Nokia N93 in-depth review -

Look and Feel

The Nokia 93 is big, and certainly not suitable for pockets. It's expertly constructed with every hinge, button and joypad fitted tightly - it feels like a serious piece of kit.

Features

The Nokia N93 is a features powerhouse. Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth, that 3.2-megapixel Carl Zeiss lens with video recording and video calling, a high-resolution screen, an MP3 palyer, expandable memory are all present.

Ease of Use

The Nokia N93 runs offthe intuitive Symbian OS, which is intuitive. The Nokia user interface is also a breeze and won't cause any problems. The large keys and screen make the everyday tasks much more comfortable on the eyes and fingers.

Performance

The Nokia N93's camera will take photos suitable for 10x8-inch prints. Zoom in too far and pictures will suffer, but the macro setting has an amazing level of detail. Video recordings are very clear and watchable. Internet browsing is speedy and easy with the MiniMap technology.

Battery Life

222 minutes of talktime isn't brilliant, but you could do far worse. You will still have a fair amount of use from the Nokia N93 before it needs a charge.

 Nokia N93 Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:49:57 PM

8

out of 10

Performance

6

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

10

out of 5

Features

6

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Get it right and its close-up photography work is stunning. Its mobile video footage also makes other phones play like a Tonka toy.

Cons:

It's as big as a bus and the optical zoom performance didn't meet our expectations.

A host of 3.2-megapixel camera phones has emerged lately to pose a serious challenge to the standalone digital camera. But while they were outstanding with photography, they fell short on features. Enter the Nokia N93, which not only has photo power but also brings mobile video to new heights.

Well-made phone

Like the rest of the Nseries, the Nokia 93 is big, and certainly not suitable for pockets. Perhaps this is to be expected but if you are used to a compact handset, the N93 might be a shock. It's expertly constructed with every hinge, button and joypad fitted tightly - it feels like a serious piece of kit.
The keypad is generously spaced with sizeable, responsive buttons, and there is space for an extra line of four customisable shortcut keys.

Print-quality photos

With a 3.2-megapixel Carl Zeiss lens with auto-focus and 3x optical zoom, the Nokia N93 has superior pedigree. At present, nothing stands up to it.
Like its predecessor, the N90, the display opens 90° and another 90° twist automatically fires up the camera. This adopts a handgun-style pose for a steady grip, with a large capture button at the end of the hinge, together with rocker switch to activate the optical zoom using your thumb. A five-way joystick handles navigation around the user interface, while underneath there are buttons to switch between video, still camera and flash modes. The interface is very lucid to operate, almost identical to the N90. A range of photographic modes helps you to adjust the camera to the environment. There are also handy auto settings, which work well.
Photos are in 2048x1536-pixel resolution, large enough for 10x8-inch print. The picture quality suffers from poor focus as you zoom in, and pictures are also hampered by a washed out-magenta tint.
The N93 fared so much better in an outdoor environment, excelling in close-up macro mode. Our picture showed some minute detail and sharp focus. A 2.4-inch, QVGA-quality display adeptly handles picture viewing and video playback.

Wi-Fi and 3G

The Nokia N93 runs on the Symbian S60 OS, an intuitive system that won't cause you any problems. Wi-Fi and 3G keep you well connected, while Universal Plug And Play (UPnP) utilises the embedded Wi-Fi, allowing you to play videos and music and show photos over a wireless home media network. Bluetooth and USB 2.0 connections are also covered.
However you surf the internet, the N93 boasts Nokia's MiniMap - a semi-transparent zoomed-out view of the area you're reading is shadowed by a complete view of whole page as it was originally designed. If you frequently surf the mobile internet, tit's a godsend.
As a multimedia phone, the Nokia N93 also comes equipped with a host of software and features including Visual Radio, Push-To-Talk, LifeBlog software, Adobe PDF Reader software, a barcode scanner and Quick Office suite applications