Nokia N78 Phone Review: Competency

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 quality, an MP3 player, and an FM transmitter that allows you to stream tunes to an FM radio. The N78 is also outfitted with GPS, and what’s really cool is that the smartphone’s GPS and imaging capabilities work together so you can geotag your photos. It is also well connected, as the quad-band phone offers Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), and HSDPA support. Can this phone beat the curve?

Clearly, it is well-stocked in the features department, but how does it perform? Overall, we’d say fairly good. The GPS and geotagging capabilities were definitely the highlight; the tracking abilities were impressive and being able to geotag your photos was a feature we came to love. That said, we were disappointed that the picture quality wasn’t the greatest and call quality could have been better. Still, we imagine many gadget hounds will clamor to get their hands on this high-end multimedia phone. The Nokia N78 is expected to be available online and at Nokia flagship stores starting next week for around $550 unlocked. Also, be sure to get the Nokia N78-3 model as this version supports U.S. 3G bands.

As an N series device, multimedia is, of course, at the top of the highlight reel but one of the other main attractions is integrated GPS, which you can use navigation purposes or to geotag photos. The assisted GPS allows you to get real-time position tracking and the N78 comes preloaded with the Nokia Maps application. The navigation software offers plenty of tools, including satellite and hybrid maps, pedestrian and bicycle modes, and the ability to send your location to others via multimedia message or Bluetooth. Now typically, for turn-by-turn directions, you would have to pay $125.77 for a one-year license or $13.96 a month right off the bat, but with the purchase of the N78, you get a three-month complimentary subscription.

The Nokia N78 is a phone. Yes, behind all the flash of the entertainment features, the N78 is a competent phone, offering quad-band world roaming, a speakerphone, speed dial, conference calling, voice-command support, a vibrate mode, and text and multimedia messaging.

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