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Nokia N96 review

8/10 AVG.

  • Nokia N96
  • Nokia N96

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The Nokia N96 currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Operating system
264 MHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


Maybe Nokia N96 wasn't really intended to take the market by storm and turn the world around. Maybe it was meant to quietly update the top multimedia gadget of the house and continue to cash in.It just seems Nokia won't put all eggs in the same basket. And that makes us wondering. More high-end stuf...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena

That is not the best solution around as far as the price/functionality ration is concerned. N96 is obviously an all-in-one solution, but doesnТt stand up to the level of N95 or N85. Nokia N96 concentrates on a narrow circle of typical tasks: video playback and recording, mobile TV and music. In the...

- Anton Spiridonov, Mobile88

Without impressing too much through its design, Nokia N96 will probably be quickly forgotten in the favor of the new Nokia touchscreen phones. Fortunately, its maker has taken into account this possibility and has announced the new tier 1 device of the Nseries – Nokia N97. I consider the N96 s...

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia

At first I wasn't so keen on the Nokia N96, as the flat keypad leaves a lot to be desired, and the interface could be very slow at times. It seemed like a step backwards from my N95 in terms of usability and speed. However, the more I used it, the more I liked it. With double the storage of the N95...

- Russell Jefferies, MobileBurn

On the whole we are impressed with the N96. It offers noteworthy upgrades to its forerunner, such as the DVB-H tuner (not usable in the States) and 16GB of internal memory with further expansion, and the design is also greatly refined. Running S60 Feature Pack 3 gives the N96 the flexibility to hand...

- Team, PhoneArena

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Nokia backs up the N96 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your N96 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Nokia N96's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

264 MHz

There is a ARM9 264 MHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

256 MB

Internal memory is 256 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 950 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 9 days standby time.

Nokia N96 Specs

Release date February 11, 2008
Regions available Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor ARM9 264 MHz
Internal Storage 256 MB
RAM 128 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.78 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 950 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black with silver accents
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.3 x 5.5 x 1.8 cm (4.1 x 2.2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 125 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments -
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