Nokia N82 Cell Phone Review: Part 1 The Speakers
Now it’s more than 3 weeks that I have been using my Nokia N82. Simply put, it’s one of the best cell phone handsets that I’ve ever owned. I’m sure many of you have so far managed to get your hands on comprehensive N82 reviews and, as such, I don’t want to start by talking about its keypad. Rather, I’m going to follow a new approach and start by a feature that many of you, including myself, may be interested in: the N82 speakers.
Over the past couple years Nokia has managed to produce S60 handsets with fabulously-sounding speakers. After all, who can forget the Nokia N73, Nokia N91, Nokia N95, Nokia N81 and the Nokia 5700 when it comes to talking about speakers? However, compared with the aforementioned cell phones, what N82 offers is quite frustrating. Not that it lacks the “base” effect or it cannot fill an empty room. On the contrary, the N82 scores well here, and the source of my complaint lies somewhere else.
Having made extensive use of the N82 and having seen a few more N82 handsets around, now I’m convinced that Nokia hasn’t paid enough attention to the speakers which come with the N82. If you start playing a track and crack up the volume to its maximum allowed state, you’ll easily notice that the voice quality decreases and the speakers start shaking. That’s not the case with the N81, the 5700 and the N95. More important than that, sometimes it looks as if the speakers were damaged. This becomes quite obvious if you play a piano-rich track. As a very good example, if you have access to Josh Groban’s album called “With You”, simply find the song titled “My heart was home again” and start playing it. This track starts with 7 seconds of piano, and as you listen to the piano you can see what I mean by N82’s damaged or “cracked” speakers, as if someone had used a sharp object to break the internal components of the speakers. To sum up, if you listen to a piano-rich track which is also a bit echoey, you’ll immediately wonder why the N82 uses such horrible speakers.
Now this effect totally goes away if you connect your N82 to a headset or music stand, so I think it has nothing to do with the software components which are responsible for audio production and handling. Yes, I know that the N82 is not Nokia’s flagship music handset, but, guys, here we’re talking about one of the most feature-rich handsets in the world. Many claim that its camera is simply the best among all handsets, so why shouldn’t you get at least naturally-sounding speakers with the N82?
What do you think about this? Am I wrong in assuming that Nokia has little to be proud of if it decides to demonstrate the speakers which ship with the N82? And do you know of a good workaround to get rid of this annoyance?