce sufficient illumination for most video/imaging requirements
- Low light filiming is very unimpressive

The following are not exactly cons, but they are relevant

- The camera has since been superseded by newer models, and the quality of the camera is inferior to the N95, though for most applications, this camera is more suitable

- Call quality. Even when the sound is pumped up, the calls sound quite low, and I sometimes struggle to hear what people are saying.

- Keypad. I defy anyone who likes it. Texting on this phone is not without challenges. The cancel key (which you would normally use to delete incorrect text entry, is so close to the 'call end' button, you would press it by mistake quite often - sometimes the message is not deleted and could be found in the drafts).

- Big. This phone is big and heavy. Fine inside jacket pockets and handbags, but with something this

- Scratch Prone
- No GPS

- My phone was recently damaged. The Nokia repair centre I was sent to had never seen the handset in their lives, thus had no parts, and asked me to send it to Nokia, since the fault was covered under warranty. This phone has so many components (many of which are hard to find (and if you do, lots of luck trying to put them on - I wouldn't know where to begin dissecting it!). Since few people would have worked on this phone (as a small proportion of people own these), there is a chance it would be harder to repair and either 3rd party technicians will botch it or it would be hard to get repaired.


I have been using the N93i since September and am currently considering buying a new one since my previous model, which is working well met with an ugly accident and one of its important components has become jammed. When this happened, it dawned on me how hard it would be to live without one, and this phone's relative scarcity makes it quite hard to get support for it. The fault with the phone is covered under warranty, but several Nokia support staff do not recognise it, and its assembly is somewhat more complex. It would not be easy for an unqualified person to open this phone to change the casing (if you can find every part of its housing!). I think this phone is great, but it can have some drawbacks, mainly because it is probably very easy to damage (as it has more mechanical parts than most phone's. Being heavy, if it falls, it will probably have some serious impact. The call quality, although quite good, is not very loud, and a GPS would have been nice. The keypad is like the Motorola Raz'r which, contrary to many opinions, may appeal to some. It does look OK, it is just a **** to use when entering text. Still, it is a very well-built keypad, and this would not wear that easily. The screen is great, and watching movies on this device is a real pleasure since the screen can be twisted to rest on the phone's side and it can be placed somewhere for easy viewing. Nokia obviously had video on mind when they made this phone!!
There are also a few other neat features, one of which is probably an accident, but I have used this function so many times, I'd actually miss it in other phones. If the phone's fold is closed, the flash could still be engaged, and two quick clicks of the flash button make it possible for the phone to be used as a flashlight, which has proven to be unbelievably useful to me (when my babies throw their toys under the sofa, or when I sometimes have to go upstairs in the dark (as the light does not work up there).
There is no GPS, though you could add something like a Tom Tom or something. The only problem would be ading bulk to this beast, and you'd have to carry two devices.
This phone is a lot of fun to use. Many phone's have the same features, some are even superior, but the N93i is actually fun to use and I could see myself using this device for a long time to come!!
I highly recommend this phone, and although the N96 is coming soon, I would still buy another N93i because the features I use most commonly such as watching films is easier on this due to the way the base could be used as a stand, and in camera mode, the phone is used more like a conventional camcorder (along with convenient controls, which make this device more usable and robust for such purposes. It is true that the N95's camera can produce better results, but its zoom is unimpressive. For most people the N95 (8GB edition) will be a more sensible option, but I would much prefer this.

hello kitty
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hello kitty posted a review   

The Good:looks good but the 6110 nav is better

The Bad:to much for me to handle

never tryed it and dont really want to

gravidee
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gravidee posted a review   

I think the phone switches off if its not charged. Now that I have realised that, I charge it often and its great. The charging doesnt take so long either. I love the camera , its awesome, amazing for a camera phone and so is the video. Nightmode isnt so good which is a shame coz its got amazing quality during daytime. Phone is pretty cool except doesnt have a repeating wake up alarm, so you have to make a calendar entry, which is weird but workable. The size doesnt matter for women who carry their phones in their handbags like i do. I have lost the lens cover and its pouch but the surface still looks amazing. I also have dropped it 3 times, ouch but hey its working. I really like the phone,plus you can really use it as a storage usb. For someone who loves photography and wants something good, this is a perfect phone

grest-Catlin-Datgh
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grest-Catlin-Datgh posted a review   

The Good:i love the way you can change the style

The Bad:dad put it through the wash! So now it doesn't work

great phone dad stole mine of me though!!!!!!!!1

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nokia n93i posted a review   

The Good:Solid construction.
Large screen.
Finger-friendly keypad.
Intuitive menu design.
Camera rocks.

