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Nokia N78

alaTest has collected and analyzed 436 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the responsiveness and usability. The camera and GPS navigation also get good views. The features and apps get negative views, while there are some mixed views about the reliability.

design, GPS navigation, camera, usability, responsiveness

build quality, apps, features

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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Nokia N78

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 9 user reviews of Nokia N78 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, GPS navigation, camera, sound, design

value for money

89% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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Nokia N78 Video Review

 

FoneArena's video review of the N78.

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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...

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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...

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Nokia N78

 

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

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Nokia N78 Cell Phone Review - Manufacturer - Reviews - WirelessInfo.com - Cell Phone Reviews and Wireless Plan Ratings

 

The Nokia N78 packs much of the positive of its predecessor, the N73, into a smaller and arguably more stylish package. The addition of GPS and support for AT&T's 3G data network will get many excited about this handset. Sitting in the middle of...

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Review: Nokia N78 cameraphone review

 

The N78 represents the low end of Nokia's Nseries of multimedia smartphones - if you can even consider a phone with a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera as low end. Guest contributor Antoine Wright wrote up this review on the N78 for us.

One thing that I can say though is that despite getting a bit lost in some dialogue menus, the N78 packs a powerful enough battery to make it a compelling connectivity device.

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

Antenna Type:Internal

Battery

Capacity:1200mAh
Standby Time (PB):320hours
Talk Time (PB):260minutes

Calculator

Type:Basic

Cellular

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
Type:Smartphone
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

Depth:0.6in
Height:4.4in
Weight:3.6oz
Width:1.9in

Display

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

Equipment

Class of Equipment:Complicated network devices

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:microSD

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Cisco Systems/Nokia
Model:N78
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

Miscellaneous

Color:Black

Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:3.2Megapixel

Organizer

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