After a few exciting weeks of completing various tasks centered around the N96, like all good things – The N96 Challenge has come to an end. The competition was to win five N96 trials for you, the reader and we shall very soon find out if we have been successful. I can assure you that we tried our level best.
- The first task was simple, I had to take geo-tagged phone of the Ninja and upload it via NokiaVine. My buddy Sartaj Gill risked all at the edge of a rooftop dressed as the Ninja while I used the N96 to capture his heroics. This was no ‘run of the mill’ snap!
- The next task involved live streaming a video from the N96. Sartaj once again risked all to come up with killer modern day Ninja heroics.
- The third challenge needed the Ninja to play a video full of fireworks on the TV via the N96’s TV-Out feature. We decided on playing the N-Gage game ‘One’ with some Rocky music as a background, running on the phone’s music player.
- The fourth and final task was all about Nokia Vine and the N96. I needed to upload a video, photos, and the soundtrack I was listenning to via the vine. That’s done too, albeit not exactly as I planned it.
As you can probably gather, the ultimate motive of the N96 Challenge was not to test how good a performer can I be, but to help demonstrate the functionality of the N96. Throughout this challenge, I used the N96 as a camera, as a camcorder, as a mp3 player and as a tool that documented my life to an extent.
During the initial part, both the N96 and Nokia Vine were in a miserable condition – buggy as hell. I had half a mind to stop trying to make either work. However, since that time the Nokia Vine application has gotten updated thrice, the N96 is upto version 12 firmware and I see loads of promise.
Nokia Vine has gone from being super slow and crash prone to not only usable but enjoyable, however I still cannot say the same about its web interface. But the good part is that the vines are automatically added to your sportstracker profile also, so you can still view them and the media uploaded with ease.
If I were to evaluate the N96’s performance in any of these tasks, I’d have to give it top grades. The camera performs well, the music is excellent. I even had a small party with the N96 acting as the music system with speakers attched via the 3.5mm plug. I have already talked about its gaming capability here and TV out didn’t give me any problems either.
In case you look closely, all of these things are ones you would mostly do while travelling and in the light of its 16GB storage, I’d have to seriously think about NOT taking it along. (Battery permitting).