The Bad:Smudgy screen surface.

Nokia n93i is unique designed cell phone. Silver color increases its all grace. I like this cellphone but it is very cheap. Although performance are great.

boudha_man
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boudha_man posted a review   

The Good:Good camera

The Bad:Battery !life

Like mine !

saltdragon
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saltdragon posted a review   

The Good:Stylish, comfortable up against my ear while talking, video recording quality

The Bad:maybe the Cancel key but WHO CARES! It's the best phone ever!

The N93i is a great phone, don't care that it is bulky, don't care about the other MINOR stuff, it makes up for all that. It's unique and i love it!

Milky Babe
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Milky Babe posted a review   

The Good:- Decent Camera
- Great video playback
- Call quality good
- Although quite shiny and opulent, very durable
- Distinctive and attractive design (although that depends upon your taste)
- Useful outer display screen
- Overall a beautful interactive telephone, since most of its problems are not critically crippling!

The Bad:- Filming and photography in low light conditions produces fairly poor results
- Very scratch prone external mirror, which also gets thumb marks, so constant wiping may give you odd looks in an opium den, where this product should never be used. Taking drugs is bad fellas, give up!
- When opened the phone's length grows to about 12cm (maybe more or less, my skills are literary not mathematical, maybe I suck at both), and making calls on it may feel a little weird.
- Phone shuts quite tightly, and both hands are required to open fold. This may not be a problem if you break it in two - your statutory rights are affected if you choose to proceed in said manner.
- A little bulgy, like a hideous abcess. Best carried in a jacket, or in the opening of the alimentary canal in certain circumstances
- Steath filming photography very unlikely, and even filming a friend buying fetish gear in an exlclusive adult-themed shop can inspire odd looks from the owners.

Hi,

Sorry for being so pedantic, but I am resubmitting my review after correcting many of the mistakes in my earlier post below, so please ignore version that appears beneath. Although I have attempted to remove as many errors as possible, I am sure some remain, so please ignore them.

This is, overall, a fantastic phone, and I would like to comment on some of its features and the experience of using it.
There are a number of posts here from people who claim the phone automatically switches off. I have been using this handset since September and it never froze or had performance issues, and my usage was quite extensive.
I recently upgraded the firmware, although I don't know if it changed anything.
Making calls on this sucker is fine, though it isn't very loud.
This is undoubtedly the most useful mobile phone I have ever owned as it has a multitude of high end features and carrying 5 or 12 different devices can be quite annoying.
Browsing the internet on it is also pretty cool, and if you have a data package it just adds functionality. As it features wi fi, you can walk into any place there's a hotspot and browse the net, although I rarely do this as I have a data package on my phone.
However, nothing is perfect, and I will list the problems that have bugged me the most:
1) In low lighting the video and photography features are useless, as is its flash. For a flagship 'Camcorder' phone this severely limits the use of the camera. Even a fairly well lit room can appear pretty dark when caprured using this device. The quality of the resulting film is quite grainy and full of artefacts. Filming in good light conditions produces some excellent results, though still not up to the level of a standalone video camera, but good enough for a phone.
2) Size matters people. If you're a girl in the habit of wearing figure-hugging garments, this would appear like an abscess, a hideous undergrowth.
In a handbag or jacket, it is not as obtrusive. In fact, normally, I carry it around in my jacket, and when I am not wearing one, I just slip it in a bag. At home, just keep it lying around.
For guys, this may not be as visible in the pockets of a pair of jeans, but ordinary trousers can't mask this. If you don't believe me, place it in your pocket, go to an emergency department of a hospital, and they will, without question, immediately recommend an operation on your hernia!
It is best kept in jacket pockets or a bag.
3) Flash - camera flash is useless as mentioned earlier. Quite irritating really considering even older phones such as the Nokia N70 had a considerably superior flash.
4) Battery life. If you intend to use the various features through the length of an average day the battery will drain pretty quickly. I normally carry my charger and at work I normally leave it charging and when I leave my desk I unplug it. Due to this routine my phone rarely runs out of battery but over Xmas there were a few times when I didn't charge it and only got moderate use out of it, and it was nearly dead by the time I slept at night (which was quite late, and not because I wasn't in bed!!).
5) Forget about stealth filming or photography with this baby. The only way you can film or take photos is by twisting the camera screen into camcorder mode, and it becomes very obvious you are filming something, so if shooting slightly secretive things is your thing, then go for a different type of camera phone. At time of writing there is plenty of choice, and if you are reading this blog 300 years or more from now, your eyes probably already have a High definition hologrpahic 3D camera embedded, so look around for latter or the most recent models.
6) The external mirror is prone to scratches, and mine has been adorned with a vicious one. Although I have purchased a replacement, I do not know how to install it, so it would be best to get a protector for the external mirror - will save you some heartache.

