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Nokia - N79 (seal grey)
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- Intuitive design to suit your look. Three cool colour combinations magically match your cover and your theme. Move and your screen moves with you.
- Explore your world and share your discoveries. Capture your life and location through the 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens and A-GPS.
- The latest news, views, and gossip. Fast connections to your online neighbourhood - friends, feeds, and favourites.
- Browse, stream, and download millions of songs at the Nokia Music Store. Keep your music always with you on your 4GB microSD card.
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Colourful and powerful. The Nokia N79 intuitively matches the colour of your screen with three smart cover combinations, and orientates the screen to match your point of view. Keep your music close to hand with a 4GB microSD card and 24 hours+ playback. Live in your online neighbourhood, with fast connections to your friends, feeds, and favourites. Capture faces and places with the Carl Zeiss 5 megapixel autofocus camera and geotagging. Find and share your passions and map your discoveries with A-GPS and Nokia Maps.
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I must say that overall, I'm quite impressed with this nifty little gadget.
Physically, it fits just snuggly into my palm, and it is neither bulky nor heavy. The colourful interchangable covers are appealing aesthetically, and I think the theme changing according to the covers worn is kinda cool (although it is plasticky - hence, make sure you buy a decent phone casing/pouch!)
From my point-of-view, here are the pros:
1) Standard 3.5mm headphone jack located on top of the phone (yes, Sony E, 3.5mm, not proprietary!)
2) Bundled with a 4Gb microSD memory card (big enough for my current favourite songs)
3) Feature packed - you name it, it has it ... well most of it at least. 3G? HSDPA? Wi-Fi? Bluetooth? GPS? Document viewer? Easy peasy
4) The 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens camera generally takes good pictures (when in good lighting) and starting the camera is as easy as a flick of the lens cover.
5) VGA video recording at 30fps is also great (try YouTube-ing "n79 video samples" to see it for yourself)
6) FM Transmitter is relatively good for transmitting my music to the car radio, albeit not always stable (think it has to be pointed towards the antenna or something) Plus it works well to show off to your friends as I did :o)
7) S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2: Gotta love the many easily downloadable freewares; the standby mode shortcuts for quick app launching (ie. calender, music player, Wi-Fi scanner) and the 'show open apps' function enables quick switching/quitting of apps without having to go back to the menu. Neat huh?
8) Accelerometer for viewing pics/videos/the Web on landscape, to make full use of its 2.4" screen (which is a decent size to watch video clips)
9) N-gage games are addictively fun for those boring commute to work/your friend's place/etc. You get 1 free game thou, so choose wisely (unless you don't mind forking out £8/game)
10) Nokia Maps 2.0, which isn't bad, although the maps aren't exactly up-to-date or accurate. Plus you get to download maps for free to your phone (download them to your PC first to avoid ungodly data consumption!) Google Maps look better in my opinion, but you decide
11) Battery life is quite good, I can usually get by 2 days of listening to music, texting, making some calls and the occasional web browsing and n-gage games without needing to recharge.
12) The Navi-Wheel is such a joy to use! It makes browsing through pictures/songs/contacts a breeze!
13) The lock button on top of the phone is very useful for quick un/locking.
Now, on to the cons:
1) The numerical buttons are flat and not really the most comfortable to text on.
2) The screen visibility is terrible under direct sunlight
3) The camera dual LED makes photos appear cloudy/smokey in dim light conditions, and it make colours in pictures look appear ugly
4) Videos, when recording up close, is out of focus and blurry
5) The accelerometer is too sensitive (ie. the slight tilt to the left will rotate the screen) and gets on your nerve
6) The Navi-wheel is inconsistent (you can't use it in the Settings menu/subsub menus)
7) The N-gage games can't be played on landscape nor does it have dedicated gaming keys like the dual-sliders n85/86/95/96
8) No dedicated music control buttons - you have to open the music player to play/pause/stop/etc
Thankfully I hadn't experience what the other 2 reviewers had (and hopefully I won't!), so don't be put off by this very capable phone!
All in all, would definitely recommend this phone.
The phone itself is slow and unresponsive and freezes quite often if you please buttons or navigate too quickly. I don't even bother accessing all the various features of the phone because I'm scared navigating to them will crash the phone.
The camera, although a 5 mp Carl Zeiss lens, takes very poor pictures. The pictures are very noisy, even my 3 mp SE phone's pictures were nicer. However, its video capabilities are relative decent.
The menu system isn't laid out as good as SE, I often struggle to remember where certain things are, and this is after owning the phone for over a year.
I've not been able to update the firmware because I got my phone through T-Mobile who patch the firmware. Maybe Nokia has fixed some issues but for those in the UK who aren't able to get updates, this is meaningless.
In summary - avoid this phone as you will be able to find one that works for this price range.
Terribly, tiny fiddly keys, awful menu system that you have to go through to find anything, irritating landscape/portrait tilting every time you even move the phone, virtually impossible texting with flat miniature keys, Computer software that just DOES NOT WORK, meaning you can't get your photo's off the 'phone, rendering the camera utterly pointless, and an irritating habit of trying to connect itself to the web at completely random times, even when the keypad is locked, and the 'phone is laying on the table!
I wish I had never bought it.
A very, very poor 'phone.
It fits my hand nicely, the display is easy to read
Buttons are so fiddly.
It is hard to get anywhere because it is set up to have the web, blue tooth, music menus near the top and getting to stuff like 'Silent' required an accidental discovery (push the on/off button quickly)
The software does not install correctly so USB connection fails and to uninstall it you have to go into the PC's registery (BACK UP before doing anything).
The hard copy manual is a precis at best. God only knows were the full version is on the CD, maybe you have to go the Nokia website, dammed if I know.
Wireless LAN. It picks up the WLAN 2 doors away but refuses to find mine except for a brief spurt, then refuses to let me type in the SSID and then never lets me find my WLAN again. (yes it is on and working because I am typing this).
In a nutshell, I am only holding onto this pile of junk because it is apprently more basic than the rest of the stuff my tariff can offer me and I need a quad band phone. Sorry Nokia, my faith in your phones as user-friendly is gone.