Nokia N93; More than a phone

The future has arrived, and it’s looking good! It was at the tail end of August that I got my eager hands on a Nokia N93, the most promoted phone in the manufacturer’s touted N-series, with relatively hefty multimedia features.

Truly, the ‘beast’, as I like to call it, sports nothing less than a 3.2 Megapixel Carl Zeiss lens with 3x optical zoom. It is also beastly in size, having a rather slightly bulky and heavy body (180 g), measuring 118. 2 mm x 55.5mm x 28.2 mm.

Ergonomically the phone handles well with its Clamshell / twist screen format, with two separate 5 directional scroll controls which are active when the fold is open or closed. Unlike most high-end Nokia models, the buttons are flat and large which makes for easy messaging. This design supersedes its predecessor the N90 with its fully rotatable camera that ends up slanted whenever one pulls it out of the pocket.

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The phone has three main modes depending on the positioning of the screen; Fold open mode, Imaging mode (allowing the N93 to be handled pretty much like a handycam) and View mode which is convenient for sharing videos with friends, allowing the user to place the phone on a flat surface.

With the advent of video blog and hosting services such as Youtube.com together with peer-to-peer personal network platforms like Myspace.com and Friendster.com, one can almost say that the arrival of the N93 is timely indeed. The quality of videos created is nothing short of superb, although getting a good image in dimly lit areas might be tricky.

The N93 saves to the neat mp4 format, which requires some QuickTime drivers to be pliable.

A fully functional version of Adobe Premiere elements comes bundled on the included DVD that allows captured content to be edited with ease. If that isn’t enough, the device comes packaged with a Pop-port™ to RCA cable that allows direct input into a television… instantaneous party hit!

Connectivity with the N93 is rather complete with wireless LAN, Bluetooth, Infrared and USB options, with synchronisation dealing with both media files created as well contacts, tasks, email messages and calendar entries. The bundled Adobe Photoshop Album Starter edition 3.0 makes importing media a breeze and Lifeblog, a similar program, allows for videos as well as images to be catalogued into a timeline.

The only two perceived setbacks are the Symbian OS that becomes quite sluggish with accumulated messages and video files. The included 512mb memory card is only good for 15-20 minutes of video capture, which is really not enough for the home video artist.


For more information, visit www.nokia.com