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Nokia n70 Review

 
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The Nokia N70 is a smartphone that performs the role of an all-round mobile, electronic power tool. The product comes with a 2 megapixel digital camera, broadband-speed 3G network connectivity, MP3 music player and FM radio (with a white headset), video recorder, email and Internet connectivity. This medium-size, solidly built phone fits nicely in the hand and is a pleasure to use.

Key features:

Built-in digital camera with 2-megapixel-image resolution, flash, white balance and other image controls. The camera can be used as a video recorder as well. A small camera on the front side of the phone can be used for live video calls.

MP3 music player software, FM radio and a white stereo headset included in the package let you use the phone as a portable audio player.

The unit can connect to 3G UMTS/WCDMA and 2G GSM/GPRS networks, Bluetooth devices and there's also a USB cable for PC connectivity.

The Nokia N70 uses RS-MMC (Reduced Size Multimedia Card) memory cards for storing information, such as photos, downloaded software and music. A 64MB card is included with the product.

An extensive set of software is included:

Internet browser, email, office document viewers (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe PDF), calendar, image printing, among others.

The device is powered by the Symbian OS/S60 smartphone operating system software.

By definition, a smartphone is a mobile phone that (usually) looks like a phone, but can double as a digital camera, music player, email device, diet monitor, navigation device, or whatever applications you decide to download to the device. The Nokia N70 is exactly as described: it has practically all the features a modern phone can have. Nokia continues to use the Symbian OS operating system and the S60 software in its smartphones and along with the included applications, it is a powerful and user-friendly combination.

You can download additional applications to the phone (look for S60 and Java products) and complement the selection of applications already on the phone. First, we recommend downloading Opera browser and if you use instant messaging on your computer, you might want to install software on the phone that can connect to the same instant messaging system as you are using on your computer.

The Nokia N70 automatically connects to the 3G (UMTS/WCDMA) network when it can detect one and remains connected to the GSM/GPRS network when there's no 3G network around. The 2G technology on the phone provides connectivity to GSM 900, 1800 and 1900 network bands.

The bright color screen has a resolution of 176x208 pixels, which is a fairly common size in today's mid-range and high-end phones.

The digital camera can be set to capture images in 2 megapixel (1600x1200), 0.8 megapixel (1280x960), or 0.3 megapixel (640x480) resolution. When the camera is activated, the screen shows the selected image size, which is really a nice reminder if you frequently have to change the resolution of your photos. The photo quality is pretty good, but don't expect a camera phone to totally replace a dedicated digital camera any time soon.

At its highest setting, the N70 is able to record 352x288 pixel video resolution and those clips are stored in MP4 video format with audio. When there is enough light to shoot video, the N70 records fine video clips that are worth saving for watching them on a computer screen or on a TV. For minimizing the file size, you can also record video in QCIF resolution (176x144 pixels) that is saved in 3GPP video format.

In addition to the normal photography and camcorder functions, the N70 also has a sequence photo mode that takes six pictures in one second intervals.

There is a small flash beside the camera lens, but it is so weak that it doesn't help if you want to take pictures beyond arm's reach.

There's another digital camera on the unit's front panel, above the color screen that is used for live video calls and it has a resolution of 640x480 pixels.

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