It’s been a good 2 weeks i’ve been using the new Nokia N82 and i have to admit i love it. IMHO the N82 is a better and cheaper N95 compared to the 1st generation of N95s. Looks wise i could certainly ask for more, especially on the front – keyboard side which kind of reminds me of Sony Ericsson devices. Apart from looks the N82 it’s been a great multimedia companion.
Creating slideshows is as difficult as pressing the Select button for starting the slideshow. You choose the starting picture or album and the phone does the rest. That is playing music and using zoom and pan effects by default. Not a big deal but a very useful option for on-the-spot quickly prepared cute presentations of the pictures you just took or received via Bluetooth from your friends. It’s like Presentations 101 with a professional touch.
N82 brought my attention back to podcasting. Why you may ask. Well, the truth is, i enjoy podcasts so much that i want to focus while listening or watching them. The information i absorb from podcasts is as valuable as it can be when reading a book or listening on the radio news. Adding the feeds to the built in RSS reader is a piece of cake. Just type the URL and you’re ready to go. Once the feed is valid, hit the update button and let the N82 start downloading podcasts while you’re blogging, having your coffee or even driving. I try not to use 3G and HSDPA because of the bandwidth costs. Free WiFi hotposts in near by cafes are.. well… free!
The drawback in this scenario (RSS reader implementation), requires the user to know the feed’s URL in advance.
TV show time
Watching GeekBrief.TV on the go is great but watching Cali on your big 29″ TV is awesome. I download the N95 format of the show [feed] and when i’m home i plug the phone on the TV. The N82 has TV-cable out jack and comes bundled with a the appropriate cable [stereo minijack – x3 RCA]. Honestly, it’s just a matter of seconds before you see your phone’s menu on TV. Pressing one button and you’re ready to show off your photos, slideshows, Nokia maps and even your Gmail on a much bigger screen. Too bad the rotating screen feature doesn’t work on TV.
Music for your ears
Working on the radio it’s fun but way more fun is listen to your colleagues while on air. Not that i always do, but sometimes is as much fun as listening to my favorite music [mp3 files]. I’m a Sennheiser boy using Sennheiser PX 200 when home and Sennheiser MX 75 Sport when working out. You got it right, N82 has a 3.5mm minijack output for your favorite earphones. Nokia offers in-ear earphones in the box and i have to admit they sound surprisingly well compared with what you expect from such a pair of earphones… that means there’s not much of bass. My take: use or buy another pair of earphones like you do with your iPod.
GPS and accelerometer
Not much on the multimedia side, not yet anyway, but A-GPS is a welcome addition. Apart from playing with Nokia maps i’ve been using A-GPS for working out using the new beta announced Nokia Sports Tracker. The online service is cool, the UI needs improvement but it works. After installing the application and creating an account [it can be done via the phone or online] i was ready to start walking / jogging. There are already 2 of my workouts online here and here. If you decide to use the service, switch OFF GPS filtering.
The 3D accelerometer inside N82 is from ST (type LIS302DL) and one of its functions is acting as pedometer but if you need more than that, i recommend installing one of the following applications from the bottom of this page after reading the instructions, right? There’s even a Lightsabre Simulator video here.
Photography and video
With a 5 megapixel camera, Xeon Flash and Carl Zeiss optics macro mode [close-up mode on the phone’s menu] on N82 rocks, it simply does. Auto mode for every day’s photography and landscape mode are more than adequate for the average and tech savvy user. Flash is very bright and comes with 4 settings: Auromatic, On, Red-eye, Off. Saving images is fast even when using the camera in its full 5MP glory. I wish there were more options on the image compression rate rather than choosing from the pre-defined profiles: Print 5M – Large, Print 3M – Medium, Print 2M – Medium, E-mail 0.8M – Med, MMS 0.3M – Small.
Video files are recored using the same 5MP camera and are saved under different profiles based on a quality over size ratio. There’s TV high quality, TV normal quality, E-mail high quality, E-mail norm. quality and Sharing quality. For those who love numbers, TV high quality means that a 28 seconds mp4 video, recorded at 640×480 pixels with bitrate of 2796Kbit/s needs 9.2MB of space.