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Nokia N79 Review

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Camera:

When it comes to image quality, we think it would be fair to say that we have seen and used better 5-megapixel cameras on other handsets. The ease of use from the camera’s menu interface is fine. Manually slide the lens protector at the back and the N79 will automatically unlock its keypad, rotate to landscape mode and go into the camera function; no surprises here then. The button for taking shots or recording video is in its best possible position and the camera’s options can be accessed by using the directional keypad which is practical.

Camera interface and options - Nokia N79 Review
Camera interface and options - Nokia N79 Review
Camera interface and options - Nokia N79 Review

Camera interface and options


However, whilst the images that the camera on the N79 produces are not bad, they wouldn’t challenge say the Nokia N95 in terms of quality and light contrast. Yet again, the size of the screen becomes a hindrance here, not allowing the taken images to be displayed to their highest potential. When viewed on a computer, the image quality of the N79 is more exposed. We took pictures using its highest quality setting and did the same thing with a N95. Although they are both 5-megapixel camera handsets, the N95’s image was sharper and hence a tad better in terms of quality.

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On a positive note though, the N79 does host a feature called ‘Record Location’ (Geo-tagging) which if activated, any taken picture or video will be tagged with GPS co-ordinates, providing of course the handset’s GPS can obtain a fix. We found it took around 90 seconds from when we activated the camera for the GPS to pick up our location and for best results from this function, you need to be outdoors.

Video:

The video camcorder records in MP4 format with a VGA resolution of 30 frames per second which is 15fps better than the N78. There is therefore a noticeable improvement of the video taken on the N79. It is slightly clearer and more stable in terms of movement. It is only that old Achilles heal that prevents the video being really good, (the screen size!) but we won’t harp on about that anymore. We used the video record function a few times and were pleased with the footage it recorded, with clear audio as well as images and a good length which is determined by the available space on the memory card.
               
Music:

Music on the N79 again has a familiar feel as with previous models. It plays MP3 s plus a range of audio formats, supports album art as well as plays playlists created on Nokia PC Suite or even those imported from Windows Media Player. You can also of course create your own playlists directly from the handset. The graphic equalizer has 5 default settings and there is room for you to create your own ones if none of the preset sounds are to your liking.  Function wise the music player is more than adequate and does support A2DP as previously mentioned.

Music player and equalizer - Nokia N79 Review
Music player and equalizer - Nokia N79 Review
Music player and equalizer - Nokia N79 Review
Music player and equalizer - Nokia N79 Review

Music player and equalizer


The Nokia N79 features a FM radio which supports RDS feeds and also has a visual internet radio which operates over an internet connection. If using the internet radio, make sure you have an unlimited data plan or are using a Wi-Fi connection otherwise you could rack up a huge phone bill with all the data charges. We used it for roughly 30 minutes and managed to receive over 10MB of data!



FM Radio and transmitter - Nokia N79 Review
FM Radio and transmitter - Nokia N79 Review

FM Radio and transmitter




One really cool feature found on the N79 is the FM transmitter function. This basically broadcasts the audio from the handset’s music player over a defined frequency, thus allowing you to listen to your phone’s music through any FM radio within radius. We tried this out a car and were very impressed with the functions’ ease of use, performance and practicality. Definitely a real plus for those who like us, enjoy playing music from the phone over a car or home stereo.

Let’s check out the video player. We loaded a bunch of test videos to see if the smart phone will be able to play them. Believe us, we were surprised by the results. None of our MP4 clips played. Neither the ones with the H.264 codec, nor these with the H.263 one, which usually works fine with even the non-pretentious phones. The DivX and Xvid videos we had prepared were rejected with the message that they are not supported (not that Nokia claims the opposite), so we were left with what we had preloaded on the phone. These videos were in 320x240 pixels resolution, with a bitrate of 371 kbps. They played flawlessly, in full screen and with great audio quality. We decided to see which format has been used by Nokia and were left really surprised once again - choosing the clip’s properties through the handset file manager showed that they were using Xvid, although it is not said to be supported. We’ve asked Nokia on this one, so expect more information soon.

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posted on 19 Jan 2011, 13:35

1. clarksterkent (unregistered)


nice review..!! I'll get this phone soon..

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Nokia N79

Nokia N79

OS: Symbian 9.3
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Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 369 MHz, ARM11 processor
Size4.33 x 1.93 x 0.59 inches
(110 x 49 x 15 mm)
3.42 oz  (97 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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