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Nokia N78

alaTest has collected and analyzed 449 reviews of Nokia N78. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the GPS navigation and portability. The usability and size are also appreciated. Many are critical about the apps and durability, and there are some mixed views about the reliability.

design, size, usability, portability, GPS navigation

durability, apps

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Nokia N78 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Nokia N78 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones on People really like the sound and design. The camera and performance also get good reviews, but the price and reliability get critical comments.

usability, performance, camera, design, sound

portability, reliability, price

91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nokia N78 Smartphone - Genuine UK Sim-Free Unlocked Mobile PhoneNokia N78 Smartphone - Genuine UK Sim-Free Unlocked Mobile PhoneNokia N78 Mobile Phone (Black)

May, 2015

Expert review by: Shayne Rana (

Nokia N78


We have seen the N95 evolve and take on a new skin, some design alterations, and a load of memory. It did fairly well in both guises. Next we got a glimpse of the N96, touted as the next best thing. But in my opinion the next best thing to launch soon...

Battery Life The battery life of the N78 is something impressive. I managed to easily get almost 3 hours and 45 minutes of talktime. On an average the N78 will give you over two days of usage including calls, messages, net connectivity, music and even...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: ZDNet (

Nokia N78


The Nokia N78 is a fun phone to use, and despite some annoyances it's likely to find fans in those looking for a feature-filled Apple alternative.

Stylish and fun, Compact, Feature-rich including GPS and FM transmitter, 3.5mm audio jack

Small keypad, Difficult to connect to WiFi, GPS has hidden charges

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Bonnie Cha (

Nokia N78 ( unlocked)


First introduced at GSMA 2008 , the Nokia N78 is finally making its way to the States. Like the other N series models , the N78 has a heavy focus on multimedia, boasting a 3.2-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, the ability to record video at VGA...

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 N78 didn't have the best call quality, nor did it produce great pictures. It's 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.

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: GSMArena team (

Nokia N78 review: Bitter sweet


Love it or leave it won't do here, we're afraid. Love it or hate it is more like it. There's so much to get excited about with Nokia N78. The excellent display and capable camera, topped with Navi wheel, FM transmitter, GPS and Wi-Fi sure round off a...

2.4" 16M-color display of QVGA resolution ; 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash ; S60 UI with Feature Pack 2 ; FM transmitter ; Navi wheel ; 3G with HSDPA ; microSD card slot, 2GB card in the retail package ; GPS receiver and 3 months of...

Keypad or whatever they call it ; Shaky battery cover ; Not our kind of design ; Call, End and C key placement ; FM transmitter has weak signal

A nice - even if somewhat humble - alternative of Nokia N78 is Samsung i550w. Carrying a very similar feature-pack, it trades the FM transmitter and the Navi wheel for a trackball and a larger 2.6" screen. The best part about the Samsung is that it...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: (

Nokia N78


At 4.5 by 1.9 by 0.6 inches (HWD) and 3.9 ounces, the N78 cuts an unobtrusive profile. It's similar in looks to the N82 but thinner and lighter, and it features a slick, black glossy face and a dark chocolate-brown back (the N82 is silver). The display...

Lightweight. Clear voice quality. Supports Wi-Fi, HSDPA, and GPS. Full-featured (and great-sounding) music player

Cramped numeric keypad. Camera performance lags behind Nokia's N82 and N95. Some built-in apps could use an overhaul. Quiet speakerphone

The Symbian-based Nokia N78 is a solid unlocked alternative to the popular RIM BlackBerry Pearl, but it lags behind other Nokia smartphones in value.

Expert review by: Softpedia (

Nokia N78 Review


Nokia's Nseries lineup is well known for its high-end devices, but also for its expensive prices. Regardless, the company still has its fans, who took it right on top in the handset sales charts. However, not all that's expensive is also good, and...

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...

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...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Ritu (

Nokia N78 Video Review


FoneArena's video review of the N78.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Marianne Schultz (

Nokia N78 Cell Phone Review


The Nokia N78 is a multimedia-focused quad-band GSM smartphone with 3G capability that should work on GSM networks around the world.  The N78 has a candy bar form factor with a 2.4-inch display, a 3.2 megapixel camera, a GPS receiver, and more. It's a...

Aug, 2008

Expert review by: Marianne Schultz (

Nokia N78


The Nokia N78 is a multimedia-focused quad-band GSM smartphone with 3G capability that should work on GSM networks around the world. The N78 has a candy bar form factor with a 2.4-inch display, a 3.2 megapixel camera, a GPS receiver, and more. It's a...

Aug, 2008

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (

Nokia N78


The unlocked Nokia N78's svelte design and assisted GPS separate it from a crowded field of smartphone competitors.

Aug, 2008

Product Specifications

The Nokia N78 is designed to take advantage of the suite of Nokia services. The Nokia N78 packs a powerful range of technologies, including integrated A-GPS, with free Nokia Maps, WLAN and high-speed HSPDA 3G connectivity, a 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and support for microSD memory card, currently available at up to 8 GB, to store favorite music and media. The novelties of the N78 are geotagging of photos and an integrated FM transmitter that allows music to be played on any FM radio, in a car or at home. Taking advantage of its integrated A-GPS functionality and 3.2 megapixel camera, the Nokia N78 introduces the increasingly popular online practice of 'geotagging' to a Nokia device. The Nokia N78 automatically tags images with capture location metadata, making it possible to view the capture location on a map either on the device itself, or online. With its high-speed internet connectivity, over WLAN or HSDPA, uploading photos and videos to online communities like Share on Ovi, Flickr or YouTube is a single key stroke away. Music remains a core feature of the Nokia N78 and Nokia's range of N series multimedia computers. In addition to the up to 8 GB of memory, internal speakers and support for standard 3.5 mm headphones, the N78 also comes with Nokia Internet Radio, giving instant access to thousands of radio stations around the world.


Antenna Type:Internal


Standby Time (PB):320hours
Talk Time (PB):260minutes




Band:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Combined with:With two digital cameras / digital player / FM radio
Integrated Components:2nd camera / Digital camera / Digital player / FM radio
Phone Form Factor:Monoblock
Service Provider:Not specified
Technology:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Wireless Interface:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g

Communicator Features

Operating System:Symbian OS 9.1 / Series 60 3rd Edition

Dimensions & Weight



Color Depth:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:2.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.1cm
Type:LCD display


Class of Equipment:Complicated network devices

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:microSD


Manufacturer:Cisco Systems/Nokia
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Cisco SMARTnet/Nokia

Messaging & Data Services

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates For Global Evolution): Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access): Yes
Internet Browser: Yes



Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:3.2Megapixel


Alarm Clock: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Reminder: Yes

Service & Support

Full Contract Period:1year
Response Time:Next business day
Service Included:Replacement
Type:Extended service agreement

Telephone Features

Voice Dialing: Yes
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