Like I mentioned on my earlier post about the N82, the actual phone I received from Nokia Philippines was the Nokia N95 8GB. But later, I found that N82′s features suits well for me as compared to the N95 (8GB).
Here are the reasons why I chose the former.
- Both of them have similar camera resolution specification which is 5MP, but after comparing the shots taken on the same set-up and conditions using both phones, the photos taken using the N82 is far more better than that of the N95 8GB.
- N95 8GB’s flash is also poor compared to the Xenon Flash that the N82 has. When shooting on a poor light condition (concerts and theater set-up), N82′s shots absorbs more light than N95 8GB. It is also noticeable that N82 photos has better contrasts than that of the N95 8GB.
- In terms of color results, N82′s color is more vivid compared to N95′s. N95′s shots are dull whereas in N82, the shots are full of life.
- N82′s display quality is more crisp and detailed that of the N95 8GB. I’m not sure why but after comparing both phone’s standby menus, N82′s icons appear to be more detailed. N82 icon’s edges do not appear blur unlike with that of N95′s. N82 also has a better display contrast.
- N95 wins in terms of the physical dimensions of its display.
- N95 wins with its 8GB memory, but since I already have an SE W960i which has an 8GB, memory is no longer an issue. And even if it is, N82′s expandable microSD can support up to 4GB (or 8GB, i’m not sure) of memory capacity.
- Both phones have an accelerometer installed with them but it was only earlier this year that Nokia revealed N95′s accelerometer functionality. The accelerometer function (e.g. auto screen rotation, etc.) in N95 can be utilized only if the user installs an update which can access the phone’s accelerometer function. Whereas, in N82, the accelerometer function is already supported upon buying the unit.
- After using both phone’s GPS at the same time and set-up, I found out that N82′s reception of GPS Satellite’s signals is better than of the N95 8GB. It also takes longer for the N95 8GB to take and calculate the satellite data for positioning, about a few minute difference. (Please read my review on my N82 GPS Map experience.)
The Phone’s Physiology
- I hate movable parts. Oftentimes, problems encountered for these types of phones are caused by the movable part itself. N95 is known for its sliding feature. If I am not mistaken, most slide phones encounter problems with their display after a period of time. Most phones connect their displays to their bodies using a flex cable which can be damaged from the continuous repetitive sliding and moving, thus, causing display problems.
- N95 is also more bulky than N82.
- N82′s back housing has a more classy finish than N95′s.
- N82′s buttons are more unique compared to N95′s.
- The current market price of N95 is a hundred bucks more expensive compared to that of N82. The only noticeable difference in their technical specifications is the memory capacity. Given the hundred bucks, you can already use that money to get a couple of 8GB microSD or buy spare batteries and other accessories for your N82.
After asking several friends who currently owns an N82 and/or an N95 8GB, I have compared their reasons and my observations to conclude that N82′s features and functions are more suitable for my needs. It would also be an overkill on my part to own another 8GB phone since I already have the Sony Ericsson W960i Walkman Phone. And also, if you are confused between the two phones, check on the price and the features you get from that price you are willing to pay. In my opinion, the big difference between the prices of both phones does not justify their differences in their features.