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It seems that Amazon UK must have found some ancient N-Gage stock hidden behind a shelf or something, because they're advertising the original N-Gage (not the QD or a next gen phone) as being in stock. Get them while you can folks...
All About N-Gage has been taking a look at Nokia's best-selling N95 smartphone, to see how it shapes up as an N-Gage device and a general gaming machine. We've concluded that... well you'll have to read our review to find out, won't you? When you've finished that, be sure to also scroll to the bottom of the page for our sister site All About Symbian's review of the N95 as a general phone.
This week we had something rather nasty confirmed to us by Nokia: when you upgrade to a new phone, the only way to keep your N-Gage games is to buy them all over again. Read our special feature article on all the implications of this policy, why it's an awful idea, and how Nokia ought to change their policy to allow people to transfer their game libraries. Update (23/5/2008): Two days after the article appeared, Nokia has sent us a statement saying they WILL allow game transfers between phones after all. Hurrah! To read the full statement, see our main story about Nokia changing their mind.
In the spirit of better-late-than-never, we've finally done a brief summary of how the N81 / N81 8GB performs as a gaming phone for All About N-Gage's hardware section. This aspect of the N81 was missing from All About Symbian's original review of the phone as the N-Gage platform hadn't launched at the time, and we felt it was unfair to judge an N-Gage phone without N-Gage games.
We've now closed the poll on which phone is the most popular for use with N-Gage games, and the results are in. Click on the headline of this news story to see them...
In a personal editorial, Tzer2 takes a look at just how much potential N-Gage has, how that potential is mostly going to waste because the N-Gage app isn't yet built into compatible phones, and why N-Gage (or something like it) is the future of global gaming.
Nokia has today announced its first non-Nseries N-Gage-compatible phone, the 5320 XpressMusic. It's a music-oriented phone with dedicated music keys, 24 hours of playback time, a dedicated audio chip for better sound quality, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a high speed USB port for quicker computer-to-phone music transfers. It's also got 3.5G HSDPA which allows multi-megabit internet connections through the mobile phone network. Perhaps best of all though, it's going to launch sim-free and unlocked for just 220 euros plus taxes, about half the price of the N81 (which has a similar specification). The launch date should be some time this Autumn.
There are now eight N-Gage-compatible phones on the market, with many more to come over the next few months and years. Of course you'll probably want to buy such a phone for more than just games, and if you want some help with your purchasing decisions check out All About N-Gage's hardware review section, featuring photos and in-depth reviews of all N-Gage-compatible models courtesy of our sister-site All About Symbian. We couldn't review their N-Gage capabilities because the platform has only just launched, but everything else is covered.
Nokia's Official N-Gage Blog has now confirmed that the "First Access" beta testing phase will end on the 27th of March. It's unclear exactly when the full version of N-Gage will launch, but it should be "in the next few weeks". Nokia's also started a survey about the beta test and will give away the next gen version of Mile High Pinball to all beta testers who respond. You can also now sign up for SMS notification of the launch. Click on the headline for some important details.
Our sister site All About Symbian has done a hands-on preview of the Nokia N78, which will be N-Gage compatible at its launch in July 2008. Head on over to AAS to find out more about this new member of the N-Gage family.