Nokia N75 Review


N75 features the Symbian v. 9.1 over Symbian S60 Interface 3rd edition, the same as the N73 and N93, rather than N95’s 9.2, although the two phones were announced together. The two versions of the OS are similar, but naturally newer is better.

The top part of the home screen displays a clock and the date, as well as the usual signal strength and battery, while the name of the carrier or Offline can be seen in the middle. The Offline tag indicates that the N93i works only as an “organizer” and multimedia device with the phone function switched off (that’s handy for using the smartphone during a flight). Just below these is located a row of 6 shortcuts which can be personalized to suit you best. The rest of the display, below them, is used for “notifications” – this is where missed calls, upcoming tasks (or To-Do in the calendar), received messages are displayed, as well as the music player status (the song that’s played at the moment). The various capabilities of this Active Desk can be set to serve you best. It resembles a well-personalized homescreen of a Pocket PC with Windows Mobile OS and is really useful and pleasant to use, and it saves a lot of time. Located at the bottom of the screen are the two software buttons which can also be personalized from the Settings menu.


Based on a Symbian OS, the organization portion of the N75 gives users the ability to save in depth information on any contact they wish. Information you are able to save includes name & nick name, company, job title, email address and multiple phone numbers. You are only limited to device memory for your contact list, and you can also use your SIM card to store up to 250 more contacts.


Personal information management (PIM) includes features seen on many smart phones and PDAs available today including an alarm, calendar, calculator, converter, notes and voice memo. All performed as expected, with no problems accessing information or moving between the options.

In addition to the basic PIM features, you also get Adobe Reader, Zip Manager and Quick Office which lets you view Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents. While you can view these documents, we had to continuously move back and forth to view the entire document which became a hassle after a very short while. It may prove useful for occasional use; I’d say stick with a PDA for the heavy users.

There are several applications that are installed on the N75 that help with hearing or sight impaired. All are under the settings menu. Voice aid will tell you what is highlighted on the screen. You can navigate the entire list including recent calls, address book, number dialer, voicemail and the clock. Text to speech types out the message you want to send without you having to type anything in the phone. Message reader read our messages through the speaker phone. While using these applications, we noticed small pronunciation errors, but all comments were understandable.

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