Saturday, June 21, 2008

Nokia N78 Review

The Nokia N78 was unveiled at the 2008 GSMA Congress in February. Like other N-series phones, Nokia N78 comes with some good multimedia features.

4.4 in
Breadth: 1.9 in
Width: 0.6 in
Weight: 3.6 oz
The Nokia N78 is a candy bar style phone.

The Nokia N78 is available in three colors: pearl white, cocoa brown, and blue lagoon. All about says:

The overall design of the N78 has similarities to the N81 and N96 – flat (black) plastics on the front, with silver-gray plastic sides and coloured ‘adzed-patterned’ plastics on the back. These designs have a fashion consciousness about them and move further way away from the utilitarian designs of some of the early Nseries, which were dominated by rounded beige and grey plastics. Fingerprints can be a bit of an issue with shiny black plastics, but the N78s at MWC, which were being handled by hundreds of people, weren’t anything like as bad as I expected – especially compared to the N81 or N76 at similar events.

  • The Nokia N78 has 320 hours of standby time.
  • The Nokia N78 comes with 4 hours 20 minutes of talk time.
  • The Nokia N78 has speed dial and voice dialing system.
  • The Nokia N78 has vibrating alert.
  • The Nokia N78 comes with speaker phone.
  • The Nokia N78 has polyphonic ringer.
  • The Nokia N78 digital media player supports MP3, WMA MP3, WMA, W4A, AAC, AAC+, and eAAC+ files, OMA DRM 2.0. You can also play WM DRM-protected songs. Your Mobile Phone Reviews says:

A built in stereo FM radio allows the user to tune into their favourite station & the radio feature supports a VisualRadio™ feature. The user can view text information on the screen which is provided by the radio station so the radio feature is a listening & visual experience for the user. An integrated music player supports popular music formats & allows the user to listen to their music just they want to, with easy to create playlist feature & colourful album art displays.

  • The Nokia N78 has 2.4 inch TFT active matrix display with 2048 x 1536 resolutions. C Net says:

Up front, there's a 2.4-inch QVGA display that displays 16 million colors at a 320x240 pixel resolution. It's bright and sharp, and we were able to read it in various environments, though the screen tends to wash out slightly in bright sunlight. One new functionality is when you activate the camera or view your photos, the screen orientation will automatically switch from portrait to landscape mode, so you get more viewing room. Note that this isn't like the accelerometer feature of the iPhone, so it won't automatically switch back when you turn the phone upright again.

  • The Nokia N78 comes with lithium ion battery. During low battery charge it would give you audio alert.
  • The Nokia N78 comes with standard call features: call divert, call barring, call hold, call Timer, caller ID, call waiting, volume control, ringer control, conference call capability, computer link, and call transfer.
  • The Nokia N78 has an integrated antenna.

The scheduling and productivity apps on the smartphone are a nice bonus feature of using a mature smartphone OS like Symbian S60. The phone gets a QuickOffice suite for viewing Office documents, and the calendar app did a nice job of synchronizing our appointments from our Outlook calendar. It won't take the place of a BlackBerry or Windows Mobile smartphone, but this phone is no slouch for viewing documents and keeping track of a calendar on the road.

  • The Nokia N78 supports Bluetooth.
  • The Nokia N78 supports Wi-Fi (802.11b/g). says:

The availability of Wi-Fi also means the availability of the WLAN Wizard application, which essentially is a simple program intended to help the user to arrange network connections in a semi-automatic mode. There are but a few options, once a network is detected the user is prompted to submit a number of settings. Network filtering is available, the security standards include WEP, WPA and WPA2. The scanning period during which WLAN networks are searched and detected is also adjustable in the options.

  • The Nokia N78 has AGPS.
  • The keypad of Nokia N78 comes resembles with that of Nokia N81. Mobile says:

On top of that, it utilizes the NavyWheel, which is a touch-sensitive pad that allows paging through lists by sweeping your finger around the navigation button. But honestly, I didn’t find it a joy to use – the navigation pad is designed in the way that occasionally the sensor will trigger by accident and you will end up in the menu you didn’t want to open. Again, comparing it with other solutions out there, the N78 doesn’t have the best implementation of this control.The navigation key is quite a breeze to handle for it is mechanical. It retains an indicator that glows in white notifying the user of various events – as the settings put it, this mode is called “breathing”, it can be disabled in case you don’t like it.

  • The Nokia N78 comes with a built-in FM transmitter.
  • The Nokia N78 has built-in stereo speakers.
  • The Nokia N78 has 3.2-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics. It has 20x zoom and autofocus. For still photos, there are five image qualities and eight scene modes, and five color tone options. The camera also comes with white balance control, exposure control, sharpness, contrast, and light sensitivity. You can also capture VGA quality (640x480) video clips at 30 frames per second. There are five video qualities, two scene modes, white balance and color tone settings.
  • The Nokia N78 supports GPS. The interesting feature is that GPS and imaging capabilities work together and you can geotag your photos.
  • The Nokia N78 supports HSDPA.
  • The Nokia N78 supports quad-band world roaming.
  • The address book of Nokia N78 is limited. Under each entry you can have multiple phone numbers, work and home address, email addresses, birthday.

Price: Priced between $498.99 - $549.95.

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