- 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, GPS, HSDPA-capable, Wi-Fi, speedy user interface, TV-out cable
- Small controls and keypad, turn-by-turn navigation costs extra, questionable design
Despite the N82's tiny keypad and questionable all-plastic design, it remains a solid handset boasting a long list of features.
Price$ 959.00 (AUD)
A new addition to Nokia's popular N-Series range, the N82 introduces a Xenon flash alongside its 5-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera. The HSDPA-capable N82 has a similar feature set to the flagship N95 8GB featuring Wi-Fi, a built-in GPS receiver, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack and TV-out functionality.
The main difference between the N95 8GB and the N82 is form factor. The N82 is a standard candy-bar handset, which may appeal to consumers who'd rather not own a slider. The disadvantage is a slightly smaller display, though unless you're using the handset to watch plenty of video it shouldn't make a dramatic difference. The plastic build feels well constructed, but the lightweight finish does tend to make this handset feel less expensive than it should. The chrome front is a nice touch though, even if it does attract fingerprints.
The design of the N82 is certainly different, but it won't appeal to all. The control layout is perplexing. Aside from the tiny keypad buttons, the dedicated multimedia key wedged between the right selection button and the clear key could have been avoided. The answer and end calls keys are also unnecessarily close to the edge of the unit. A convenient addition is the side-mounted gallery button – pressing it once opens the last image or video taken, while pressing it again opens the full gallery.
The N82 includes a built-in GPS receiver along with the latest version of Nokia Maps. Unfortunately, like the N95 8GB, using voice assisted navigation is an extra cost. Previewing your current location, locating nearby points of interest and browsing maps remain free services. The user experience of the GPS function on the N82 is similar to other Nokia handsets. It can be quite a steep learning curve, as there is no touch screen and you'll need to use the navigation pad and selection buttons. Annoyingly, Nokia has once again failed to include a window mount in the sales package.
The N82 features the same 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics seen on the N95 8GB, but it adds a Xenon flash. Its performance in low light conditions is excellent and although it still won't adequately replace a stand-alone digital camera, its impressive colour reproduction and minimal noise levels make it one of the best camera phones on the market. It also captures decent, if not outstanding, video clips.
For multimedia, the N82 has music and video players as well as an FM radio. The included 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the handset means you can use any pair of regular headphones, and sound quality is notable. The external speaker is passable, but not outstanding – sound can become distorted at higher volume levels. Pressing the dedicated multimedia key opens a graphic interface showcasing many of the phone's functions including the gallery, contacts, Internet, maps, games, videos and music. An included composite TV-out cable means you can connect the N82 to a television or projector, though the resolution is quite poor on larger displays.
The N82 runs the Symbian OS (version 9.2) operating system and we found general browsing speeds quite fast – there was no noticeable lag when running multiple applications. Connectivity is featured heavily thanks to the integrated Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and a micro-USB port for synchronisation with a PC. Being a smart phone, the Quickoffice application is also included, allowing users to read but not edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and PDF files. The N82 also provides access to a preview application of Nokia's N-Gage gaming service.
The N82 includes 100MB of internal memory, in addition to a microSD card slot, located on the left side of the handset. A 2GB microSD card is included in the sales package.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Huawei Mate 9
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® Portable SSD
Acer Swift 7
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Dell XPS 13 laptop
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Surface Pro 4
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 4 HTC U Ultra phone full, in-depth review
- 5 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
Latest News Articles
- Early iPhone 7 reviews: You'll miss the headphone jack, but the camera and battery life are tops
- Watch out: iOS 10 install is reportedly bricking some iPhones
- Google's Pixel Launcher leak hints at the demise of the Nexus brand
- It's official: iOS 10 launches with huge improvements to iMessage, Apple Music, Siri, and more
- Samsung is prepping a software update to cap Note7 charging to 60 percent
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 phone: Full, in-depth review
- LG G6: unboxing, hands on review and detail shots
- And the 2017 winner of the Formula 1 Best Pit Lane Boom Gantry is...
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- CCSenior Full Stack Web Developer - Port MacquarieNSW
- CCSAP FICO Support AnalystWA
- FTNetwork EngineerACT
- CCTechnical Business AnalystVIC
- CCPega TesterVIC
- FTSenior Marketing Analyst | Immediate startVIC
- CCNetwork Testing Integration SpecialistVIC
- FTTechnical ConsultantACT
- FTApplication Support Consultant (Oracle SQL, Unix scripting)NSW
- TPAnalyst Programmer (.Net)SA
- TPAgile Implementation LeadNSW
- CCLightweight Directory Access Procol (LDAP) DeveloperNSW
- CCDomino SpecialistVIC
- FTSenior Android DeveloperNSW
- CCBig Data Developer - Government - 12 Month Contract - SydneyNSW
- FTSales/Account Manager - Education SectorNSW
- FTTest AdvertSA
- FTMarketing Specialist (B2B Sales)NSW
- FTGraduate Software EngineerNSW
- FTSnr Security Architect - Permanent - IT Services - SydneyNSW
- FTPMO Project Analytics and Tools ManagerNSW
- CCBusiness Analyst- Data GovernanceNSW
- FTCisco Network Engineer (FIFO)WA
- FTHead of ArchitectureNSW