What’s all red (or black) and chrome, thin, and sprinkled with Symbian goodness? Well it’s the sexy Nokia N76 of course :)
Since the N76 was released several months ago, there is plenty of information available online already, but here are my observations.
– Thin and sexy N-series device
– Standard 3.5 mm audio connector (with TV output)
– Standard mini-USB connector
– Nice internal screen
– No WiFi or US-compatible 3G
– No GPS
– So-so camera performance (compared to other 2 megapixel N-series devices – probably a firmware issue – more on this soon)
– Poor build quality (chrome paint flaking off on this well-used demo unit)
I think the N76 is a better choice than the N75 (which I reviewed last year) because it’s thinner, sexier, and features standard connectors. Sure, the N75 adds US-compatible 3G, but it’s only UMTS, and EDGE on the N76 is almost as fast!
There are a couple of areas where the N76 suffers from form over function. The lid cannot be fully opened when a cable is inserted in either the audio or USB connectors. The mirror-like external screen is too dim when viewed in direct sunlight.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time with the N76 despite it being a clamshell phone (which is my least favorite form factor). It’s a very attractive N-series device which obliterates the Motorola RAZR and the like (after which it’s clearly modeled) in terms of features.