Nokia N82 Review
The N82 is advertised mainly for its camera capabilities, featuring 5-megapixel resolution, Carl Zeiss lens and Xenon flash. According to the Product Manager of the phone, new algorithms are used for the images, due to the new flash that delivers white-colored light. As it is much stronger too, the results should be much better.
And this is true – when shooting in dark environment using the flash, the N82 gives excellent for phone results, similar to the K850 which also uses Xenon. The two phones surpass the competition with well lit photos, more realistic colors and better detail. Even in complete darkness, the object will be in focus thanks to the very strong assistance light. It creates a large red “spot” where the phone is pointed, which may be unpleasant for the others but does its job excellent. Although both Samsung G800 and LG Viewty have Xenon flashes, they both have mediocre performance next to the N82.
The photos during the day are not bad at all either. They are very similar to those of the N95, which is one of the good cameraphones on the market. The detail and noise levels are good and so is the exposure, with the only problem being the unrealistic color representation in some situations. Still, we would have liked to see improvement over the older models also here, but we guess this will happen with the next generation high-end cameraphone of Nokia.
Expect our 5-megapixel cameraphone comparison soon!
To start shooting, just open the lens cover by moving the switch next to it, or if it is opened, use the shortcut on the right side or the menu. Nokia touts the improved speed but the starting time of 3 seconds in the same as of the N95 8GB and similar to the rival models. However, when taking lots of pictures, most will appreciate that Nokia has managed to shave a second off the focusing and saving time. The interface is the same as the N95 phones and uses the whole display as a viewfinder, with shortcuts to the options in the right. Even though it doesn't offer speedy access like in phones such as the K850 and the G800, it is still pretty convenient thanks to the large in size selection fields.
As the N81 and the N95 8GB, the N82 comes with the new multimedia menu, which has six tabs with different functionality. It may be convenient for some, but others won’t use it and will prefer to go to the main menu.
The music player’s interface is the one from other phones using the same version of the operating system. The album cover is visualized in the display’s upper part while below it is the information on the currently played track. In the bottom there are icons indicating the function of the D-pad.
The Music Library menu allows you to sort the songs by Artist, Album, Genre, Composer and you can also create playlists. In the options there are the standard repeat and shuffle functions, as well as an equalizer with 5 preset modes (bass booster, jazz, pop, etc.), but custom ones can also be added.
We are not really impressed with the sound quality through the built in stereo speakers. While it is not bad at all, the stereo effect almost disappears as both are situated on the right side, which puts it a step behind the N95. The sound is still clear and at a reasonable level.
Тhe FM radio can be used, оnce the wired headset is attached. Nothing has changed when compared to previous models and we think that it is high time for Nokia to upgrade the interface.
What would a multimedia phone be without decent video player? The 82 N-series is equipped with the Real Player you'll find in its siblings and there is nothing to surprise us. While the viewing experience on the 2.4" is not as great as on the 2.8" of the N95 8GB, it is still not bad at all, especially when the fullscreen option is turned on. We think that Nokia should implement DivX playback in its high-class multimedia phones, to compete with devices like the Viewty by LG or the F500 by Samsung.
The Symbian-running N82 comes with the standard for the N-series applications. QuickOffice will allow for reading of Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents but if you want to edit them you should purchase the full version. For entertainment, the N-Gage platform is preloaded with two demo games, just as in the N95 8GB and in addition there also is the classic Snake game.
As in other recent models, the GPS receiver (for navigation) is "assisted" which means that it can use Internet connection to reduce the time required to lock a position. Although it still cannot be compared to the best ones in the class, this is a good upgrade that makes the system usable. Preloaded of course is the Nokia Maps software which offers maps for most countries free of charge. If advanced features such as extended City Guides or turn-by-turn-assisted navigation are necessary, then the paid version is required. Having in mind this is a smart phone, in case the application doesn't satisfy your needs, there are others easy to install (e.g. TomTom or Route66).
1. jigs (unregistered)
hi.. i think this one gud fone..which balances wrk n play.. gives u all the features u carve for.. ..how evr i wait for the black edition which is expected in feb.. 1 thing is for sure..this phone..is a upgrade to n73...n a vry gud upgrade.. A BUY U WILL NEVER EVR REGRET..
