The Nokia N78 Review

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Loving the Choons

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So I've not posted of late.. Life has been busy somewhat and, amongst other things, my phone usage has been all over the place.

When I first started this Blog I mentioned that I was, without doubt, a two device man... And that, in fear of being without my beloved N95 8GB for any amount of time, I'd be swapping OUT my E61i and swapping IN the new N78 to use as ny business phone...

Unfortunately, necessity came before intent when last Friday my N95 bought the farm on the way down to a weekend in Essex. With my E61i back at my flat west of London, I had no choice but to make the N78 my one device.

And that is how it has remained since!

Even though I am now back home with spare devices coming of my ears... I quite like being a one device man and the N78 is proving suprisingly capable!

I digress.

What I really want to talk about right now is the AWESOME music functionality on this phone... I say 'this phone' because I mean the N78. The phone I'm writing this post on right now on a bus in London..

The AWESOME music functionality.. Yeah. So. Not only is the sound quality on this handset some the best i've ever heard (and that's saying something) but also, the introduction of an FM Transmitter into the mix really is a stroke of genius.

Initially, something that I first perceived as a gimmick, the FM Transmitter is now one of my favourite features of the N78.
Pitched at drivers who want to listen to their phone's music collection through their car stereo, I didn't think it'd be something I'd be interested in... (I don't drive) ...but lately, I've been using this awesome feature around the home. Tuning all of the radios in my house to the N78's broadcast channel means I now have full remote control, wherever I am in the house.. Built into my phone!

Seriously, it doesn't sound like such a big deal now I come to write it up but, this thing totally rocks my world.

2nd Sep 2008, 18:45   | tags:,comments (3)

Today, I crumbled.

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I got so wound up using the teeny tiny keypad of the N78 I had to resort to my trusty Nokia SU-8W Bluetooth Keyboard!

I know this goes against my previous post somewhat... But I don't care. Gah.

About those buttons...

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A sticking point for many, the actual keypad on the N78 isn't as bad as it first seems.
The numerical part of the layout anyway. That's no more difficult to navigate than that of much-loved Nokia N82.
Where the '78 comes unstuck is with the keys around the outside of the pad itself.
As you can see from the the picture, they're laid 'flush' against the handset and almost give the impression of being touch-sensitive...

They're not.

More to follow...

[Pic taken and uploaded with the Nokia N95 8GB over the Mobile Web]

26th Aug 2008, 07:10   | tags:,,,comments (0)

Comparison Shots

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Two photos of exactly the same thing. One shot using my personal N95 8GB and the other shot on the N78.

What do you think?
Which one's which?
Can you tell the difference?

Incidentally, I know the onus has been predominantly on imaging so far, this will change over the coming week or so as there are a few idiosyncrasies with the N78 UI which have been driving me NUTS lately..
Fingers crossed they may disappear when I upgrade the firmware.. (currently running v10, about to install v12) ..but we'll see.

Ah and finally - big love to @kyoob for the advice re: Multi-image upload. Cheers! :)
18th Aug 2008, 17:36   comments (2)

N78: Macro Mode

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Pleasantly surprised at how well this picture of my friend's eye came out..

Standing in line for the next ride at Thorpe Park I managed to catch the reflection of The Nemesis Inferno in the retina of her eye...

'Stay still!' I said.. and lined up the shot.
Not bad eh?

As previously mentioned, the camera on the N78 is impressing me and depressing me with equal measure.

So you can add +1 point for the macro mode love (aka 'close up' mode)

But -1 point to Moblog as *ideally* I'd like to up upload more than one piece of media per post.
(comparison shots etc)

Does anyone know if this is possible?

Cheers

18th Aug 2008, 07:20   | tags:,,,,,comments (4)

Today's Learnings

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Just a quick rundown:

- The battery on the N78 is the BL-6F. The same as that within the N95 8GB. This is a good thing.

- The N78 goes 'dead' when you lock it. With only a faint light of a 'heartbeat' left behind. This I hated at first but have now grown to love as I understand how much battery this saves.

- The camera on the N78 seems to be excellent at static video. By static I mean video where the camera does not move during recording. See my last post for evidence.

- The camera on the N78 seems to be RUBBISH at moving video. By moving I mean video where the camera has to move during recording. S'funny, this being a MOBILE phone you'd expect this aspect to be covered off ok... Hmmm.. Maybe my standards are too high. Either way, I took a bunch of video with that there device today and all of it is pretty much unusable. This is not good.

- The N78's buttons aren't as bad as they look. No really.

- There'll be more to come soon...


[pic taken by N95 8GB]
18th Aug 2008, 00:14   | tags:,,,comments (0)

Quick Shot

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This is the pic I took in the video below..

N78 is looking Goo-ood!

[pic taken with and uploaded aya Nokia N95 8GB via Mobile Web]
18th Aug 2008, 00:12   | tags:,comments (0)

Check out my Wii-N95 action!

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Waiting for my train at Twickenham Station..
Headed on down to Thorpe Park baby.

Used the N78 to record this video for you...
This time NOT* uploaded to Moblog via email.

Bring on the Rollercoasters folks, today is going to be a GOOD day!?

*I say 'NOT' because originally it was supposed to be via email but the file size was over 10MB -
Which basically translates as 'Epic Mail Fail'.
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