Gadget Review: Nokia N79

The two new smart phones – N79 and N85 are a part of Nokia N series expansion plans which have become a big craze among the mobile lovers. The N79 is stylishly designed with slim looks; it has a full candy bar splendor without glass or magnets cover. The phone sports outstanding features that threaten to push other phones in their category to disappearance.

It is suggestive of the simple looks of the N82 model but has an ergonomic keypad which is good for SMS and email with keys being adequately sized and don’t feel restricted and the body is composed of plastic than metal. With dimensions of 110 x 49 x 15 mm, it is very portable. It weighs 97 gms which is quite praiseworthy considering its many features. It withstands bumps, shocks and rough treatment and is one of the better looking phones in the N Series. The device is equipped with a 2.4 inch 16 million-color display of 240 x 320 pixels resolution with perfect brightness and contrast levels. The image quality is detailed and the images rich in colors. The sunlight legibility is also nice. The right of the phone side has the volume and the camera key and the left has the micro-USB port, microSD card slot and charger port. The top part of the phone has the power button and the 3.5mm jack. The back of the phone has the camera with the LED flash protected by a cover. All the elements easily blend into the design to give the phone a superb look.

N79 is loaded with the latest iteration of the Symbian OS by Nokia – S60 OS v9.3 with FP2. It is the best Symbian OS yet and offers performance improvements over the older iterations. The Active standby mode, the auto UI rotation adds to its demand. The N79 comes with 83 MB internal memory and includes support for up to 8 GB MicroSD cards. It comes with a bundled 4 GB card which should take care of storage needs.

The N79, being a N Series phone, is obviously to do well in the music and video sections and it manages to live up to its prospects. It has nice sound quality much better than most phones in its range. The built in music player is supports formats of MP3, M4A, AAC, eAAC+, WMA and has customization features like a customizable EQ with 5 presets, Album Art support, playlist creation etc. It provides for a better overall music experience.

The video record is also very fine. It supports all the standard formats and 3rd party players like Real, Core or Smart-movie can be used for playback. The evade player supports the portrait, landscape and full screen viewing modes. The N79 also has a FM Radio with RDS and a FM transmitter using which you can transmit your own music locally on a desired frequency.

The N79 has 5MP camera which can shoot images at a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. It comes with autofocus and a dual LED flash and the image quality is decent. The camera interface offers a range of advanced customization options. It also has geo-tagging which allows you to link your images with geographical coordinates. The camera can capture video at a VGA resolution at 30 FPS.

Handset is power-driven by a standard Li Ion 1200 MAH battery, the BL-6F which does a nice job of powering it and provides long battery life. It provides about 5 hrs 30 mins of talktime and can easily last for about 2 days with fair usage. The call reception quality matches the high standards set by Nokia. The GPS reception is good and voice based navigation works very well. It is equipped with quad-band connectivity thrown in with a 3G HSDPA till 3.6Mbps. Other connectivity options include the EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 and MicroUSB transfers. The best part- the phone is packed with Wi-Fi.

The Nokia N79 comes bagged with a 4 GB MicroSD card, a handsfree, a Micro USB cable, a charger, and two extra covers for the phone.

The N79 is a worthwhile addition the N series portfolio, despite a few design flaws is powered with some good specifications. The UI is better, quicker and topped off with some good multimedia function. Hardware wise, the phone is given a capable camera, GPS and geo-tagging. The phone is retailed at Rs 16,999/- and is recommended if you want a multimedia-centric device with a sprinkle of everything. The N79 is a nice balanced phone with many features and offers good value for its price.

Romila Chitturi

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