I’ve been testing the Nokia N95 for some time now with our voip-PBX at Colibria. It is a very exciting phone from a technology perspective, but it reminds me of what someone said to me about technology:
“Technology is a word used about things that don’t work. Once it works, you no longer use the word technology… ” (I believe it was Andreas Nergaard who said this)
That phone is so stuffed with technology that it really impresses me and I don’t worry so much about there being certain issues with it, such as rebooting regularly. And yes, I have updated the firmware.
The voip function is really high quality, but there are drawbacks. It seems the stability is different on various routers and the phone sometimes misses calls and restarts, and the battery is drained very quickly. But the voice is so much clearer than GSM. I’ve even tested it on my friends, calling them first on GSM and then on VOIP, and I’ve gotten comments about how much better quality the VOIP was.
The question is whether this function is enough to make people use voip instead of GSM. Shouldn’t it also have presence (the phone can use IMPS presence), or maybe video calling. I think it’s a very good start, and I thank Nokia for driving the market. I believe that this will be big, although there are business barriers just as much as technology barriers in making it happen.
The phone also has many other good functions. My other favourite is the podcast programme, and the possibility to show the phone’s screen on a projector for demos and presentations…