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The Nokia N78 is an interesting phone.
It comes with adequate memory (150mb), Two camera's with adequate quality, I think thats the word i would use to describe this phone...Adequate.
It is approximately 12mm thick and is a fairly sturdy phone, In the 4-5 years i've owned it, it has never cracked or shown major signs of damage when accidents occur.
The Phone has a selection of game demo's and the opportunity for more to be downloaded. The bluetooth service on the phone is slow though in comparison to other models, and the standby screen leaves a lot to be desired. The addition of the c button and menu button on the sides (to the right and left of the keypad) are a welcome addition although they take some getting used to.
Music-wise, the sound from the phone is not brilliant, and the addition of a second speaker on the side seems a little pointless. Headphones are a necessity if you are considering this phone as a jogging aid or otherwise.
In general use as a telephone device, the N78 is again adequate, but the answering of calls requires more than a one button press. The camera is sideways on the phone and it is difficult to tell when it is going to save a photo in portrait. On the plus side, it does come with a variety of camera settings ranging from colour type to time of day.
The N78 has about a 3-4 minute wake up time when it is turned on which can be irritating if you just want to quickly use it.
My review gives it 3/5.
I used to really want the N78 because this phone has an attractive main features of GPS. In addition to the large memory capacity allows to store various kinds of software and games. Carl zeis embedded camera in N78 also features an interesting complement.But after I learned all the specifications, I found many weaknesses that made me to think back to buy it. Weaknesses include the N78 has a keypad that is quite small, making it hard to type sms, nokia N series but it is easy to experience an error if too many applications installed. Because of this I am so imprison my intention to buy the N78.
A great phone to use for any occasion. I have been using it for a few months now and after searching many a few different models similar to this I found this is the phone that met my needs. The main features that attracted me were the GPS feature with very nice looking maps that were easy to follow. The voice guided directions were very impressive and made my life easier when driving to an unknown destination.
The camera is very impressive and the quality of it is the key. It has a 3 megapixel lens with a built in flash. When images are transferred to a computer the image quality is excellent and will look great when printed in colour.
It has Bluetooth 2.0 which gives you faster transfer speed of file sharing and music streaming from a portable device. You will only get the benefits of Bluetooth 2.0 if the device is paired with another device of the same standard.
FM radio comes in very handy if you are traveling on a bus or waiting in a line at the airport. It also has 76mb or storage to enable you to listen to your favorite songs whenever it suits you.
Navigation through menus and overall performance of the device is excellent. All features are easy to understand and flicking through menus is a speedy task.
Battery life is great and you can get about 3 hours of talk per charge. Charging the device is amazingly fast and took less than 2 hours.
Overall the phone looks great and is compact so it fits in your pocket very nicely. The keys are very easy to press and the colours on the screen are very crisp. A great phone to buy for a great price and is very reliable.
I have used this phone for the past year now. When looking through various models, this one immediately jumped out at me. What attracted me initially were the features available, especially the GPS and the maps. As I go wandering quite a lot in different towns for work it came in very handy. You just input a postcode and a map pops up. Or vice versa if you're lost - as I have been many times! - it locates your phone via GPS and shows you where you are. This is especially useful if you've broken down somewhere.
The camera function is very good quality, taking decent images that are clear enough to be printed. The images are easy to transfer on to any laptop or PC via the cable or bluetooth. This also works with any video you have captured with the phone. However it does record Mpeg-4, so you may need to update Media player to watch on the computer.
I have never needed to use the FM radio function, but do have music on the phone which I often listen to during waiting times. At these times some more games would come in handy as you have to download additional games. But again this is not a problem if using the wifi function.
The overall looks are clean and smart, if a little dated now. However I'm never embarassed to take my phone out amongst friends like some previous models I have had. The N78 still holds it own in todays market.
To me, this phone is identical to N82, but with downgraded camera.
When you place the 2 together, you can see that the layout of all the buttons are identical, the position of the camera, the size of the screen, and the processor, the OS, and the features are the same (except for the camera).
