More new technology on its way

A year after pictures of a prototype phone that was being developed by Nokia were leaked to tech websites, the mobile phone that has promised to revolutionise what we carry in our pockets is about to be released.

It’s debut is in Europe, today, 24/04/06.
Which handset am I talking about? Surely I don’t need to tell you?

The Nokia N91Nokia n91

I have mine pre-ordered and according to the company I have ordered it from, it should be shipped on release day, today, to arrive on Tuesday.

The N91 was mentioned in a previous post on this site, but at the time the release date had not been confirmed.

Technical Specifications:


Operating frequency

EGSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900MHz + WCDMA, EDGE
Data transfer: WCDMA up to speed 384 kbps, EGPRS/GPRS (class B/multislot 10) up to 236.8 kbps

Quad band, so it can be used anywhere in the world..

Dimensions
Weight: 164 g
Length: 113.1 mm
Width (max): 55.2 mm
Thickness (max): 22 mm

OK, so it’s not so small. The handset is just a bit under the size of an iPod (classic), but, it’s functionality should make up for that

Display and User Interface
Color display (176 x 208, 262k color)
S60 software on Symbian OS

Symbian, great. We like Symbian. Standard Nokia S60 colour screen.

Audio formats (decoding)
MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, Real, WAV, WMA, M4A, AMR-WB, True Tones, AMR-NB

Excellent, not limited to any one music format.

Hi-Fi Quality Sound
Use the Nokia Music Headset HS-28 with remote control or use your own high quality headphone and connect directly to the 3.5mm audio jack on the Nokia N91
Connect the Nokia N91 to external speakers

Standard 3.5mm jack! Wow! First one I will have ever had on a mobile phone. No more using crappy bundled Nokia earphones, I can plug my nice shiny new Apple in-ear set in there.

Memory
Up to 4GB of internal dynamic memory for music content, multimedia messages, ringing tones, images, video clips, and applications

This is the deal decider. 4gb microdrive. The same size as my iPod mini, on which the battery is almost totally dead as a doornail. Will this see me ditch the iPod and walk with just a phone? I think it will…

Imaging and Video formats
Video playback: 3GPP H.263, MPEG4, RealVideo
Image viewers: JPEG, EXIF, GIF, BMP, PNG
Full-screen video playback on the phone to view downloaded, streamed or recorded video clips in larger size

Nice to see MPEG4 included as a codec, this was not previously available. All other codecs are standard.

Camera
2 Megapixel
Still Image resolutions: default 1600×1200, 640×480
Still Images file format: JPEG, YUV, RGB
Capture formats: H.263, MPEG-4 (video), AMR-NB, AAC (audio)
Advanced camera modes: still, burst, video and options for night, brightness adjustment, image quality, and self-timer.
Digital zoom 20x stepless

2 megapixel works for me. Apparently this camera is not so good indoors, but, the handset is being marketed as a music phone, rather than a camera phone. It lacks autofocus which is dissapointing, but, I none the less..

Connectivity
3G
Near broadband speeds for faster and more responsive downloads.
WLAN 802.11b/g
USB 2.0 full speed interface with mass storage profile (USB mini)
Connectivity with USB or Bluetooth wireless technology
Local synchronization of contacts, calendar and music files to a compatible PC using compatible connection
Synch contacts and calendar wirelessly over Bluetooth
Integrated Bluetooth wireless technology v.1.2

3G and WLAN. Nice. But, will it eat the battery? I expect so. WLAN is a nice feature, finally, a phone that isn’t a PDA but has alternatively connectivety sources off-network, and, it runs in G mode, which is a nice feature.

Power Management
Standby time: GSM up to 190 hours
WCDMA up to 170 hours
Talk time: GSM up to 3 – 4 hours
WCDMA up to 2.5 – 3 hours
Music Playback: up to 10 hours

10 hours of playback certainly will rival my 4gb 1st gen iPod mini which, after excessive use, barely gets 2 hours now. Be sure to do the full 16hour charge when you first get it though else this will severly degrade, I should expect, especially with WLAN.

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