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Nokia N79 Review

Nokia N79

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Interface & OS:

The N79 runs on Symbian’s OS 9.3, Series 60 v3.2 UI same as the Nokia N96 and N78 and in all honesty, there are not many differences. Everything is laid out in pretty familiar locations to other Nokia N-Ranged phones, especially its direct predecessor the N78.

We found the phone’s processor was pretty fast when navigating through the menus. It was also impressive in its speed when loading applications and we were able to load multiple applications and switch between them without too much trouble. Although it is not recommended to run too many applications at once, we didn’t notice any sluggish performance or the phone freezing when we did try it, which by the way was for evaluation purposes only!

Home screen - Nokia N79 Review
Main menu - Nokia N79 Review
Task manager - Nokia N79 Review

Home screen

Main menu

Task manager

You will find a task manager at the top of every sub menu. When selected, it allows you to see what applications are open and switch between them accordingly. You can also use the popular shortcut available on all Nokia Symbian devices which works by holding down the menu key until all open apps pop up, allowing you to switch between them or press ‘C’ to exit and close them completely.

The N79 has an accelerometer that sometimes seemed to have a mind of its own. Don’t get us wrong, it worked well 95% of the time once the handset was taken off its keylock and out of stand by mode. The screen would re-align when the handset was rotated 90 degrees to the left. The transition effects are pretty nice too during the screen rotation; the screen will calmly zoom out, the display will turn around to landscape mode before the screen finally zooms back in. Incidentally this is the only direction it will change the display and not for example if you rotate the handset 90 degrees to the right or turn it upside down. Sometimes however, we would notice the screen would rotate to landscape mode and then almost immediately back to the portrait position without us moving the phone. Ok, sometimes we did move the phone slightly, but even then it was not moved 45, let alone 90 degrees. This didn’t happen all the time, but did happen enough times for us to notice it.

Nokia N79 Review


The phonebook is the same as previous models; fully functional with practically unlimited contact storage space which is saved on the internal phone memory, with familiar features like multiple field labels which you can duplicate and edit if required. You can customise ringing tones to specific names as well as video imagery. You can also assign both of these to your own groups that you can create. The general phonebook functions of Nokia handsets especially the N-Range is spot on with plentiful functions and the N79 is no exception to this notion.

Phonebook and adding details to a contact - Nokia N79 Review
Phonebook and adding details to a contact - Nokia N79 Review
Phonebook and adding details to a contact - Nokia N79 Review
Phonebook and adding details to a contact - Nokia N79 Review

Phonebook and adding details to a contact


The Nokia N79 has a host of connectivity features that you would expect from a top ranged handset. It uses micro SD cards and worked well with our 8GB card although the supplied 4GB card should be more than adequate for most users. A2DP worked flawlessly when we used this function through our stereo Bluetooth headphones with no audio disruptions or interference. The USB port on the N79 supports 2.0 for faster data transfer albeit not the popular miniUSB connector, but now has a microUSB port. The N79 of course has Wi-Fi which supports 802.11 b/g, and has UPnP technology.

With the exception of the screen being too small, using the internet on the N79 could have been a real joy with its HTML browser. The added benefit of the accelerometer makes it more practical on the N79 as it is easy to switch between portrait and landscape mode during browsing. When you access the browser, you get the mouse pointer controlled by the D-pad which will hover over any links within that page. You can zoom in and out of pages, re-size font to get a better page fit and the speed that web pages are rendered is superb, thus making it a pleasure to navigate through them, with the option to use panning mode (press button 8 or choose it from the menu) for fast moving through large pages. Of course it depends on what method you are connected with and again the N79 has no shortage of options. Although WLAN will give you the fastest speed, the handset also supports HSDPA, UMTS (3G), EDGE and GPRS. Overall we were really impressed by the browser, the obvious exception being the size of the screen.

Browsing in landscape mode - Nokia N79 Review
Browsing in landscape mode - Nokia N79 Review
Browsing in landscape mode - Nokia N79 Review

Browsing in landscape mode

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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
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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