Nokia brings yet another 5-megapixel cameraphone to the party with the N82. And the camera is not all that’s on offer here as this phone is crammed with features.
But the N82 is a bit of a chunky beast, and I wonder whether the Nokia design team took the week off when its shell was put together, leaving the outer design to the apprentices. So before you go all goggle-eyed over the camera and other features, let’s just take time out to consider that design.
The positive thing to say is that the N82 isn’t all that heavy. At 114g it is on a par with lighter mobiles, in fact. But it is vast for a candybar style mobile being 112mm tall, 50.2mm wide and a rather generous 17.3mm thick. The upshot is that you are going to need fairly large pockets if you want to carry the N82 around daily.
You might think with a mobile this tall that there’s plenty of room for a good screen and number pad, and I’d agree. But Nokia’s designers clearly don’t. The screen is good and sizeable at 2.4 inches corner to corner and offering a viewable area I measured at 36mm wide and 49mm tall. Its 240 x 320 pixels are fine and it can display 16.7 million colours.
The number pad and associated keys are something of a triumph of awfulness.
First off, the number keys themselves are narrow strips that can be pesky to hit accurately. I hated this design when it was taken to the Nth degree by Sony Ericsson in its W880i, and just about learned to live with it in the W610i and K550i
However, I can’t say I have learned to love it. Fast texting is a bit painful, and aesthetically the number keys simply look lost. They could have been so much larger given the available space.
The other keys don’t fare much better. The navigation ring is OK but a bit small for total comfort, and to its left and right are rockers that give you access to the softmenus, Nokia application menu and Cancel functions.
Right on the outside are the Call and End keys, almost afterthoughts really as they sit nearly on the side edges of the phone. But at least their markings are clear. The use of white on a silver background for the other keys meant that in some lighting conditions I could barely see the markings at all.