Nokia N82 Review

Although it is not as fast as the Symbian phones with 369 MHz processors, the N82 can not be referred as to "slow". The only times when it slows down is while opening and previewing a large image, which isn't a very easy task for any phone. Its speed is pretty good for a smartphone, especially when compared to its Windows Mobile rivals. We are also pleased with the quality of the sound during a call: emblematic for top-shelf  Nokia phones it is very good. The strength in both directions is sufficient, the voices are clear and pretty realistic with the only drawback being that they are slightly muffled .


Are you looking for a multimedia phone? You've been reading the right review then: the N82 will offer you everything you would expect. Its camera is top-notch, upgrading what the N95 offered with a real, powerful Xenon flash with excellent focus assistance. The rest of the multimedia (music, videos) is typical for the Symbian 9.2 in the N-series phones and is very good. Of course as in every phone there are some minor drawbacks, like the imperfect design and keyboard, or the sound through the speakers, but overall the N82 offers a lot, in pocket-friendly dimensions. In addition, it is a smartphone, which gives additional advantages over the rival 5-megapixel models, so we highly recommend it.


  • Excellent camera
  • Full-featured Symbian smartphone


  • Not attractive design
  • Battery could be more powerful

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1. jigs unregistered

hi.. i think this one gud fone..which balances wrk n play.. gives u all the features u carve for.. evr i wait for the black edition which is expected in feb.. 1 thing is for sure..this 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

5. msh_Kinger

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 19, 2008

camera recording N82 Please:x....

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
  • Display 2.4" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Storage 0.1 GB
  • Battery 1050 mAh(3.16h 3G talk time)

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