Chronicles of a Windows Mobile User Gone Symbian: Part 2
In part 1 of my experience with the Nokia N95 I talked about some of my frustrations with the syncing and messaging implementation. Now I’d like to talk about some of the impressive features that make the N95 shine.
First of all, the multimedia features on this phone are really top notch. It’s got a 5 megapixel camera with a flash. This works better than any other camera phone I’ve used. While the photos are not quite as good as a 5Mp point & shoot stand-alone camera, they’re certainly acceptable. Video recording quality is great too.
The N95 includes Real Player for watching videos as well as a custom Music Player. The gallery application has a neat animated interface for scrolling through photos and videos. The included games are really great as well. The N95 includes a cool 3D version of Snakes, and an awesome high speed 3D racing game.
The N95 also includes an RCA video out cable for playing videos or photos on a TV. When you plug the cable in, it asks you what type of interface you’re using it for. No Windows Mobile device is this smart when it comes to media.
The Nokia Suite has a Music organizer program that facilitates copying music to your phone, but there’s another way that might be even easier. When you plug the N95 into a computer via USB, you can again choose what type of interface you want to use. One of them is “music player” which will allow Windows Media Player to recognize the device as an MP3 player in the sync tab. Unfortunately this mode does not let you convert and add videos, only music. Album art doesn’t transfer in this mode, nor does the Nokia music transfer pick up existing album art from my Windows Media Library, but there is a way to add it.
I haven’t figured out how to add videos yet. There doesn’t seem to be an obvious easy way to do it. But the videos included on the memory card were of very good quality.
The N95 also comes with Sling Player. I tested this over WiFi and it worked beautifully. You could actually use this phone as a media center extender type device by plugging it into a TV and then launching Sling Player to watch TV from somewhere else. You could plug it into an in-car DVD player and watch live TV over your 3G internet access.
Another thing the N95 does way better than any Windows Mobile device is connect to shared media via Windows Media Connect or media sharing in Windows Media Player 11. All you have to do is turn on sharing in Windows Media Player 11, set up your home network settings on the N95, and then you can browse your media library through the N95’s Gallery application. It’s hard to tell which files will be compatible with the N95’s players though, as I have yet to get any of them to stream for me. Anyone know how to do this? Anyway, that capability is very cool and should have been part of Windows Mobile from the beginning.
If you have any other cool tips about the media features in the N95 or Symbian devices, feel free to share them in the discussion.