The good news, if you buy an unlocked Nokia N96 smartphone from Amazon through December 31, 2008 you not only save 47% off MSRP, but you’re eligible for $9.95 worth of free downloads from Amazon Video On Demand. The N96 is quite an impressive phone – Symbian S60 OS, 2.8-inch 320×240 screen, quad band GSM (850/900/1800/1900), dual-band 3G HSDPA (850/1900), WiFi, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Optics (which can also capture 640×480 video), a second VGA camera on the front for use in video calls, 16GB on-board storage with a microSDHC slot for expansion, FM radio, N-Gage application support for games, and more. This is truly a loaded phone.
And now the bad news. Sure, you save 47%, but that’s 47% off the $1200 MSRP! Yes, one thousand two hundred dollars. You pay $639.99. For a phone. OK, sure, it is an uber-device that can replace your phone, camera, PMP, and perhaps more. But that’s still not impulse buy territory.