Nokia N78 Review
In a nutshell: A very powerful smartphone with a 3.2 megapixel
camera and assisted GPS, but seriously let down by a dysfunctional keypad.
Choose the Nokia N95 8GB instead.
Review: June 2008. Updated July 2008.
The Nokia N78. A highly anticipated smartphone with many powerful features.
The feature list is finger-lickin good: Series 60 smartphone with 3.6
Mbps HSDPA, WiFi, assisted GPS navigation with preloaded maps, a 3.2
megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Tessar lens, autofocus &
flash, a video camera with stereo audio recording, a secondary camera
for video calling, a superb MP3 player with a Navi wheel for easy access
to your music, an FM radio. And all this in a compact classic design
that weighs just 102g and looks great. There are even bonus features
such as FM transmitter that lets you play your music on your car stereo.
On paper it's a fabulous phone. Only the lack of a 5 megapixel camera
stops it from being Nokia's best smartphone ever. Yet we hate it.
Why do we hate it? Because of its keypad. Actually to say that it has
a keypad is overstating things. The Nokia N78 has some numbers painted
on its front and some floppy pieces of plastic that wiggle up and down
if you push them hard. Maybe the number that you pushed will come up,
maybe another, who knows? Maybe after a couple of frustrated minutes
struggling to write a text or dial a number, you'll take a hammer to
the keys and give this phone what it deserves. What on earth have Nokia
We had really been looking forward to this phone, but we're disappointed.
It's not a phone that we can recommend. Brave souls will persevere with
the keypad and may learn to tolerate it, but we would recommend the
Nokia N95 8GB instead.
Initially we awarded the phone 1 star. A couple of people sent us rude
email as a result. We've calmed ourselves done now and rustled up a
couple more stars, but we're still angry with Nokia for messing up such
a good product.
By the way, plenty of people agree with us. gsmarena says, "The
knobs are way too tiny and there are no borders of any kind between
keys within the same row. So far we are having quite a rough time typing
on the N78." hardwarezone.com says "we found ourselves frustrated
as we fumbled and encountered numerous double tapping." igadgetlife
says it all: "what were you thinking Nokia?"
Features of the Nokia N78 include:
- 3G Symbian phone with S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2
- Assisted GPS navigation with preloaded regional maps
- 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics & Tessar Lens with
autofocus, 20x digital zoom, LED flash and photo editor
- Video: MPEG4/3GP VGA video capture at 15 fps, AAC stereo audio with
8x digital zoom and video editor
- Secondary CIF camera (352 x 288 pixels)
- Display: TFT, 16 million colours, 240 x 320 pixels (2.4 inches)
- Music player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ & WMA formats) with playlists,
equaliser and album art
- FM radio
- Stereo speakers plus Nokia Stereo Headset HS-45/AD-54 included in
- FM transmitter
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (SMTP, IMAP4, POP3) with attachment support
for images, videos, music and documents
- Java & Symbian applications
- Advanced S60 PIM features including contacts, calendar, to-do list,
notes, recorder, calculator, clock, converter
- Memory: 70 Mbytes plus microSD memory card slot (2GB card included)
- Connectivity: WLAN, Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio connector
- Internet: EGPRS class B, EDGE, HSDPA (up to 3.6 Mbps download),
Nokia Web Browser with Mini Map, RSS feeds
- Dual mode WCDMA 900/2100 (HSDPA) plus quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900
- Size: 113 x 49 x 15.1 mm
- Weight: 102g
- Talktime: 190 minutes (3G) - 260 minutes (2G)
- Battery standby: up to 320 hours
Nokia N78 User Reviews
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Average rating from 105 reviews:
Reviewed by Akem from Cameroon on 15th Mar 2012
Yes, I really love my N78 vodafone. I've never encountered any a major
problem using it,its about 6 Years since i bought this phone.Its sensitive
to touch, I like it that way
Reviewed by punya from Laos on 15th Feb 2012
Audio hardware die in 2 years
keypad is error
Music player is suck
Zoom problem on camera
but i still use it, coz someone give me hahhaha
Reviewed by Rodrigo from Chile on 2nd Feb 2012
Grate phone, but speakers tend to stop working (hardware failure).
Used it for almost 4 years.
Reviewed by Majid from Iran on 15th Jan 2012
I use this model for about 30 monthes. it is really good .
