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How-To: Beware of the Fake “Nokla N95″ Phone

As if buying cell phones on ebay wasn’t annoying enough already, with a bajillion things that you should know, it’s about to get a lot worse – at least if you’re thinking of purchasing a Nokia N95 phone.

Learn how to spot the fake Nokia N95.

Learn how to spot the fake Nokia N95 in this How-To.

Behold the “Nokla N95″ touch-screen smartphone. A clone of the N95 that’s manufactured by some scrubby company in China. Sellers claim that the phone has a 5 megapixel camera, GPS, and even a touch-screen display! Unfortunately what they usually don’t tell you is that the “Nokla” is dual-band 900/1800 which makes it pretty useless in the USA.

How to spot the fake Nokia N95 phone

The good news is that it’s a clone, but not a very good one. There’s some telltale signs that you need to watch out for when it comes to the N95.

Spot the differences between the Nokla N95 and the Nokia N95 - front view

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the two phones, frontal view. Note:

The stylus-driven menu buttons (red box). The fake N95 has a “touch-screen” with a stylus, and the easiest way to spot the counterfeit is by checking this area. If you see a row of little icons (compare to the real N95, bottom), then it’s a knock-off.

Wrong buttons and no dual-slide. (yellow and green boxes) In place of the real N95′s Menu/Multimedia Key buttons, the fakey N95 has a Play button (yellow box) and a Stop button (green box). This is mainly because it doesn’t have a dual-slide mechanism, so whoever designed the knock-off dropped the playback buttons anywhere. And since there’s no Symbian OS, there’s no need for the menu buttons either.

Back view of the real and fake N95s:

Back of the Real and Fake Nokia N95

The Color. The real Nokia N95 comes in two colors: Silver/Plum and Silver/Sand (sort of a silvery-yellowish color). The plum and sand colors refer to the back cover of the phone (which includes the sides too). However, the counterfeit has a back cover that’s black.

Lens Cover Thumb-Switch (orange box). Doesn’t exist on the fake N95, but very prominent on the real thing.

Nokia Logo (teal box). When the two phones are looked at from this angle, note the difference in the logo placement, size, and direction (it’s flipped on the fake).

Some random camera oddity on the fake (purple box). Not sure what this piece is supposed to be, but there’s some random design on the Nokla N95 (the knock-off) that’s in the shape of a 3. Don’t be fooled!

Also note that the buttons on the fake look cheaper and are raised slightly higher than they’re supposed to be.

Some more pictures as a reference (the fake N95):

The Nokla N95 open.The Nokla N95 in the box.The Nokla N95 in...a different box.

If an auction refers to a “replica”, “Nokia N95-inspired”, “NOKLA”, or sounds way too good to be true, avoid it like the plague.

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Peter
11/6/2007
10:34 pm

I BOUGHT A N95 WITHOUT NOTING IF IT WAS FAKE OR NOT BUT WHEN I CHECKED HERE I REALISED IT WAS THE REAL ONE

yusuf ali
11/6/2007
1:19 pm

whats the maximum i should pay for this fake nokia then??

mark
11/5/2007
12:25 am

O my god my phone is a fake no dual slide the phone dosent work in trinidad & tobago, i paid $4,000.00 for a fake nokla n95 phone

OBAID
11/4/2007
11:58 am

i need U A E map softwer please send me . my mobile model no CN95

thanks

UrmanGA
10/29/2007
4:15 pm

Actually there are lots of people frauded in Russia too. The lowest price in Russia is about $163. Some people buy this piece of sh.. realizing it’s a fake. strange.

Billy
10/24/2007
5:20 pm

Well, i have been offered, boxed n95, ” japanese version ” aka. Touch screen. Is it as good as the n95? Thanks.. (( £140 ))

nas
10/20/2007
12:53 pm

does nokia n95 has 1900?????

Malith
10/17/2007
5:58 am

Is it possible to fit the NOKLA N95 with a Nokia N95 housing.

kate
10/16/2007
8:24 am

its true Nokla and Nokia are confusing if u pronounce it. Someone was selling the phoone N95 to me I read the manual it is really the same with the real nokia but it is blerd on the cam. I read the manual for almost 20 minutes coz i am planing dat day to buy but thanks I remember the news before about the nokla and nokia. Thank you if I bought dat with 10,000 pesos my money is wasted of course I might kill dat man who sold me.
Thanks becarefull guys .

franco
10/15/2007
6:09 pm

HI.THE FAKE nokla n95 is the worst and MONEY wasted phone and it dosent work in the states i paid $$$$164.00 and got garbage

mike
10/15/2007
2:09 pm

can you tell me of any model that is not yet been faked so I can look at them

Curtis
10/13/2007
10:54 am

hey guys, this NOKLA thing is BIG very BIG business in Africa. People are crazy about it as its way cheaper than the real thing and more fancier. You know touch screen and stuff like that. If you have some just get in touch lets market them here. You will never lose.

prince
10/12/2007
4:54 pm

can i get nokla n95 repiared

Shahroz
10/10/2007
4:34 pm

I BROUGHT AN NOKLA N95 WHAT SHOULD I DO

JM Flores
10/10/2007
9:44 am

I’ve seen one of these on eBay. It says “N95 look-alike”. I laughed when I first saw it. Man, people are now faking Nokia phones?

