Nokia N76 Nseries cellphone – great blend of design and functionality

Finally! A really thin Nokia NSeries phoneNokia N76. And in beautiful red too. Why couldn’t they release Nokia N76 NSeries multimedia computer/cellphone for this Christmas? I already got my girlfriend Samsung D830.

Really. I have been eying Nokia NSeries cellphones for a while now. Each one released has a bunch of features that I would really like to have in my new cellphone.

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I’ve been looking for a this perfect new Nseries multimedia computer to replace my Nokia 6070 for four months now. There’s been several times now that I ‘m in mobile phone shop and almost ready to buy one. But then I look at Samsung D900 or MotoKRZR and compare it to Nokia N93 or N91 and somehow somehow I’m unable to pull the trigger.

Yes. NSeries have Carl Zeiss optics, yes there’s DVD quality 30 fps camcoder there and 5 megapixel camera, yes they’ve got 8GB HDD and there’s Wi-Fi connectivity to boot. But in each of the Nseries phones there’s this one “must have feature” missing. Sometimes it’s Wi-Fi, sometimes it’s camera quality, or storage capacity, or something else. And when I think that I will be carrying this “brick” in my pocket for next couple of years…

And now there is Nokia N76. Granted, feature wise Nokia N76 is no match for the more advanced NSeries phones like N93i, or N95. No HDD or DVD quality camera. No fancy maps and GPS Navigation. No HSDPA, UMA of Wi-Fi connectivity. But when I really think about it, Nokia N76 seems just good enough for most of my needs:

Connectivity. Nokia N76 is a dual-mode WCDMA2100/EGSM850/900/1800/1900 MHz or EDGE EGSM850/900/1800/1900 MHz phone. So it will work almost anywhere I travel. And while I won’t be downloading P2P movies on it via 3.5 Mbps HSDPA networks, the Edge connectivity should be enough for some browsing, Skyping and occasional e-mail checks.

Imaging. I won’t be taking print quality pictures with 2 megapixel camera and I won’t be shooting world class movies with 15 fps video camera, but from what I’ve seen on other 2 Mpx Nseries phones the actual photo quality is quite good. Hey, I remember that few years ago 2 Mpx was a cutting edge for most consumer digital cameras and nobody was complaining much about picture quality then. Nokia N76 has got dedicated camera keys, so it’s easy to point and shoot and that seals the deal on this front for me. If I want better quality pictures I can still use my digicam.

Music. Again. It’s no iPod, but Nokia music software on Nseries phones is quite good, Nokia N76 has dedicated music keys and 2 GB of storage via MicroSD card will hold hold most of the podcasts and music I will need occasionally.

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External Applications.
Nokia N76 is a Series 60 phone so there will be no shortage of external apps I want to run on it. It’s also got Amazon and Yahoo! Go services integration, so I can check my e-mails, quotes IM friends whenever I like. And I can always switch to Google if I feel like it.Internal Apps. Well, first there’s a Nokia LifeBlog. I can say that this is one of the main reasons I don’t want to switch to any other phone brand. Nokia LifeBlog records all my SMS and pictures and other things automatically to help me remember the things I did when, I feel like it, or need to check something. Actually I can still check on the things I did in the beginning of 2005. And that’s with my old Nokia 6070 and 64 MB micro MMC card. What with 2GB micro SD and
seamless PC synchronization, I can safely assume that I’ll have my diary safe and complete as of 2005 and onwards for years and years.

The seamless PC synchronization, thanks to SyncML, applies to all my Outlook Calendar entries, e-mails, to-do lists and other data too, so I can have all the info I need even when my laptop is not around. And also through GPRS or Edge networks I can always do my e-mail on Nokia N76 via SMTP, IMAP4 and POP3).

All in all Nokia N76 cellphone is a rather basic Nseries cellphone. It’s music, camera are data features are are nothing to brag about for a Nseries multimedia computer. But they are just good enough for most things you’ll ever need on the phone.

And Nokia N76 is a REAL cellphone, not a computer. And it’s definetely not a brick. Nokia N76 looks and feels like a phone and it has a great design too. It’s easy to carry around and fit it in your pocket. And feature wise Nokia N76 still beats most of the other brand name competition on the market.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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