I have a strange love and hate relationship with the N96. On the days that I carry my E71, I miss the gaming, music and the camera of the N96 and when I have the N96 I can’t wait to get back to the E71 because of the battery life and speed. However, that might soon change.
You might have noticed that inspite of having the N96 with me for quite a while, I’m yet to publish its review. The reason is the even with the current v11 firmware the phone isn’t fast enough and I have reason to believe that the upcoming v12 firmware will change that. So despite having the review ready, I will not publish it for the simple reason that the new firmware could easily take away the issues I have with the device. Hardware wise, there’s no problem at all.
Coming onto the N96’s second problem – the 950 mAh battery. At the MWC I had put this question to the product manager and he had justified the smaller battery by stating the they wanted to tare care not to make the phone too bulky. However, for the last few days I have been using the 1200 mAh battery in the N96 without any problem or extra bulk at all. The back cover bulges a little, but that’s it. It still gets attached without any glue or tape and the battery does wonders for the N96. I can easily go a day without worrying about it dying on me with heavy usage.
It is true that a lot of users won’t face a problem with the 950 mAh as well, but for the sake of the power users I’m sure Nokia could have put the bigger battery in, considering the fact that the thickness almost remains the same. (Check out the above video).
Since, I’m pretty sure Nokia will not make a new backplate that’s just slightly modified for the bigger battery, I’m hoping some accessory maker will catch on. Its a sure sell. But if that doesn’t happen you can still go ahead and get your the BL-6F and make your life way easier, in the process making the N96 a killer device.
Now Nokia, you messed up once – please get it right with firmware v12. Also, please get it out fast, as in super quick. Please.