Annoy lille gimp
10/10/2007
6:57 am

I’ve got one of these and have had no issues I paid 100 pounds from replicaphones.co.uk Yes they are dual band and the touch screen does work. I cant afford the stupid 400 pound for the real thing. This nobo know nothing !

Jay
10/10/2007
5:16 am

I take your point on board but I dont think anyone will be fooled into thinking that the Nokla is the real Nokia. But the fact of the matter is that it is great value for money. I paid Rs.4600 for the fake N95 and it is a darn good phone for that money. It would not be appropriate to compare it with Nokia N95 which costs Rs.25000. For this price, you cannot get a better phone with better features. Period. It has everything I want and it can handle dual sims. If you can get it for under Rs.5000 I would recommend it to anyone.

Dreadlord
10/9/2007
12:13 pm

Actually, I have the fake variant of N95s.

Bad things so far – it has some problems with flash card. Its slot has weird metal contacts and they don’t always detect a memory card inside. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

And, I live in Russia, so this phone comes with Russian language. But it is completely f***ed up – translation was made through translation program and its quality is very bad. I understand English much better that “Russian” in this phone.

Also, when you use touch-screen and stylus to write something, it recognises only Latin and Chinese.

However, it cost me only 190$ (believe it or not), and I think it is a good price for such thing :)

gurcharan gill
10/7/2007
10:57 am

i just want to know that whether we can access GPRS service on NOKLA95. and also if we can add Radio FM and is there any facility of adding dictionary in sms…pls let me know bye tc

mohammad
10/6/2007
5:47 pm

I NEED SOFTWARES FOR MY PHONE(NOKLA N95)

Andreas
10/4/2007
3:54 pm

Markus it’s a real Nokia n95. You can se that on the blue botton on the lefside the “central bottom”.

sujju
10/4/2007
2:44 pm

nok L a n95 does not support any softwares easy to detect it just send a sis or sisx file and it appeals “unknown format”

sujju
10/4/2007
2:28 pm

where can i find softawres & games for nokla n95

sujju
10/4/2007
2:07 pm

MARKUS i checked out the phone at the given web site my friend also has seen the same web page before the phones camera is a little bit high and also the edges of the screen are sharp don’t get fooled

Greg
10/3/2007
5:46 am

i just paid $350 for one of these cheap chinese crap moby’s n i’m really pissed off to find out its camera is a 1 megapixle.. And the charger is soooo crap,, i’m scared of it burning my house down.
BEWARE!!!!!

dan randolph
10/1/2007
5:26 pm

Does anyone know anything about the Nokia N95 8 being sold when they are not even out. It seems these people are using V-flyer to sell them and they are based out of San Franciso. Are they real?

michael
10/1/2007
12:47 pm

Well for me it is not important if u buy real one or just an imitation you decide for yourself!.if you dont have too much money why you buy real one it is too expensive or if you want just buy a lower model fake is good also sometimes they lasted for four years and it is money worth

Markus
9/19/2007
7:12 am

Hey, can someone tell if this one is real or fake:
http://www.blocket.se/vi/13401780.htm?ca=7_s
He’s selling it very cheap and it includes a 1GB memory card and all.
I have plans to buy that one. The picture is so bad I can’t look for the details to look for…

millie
9/19/2007
6:42 am

i was one of the victims with this N95 and I paid like $400. when I was browsing it, i decided to call the seller and return it. my 2 friends bought a fake iphone too…was a good decision i returned it..it’s not worth it..

ABHINAV 1
9/9/2007
9:21 pm

I almost was fooled by the “nokla” LOL and thank god i was smart enough to opnen the box n i new something was off when i heard it had a game called sushi or sum…..and it didnt have a dual slider n shit…I feel srry for all u CHUMPS IE A.B

Dennis
9/7/2007
2:23 am

Guy the Nokla phone is waay different from the N95. The only thing the same is the case. The screen caps the icons are all copied and the best way to check is to look at the dual slide option. The fake one cannot dual slide. Also the speakers of the fake are very loud. Has bluetooth and Micro SD functions but thats it. No GPS and all the cool features.

