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January 30, 2008 / Marco

Nokia N82 review part 2: 10 things to like about the N82

You know how picky I can sometimes become when it comes to analyzing a handset feature. If you think that’s not the case, just take a look at the first part of the N82 cell phone review, focusing on its speakers.

However, when I say the N82 offers 10 really adorable features, I really mean it. And here I’m comparing the N82 with the Nokia N95 or the Nokia N95 8GB. My opinions may also be viewed as subjective or personal, but after reading my post decide how much we can be eye to eye.

When weight and form factor speak

Many of you know that I’m a huge fan of candybar handsets as opposed to sliders. I know the rationale behind slider phones and the benefits this form factor brings, but old habits die hard. I like my phone to be as sturdy as possible, and that’s what candybar phones like the N82 and N73 offer. Moreover, the N82 is one of the lightest Nseries cellular devices around as it just weighs 114 g. The n95 weighs 120 g, the N95 8GB weighs 128 G, and the N81 weighs 140 g. Just placing all hardware components in a 114G package is amazing.

Battery type and capacity

The N82 uses a BP-6MT 1050mAH battery, whereas the N95 uses a BL-5F 950mAH battery. Although in this regard the N95 8GB has the upper hand with its BL-6F 1200mAH battery, I feel what the N82 offers is quite adequate for at least one heavy daily use. Moreover, this battery type is in accordance with the smaller weight of the N82 in comparison with the N95 and the N95 8GB.

A lot of available RAM

This is by far the most amazing feature. The N82 comes with 128MB of RAM, and after a boot you have about more than 92MB of RAM at your disposal. In this regard the N95 with its 30MB of RAM doesn’t come close, and the N82 has been nicknamed the “never-crashing handset” by many individuals. The N95 8GB is also a definite improvement in this regard. On demand paging is also responsible for this brilliant performance, and ODP has also found its way into the N95 and the N95 8GB.

The 3.5 MM audio jack

Yes, many Nseries devices have this nifty feature, allowing users to use whatever headphones they want. However, it’s the location of the 3.5 mm audio jack on the N82 that catches my eyes. It’s located to the left of the Power button, on top of the device. This makes possible for you to place your N82 in your pocket and easily plug in your headphones. Now consider its older sibling: the N95. There it’s located on the left side of the device, near the left speaker. Just imagine how you can plug in your headphones when the device is in your pocket.

The camera protector

In my opinion, the N82 offers the best physical protection for the camera, even compared with the N95. It’s also easier to remove this protection mechanism and later move it to its original location. This happens via an easy-to-press key above the camera. It moves to the left and right via the use of just one finger. To see how important it is, simply take into account the fact that the N95 8GB doesn’t offer a protecting mechanism for the camera at all.

The camera flash

If I were an imaging fan or if I were able to take advantage of this feature, I’d mention this at the top of the list. As mentioned by many N82 owners, the N82 comes with an integrated xenon flash. This means that the N82 can produce fabulous images in dark or low-light conditions. Neither the N95 nor the N95 8GB is capable of doing that, in spite of the fact that all 3 devices make use of a 5 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss Optics lens.

The Camera and Gallery keys

Unlike similar offerings on the N95, the Camera and Gallery keys on the N82 have been designed in such a way that they cannot be pressed accidentally. The problematic Gallery key on the N95 was one of its weak points, but Nokia has taken care of that issue on the N82.

The location of the speakers

I know this is quite subjective, but I can’t describe how happy I am with N82’s speakers which have been placed on the right side of the device. Many of you may actually curse me for this opinion, but I’ve never felt comfortable with the location of the N95/N95 8GB speakers on both sides of the device. I think it gets in the way of enjoying the stereo effect produced by the speakers.

Spacious keypad keys

Here I’m not going to talk about the joystick as I’m not really impressed with it. However, I think the N82’s keypad keys are excellent when it comes to typing. The keys are a bit smaller than what you can find on other Nseries devices, but the space between a key and its adjacent keys allows for a smoother typing experience. This is a big improvement over the N73, too.

Excellent screen protection

The N82’s screen is protected in a way that dust or other particles cannot easily penetrate it, whereas the N95 and the N95 8GB simply don’t offer such an impenetrable protection.

Are there any other features which could have found their way into the list? If so, let us know. I’ll also be creating another list for the things that I dislike on the N82.

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  1. Pranav Lal / Jan 31 2008 5:33 am

    How does the N82 compare to the E51? Never mind the camera. The camera in the N82 is better and yes, you do have user data protection.

  2. Amir / Jan 31 2008 9:49 am

    Interesting question, Pranav.
    Yesterday I found the opportunity to take a look at the E51 for a few hours. To give you a short summary, it’s one of the thinnest S60 devices Nokia has ever manufactured: just 12 mm. This candybar handset weighs 100 g, has a very good keypad, uses just one speaker at the top (similar to the 6630), doesn’t have a 3.5 mm audio jack, doesn’t have a GPS receiver, offers a wireless modem, provides the A2DP profile, offers 130*MB of internal memory, offers 48MB of free RAM after a reboot, uses the same battery as found in the N82, and is quite sturdy. If you want to choose a solid FP1 device with a metalic case and are ready to save some money and at the same time avoid a few high-end features of Nseries devices, do take a look at the E51. Note, however, that my limited experience with 10-minute demos of TALKS on the E51 demonstrates that TALKS requires some tweaks in order to run faster and smoother on the E51. Fortunately TALKS developers are fully aware of the problems, so that wouldn’t be an important issue.

  3. Pranav Lal / Feb 1 2008 9:53 am

    Many thanks for your response. I am aware of the Talks issues. What besides the camera features am I leaving out? Yes, some ram perhaps. Other than that, the feature set between the N82 and the Nokia E51 seems to be the same.

  4. Amir / Feb 1 2008 7:17 pm

    Ah well, the 3.5 mm audio jack, two speakers, and the builtin GPS unit. The E51 is, IMHO, a productivity champ!

  5. Stephen / Feb 2 2008 3:02 pm

    How about the startup time of the E51? Is it about the same as the N82 or slower. I would think it is a little slower but being I have not plaied with one do not know for sure.

  6. Amir / Feb 2 2008 5:15 pm

    Steve, the startup time of the E51 is about 2 and a half seconds slower than that of the N82, based on my experience at least.

  7. Rishil / Feb 11 2008 9:55 am

    Mobile World Congress 2008 marked the launch of XPERIA™, a new era in mobile communications with the announcement of the XPERIA™ X1, a stand-out, arc slider phone from Sony Ericsson. With al its specs this could be a potential Nseries killer..
    Check out the review with the demo video.. here.
    http://askwiki.blogspot.com/2008/02/xperia-x1-from-sony-ericsson-could-this.html

    Good Day..

  8. mirror screen / Feb 16 2008 5:13 pm

    All i can say is this phone is probably the best on the market – its got everything i need and more and its easy to use. A++++

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