The last quarter of 2007 will feature the unveiling in the mobile phone market one of the most exceptional phones to come out from the industry leader Nokia. Available in markets worldwide by the last quarter of 2007, the Nokia N82 which is the latest member of the N-series is guaranteed to bring satisfaction to its user. The N82 which is powered by the Symbian 9.2, S60 release 3.1 operating system is definitely one of the most advanced and feature packed computer mobile phones to come out in the market. This multimedia icon pushes photography, mobile Internet and navigation to new and greater heights. Although on paper it looks as powerful as the Nokia N95, in reality it exceeds the features of the N95 with the inclusion of automatic screen orientation and xenon flash technology.
The N82 proves once again that looks can be deceiving because despite of its less attractive superficial features, compared to the previous N-series releases, its feature loaded interior will make the Nokia N82 one of the most sought after mobile phones in the market. Admiring the shinny silver face of the N82, you can see on the front panel the camera for video calls, light sensor, the 240 x 320 pixels, 2.4 inch TFT screen that can display 16 million colors, the earpiece and the keypad. On the left side you can locate the memory card slot, audio jack near the power key, while the right side features the camera and gallery keys along with the volume and stereo speakers. The back panel has a mechanical lens cover to protect the camera lens, the xenon flash and the battery compartment. This is the first Nokia mobile phone to feature the xenon flash. Can you imagine navigation, connectivity and photography power features supported by a BP-6MT-1050mAh battery all enclosed in a 112mm x 50.2mm x 17.3mm candy bar form factor that weighs only 114 grams?
Video and photography enthusiasts will surely admire the great leap the Nokia N82 has done compared to previous N-series phones because of its built-in xenon flash and 5 megapixel camera, with maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944, which utilizes Carl Zeiss optics in addition to all common features of the N-series family. With these innovations the N82 has reached a level of superiority in digital imaging quality, ease of use and speed that makes it a viable alternative to digital still cameras in the market.
The N82 delivers amazing photos with vivid clarity even if shot in low light conditions. The N82 can also take photographs in almost totally dark conditions with the help of the powerfully ultra bright xenon flash. Video recording also gets a boost with 30fps video capture capability using a 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens and auto-focusing feature. The N82 also features a secondary CIF camera for video calls. With quick camera activation, dedicated assist lamp for auto focus, quick shooting mechanism and DVD quality video make the N82 a very remarkable photo and video tool.
Another amazing feature of the N82 that is truly heat stopping is its routing and navigation feature. This feature is a GPS-assisted navigational system with high speed interface to the Internet which makes it easier to discover and navigate locations using the global positioning system which covers maps and searches. The N82 features an Installed Maps software which covers more than 100 countries. Additional maps are available for download on the Nokia web site.
With the proliferation of Wi-Fi hotspots, the N82 provides the user with ability to access the Internet, entertainment contents, play online games, chat or simply roam the Web 20.0 global community. This mobile phone makes it possible whenever and wherever there is access to connection. The Ovi Family of Internet services from Nokia like N-Gage games, Nokia Maps and Nokia Music Store are also supported by the N82 which features a 3D multimedia content driven menu. An interesting feature of the N82 is the auto orientation sensor which reflexively switches the display between portrait and landscape mode. Documenting your trips and other occasions with its superior imaging features and uploading them to the Internet with one click has never been easier with the broadband-like Wi-Fi capability that makes access to online social networks a breeze. The N82 supports e-mail, mobile gallery sharing, instant messages and blogs using WAP2.0, HTML and xHTML with GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSCSD, WLAN network access and additional connectivity features that provides support for USB and Bluetooth data transfers.
Photography and video, Internet and connectivity features is just the tip of the iceberg for this powerful device which supports network signal frequencies of GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900 AND 2100 HSDPA. The N82 also comes equipped with a built-in FM Radio tuner, TV-out, high quality music and video player, organizer, T9, Voice dial and memo, built-in hands free, Push to talk and Office document viewer. The N82 supports monophonic, polyphonic, MP3 and True Tones. The N82 matches its powerful features with ample storage options with 100Mb internal phone memory, 128Mb SDRAM memory, 256Mb NAND memory and 90Mb Executable RAM powered by an ARM 11 332Mhz processor. The memory card expansion slot can accommodate microSD format memory card with a maximum capacity of 2 GB with hot swap feature.
Summary of Nokia N82 Features
- 112mm x 50.2mm x 17.3mm, 90cc and weighs 114g
- Quad Band GSM network support (850/900/1800/1900) + HSDPA
- Customizable and downloadable ring tones + vibrate mode
- Almost unlimited phonebook entries with Photocall
- Data Support (GPRS â€“ Class 32/107kbps, HSCSD, EDGE â€“ Class 32, 296kbps; DTM Class 11/117kbps, 3G â€“ HSDPA)
- Up to 5.0-megapixel (2592 x 1944 px) CMOS camera, Carl Zeiss Optics: Tessar lens, MPEG-4 VGA video capture of up to 30 fps
- Direct connection to compatible TV via TV-out or wireless LAN/UPnP
- Integrated Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) with pre-installed Nokia Maps application and free downloadable maps
- Integrated wireless LAN or Local Area Network(802.11 b/g) and UPnP or Universal Plug and Play
- Bluetooth wireless technology which features A2DP stereo audio
- USB 2.0 through a Micro USB interface and mass storage class support for supporting the drag and drop function
- Expandable memory (2Gb microSD format, hot swap)
- Entertainment features (stereo FM radio, video player, music player, Java games and applications)
- Battery (standard Li-Ion 1050mAh (BP-6MT), 225 hours standby, 4 hours and 20 minutes talk time)
PROS: Probably one of the best mobile phones to come out from Nokia, its features is comparable with the leader of the N-series, the N95, and in some cases surpasses some of its features. The biggest advantage of the N82 is its 5 megapixel digital camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and optics supported with an ultra powerful xenon flash. User appreciation is accented by the 16 million color 320 x 240 pixel display and a packaged 2 GB microSD format card that can store 900 high resolution photographs or 84 minutes of DVD-like quality videos.
CONS: Nokia could have done a little bit better with the external features of the N82 especially with the color shinny silver which is not really a Nokia trademark. Another option that could have been a great addition to the features is an 8 GB storage like the N95. The keypad although handy and functional needs some time of use to get comfortable with. It would have been wonderful to incorporate the powerful xenon flash with the video recording capabilities and not just with still photography.
Overall: On the whole, there really is not much to be said on the downside of the N82 because all its features simply overwhelm whatever shortcomings it has. The use of S60v3 FP1 operating system extends the life of this stable platform. To characterize the N82, it is simple, quick and very powerful! This is surely going to be on top of the must-have list of techies and mobile phone aficionados who pursue mobile phone excellence in entertainment, navigation, photography and connectivity.