The first handset to truly put the power of a mobile computer in your pocket, the Nokia N95 remains a superlative jack of all trades. This solid 3G slider offers faster-flavoured HSDPA and Wi-Fi web browsing, a feature-rich five megapixel digital camera and smart A-GPS navigation. Built on solid S60 stilts, this iconic caller is still equipped to soak up the best apps available through the Ovi Store to complement its raft of productive on-board software. The RealPlayer full-screen media player handles the latest audio and video formats with ease, whether stored in the internal memory or on expandable microSD cards (up to 2GB). The 2.6-inch QVGA screen comes with an ambient light sensor to save power and you can even add the optional Nokia Wireless Keyboard to turn this mobile computer into a mini desktop number-cruncher.
What they say
“The N95 is so loaded with high-end features that it sometimes seems as if it dropped out of a time warp from the future”
Sascha Segan, PC Magazine
If you only do one thing
Shoot near-DVD quality (VGA resolution) video clips through Carl Zeiss optics, before editing and sharing them direct from the handset. You could use the Share on Ovi service to bring them to a global audience or simply plug into a normal television with the TV Out connection. Don’t forget the UPnP server, either, allowing you to stream videos wirelessly over a home entertainment network.
The N95’s Carl Zeiss camera pushed photo photography to a new level.. but who’s this Carl fella?
Carl Zeiss was a 19th century optician who became famous for making microscopes. Here are some microscopic facts that may have evaded your gaze:
- It’s quite possible that the inventor of the first practical telescope, a 16th-century lensmaker called Johann Lippershey, also made the world’s first microscope.
- Galileo called his compound microscope invention the ‘occhiolino’ or ‘little eye’. Optical microscopes can theoretically resolve details as small as 200 nanometres – each pit in a compact disc is about 500 nanometres wide.
- The most powerful microscope in the world, a $27 million electron microscope, can make images to a resolution of half the width of a hydrogen atom. It can be found at the Lawrence Berkeley National labs in California.