The main camera is one of the best I’ve seen on a mobile. The Carl Zeiss lens does a good job, the macro mode is handy, auto focus seemed to work well, and the xenon flash is powerful and really helps indoors. I like the lens cover both because of the protection it offers and because all you need to do is slide it away to start the camera software running.
The coloured dish was photographed indoors under normal household lighting and with the camera on its auto settings (auto settings are used for all test photos). The background is not quite as uniformly white as it should be but the colours on the dish itself are strong, and the photo is sharp.
The white chair is reproduced nicely, with plenty of detail. The cat was moving a little when this photo was taken, yet it is pretty sharp. The snowdrops were photographed using the macro lens. The very close ones are out of focus indicating the limitations of the lens, but those that are in focus are well reproduced.
And if you want to display your photos, videos, or the screen of the phone on a TV, or other suitably enabled display device, a TV-out cable is supplied.
For music playback there is a 3.5mm headset connector which I regard as a very positive step. Stereo speakers on the phone itself feel a bit gimmicky to me, but they packed plenty of volume. Battery life was on the good side of average, with the phone giving me just a shade over seven hours of music from a microSD card, off a full battery charge. An FM radio complements the playback of tunes and podcasts.
There is 100MB of built in memory, and Nokia provides a 2GB microSD card to add to this. The N82 does not support SDHC so 2GB cards are your limit as far as storage capacity is concerned.
There is so much to like about the Nokia N82, from its good camera and massive feature set through to its 3.5mm headset connector and TV-out capability, that the handset design feels like a great let-down.