That's your lot. However, even with the issues mentioned above, this is the best phone I have ever owned. The 8GB Nokia N95 is superior in every way, which I also own. the N95 8GB doesn't have an optical zoom but to be honest I have it on the N93i, I use it, but most people don't see what the big deal is, especially when they see superior video results on the N95. I still prefer this because it's a cool toy. When I decide to make my equivalent of "2001: A Space Odyssey", I am going to rent Panavision lens. For now, N93i is good for practice and, dudes, it is a fun phone. It does so much, you really will love it, and at this point pretty much all phones on the market offer similar technology so go for something a little different and impress the crud out of your peers.
Oh yes, and other thing. There are many phones that offer great video playback but they do not have a stand or there is no real way of watching a film on them unless you keep them in your hand. With the N93i, you can twist the phones screen so it sits on the keypad's edge, in a psuedo 'laptop' mode. You can put it anywhere and you could watch comfortably. Trust me dudes, I work for a huge broadcasting Corporation in London, and I have often put this phone on my desk to play some of my converted DVDs on this, and nearly everyone died of envy. That's something even the iPhone doesn't do without a poxy cradle (for which you have to pay)! This is a real fun little gadget. Go for it dudes. Be different, hardly anyone carries these around and it won't catch on. Due to its weird design it would continue to look cool long after it is old. Overall, this handset comes recommended if you are prepared to live with the problems outlined. Also, I am with Vodafone in the UK, and their coverage is better than my essence as a human being!

Milky Babe
10
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Milky Babe posted a review   

The Good:- Decent Camera
- Great video playback
- Call quality good
- Although quite shiny and opulent, very durable
- Distintive and attractive design (although that depends upon your taste)
- Useful outer display screen
- Overall a beautful and interactive problem, since most of its problems are not critically crippling!

The Bad:- Filming and photography in low light conditions produces fairly poor results
- Very scratch prone external mirror, which also gets thumb marks, so constant wiping may give you odd looks in an opium den, which where this product should never be used. Taking drugs is bad fellas, give up!
- When opened the phone's lenght grows to about 12cm (maybe more or less, my skills are literary not mathematical, maybe I suck at both), and making calls on it may feel a little weird.
- Phone shuts quite tightly, and both hands are required to open fold. This may not be a problem if you break it in two - your statutory rights are affected if you choose to proceed in said manner.
- A little bulgy, like a hideous abcess. Best carried in a jacket, or in the opening of the alimentary canal in certain circumstances
- Steath filming photography very unlikely, and even filming a friend buying fetish gear in an exlclusive adult-themed shop can inspire odd looks from the owners.

