Nokia N82 Review: Comes With Xenon: Keypad, Display, Telephony, User Interface

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Controversial keypad

The alphanumeric keypad of Nokia N82 is surely its most controversial component. The tons of negative feedback the Nokia N91 received for its similar layout does create one wonder why Nokia decided to have another go at it in such a landimprint product as the N82.

The ergonomics of the keypad are not as poor as in Nokia N91 mainly becautilize this time it's level with the classy screen and each row is easy to reach. By no means would we call it fine either. The keys are far too small and difficult to distinguish and, generally, typing without looking down is almost impossible. However, becautilize of the ample spacing between keys we are giving it an average score. We still believe Nokia could have done a better job, especially with this particular phone.

The backlighting is even enough and, although not the strongest around, it does a decent job.



The backlighting is even enough but not the strongest of all

Display

Nokia N82 is equipped with a 2.4" TFT Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) display of QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution. It is capable of showing up to 16 million colors but its quality did not particularly impress us. It does lack some brightness and the colors are a bit washed out compared to Nokia N95 8GB. Otherwise, in colorful sunlight it is just as fine as any other recent Nokia - the display remains perfectly visible and choosing the correct angle to work with it is not in question at all.




Nokia N82's display

Telephony

With N82 signal reception is just what you would expect in a high-discontinue Nokia phone - simply flawless. The vibration is also strong enough to create sure you never miss an incoming call or message. The phone offers brilliant speaker quality and the sound during calls is very clear and without any interferences.




Calling Dexter on Nokia N82

As far as ringing volume is concerned however, the situation is somewhat different. It is by far not the loudest phone around beating only the Apple iPhone among all 33 phones we have tested so far. In all honesty, Nokia N82 seemed to perform a bit better on some extremely high-pitched ringtones but these are hardly ever used anyway. Here is how Nokia N82 ranks among some other tested phones in our loudspeaker test. You can find more info on the actual testing process along with more results here.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOveral score

Nokia N8270.2 61.265.3Below average

Apple iPhone (firmware 1.1.1)67.2 60.266.6Below average

Nokia N95 8GB75.766.270.5Good

Samsung G80070.766.673.6Good

Sony Ericsson K85071.075.775.7Very good


Pure Smart

Nokia N82 runs on Symbian 9.2 Operating System (OS) with the Series60 3rd Edition user interface. The added Feature Pack 1 is no news for Nokia smartphones any more but still deserves mentioning.



Nokia N82 runs on the Symbian 9.2 Operating System (OS) with S60 UI (Feature pack 1 included)

The 128Mega Bytes (MB) of Random-Access Memory (RAM) is also an vital factor to Operating System (OS) performance. In reality, 128Mega Bytes (MB) is virtually impossible to deplete no matter how hard you try. Unless you do it intentionally, Memory Full warnings are not something you can expect on the Nokia N82 screen.

The phone's main menu has only two different view modes. They are both well known: a 4 x 3 grid of icons and a list. In addition, you can choose whether you prefer your icons animated or not. For some reason the V-shape and Horseshoe views are not available with the recent Nokia handsets we acquire to test. Font sizes are also configurable depending on your preferences.




Different menu views

Navigating the menus is quick with instant response to key presses and no delays. Most screens of the user interface can be displayed in both portrait and landscape mode depending on the user preference. The classy screen automatically rotates when the phone is turned to the left. However, it sometimes won't rotate straight away and needs a gentle shake before switching between view modes. The classy screen rotation is as quick as in Nokia N95 8GB - that is almost instant. Nokia hasn't included any animation for the classy screen rotation - as seen in Apple iPhone - the classy screen just goes black for a second and pops back up in the desired mode.

"...Navigating the menus is quick with instant response to key presses and no delays. Most screens of the user interface can be displayed in both portrait and landscape mode depending on the user preference. The classy screen automatically rotates when the phone is turned to the left..."

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