There is one more front key worth pointing out – the Multimedia key. Sitting on the right side rocker this opens up a submenu to the phone’s more multimedia oriented applications – picture gallery, music player, video viewer, games, Nokia Maps, the Internet, oh and for some odd reason, your Contacts too.
I’m not sure I quite see the point of this key. All the applications are accessible quickly from the Nokia main menu and while the fancy animated selection process is neat, it doesn’t add anything practical to the application selection process. Still, I’ve seen this before from Nokia, and no doubt I’ll see it again.
Side keys give you access to camera and image playback control, and a volume rocker doubles for camera zooming. These are much more conventional and were fine in everyday use.
If all this sounds very negative, let me quickly mention a feature I love. The rotating screen. It has long been possible to flick screens on some mobiles into landscape format for looking at Web sites and other activities. But the N82 goes a step further, reorienting itself when you twist the phone in your hand. You can turn this feature off if you don’t like it, but I found it rather nice to have the screen oblige automatically.
I also like the Wi-Fi. This is fast becoming a standard feature in Nokia’s higher end phones, but that doesn’t make it any less welcome here. Scanning for networks and hopping on is extremely easy, and from there the mobile Web is only a couple of button presses away.
The Wi-Fi nicely complements the 3G with HSDPA support for faster download over the air. Tri-band GSM with GPRS is here for those times when you are out of 3G or Wi-Fi coverage. Oh – and there is GPS built in too, for use with the already noted Nokia Maps.
Nokia’s N-Gage platform is also here, as it has been on several of the company’s high-end mobiles recently. There is a front-facing camera for two-way video-calling, nestled, as you’d expect these days, above the screen.