There are a number of posts here from people who claim the phone automatically switches off. I have been using this handset since September and it never froze or had performance issues, and my usage was quite extensive.
I recently upgraded the firmware, although I don't know if it changed anything.
This is undoubtedly the most useful mobile phone I have ever owned as it has a multitude of high end features and carrying 5 or 5 different devices can be quite annoying.
However, nothing is perfect, and I will list the problems that have bugged me the most:
1) In low lighting the video and photogrpahy features are useless, as is its flash. For a flagship 'Camcorder' phone this severely limits the use of the phone's camera. Even a fairly well lit room indoors can appear pretty dark when filmed. The quality of the resulting film is quite grainy and full of artefacts. Filming in good light conditions produces some excellent results, though still not up to the level of a standalone video camera, but good enough for a phone.
2) Size matters people. If you're a girl in the habit of weraing figure hugging garments, then this would appear like an abscess, a hideous undergrowth.
In a handbag or jacket, it is not as obtrusive. In fact I carry it around in my jacket and when i am not wearing one, I would slip it in a bag. For guys, this may not be as visible in the pockets of a pair of jeans, but ordinary trousers can't mask this, and if you don't believe me, place it in your pocket, go to an emergency department of a hospital, and they will immediately, without question rush you to operate on the hernia!
It is best kept in jacket pockets or a bag.
3) Flash - camera flash is useless as mentioned earlier. Quite irritating really considering even older phones such as the Nokia N70 had a considerably superior flash.
4) Battery life. If you intedn to use the various features through the length of an average day the battery will drain pretty quickly. I normally carry my charger and at work I normally leave it charging and when I leave my desk I unplug it. Due to this routine my phone rarely runs out of battery but over Xmas there were a few times when I din't charge it and only got moderate use out of it, and it was nearly dead by the time I slept at night (which was quite late, and not because I wasn't in bed!!).
5) Forget about stealth filming or photography with this baby. The only way you can film or take photos is by twisting the camera screen into camcrorder mode, and it becomes very obvious you are filming something, so if filming things in a slightly secretive things is your thing, then go for a different type of camera phone. At time of writing there is plenty of choice, and if you are reading this blog 300 years or more from now, your eyes probably already have a High definition hologrpahic 3D camera embedded in your eyes, so look around for latter models or the most recent ones.
6) The external mirro is prone to scratches, and mine has been adorned with a vicious one. Although I have purchased a replacement, I do not know how to install it, so it would be best to get a protector for the external mirror - will save you some heartache.
That's your lot. However, even with the issues mentioned above, this is the best phone I have ever owned. The 8GB Nokia N95 is superior in every way. It doesn't have an optical zoom but to be honest I have it, I use it but most people don't see what the big deal is, especially when they see superior video results on the N95. I still prefer this because it's a cool toy. When I decide to make my equivalent of "2001: A Space Odyssey", I am going to rent Panavision lens. For now, N93i is good for practice and, dudes, it is a fun phone. It does so much, you really will love it, and at this point pretty much all phones on the market offer similar technology so go for something a little different and impress the crap out of your peers.
Oh yes, and one last thing. There are many phones that offer great video playback but they do not have a stand or there is no real way of watching a film on them unless you keep them in your hand. With the N93i, you can twist the phones screen so it sites on the keypad's edge, in a psuedo 'laptop' mode. You can put it anywhere and you could wathc comfortably. Trust me dudes, I work for a huge broadcasting Corporation in London, and I have often put this phone on my desk, and having played some of my converted DVDs on this everyone nearly died of envy. That's something even the iPhone doesn't do without a poxy cradle (for which you have to pay)! This is a real fun little gadget. Go for it dudes. Be different, hardly anyone carries these around and it won't catch on, and due to its weird design it would continue to look cool long after it is old. Overall, this handset comes recommended if you are prepared to live with the problems outlined. Also, I am with Vodafone in the UK, and their coverage is better than my essence as a human being!


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  • PECI

    PECI

    "THIS PHONE IS WICKED EVERY TIME I'M USING THE PHONE IN THE SHOPING CENTER PEOPLE STARE AT ME ITS ALLSO UNIQE AND ULTRA RARE ITS A VERY EXCLUSIVE PHONE FROM NOKIA I HAVE HAD MINE FOR 3 YEARS WORKS ..."

  • The Gold Fish

    The Gold Fish

    Rating10

    "I have been using the N93i since September and am currently considering buying a new one since my previous model, which is working well met with an ugly accident and one of its important components..."

  • hello kitty

    hello kitty

    Rating10

    "never tryed it and dont really want to"

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