I’ve been using the Nokia N82 for a couple days now and I have some initial thoughts. I’m going to give the GPS & SportsTracker a big workout this weekend so I’ll write more about that Monday as well as more in regards to the camera and video this phone is capable of.
Lately I’ve been a big fan for LG phones and have found them very reliable, easy to use and with simple menus and uncomplicated buttons. I’m pretty technical, but honestly when I first starting using the Nokia N82 I wasn’t sure how things worked. Normally I can figure out a new phone fairly fast but it took me a couple days with the N82. Part of that is due to the overwhelming features of this phone. For instance, when you are taking a picture you can’t just click the button like on most phone and be done with it. Instead you hold the button part way down so it can focus then push. It works much more like my actual camera and I guess I didn’t expect that.
I couldn’t get my text messaging working at first but that was more due to T-Mobile than anything else because you can’t get the N82 in USA yet if you are with T-Mobile. When I went to set it up they had never seen one before but did compliment on it being a great phone and hearing good things about it.
The phone is not really "pretty" but it is lightweight. My LG phone is smaller but heavier. Hopefully that doesn’t mean the N82 will break easy because I have been known to drop a phone here and there
The screen is large and clear with excellent quality. It auto-rotates with is a nice feature and something I loved with the iPhone came out.
The GPS locks fast. There is a data transfer cable to quickly and easily transfer photos and videos to and from your PC or Mac. It comes with Nokia Maps but I downloaded Google Maps since Nokia Maps currently doesn’t have a satellite or traffic view. It comes with some handy little apps like Adobe PDF reader, a program to unzip files, real player, flash, & IM. The web browser is great and works fast.
The messaging features of the phone are excellent. In addition to text/picture/video, you can set up your email. I’m not talking about web mail, but rather integrating your gmail or a pop mail account into the phone. When you do this email functions seamlessly into the messaging features and you get instant notifications and quick access to your email just like you would on a blackberry. This also comes with attachment support so if you email me a word doc I can open it on my phone.
Personally, I never tested the iPhone but I played with it a little bit and the N82 is at the least a worth competitor. Probably when you throw in the 5MP camera, 30fps video and GPS it kicks the iPhones ass. I definitely enjoy this phone so far. I play to play more with the sportstracker/GPS and the photo/video features this weekend on my runs. The GPS and phone battery life will get a workout when I run 21 miles on Sunday.
I did use the GPS & SportsTracker last night. Nickie and I went for a couple mile run on the beach. Only problem is that the tide was high which meant not really any room to run in the sand and we were pushed up next to the rocks, shrubs, etc that were SWARMING with bugs. We didn’t do much running but the SportsTracker worked great. I just need to get it out for a better test!
Happy Running & Dirty Feet,