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Nokia N79 - Nokia N79

By Sandra Vogel


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The N79's music playback also impressed. The sound was nice and loud through the stereo speakers on the upper and lower right edge of the phone, and the battery managed close to 10 hours of continuous play. When using the phone everyday I found that a daily charge was required to compensate for use of the GPS, Wi-Fi and HSDPA.

There is a 3.5mm headset jack exactly where it should be on the top edge of the phone and the headset itself is two-piece, so you can use your own favourite cans and benefit from hands-free.

There is 50MB of internal memory and a side-mounted microSD card slot pre-populated with a 4GB card. Unfortunately my card caused an I/O error (it was unreadable) but hopefully that was a one-off glitch. There is an FM radio and an FM transmitter and this handset supports the Nokia Music Store.

As well as having music downloads on tap this is an N-gage phone so you can download games to it. But it doesn't have dedicated gaming keys like some of the other N-series handsets.

There is a GPS receiver built-in and Nokia Maps is pre-installed. Nokia's web browser takes advantage of the accelerometer and can readily be flipped into landscape mode by turning the handset round. As typical, there's a calculator, calendar, PDF reader, unit converter, notes taker and QuickOffice for reading Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. However, you need to buy a license if you want to create them too.


If I were after an new N-series mobile and could bear to part with the SIM-free money, this is what I'd opt for. Less bulky than the current crop of dual sliders, the N79 offers lots of goodies in a pocket-friendly shell. I also like the (admittedly gimmicky) automatic theme changing as you swap backplates, and battery life is good.

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January 23, 2009, 5:37 pm

Looks like an update of the 6120 classic but with GPS and wifi.


January 23, 2009, 5:53 pm

Has Nokia managed to improve the GPS performance over the woeful N95 8GB - even with the latest firmware and aGPS enabled, mine takes a good couple of minutes to lock on, and won't lock at all if moving (even at walking pace) or if the sky is even slightly obscured. I actually thought it was faulty so have had the unit replaced, but with the same problem.


January 23, 2009, 6:58 pm

Not a bad phone, if a tad retro in design. I have given up with in built GPS devices in mobile devices, they are all pretty much useless. Even with a clear sky with aGPS enabled they can take an age to be discovered and then they are not exactly accurate. When you get into a built up area, well, forget it!

I opted for installing tomtom on my E51 and bought a QSTARZ bluetooth GPS unit. That was 8 months ago and since then my dedicated TomTom Go has stayed in the cupboard, it's that good! You can connect on the move and throw the GPS unit to the bottom of a rucksack and walk in and out of shops in London, and it still stayed connected :)

I just hope the GPS unit on the Palm Pre will be worth it, and I hope TomTom releases their software for the Pre. I also hope that they introduce a micro SD card on the Pre otherwise you could write off 3GB of storage immediately with the maps!

there's a lot of hoping there... :)

Andy Vandervell

January 23, 2009, 7:36 pm

Reminds me a little of my old N73.


January 25, 2009, 10:18 pm

Is it just me or is this a rebadged N82 with a bigger screen, worse camera, and zero actually new features? Bar the iPod-esque scroll pad, which is really to be left to personal preferences anyway...


January 25, 2009, 10:25 pm


I've done something similar, and have to say I much prefer the E51 after having tried out the rest of the N-Series; a decent external/bluetooth GPS module will be far superior to the built-in modules in these phones. On top of that you can put the receiver in a far more convenient location - and it really reduces the bulk of the phone itself. Bluetooth range has never been an issue for me either, my receiver managed to stay connected from the opposite end of a 3-car train once!


March 6, 2009, 8:43 pm

I like this phone, especially the blue one that's gonna be available soon at http://www.puremobile.com/Noki... I get the feeling that it offers the best features of the N series, with a sleek and uncomplicated design

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