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Nokia N-Gage

Feb 5, 2003
Market status

US carrier availability

Discontinued: T-Mobile, AT&T Wireless


No pros


  • No rear camera
  • Lacks Wi-Fi
  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • It is so thick it needs a personal fitness trainer (0.80 inches inches)
  • Low resolution display (176 x 208 pixels)
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment
  • No front-facing camera
  • Lacks global positioning system (GPS)




This world enabled GSM gaming device supports multiplayer games via Bluetooth. It features color display, MMC/SD card slot, GPRS high-speed data, FM Radio, MMS and EMS support, E-Mail client, J2ME support, speakerphone, SyncML, and wireless Internet.

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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Symbian
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 5.26 x 2.74 x 0.80 inches (134 x 70 x 20 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.83 oz (137 g)
      the average is 5.2 oz (150 g)
  • Design features:
    • Numeric keypad, Soft keys (2)


  • Resolution:
    • 176 x 208 pixels
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Colors:
    • 4096


  • Storage expansion:
    • MMC


  • Talk time:
    • 3.00 hours
      the average is 15 h (884 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 7.3 days (175 hours)
      the average is 18 days (425 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 8.00 hours
  • Gaming:
    • 5.00 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 850 mAh
  • Type:
    • Li - Ion


  • Music player:
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, WAV
  • Radio:
      • FM

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • supports:
      • XHTML


  • GSM:
    • 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • Data:
    • GPRS
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes

Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries, Multiple numbers per contact, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • Calculator, Converter, Alarm, To-Do, Calendar
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, Predictive text input (T9), MMS
  • E-mail:
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP
  • Games:
      • JAVA downloadable
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  • Bluetooth:
      • 1.1
    • Profiles/ Protocols:
      • Handsfree (HFP), Dial-up networking (DUN), Object Push (OPP), Fax (FP)
  • USB:
      • Yes
  • Headphones connector:
    • 2.5mm
  • Other:
    • Computer sync, SyncML

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Vibration, Speakerphone
    • Voice dialing, Voice recording

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 08 Jun 2003
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        PDN-NEM4 link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Head:
      • 0.24 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz
    • Body:
      • 0.47 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz
  • EU SAR:
    • Head:
      • 0.37 W/kg


  • Officially announced:
    • 05 Feb 2003
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