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Nokia N78 review

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The Nokia N78 currently has an Informr score of 10 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Symbian
Processor
369 MHz
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

First things first, we have to admit Nokia N78 really has some serious performance to back up that specs sheet. The new and improved interface is real snappy and there are a few nice surprises in store. The time-tested smartphone and multimedia strengths are topped with a capable camera, great GPS r...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Softpedia

At first glance Nokia N78 might not be to the liking of people who are looking for more functionality, as the device features a nightmarish keypad. If you can get past this you'll surely enjoy the other features that this handset includes.The GoodThe strong points of the smartphone are surely the HS...

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia
MobileBurn

The Nokia N78 is positioned as the one of the lower priced Nseries devices. It has connectivity options galore with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G (UMTS, HSDPA). The 3.2 megapixel camera is solid, though not necessarly spectactular, and the GPS integration gives it value that can be explored in variou...

- Antoine Wright, MobileBurn
Cnet

As with all Nokia N series smartphones, the Nokia N78 impresses with its high-end features, especially the new geotagging tool, but we were slightly disappointed by the spotty call quality.

- Bonnie Cha, Cnet


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Common Questions


Nokia released the N78 on February 11, 2008.


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Nokia backs up the N78 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your N78 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
Unknown

The Nokia N78's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
369 MHz

There is a ARM11 369 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
70 MB

Internal memory is 70 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 13.5 days standby time.

Nokia N78 Specs

Overview
Release date February 11, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor ARM11 369 MHz
Internal Storage 70 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.08 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 13.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.3 x 4.9 x 1.5 cm (4.5 x 1.9 x 0.6 in)
Weight 102 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN, ICQ
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Geotagging, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, Real Audio, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

The time-tested smartphone with a capable camera, great GPS receiver and even a FM transmitter

First things first, we have to admit Nokia N78 really has some serious performance to back up that specs sheet. The new and improved interface is real snappy and there are a few nice surprises in store. The time-tested smartphone and multimedia strengths are topped with a capable camera, great GPS receiver and even a FM transmitter...

More

First things first, we have to admit Nokia N78 really has some serious performance to back up that specs sheet. The new and improved interface is real snappy and there are a few nice surprises in store. The time-tested smartphone and multimedia strengths are topped with a capable camera, great GPS receiver and even a FM transmitter.

Our dilemma here is whether to throw another if only at you. All right, we'll just say that "can't have it all" is but a lame excuse.

And no, it's not a matter of personal taste - some things boil down to numbers. Right now Nokia N78 retails at about 30 euro more than what you'd pay for a Nokia N82. If you are not among those mesmerized by the looks of N78, you might end up trading the FM transmitter and better GPS for a 5 megapixel camera with xenon flash and saving a few bucks. Still with prices possibly leveling out, some time from now Nokia N78 might just turn out a better deal than it currently is.

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Softpedia

Excellent screen, nightmarish keypad

from Softpedia

At first glance Nokia N78 might not be to the liking of people who are looking for more functionality, as the device features a nightmarish keypad. If you can get past this you'll surely enjoy the other features that this handset includes.

The Good

The strong points of the smartphone are surely the HSDPA connectivity and excellent screen that offers a smooth multimedia experience. I will also mention here the 3.2 Megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, good GSM signal reception, FM transmitter, 3.5mm standard audio jack, as well as the 2GB microSD memory card in the retail package...

More

At first glance Nokia N78 might not be to the liking of people who are looking for more functionality, as the device features a nightmarish keypad. If you can get past this you'll surely enjoy the other features that this handset includes.

The Good

The strong points of the smartphone are surely the HSDPA connectivity and excellent screen that offers a smooth multimedia experience. I will also mention here the 3.2 Megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, good GSM signal reception, FM transmitter, 3.5mm standard audio jack, as well as the 2GB microSD memory card in the retail package.

The Bad

The hard-to-use keypad and slow operating system don’t go too well with the Nseries logo. The resemblance with the N81 device hasn't done any good to N78; on the contrary. Perhaps a much better solution for those looking for a cheap Nseries device remains the N82 candybar smartphone.

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MobileBurn

One of the lower priced Nseries devices

from MobileBurn

The Nokia N78 is positioned as the one of the lower priced Nseries devices. It has connectivity options galore with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G (UMTS, HSDPA). The 3.2 megapixel camera is solid, though not necessarly spectactular, and the GPS integration gives it value that can be explored in various capacities. The FM Transmitter, Multimedia menu, and sleek design give the N78 a bit of a hidden personality. It can be powerful and understated at the same time. But the user interface issues keep it from being the solid buy that it should be for those looking for a solid mid-range smartphone.

Yet, it still offers a heck of a bang for the buck. The N78 represents what most of the world will see from Nokia as newer models are released. GPS plays a major part here, and Feature Pack 2 is primed with untapped ability that its over-the-air (OTA) updatability may unlock. The N78 is a really solid device. Those who take the plunge with the N78 will not likely be disappointed. I give it a "Recommended" rating....

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The Nokia N78 is positioned as the one of the lower priced Nseries devices. It has connectivity options galore with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G (UMTS, HSDPA). The 3.2 megapixel camera is solid, though not necessarly spectactular, and the GPS integration gives it value that can be explored in various capacities. The FM Transmitter, Multimedia menu, and sleek design give the N78 a bit of a hidden personality. It can be powerful and understated at the same time. But the user interface issues keep it from being the solid buy that it should be for those looking for a solid mid-range smartphone.

Yet, it still offers a heck of a bang for the buck. The N78 represents what most of the world will see from Nokia as newer models are released. GPS plays a major part here, and Feature Pack 2 is primed with untapped ability that its over-the-air (OTA) updatability may unlock. The N78 is a really solid device. Those who take the plunge with the N78 will not likely be disappointed. I give it a "Recommended" rating.

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Cnet

The Nokia N78 impresses with its high-end features

from Cnet

The Nokia N78 features a 3.2-megapixel camera and integrated GPS for navigation and geotagging capabilities. The smartphone also offers U.S. 3G support, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. THE BAD: The N78 didnt have the best call quality, nor did it produce great pictures. Its also expensive. As with all Noki...More

The Nokia N78 features a 3.2-megapixel camera and integrated GPS for navigation and geotagging capabilities. The smartphone also offers U.S. 3G support, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. THE BAD: The N78 didnt have the best call quality, nor did it produce great pictures. Its also expensive. As with all Nokia N series smartphones, the Nokia N78 impresses with its high-end features, especially the new geotagging tool, but we were slightly disappointed by the spotty call quality.

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User Reviews


Yahoo

Coolest thing that happened to me!

from Yahoo
Pro: It has everything you'd want in a phone. Con: It doesnt have a touch screen.:( Its amazing. So sleek and impressive. Its fun and easy to use. The two way camera lets me take awesome pictures of myself and the sound quality gives me no need to buy an mp3 player. Everything I ever wanted.
Yahoo

This Phone takes the Cake

from Yahoo
Pro: Every feature is the bullocks Con: Keypad needs a bit of working on... there too small If you want a phone that has every feature you desire the nokia N78 is it... Not only it has a-gps maps it also has HSPDA 3G... The wireless technology feature is what i need especially at work...not to mention the mp3 transmitter, now thats wireless.
Pro: Every feature is the bullocks Con: Keypad needs a bit of working on... there too small If you want a phone that has every feature you desire the nokia N78 is it... Not only it has a-gps maps it also has HSPDA 3G... The wireless technology feature is what i need especially at work...not to mention the mp3 transmitter, now thats wireless. Less

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