NOKIA'S N95 multimedia phone--a computer wrapped around a megapixel camera--has been voted "the European Media Phone of the Year 2007-2008" by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA), Europe's leading association for consumer electronics. EISA praised the Nokia N95 as containing "practically every feature one could imagine in a mobile device." My personal opinion is that the phone is more than bling. It feels good and works well for those interested in creative multimedia.
The judging panel cited Nokia N95 features such as GPS, 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and MPEG4 video capture of up to 30 fps. EISA also highlighted the device's data access of up to 3.5 Mbs, advanced web browser, Wi-Fi, microSD slot, and audio reproduction of multiple audio formats. If you have a mature version of this phone, you won't be disappointed with its feature set.
I have friends who got their N95s early in the release cycle and their experiences are not the same as those buying the phone in Irish mobile phone shops today. My trail model worked well. The phone moved me further down the road of digital convergence. I enjoyed using free internet access with the phone and that meant walking around my house while browsing FreeNews subscriptions, sending videos over Bluetooth to my Sony television set, and mapping out a tapa-hopping adventure in Spain with its on-board GPS.
I don't know if EISA did these things as well. I do know EISA is a consumer technology awards association and it comprises nearly 50 prominent photo, video, audio, home theater and mobile electronics magazines from 18 European countries. This means EISA gets its hands on a wide cross-section of new technology and when the N95 earned the top billing, it spoke well for the quality of the handset.