FORTUNE Small Business

Beyond the iPhone: Nokia N95 is smart pick

The Nokia N95 is complex and expensive, but it's an impressive camera/phone/Web multitasker.

Subscribe to Top Stories
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)

(FORTUNE Small Business) -- While Apple's iPhone is the absolute leader in terms of portable media devices that also happen to have phones built in, it would be foolish to ignore the other smart phone/media devices on the market. In particular, I like what Nokia (NOK) is doing with its N series.

The N95 8 GB, for example, is billed as a multimedia camera phone that comes with a nice - if a bit small by iPhone standards - 2.8-inch screen. I especially like the N95's two-way sliding interface and its surprisingly powerful 5-megapixel camera, fitted with a Zeiss lens.

The combo makes the N95 a fully enabled, quad-band, use-it-anywhere-in-the-world phone and media device that's also a serviceable camera. I love the notion of taking my test N95 unit with me abroad and leaving my camera behind. I could drop in a local phone identity card in most any country, talk it up from La Tour Eiffel, and take excellent pictures to boot.

Now, the N95 is far from perfect. It can be devilishly complex to use, and Nokia has stuffed in too many features. Navigating between using the phone, surfing the Web, and taking a picture took purple-belt gadget jujitsu.

Plus, the N95 is not cheap - $779 (unlocked and without a plan) is a long way to go for any portable device, no matter how fabulous. (If this phone comes discounted as part of a plan, jump on it.) Still, a single media player/smart phone/camera that is world-ready is worth a look.  To top of page

After the iPhone: Apple's hot gadget inspires the competition.

What's your smartphone pick? Visit our forum and tell us.
Photo Galleries
10 things you'll love about Windows 10 There's a lot to like about Windows 10. Here are our favorite features in Microsoft's soon-to-be-released operating system. More
Warren Buffett's gone cold. How his top 10 stocks are doing The Oracle of Omaha is an investing legend. But several of Berkshire Hathaway's biggest investments are off to a lousy start in 2015. Will shareholders complain at the annual meeting in Omaha on Saturday? More
BMW's M235i doesn't compromise BMW's new M235i gives you the performance of an M car for a lot less money. More
Sponsors