N78 was released much after N82, and it does seem more stylish with its sleek shiny front black cover, and brown smooth back (like the one from N82).
As a bar phone, the looks were perfect, stylish, shiny, (but not cheap looking), nice spec sheet & N-series meaning smart. I however, did not like the keypad, like N82, they were a little too small and figgity to use, though I did get used to it after a while. The 370MHz processor is perfect for its use, tho it would have been better slightly faster.
The camera is brilliant (As most N-series ones are), but downgraded from 5MP of N82 to 3.2MP. If that's not a biggie, then N78 would be a nice upgrade from N82 - well not much of an upgrade, at least the styling is.
New does not always mean improved especially when it comes to mobile phones. I had been very impressed and happy with my Nokia 6300, as it was slim, sleek, robust and ultra user friendly so when it was time to upgrade in January 2009 I automatically opted for another Nokia phone the N78 and it really does not compare. The N78 is the type of phone that does everything but make a cup of tea (or maybe it does but I just have not worked out how to do it yet!), as its got GPS, two cameras and a video camera, a FM radio and transmitter, MP3 player, the capacity to receive mobile TV and blue tooth alongside all the usual things such as text and picture messaging, calculator, a;arm and calender. Oh and you can use it to make and receives telephone calls. How novel and quaint is that!
As stated my N78 was an upgrade with an 18 month contract with Vodafone so I am not sure how much it would cost if it was pay as you go. The phone arrived in the box with a the usual computer software and user DVD, a manual headphones, charger, a USB cable top connect to the computer and another gadget, which I think is a dongle but I am not sure as I have never used it.
The N78 looks quite simple and minimalist. It is made mostly of black plastic an at feels quit chunky compared to my old phone. .I like its size and weight as its not too hard to find when lost at the bottom of your handbag. I also liked the large bright screen which takes up more than half of the phone.
It was easy enough to set up although I had a bit of difficulty loading he software onto my computer.
I found the N78 took a while to get used to due ti its unusual interface. The keyboard is made up of little silver ridge rather than individual keys with the more usual central; joystick just above the keyboard. Access to the usual extended Nokia menus is available by toggling the edge of the keyboard. I find this can be hit and miss and often seem to have to go through the short cut menu a few times. I also find the joystick to be a bit hit and miss at times. The number of times I have put people on hold instead of finishing a call or selecting video call instead of a normal one , as the joystcik and software do not seem to be in harmony. For a couple of weeks I could not go left as the joystick seemed to be stunk or broken but that seems to have rectified itself . I do have the problem of occasionally the joystick and cursor going manic and just scrolling through he words on a screen when text messaging and that is annoying. I tuned to rectify it by turning the phone off then back on.
Using the phone for what is meant for making and receiving calls is straight forward. I found it easty to make new entries in my contacts list. I have found the battery life to be fairly good and on average recharge the phone every second or third day.
Texting to begin with was a bit of a nightmare as I found the keyboard hard to get used to and it is easy to press another button by mistake and coming up with the wrong character. What makes it worse is I can not find a back space delete button even now and if i want o delete a character or a word I have to go through the menu to get the edit function then cut the word or character out. If it is a word I tend to get round this by using the spell function in predictive text to get the word I want.
The other main feature I find useful is the camera for taking unusual snaps of things on my travels, and the odd one of colleagues and friends at after works drinks. There are in fact two cameras but I have only used the primary one. I am not sure why people would need a secondary camera. The primary one is fairly easy to use. Just point and press the camera button on the side. At first I wanted to to use the joystick, as that is what I was used to with my old phone. The camera uses a Carl Zeiss lenses and the photographs are up to 3.2 mega pixels. There's a flash and a zoom and a number of different modes similar to my digital camera. I am very pleased with the quality of the pictures and is a satisfactory alternative to a stand along digital camera. I very occasionally use the video camera but not half as much as the camera.
I am not one for browsing mobile Internet. I tried to set up my phone to receive my mail. It was easy enough to download toe application but could not get it to work. I do not mind that much , as I very rarely need o access my email urgently. I occasionally use the Internet on the phone for looking up an address or time of event. I find it quick enoughs to load but do not use it due to the keyboard issues I have with the phone.