2. Persia (unregistered)
About this phone I have to say that It is just perfect at all :D
3. Rupansh (unregistered)
what is expandable memory limit
4. N82 user (unregistered)
Lucky you for having found this. Pay attention as this is the real deal as I have an N82 and don’t work for Nokia yada, yada. Sorry though, I’m going to try not to write the very long review this device requires. Mainly going to focus on the negatives that nobody else will tell you to save your having to buy one to find this stuff out. Problem number one: the user manual is too short by tenfold. Tenfold. At least. And often you only get something like: “Blue Water Widget Mode: enables blue water widget mode”. Sure. Over half your N82 usage knowledge will be from trail and error and educated guessing. No page or jump scrolling button function (that anybody like me knows of—see problem number one). Without a mouse, the four way button (I’m sure it has a tech name but you know what I mean) moves the cursor one pixel at a time. So so for web pages, but not so good for maps. Pretty obvious deficiency that they could have easily solved. Lock and Roll is here is stay, it will never die. Excuse me. As a candybar, you need to lock the keys. However, some events unlock the keys auto and some temp unlock them and some trigger but you have to remember to unlock the keys first. What, you think this all would be stated in the user guide? Reread problem number one. $%^&ing backlightless. Since the backlight stays off, no way of telling if the keys got unlocked or not (see above). Hey, I’m cheap, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who checks the call duration meter so as to talk fast and hang up before hitting that next minute. No good on the Nokia as the backlight goes off in 60 seconds max with no possibility of a reprieve. (Yeah, I know about the workaround app that you have to remember to start and then terminate.) This issue hits you all kinds of places over and over again. Best I can do (given the lack of documentation) is the double suck of hitting the power/mode button. This will force the backlight on but sucks once because of course doing so every 59 seconds is a big pain and sucks twice because if you press it wrong the phone thinks this means you want to power off. Now and without confirmation. Someone wrote, “…runs on a needlessly complex OS that buries useful apps.” Okay, sure. I’ve had to actually “type” into the find feature to track down apps like the calculator that I know are there but I’ll be damned if I can find them anywhere. The six softkeys are very handy but with this full-featured beast, I need 20 (and then I’d need softkeys to organize the 20 softkeys…). Hmmm, maybe some documentation would help. App parameters for amateurs. Found out (remember, inadequate documentation), that the recorder app happily pauses without notice when you go away to something else like the maps app. It’s still there and running, just no longer recording like maybe this is why you ran the recorder app. The video recorder doesn’t care that you are a power user who has plugged in an 8GB card, you get one hour of recording at a time no ifs ands or buts. And if you weren’t a power user like me, why would you get this phone? Integration disappoints me. I guess convergence just is not here yet even though a device like this is. I can’t tag a GPS lat long to a contact. I can’t properly tag a note (or a doc like a PDF or image showing how to get to their home) to a contact or, heaven forbid, tag a note to a stored GPS location (that the phone calls a landmark). How about recording something via the recorder app and attaching this to a calendar event? I could go on and on and on. That it offers less in this regard than the 10 year old Palm Pilot I was using does really surprise me. It also does not seem that everything, literally the hundreds of settings along with all the data can be backed up for fully recovery. As a sane person I don’t want to have to go through all the setup work again. There is a whole bunch of other stuff, but you have the high points here and after all, there are professional reviews out there. On the good side, the camera works really well…for me. I suppose photophiles would scoff, but the 3mp works fine for me and meets one of my purchase goals to always have a camera handy. Same too for the video recording. Not great, but not bad and meets my needs. The true flash works out really well. I use my N82 more as a camera than anything else. From my N82 experience, I’d rather have an N95 (bigger screen, sexier, no key locking issues with the slider I presume) but that flash thing led to the N82. I’ve taken to using the flash and close-up mode to use my N82 as an always on me document scanner. Thank you, thank you, yes, I know I am starting yet another trend. Those forms the doctor’s office made me fill out, I now have a pretty decent copy. The GPS is slow starting (as all the reviews say, perhaps slower), but I live with it. (Note that I don’t have a data plan—just use WiFi and USB—so this makes things different in a number of areas for me like no AGPS, YMMV). Oh, pay attention to this. Navigation, not Voice Navigation as everyone reports, is a (pretty hefty IMO) extra charge per time option. I thought that I would just navigate looking at the screen and skip the voice and save the money. You don’t pay, YOU GET NO, NO, NAVIGATION. It seemed pretty cool during the brief trial period with issues like you might expect like sub-optimal routing in strange ways. I miss it and would use it if I had it (with or without the voice talking) but I have no problems just navigating like I had for 34 years before I got my N82. WiFi is fine, web browsing okay (remember, only tedious one pixel scrolling). It will connect to hidden access points (and I wish my laptop did so then I would hide my wireless router). Bluetooth works okay. But—I tried for grins to link to my Bluetooth mouse and this did not work and then my mouse started tracking poorly. Bluetooth stereo headphones were fine. Another parameter nit, Bluetooth-PC xfers way too quickly timeout. Like when, gee, imagine this, you have a bunch of photos or some video that you want to xfer to the PC—get the USB cable out. I mean, I don’t care if the xfer takes all night, let it run! Oh, of course, the phone works. People say it is the clearest they have ever heard, wireless or wired. I say, who cares. It works okay, fine. Voice dialing I find useful along with voice known caller announcement. Just keep the damn backlight on so I can see who is calling or what my call duration is, etc. Just one more thing, its locked up twice so far requiring power cycling. I’d rather it
6. ghola (unregistered)
I have this phone and it comes down to user smarts, I read these reviews and they don't scratch the surface of what this can do. All I can say if you don't know how to use it this smart phone may just be smarter than you. -30 fps 640 480 vid anyone, plus camera(nothing competes with thing at the bar. -Hate calling to check yopur messages? Install an answering machine! -Agile messenger anyone? -send video, voice, text(of course) and to your MSN Yahoo what ever.. now! not later -Need games, I like EEMAME personally; install it!, no quarters needed. -Sports Tracker really rocks if you get into it. -Have the latest DIVX/XVID movie? you can watch it with your GF/BF's on any RCA jack'd TV. No need to burn discs or hook up the computer. -Installed a 8GB microSD($50). This phone retired my mini-disc player. I'll stop here.....I think you may be getting a clue. Oh and its a really good small phone, almost forgot about what we were talking about.
7. morteza_bahaly (unregistered)
hi... i have a 5610 not to bad but n82 very very good cell phone ,i need to camera recorder to see. in this base not camera rec.. for see. thanks for your msg...
8. roz (unregistered)
.وبازی های آنN82تم های زیبای گوشی