Nokia N96 review

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Nokia N96 review: King's new clothes
Every time Nokia Nseries numbering goes up a notch geeks are holding their breath. Well, geeks - including us - are no ordinary human beings, but in the case of Nokia N96 they'd been holding their breath since February. The time this multimedia monster picked to actually hit the shelves must have made quite a few people fear it being already outdated.
Being a successor of the Nokia N95 8GB, Nokia N96 has some king-size spec sheet to top and it can't be accused of not trying. There's FP2, double the built-in storage and DVB-H. The bloodline is strong but the crown is heavy and ancestral sins will be held against the heir twofold. The modest battery capacity and the downgraded CPU do raise some questions that need their answers. Join us for an out-and-out review of Nokia's latest top-of-the-shelf offer. Let's see if it has got the performance to walk in them shoes size N95.
Key features:

* 2.8" 16M-color TFT LCD display of QVGA resolution
* 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash and AF assist light
* Built-in DVB-H TV tuner
* Symbian OS 9.3 with S60 3.2 UI
* Dual ARM 9 264 MHz CPU and 128 MB of RAM
* 3G with HSDPA support
* Quad-band GSM support
* Wi-Fi with UPnP technology
* Built-in GPS with A-GPS functionality and 3 months of free voice-guided navigation
* Dual slide design with dedicated gaming/audio keys
* Massive 16GB onboard storage
* microSD card slot with microSDHC support
* Built-in accelerometer for UI auto-rotation
* 3.5 mm audio jack
* TV out
* Stereo FM Radio with RDS
* Car charger in the retail package
* VGA video recording at 30fps
* USB and Bluetooth v2.0
* One free N-gage game and Transformers movie preloaded
* Keypad locking slide key
Main disadvantages:

* Inadequate battery life
* No camera lens protection
* The @$$#% N81-inspired design
* No office document editing out of the box
* Doesn't charge via the USB port
* Dreadful camera key
* Cheap looking keypad
* Unreasonably hefty price tag