I’m not a great fan of Nokia. Its phones are well specified, easy to use, reasonably priced and last forever, so why would I be?(!) I dunno, it’s just a thing and I can’t get over it. The latest trio of N Series handsets has got me on the road to recovery though.
Announced today, the N71, N80 and N92 are all about convergence. The N71 is the starting point yet this 3G clamshell design still features a two megapixel camera, second cam for video calls, support for MP3, AAC, eAAC+ and WMA formats, a five band equaliser and FM Tuner.
It offers a sneak peak at its entry level roots with just 10MB of integrated memory, but a miniSD slot quickly covers them with a Just For Men lacquer. There’s a nice 240 x 320 display and simple computer connectivity via Bluetooth or USB2.0.
Upping the res to a quirky 352 x 416 is the rather slinky N80. This is Nokia’s first smartphone to feature a slider design (Update: apparently it's the second says sharp eyed reader and Nokia fan Ben, after the 7650. Cheers matey) and and it packs in a whopping three megapixel camera. Also being 3G it has a second cam for video calls and though the internal memory is disappointing again at just 40MB that miniSD slot rushes to the rescue once more.
On top of Bluetooth and USB2.0, the N80 has WiFi which – in phone form – still makes me go wobbly at the knees.
Lastly we come to the Mac Daddy of the bunch, the N92. This clamshell stunner has a twisting head a la the Samsung D307 meaning its 2.8in, 16m colour 320 x 240 display can be viewed either vertically or horizontally. Naturally, this would make the N92 pretty cool for video and Nokia has dutifully indulged us with DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting for Handhelds) support.
Snapped photos will be of the two megapixel variety with an obligatory second cam for 3G video calls. More Bluetooth, USB2.0 and sumptuous WiFi on display here alongside an improved 90MB of internal storage backed up by a miniSD slot.
400, 500 and 600 euros respectively are the conveniently simple prices to remember for this trio, though your choice of network and contract will have the greatest say in how many sheckles depart your pocket. The N71 and N80 will appear in Q1 next year, with the N92 dawdling into Q2.
It is said a twelve step recovery programme starts with just a single step. In the battle against my Nokia phobia I think I’ve just taken three…