Nokia unveiled the Nseries in 2005 with three units – the N70, N90 and the star of as we speak’s article, the Nokia N91. The announcement got here in early 2005, but DRM points pushed the launch again to 2006. Still, this was a hotly-anticipated cellphone, successful the “Most Innovative” award from the Mobile News Awards.

It was price the wait too, the N91 was broadly thought of to have the finest audio high quality of any cellphone. It sported a 3.5mm headphone jack, making it suitable with the finest headphones on the market. Nokia advisable a number of Sennheiser, JBL, Harman Kardon and Bose headsets in its press launch.

Nokia N91
Nokia N91
Nokia N91

Nokia N91

The Finns positioned this as a challenger to Apple’s iPod. Music controls had been constructed into the entrance of the cellphone, sliding away to disclose the commonplace keypad. Also, there was broad help for audio codecs, an 8-band equalizer, stereo widening and different options.

You may switch music recordsdata to the Nokia N91 out of your PC utilizing a USB cable. You may supply music from burgeoning on-line shops like Yahoo! Music too. Nokia additionally made a Podcasting app, which allowed you to obtain podcasts straight on the cellphone over Wi-Fi (you couldn’t do this on an iPod).

What made all of this potential was the 4GB onerous drive – streaming wasn’t a large factor again then, actually not on cellular, so native storage mattered. And 4GB was as large as cellphone storage obtained again in 2005, permitting you to hold round 3,000 songs.

These days it’s all about flash storage, be it inner or on a card. But flash was costly and capability was in the single digits of gigabytes. For instance, SanDisk unveiled a 4GB miniSD in 2006, adopted by a 4GB microSD in 2007 (that was set to retail for $130). Both used the new SDHC format, which wasn’t but broadly supported on telephones, most may solely deal with 2GB playing cards.

Flashback: Nokia N91

Nokia would unveil an 8GB model of the cellphone a few months after the 4GB mannequin lastly launched. Besides the larger HDD, the new model additionally supported the A2DP profile, permitting for stereo audio on Bluetooth headphones – a notable enhance in wi-fi audio high quality.

Still, audiophiles most well-liked wired headphones. The N91 packed a Toshiba DAC and a Harman Kardon amp and brought on a heated debate about whether or not it provided higher audio high quality than the iPod and Sony’s Walkman telephones.

As for the cellphone itself, it ran Symbian S60 third version (it was the first to run Symbian v9.1). It featured a 2.1” display with 175 x 208px decision, fairly good for the day. The stainless-steel physique housed the HDD microdrive and a 900mAh battery, which promised 13 hours of music playback. There was additionally a 2MP digicam, but images and video had been extra of an N90 factor.

Despite its legendary audio high quality, the Nokia N91 by no means obtained a true successor – the Finns bailed on the microdrives and went with flash storage for the N95. The entrance slider with music controls was dropped too, although the N95 had a twin slider that did characteristic music keys. Which reminds us, we actually ought to do a Flashback for the Nokia N95.

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