With room for up to 3000 songs on the 4 GB hard disk, the Nokia N91 delivers a premier music experience. The N91 also contains the latest multimedia and smartphone technologies, including a 2-megapixel camera, email support, a full web browser and video sharing. With multiple connectivity options, such as WCDMA, WLAN and Bluetooth, the Nokia N91 allows users to find and enjoy music when and where you want.
- An MP3 player.
- Good reception.
- A great built-in camera/video recorder.
- Decent battery life.
- A sleek design.
- Symbian OS.
- Excellent sound quality.
- Various connectivity.
Enough with the complaints... time for the features that make the phone shine. The 4-gigabyte hard drive is a welcomed feature for a phone designed specifically to play music. It also comes in handy for taking high quality phone's 2-megapixel camera.
True story: when I forgot my regular Sony digital camera I used my phone's built in camera instead. My friends doubted the quality a camera on a phone would produce but when I sent the images from the camera, they immediately took back their doubts. Even though the phone is big and heavy, it definitely catches a lot of attention with its sleek face.
I have the silver/chrome front but there are two other variations of the phone as well. I've had random people come up to me and ask about my phone. One person even said it looked better than the Nokia 8801. As with most Symbian phones, the look and feel is customizable for your styles with themes.
As a world phone, it does surprisingly well for a tri-band phone. I've been through four states and Portugal with my phone and I've always had full bars on reception. The battery life is a bit of a surprise as well, considering it has a hard drive. After a four hour flight of listening to music, making three hours of international calls, and leaving it idle for two days, I finally needed to recharge my phone.
The N91 also delivers when it comes to sound quality, which is expected for a music phone. Calls sound clear and crisp while the speakers on the phone can be used as a small stereo set. Connectivity truly amazing with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or mini-USB. The phone can be used as a portable hard drive with the mini-USB cable.
- Expensive phone.
- Big and heavy.
- Slow user-interface.
- Fragile construction.
The interface is a bit slow. It takes about 30 seconds to power up the phone, and to get through the interface, there's usually about a 1-2 second delay, depending on the size of the program run (of course). Basic apps like world clock, phone book, etc. take a second to load. There's also a bit of a delay on MP3 player, again taking about a second to skip and load to the next song.
The construction of the phone is a minor issue as well. The bottom of the phone is brushed metal, so it's easy to scratch. Underneath the slide cover, the circuitry of the MP3 controls are exposed, which is a bit of a turn off if, you look at it from behind.
A nice to have would a spring-assisted slide, but Nokia does a good job of having a manual slide without leaving any wear marks along the side. If you read reviews around the net, you might have heard that the phone freezes or restarts at times and this is true, however running a simple scandisk (hooked up to the PC and reading it as a HD) alleviates this problem.
I only noticed that problem the first week, but after the scan disk it was no longer an issue. Finally, the size and weight of the phone. It's definitely no Razr (which was my old phone). It's about an inch longer than a credit card and as thick as a TV remote and its weight is really noticeable, probably weighing as much as two average flip phones currently on the market.
Looking around the web, you might expect this phone to go for around $700. Surprisingly, it can be bought cheaper direct from Nokia for $600 in the U.S. Overall, I've been very happy with my phone despite the flaws. It's one of those phones which is practical and turns a lot of heads while being a multi-functional powerhouse all in one package.Was this review helpful to you?
I'm in love as a human can be with a phone. This phone is great and the camera is wonderful. Now you can take those spontaneous snapshots in 2-megapixel goodness. The internal speaker is amazing, and the sound quality with the HS-28 headphones is great. The 802.11b/g works great too. And the browser included shows Web pages wonderfully.
I could not be more pleased with this phone. Buy one. Buy one now!Was this review helpful to you?
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