This is Steve Garfield reporting from the Soho Grand Hotel where Nokia has gathered bloggers from around the world to preview the new Nokia N95, prior to it's public unveiling tomorrow in NYC at the 7th Regiment Armory.
I joined my fellow bloggers this morning in the lobby of the Soho Grand, where Nokia has put us up on their tab. Thanks Nokia. This hotel rocks. Literally! There's a Bose Music System in here and I'm listening to !!!, Tede Leo, TV on the Radio, The Occasion, French Kicks, Lansing-Dreiden and Ambulance LTD on the hotel's own compilation, GrandLife SohoNewYork on 5 Points Records [ Music plays ].
We took cabs over the the 7th Regimant Armory, signed in and then went upstairs where we met product managers from Nokia.
There was lots of activity going on to get ready for tomorrow's presentation and show floor.
We gathered together at a long table and the presentation began.
Out came the Nokia N95.
It's a lot slimmer than the N93 I've been testing and the camera is a 5 megapixel compared to the 3.2 of the N93. The phone supports GPS too. The user experience is much like that of Google earth. Sweet.
There was an application called podcasting and I asked about it. It's a media aggregator that will be able to subscribe to audio and video podcasts which you'll then be able to watch on the device. It's really a lot more than just a phone. It's a multimedia computer.
Here's a comparison shot with other Nokia phones.
That's Teo trying out the phone with the optional Bluetooth keyboard.
Here's Darla Mack and the Nokia N95. Darla took a bunch of photos too. Check her blog for her reports.
Rafe Blandford and the Nokia N95. Rafe took a lot of notes, check his blog for detailed product info.
We also got a look at the show floor as it was being assembled.
The phone is scheduled to come out in Europe first, and then possibly in the US depending, it seems, on market demand.
Nokia is smart. They sent us all N93's prior to this launch and then flew us into the city for this presentation. None of us were required to write or post about anything, but based on reading our blogs, they saw that we're all people who like to learn about new technology and share what we learn.
I'm impressed ny the Nokia poeple and their marketing represenatives. Everyone really knows the product and they are enthusiastic about it.
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