Stefan
8/22/2007
5:09 pm

I got a fake mistakenly, started a paypal dispute and it’s turned to a I said he said debate. Seller claims I got a real Nokia N95 and just want money. $570 down the drain. Look at buyer feedback folks or prepare for hell.

Royals
8/20/2007
11:16 pm

im also a purchaser of the Nokla N95. So basically it wont work in Canada? is there any way of making it work or no?

Markus
8/17/2007
8:57 am

Well people, I got duped. Someone sold me this Nokla piece of shit claiming it to be the real thing. I got lucky because I paid with PayPal and got my money back. I kept the phone though LOL.
Just for info: It’s a piece of junk! If you think that cell phones were perfect 3 or 4 years ago then you can use this thing. Otherwise forget it. No GPS, no Bluetooth, no double slider, no 5MP camera, no TV connector etc. etc.
It’s garbage and it’s embarassing.

Colin
8/17/2007
8:08 am

Does the REAL Nokia come with a MicroSD card? I’m looking at a phone that looks exactly like the real phone but there is a MicroSD card included in the box where there is a specifically molded space for it. Should I beware, or is the memory card just not mentioned in any of the literature.

Alexis
8/12/2007
1:22 pm

Seems like its pretty rampant. You can check out the full range of counterfeit mobile phones here at this sleazy chinese company’s website. http://www.eemobi.cn/

Randy
8/9/2007
7:01 am

Recently somebody offered me to buy a ‘Nokia N95′ with touch screen. But after reading comments here I have come to a realisation that it’s a fake. Guess my money is safe now.

Frank
8/2/2007
7:39 am

Tip: Don’t buy mobile phones from China, people. Easy.

Des Williamson
7/24/2007
6:09 pm

Who would buy a #499 phone for #134 and expect the real thing.

I bought the Nokia clone on the basis that it takes dual SIM cards (without cutting). It does and it works.

I am having trouble with the bluetooth though: well you can’t have everything.

Omkar
7/24/2007
8:40 am

“NOKLA” N95 has only 900/1800 Frequency band and I guess that will not work in America as carrier frequency might be different (850/1900).
There are more of these on http://www.ebay.co.in
Specifications listed are exactly as NOKIA N95, but I doubt if they’re true.
I made the payment and just looked at this forum and came to know about its 2MP camera… Everything else if works as expected, is just fine for me.

I’ve informed ebay about this false feature;
Thanks a lot people!

parag
7/24/2007
7:53 am

hi i woud like to know if feature wise it has similar features like nokia 95 like office doc. push to talk ,symbian os , memmory , data transfer,GPRS, HSCSd EDGE 3G HSDPA WLAN Wi-Fi Bluetooth Infrared portUSB , mesaging , games ,browser , camera quality, please update waiting as i would like to buy nokla 95.

Nikhil
7/18/2007
9:52 am

Hi. I got fooled by a supplier from China saying that he was selling N95. I paid 155$ for it, but now it is not working it not catches a sim & i dont know pls help me any one

varun
7/16/2007
5:23 am

hello all, one more thing that i have noticed in the fake n95 n real is that , in fake nokia u will find the USB port in the fone is on the left side just next to the memory card slot and in real nokia fone the USB port is at the bottom of the fone, next to the charging socket.and also in the real n95 on the left side there is that TV connecting jack.

Adarsh
7/14/2007
12:00 am

Does the NokLa N95 has GPS too?

Soum
7/11/2007
2:33 pm

What is price NOKIA N95,93?

cary
7/5/2007
1:25 pm

nope, no touch-screen. the tv av cables can be plugged into any tv with composite inputs (the red, white, and yellow ones).

@Paul: thanks for the info. you’re right, we don’t have Three here.

note to everyone: there are also several versions floating around without the logo, and with a gigantic camera lens on the back. i’ll update as soon as i get some more good pictures.

Soum
7/5/2007
11:45 am

Dose NOKIA N95 include touch sceen?Can I use the tv jack port in any tv?

Paul
7/5/2007
9:04 am

That “random camera oddity on the fake” (purple box, rear picture) is a Three (Hutchinson 3G) logo. They are a well known mobile operator in most of the western world (but not America I guess!). In the UK they are the only company not to offer the N95, probably why the fakers decided to put it on the phone.

cary
6/15/2007
11:15 am

if you paid by credit card, i suggest you call your cc company and do a chargeback. failing that, i wouldn’t sell it on ebay since they’ve been taking down the fake nokia n95 auctions.

nonanull
6/15/2007
7:44 am

Hi. I got fooled by a supplier from China saying that he was selling N95. I paid 145£ for it, and it’s not possible to get my money back. i have not get the “thing” on me. what do you thing of it? is it worth to use, or should i sell it right away on ebay? i am so piss off =(

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