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Apple iPhone vs Nokia N95

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 (this last one hasn’t been released locally yet).

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

Nokia N95
Nokia N95

Operating systemMac OS XSymbian S60
3GNoYes (HSDPA-enhanced)
Camera resolution2 megapixels5 megapixels
BrowserSafariNokia Web Browser with Mini map
E-mailDisplays HTML-rich; Push IMAP (Yahoo); IMAP/POP3POP3/SMTP
Music playeriTunesRealPlayer
TouchscreenYes (multi-touch sensors)No
Screen8.9cm (320×480 pixels)6.4cm (240×320 pixels)
Processor speedUnknown330MHz
Expansion slotNonemicroSD
Replaceable batteryNoYes
MMS (for sending pictures and video)NoYes
IM (instant messaging)NoYes
Video captureUnknown640 x 480 (30 frames per second)
YouTubeYesYes (with m.youtube.com)
User can install 3rd-party appsNoYes
Accelerometer (to change screen orientation when rotated)YesNo
Spell checkerYesNo
Ambient light sensor (dims screen in low light)YesNo
Proximity sensor (turns screen off when put up to your ear)YesNo
Video output to TVNoYes
Visual voicemailYesNo
Threaded SMSYesNo
Browse music by album coversYesNo
Flickr integrationNoYes
Supports stereo Bluetooth headphonesUnknownYes
PriceUS$499 – 4GB, US$599 8GB (~AU$590, AU$708)AU$1379
Locked to carrierYesNo

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

Source:→ C|Net

Apple, iPhone, Nokia, N95, Smart Phones

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