What do i think of the Nokia N95?

So most of my friends and colleagues know that I have a Nokia N95, and by now they should know that there is nothing that I can find wrong with the phone (ok, I admit the battery is a bit crap), but there are ways and means of making the battery last, which I will explain in this post.  Anyway, for those of you in doubt on whether or not to get the Nokia N95, let me put you mind at ease and explain some of the advantages of the phone, and I am not talking about the massive features that you have already read about on the Nokia website. (See Technical Specifications).

  • Many hundreds of applications can be installed on this phone. – If you think of your PC and the applications you use on a daily basis, (MSN Live, Gmail, GTalk, Skype, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Chat, Facebook) to name but a few, well all of these work well on a Nokia N95.
  • The phone has a built in GPS, so you don’t have to go and buy a separate navigation kit. There are lots of third party packages that can be loaded on the phone that use the GPS e.g. Google Maps, Amaze, Nokia Maps. I’ve used them all, and they work very well. Nokia Maps even has voice commands if you can’t follow a map.
  • You can customize the phone internally with themes, and there are some great web sites out there offering free theme download. The best one though with over 50 pages of themes is MMCForums.
  • If you have a Slingbox and want to watch TV, Satellite, Cable, or recorded TV Program on your phone, you can now load Sling Player onto your Nokia N95 and watch anything, anywhere, anytime. It truly is amazing.
  • The Nokia N95 supports the SDHC memory cards, so you are not just tied down to 1GB or 2GB. I have recently purchased an 6GB SDHC card for my Nokia, and it works fine.
  • There are a lot of accessories for the Nokia N95, and not just from Nokia themselves. Here are a just a few accessories I have purchased in the past six months for my Nokia N95:
    • Sony Bluetooth Headphones (DR-BT50), which are brilliant (no more wires), and the headphones have controls on the right ear piece, so you don’t need to touch your phone in order to change the track, fast forward, stop, pause etc. It also has a built in microphone, so when you receive a call you can talk hands free. Best of all it makes use of the A2DP standard that the N95 has built in. The headphones have a 17 hour playing time and are rechargable.
    • Proporta USB Mobile Device Charge (USB Rechargeable Battery) with Car and World AC Power – This is the solution to the crap battery. It’s smaller than the phone, and can charge the Nokia 5 times. It really is brilliant, because you can take it with you anywhere you go, and you will always have juice for your phone. The adapters that came with the battery are brilliant because they are light weight, and compatible to the phone.

Have you heard of Songbird?

I stumbled upon this really cool thing called Songbird. Check out the video first. It’s incredible.

It’s a desktop Web player, a digital jukebox and Web browser mash-up. Like Winamp, it supports extensions and skins feathers. Like Firefox®, it is built from Mozilla®, cross-platform and open source.

For those who like to listen to mp3’s, while surfing the web, sharing music, downloading music, playing videos, etc, this browser / player is just the thing.

A visit from Cuz!

My cousin Mark and his wife Bridget and little baby Robyn spent the weekend with us. They flew in from Durban (South Africa). It was Marks first time out of South Africa, so we showed them one of the best attractions London has to offer… The London Eye!

Photos are in the usual place, and you can get there by clicking on the image.

Bedgeberry Go Ape with family and friends.

Just a short update to let you know what has been happening.  Jo’s sister Jackie arrived last week, and so they have been shopping and shopping and shopping as women do. We have also been to the little village of Alton and of course spent the day at Alton Towers.

This was all part of Jo’s 30th birthday celebrations.

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Well, I say part of, because on Saturday we (Jo, Jackie, Dan, Vicky, Marius & myself) spent most of the afternoon at the Go Ape in Bedgebury up in the trees, pretending to be apes (which was really fun). A good time was had by all.

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Continue reading Bedgeberry Go Ape with family and friends.


It’s good to ask WHY sometimes, so here is a list of questions I’ve been wondering about…

  • Why did the police in Portugal and England not suspect the McCanns right from the beginning in the disappearance of Madeline? (Most abductions are family related).
  • Why have they been given so much TV coverage?
  • Why is this whole story BREAKING NEWS each day? (Surely there is better breaking news than this)?
  • Why are we still hearing about Charles da Mendez, X months after the London bombings? (There were other victims but all we hear about is him)?
  • Why is his family still in this country paid for by us the tax-payer?
  • Why does the British media not focus on South Africa anymore? (Crime, Apartheid in reverse, it is just as bad, if not worse now than it ever was), yet no one cares?
  • Why are we putting up statues of terrorists in Parliament Square?
  • Why is England so football mad, when their team is so crap.
  • Why are footballers paid huge sums of money when most of them sit on the bench injured or limp off the second they get tackled?
  • Why do they break their bones so easily, yet the rugby players play a lot harder game never break bones?
  • Why is there a facination over the Beckhams? They are the worst role models a society could have?
  • Why are the British fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan? What good are they doing there?
  • Why do we have to fight other peoples wars?
  • Why is London paying so much for the Olympics, when that money could be better spent on transport, better roads, better houses, better life conservation?
  • Why are we letting in so many people from other countries that have no skills what so ever to offer England?
  • Why can’t we be like Australia and have a point system?
  • Why is there a lack of respect amongst the younger generation (not all of them, but 80%)?
  • Why is there so much traffic in London, even with the congestion charging?
  • Why is it that  the US has not caught Osama Bin Laden yet? (Could it be because he is living in the US as an American Citizen or on one of George W. Bush’s ranches)?
  • Why is London so expensive?
  • Why is 70mph the speed limit on Motorways?
  • Why on earth do trains in England stop running or suddenly become very late when it rains, blows, or snows? (How do countries like Canada, Sweden, Russia, France handle bad weather?).
  • Why can’t the media leave the ghost of Diana alone? The poor woman will never rest in peace!
  • Why can’t the government infiltrate Zimbabwe and take out Robert Mugabe?
  • Why are the English so fickle, for example, Lewis Hamilton bursts into the F1 spotlight, and suddenly everyone likes Formula 1. Before him, everyone thought F1 was boring, yet there have been many British Formula 1 champions before Lewis.
  • Why did Tim Henman not retire 5 years ago?
  • Why is George W. Bush still the president of the United States of America? If he is such an arsehole, why hasn’t someone tried to assassinate him yet?
  • Why is the US and UK spending billions of $ & £ to go to Mars, when the moon is just over there?
  • Why are our prisons so full?
  • Why don’t we bring back the death penalty? (a life for a life).
  • Why are we worrying about the climate so much?
  • Why are we not telling China to stop polluting the air with all their coal power stations?
  • Why has someone not invented a cleaner form of fuel?
  • Why is there no cure for CANCER, AIDS? (Is it because there is actually a cure, but governments around the world would rather sell you the drug to keep you alive than to cure the disease)?