The other useful feature are the maps. It has Google and Nokia maps and I find them very handy if am out and about without an A to Z. There's no reason why I should get lost now as you can click to your location, as well as find a place and get direction to it.
I am not one for listening to music on my mobile, as I do not want to waste the battery in case need it for that important phone call hence I have very little experience of the MP3 player or radio. As I don't use these features much. I have perhaps six or seven songs on th phone mainly for ring tone usage (oh and for those of you that are nosy I have the Clash's London Calling as mine at the moment). When listening to music I find the sound quality fair but it can get a bit tinny and distorted if the volume is too high. I find the 70MB memory more than enough for my needs which is stori9ngm, contacts, messages, photos an the odd song.
When bored I occasionally like to play the games that come free with the phone. Unfortunately there are no full games on the phone only trial version so you have download and pay for any games you want on your phone hence I have not bothered with them at all.
The N78 is not the most durable phone. In the nine months I have had the phone I have had to send it away twice to be repriced. The first time was when a big crack appeared underneath the screen after the handset falling out of my locker at work. The second time I had to send it back was due to a software fault. The screen was appearing upside down then freezing and crashing.
The menus on the software seem slightly complicated at first but like most things once you get used to them it is easy to move stuff from my PC to my phone set.
The N78 is not a bad phone at all but its not he best one either. I think if you are a techy with a love of gadgets and a need for a mobile entertainment system this would be the ideal phone for you. However its not for me. Once my contract is up in 9 months time I will be seeking a simpler phone with a better keyboard.
On the N78 for about three months now. Here are my thoughts...
First off, the outside. All wonderful, curved edges and everything looks futuristic. It really stands out among the crowd. The N78 puts every other mobile phone to shame with it's really good looks as the uninterrupted lines reminds you of the flowing lines of a sports car. Held in the hand, the phone feels reassuringly weighty but not heavy enough to be a problem.
At the price point that this phone is going at, the number of functions are really impressive. There is Wifi (for all those free skype calls), GPS (when lost in the dark) plus the wow factor of having an FM transmitter makes this phone really well rounded. A 950 mAh battery gives you enough juice to go through a full day with no problems.
Using it, however, might a slight problem for those with big hands. The aesthetically pleasing keypad becomes the practically useless piece of flat plastic on the phone. The keypad is fine enough for people with small hands, but the function keys are just horrible! Sometimes the top right function key freezes. Sometimes the green button freezes. Maybe I am just not pressing it right but tell me that after pressing it 10 times and not getting any response is not a freeze. The joystick is also a love and hate thing. The quick scroll function allows you to scroll through lists and is really useful in a playlist. However, it doesn't work everywhere (would be nice if it worked in Maps) and sometimes you inadvertently scroll through something when you just want to press the joystick. I also found that they centre press is not so easy to do with gloves as you normally end up with a direction press. Must say it is the best and the worst joystick I have found on a Nokia.
Running things on a Nokia has never been more fun. I can happily run five applications all at one time and they will not hang on me. I'm glad to say that the memory problem seems to have been solved unless you go onto huge webpages. The FM transmitter works a treat. The gps seems to lock on a bit slower than other Nokia phones but I am not fussed.
If you are prepared to put up with the horrible keypad and are in love with the looks of the phone. Plus the fact that you get lots of function with very little money. I think this is the phone for you!
this is such a cool mobile phone , the looks of it its absoloutly such a stunning mobile, also the camera is of a very high quality, with one on the back with flash and also one on the front for video calling, whitch is also of good quality, the battery life is also of high standards and seems to last a good while, the cocoa brown colour makes the mobile phone look so stunning and sleek, like most nokia it is an easy phone to navigate round such as sending a text, writing and email or mms to adding something into the calender, or even using the calculator it is very easy to use also the memory without a memory card is also not to bad and can fit a fair few songs on it, so all in all i would reccomend this phone to anybody who wants a great quality phone