best n95 software EVER

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I've had a Nokia n95 phone for nearly a year now, and for the most part I've been indifferent about it. I like that it has a high quality camera, and I've used the GPS functionality for walking directions in unfamiliar cities. The RoadSync software I bought gives me full Exchange sync capability, which is always important. And the voice dialing is really nice (no need to record names for people; say the name and the voice recognition software matches it in your contact list). There were a lot of UI issues for me, though.

I was planning to purchase an iPhone next month to replace it, and wasn't expecting to miss the n95 much. Until today.

I just downloaded some software called Jaikuspot, which turns my n95 into a mobile wifi hotspot, sharing its 3G connection with my computer. As a result, I'm sitting in an office on an Air Force base, where I have no network access, happily posting to my blog. (And checking my email.) Now that's useful. Really, really useful.

Yes, it's a little slow. I don't even have 3G in this location, so I'm sharing a poky Edge data connection to the computer. But I'm online, when I otherwise would not have been online, and that's nothing to sneeze at.

Color me impressed!

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Your experience is an interesting one, because discussions of using the cell network for "in a pinch" Internet access never occur. It's blithely assumed that everyone who wants to use cell Internet will be willing to buy a card for their laptop and pay $50-60/month for the privilege.

The reality is that most of us just need to use the cell network on rare occasions. So what we want is what you have. Verizon markets it as "tethering" - using bluetooth or a wire to connect your laptop to their 3G network. (And, in typical Verizon fashion, they charge for it - $15/mo. Absurd, but still cheaper than $50/mo.)

All the hype about the 3G iphone doesn't mention that it can't tether. My experience with my Blackberry is that the 3G vs 2G experience on the handset isn't shockingly different. The difference is noticeable when I tether my laptop to my blackberry. I think a lot of people who buy 3G iphones and pay the extra $39/month that AT&T charges for 3G will wonder what they're getting for their $$, and they will be disappointed.

Yes, and now that you have registered in fifty different federal databases, the Department of Homeland Security is using your n95 GPS system to track your whereabouts. In my last position at the University of No Returns, the cell phone provided by the university to the technical support people had GPS that could be activated by the campus account administrators. The phone itself (a Motorola unit -- forget model) allowed the user to deactivate the GPS feature; however... in essence your boss could call the secretary over at the communications office, give them the phone number, and they could login to a website yo track the location of the phone (assuming it was powered on) because they could turn the GPS on by sending a signal to it. The user could not override this feature unless the phone was powered down. This explains why I and so many others turned our phonea off when we left campus for any reason. This, of course, defeated the purpose of having a cell in order to contact the techies in the event of an emergency. However, knowing what I knew and the even more I know now about the organization and its administrators (and their clear lack of ethical values), it seemed the prudent thing to do. They have spent over $2 million dollars in the last biennium fighting off lawsuits by former faculty members. It is sad because the "old boys network" in the state is filled with people who believe their alma mater can do no wrong. They have no clue to how the institution compares to other places. it is truly Draconian, and in some cases engaged in illegal activities on a routine basis.

After spending some time playing with my son's new iPhone 3G (and with the 2.0 update to my iPod Touch), I'm less concerned about tethering on my computer. The iPhone is a credible portable computer replacement for most of what I tend to do in airports--web, email, chat, twitter, etc. I'm not upgrade eligible until November, so we'll see how I'm feeling about it then...

I had the same dilemma as you for some time. What to buy? N95 or iPhone. Ok, I agree the iPhone looks great, has a lot of glamour in it, but if you install the right software, you'll learn that N95 does the job very good. And not let's forget about the 5Mpixel camera. That a great pro for N95. I'll go for this phone all the way

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