Reviewed by samuel from nigeria on 13th Jan 2012
Well, its a gud fone, but i dont really knw how to switch on d wlan,
wifi,2g, 3g.etc need someone to tell me.
Reviewed by gerald from kenya on 3rd Feb 2009
bough it in december 08. Its software has failed TWICE already. this
is an enhanced pager!!!!!
Reviewed by SIMON CORNWELL from ENGLAND on 31st
N78 I hate this phone. It stops working for no reason. Files freeze
have to keep it on gsm. Keys hard to use and ping pong game as to who
should sort it out. It has been changed once. Then same things happened.Told
software upgrade required. the phone was brand new! I have found this
phone not fit for purpose and have put my contract sim back in my old
razor phone. In my view, Nokia have slipped on a banana skin with this
Reviewed by Dave Dunford from UK on 29th Jan 2009
It's feature-rich and has a pretty good spec, but I completely agree
with all the comments re the ghastly keypad. I disliked it from the
start, but thought I'd get used to it - two months later I'm still selecting
the wrong menu items by mistake, opening pages I didn't want, and it
still usually takes about 6 keypresses to unlock the damn thing. And
I'm not usually an all-fingers-and-thumbs kind of user. An irritatingly
sluggish response to key-presses makes the problem even worse. I got
the handset free on contract but I certainly wouldn't buy it if I had
a choice. My previous Nokia (2630) was far less feature-rich but was
SO much more ergonomic and a pleasure to use. The N78 has a nasty cheap
feel to it as well - creaky keyboard and an ill-fitting back panel.
Reviewed by julie from uk on 29th Jan 2009
the person who made this review is dumb..WAY DUMB!!!i have been using
the n78 ever since it first came out and i did not ind the keypads disfuntional..eventhough
i have big thumbs..i had no problems whatsoever with this phone..this
phone deserves at least four stars..next time when you guys make reviews,dont
just say stuffs like disfunctional keypad or any other because non of
them are true
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
29th Jan 2009
Gee, thanks for your review Julie. And how courteously you express yourself.
Remember that editors and professional reviewers have feelings too.
Just because you're typing on a machine doesn't mean that your talking
Reviewed by Ihaveit from Brunei on 28th Jan 2009
OMG i should not listen to your stupid comments the phone is damn good....
KEYPAD is good while idk if your fingers are so huge till you can type
with the phone..... i give the phone 4 stars
Reviewed by Sebastien from France on 27th Jan
Just a nasty phone, why did Nokia bothered with it and with this nasty
keypad. I am stuck with it but I'll give it to my sister (she's 9 and
with a little fingers she will have a chance with the keypad)
Reviewed by steven from russia on 24th Jan 2009
owful.too many bugs for 5 month.fm transmitter really has super low
signal, so it's not useful for MP3's listening in the car. navi button's
easy scratching.and there's absolutely unfriendly bluetooth device -
all connections require extra-forces.It could be my device's character...
Reviewed by NIHARIKA from INDIA on 22nd Jan 2009
Its a gud fone at reasonable price.It is DAD of both N73 & n81,with
very little diff in pricing.......I face no prob with KEYS,bt its faster,lighter,comfortable
gripping,wifi,max 3G speed 3.6MBPS not only 384 kbps as in n73,n81,also
both n73 &n81 are nw OLDIES(2006,2007).I gve 5star$. This site is wrong
as gvng only 2stars.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
22nd Jan 2009
Hm, not wrong, just different. And please don't swear, then we won't
have to edit your reviews.
Reviewed by Girish Khanduri from India on 22nd
To start with, i was fascinated with the brilliant looks of this mobile,
searched for the reviews on many more blogs like mobile-phones-uk.org.
Read each and every comment, and finally decided not to buy. After a
couple of days, my bro gave me this mobile as a gift, i banged my head
on wall, to which, now i think was unnecessary, b'coz the mobile was
not what i perceived. Every feature is comparable to n73 and as bonus
you receive faster processing speed, preloaded maps, stylish looks,
sleek and handy design, navi wheel, radio transmitter. Keypad is not
a problem, but rarely you will need to press a key twice for single
operation which i think is affordable
Reviewed by eyad from jordan on 19th Jan 2009
Reviewed by bala gopal from United Arab Emirates on
16th Jan 2009
this mobile has no such bad things in UAE its just perfect..
Reviewed by JOEL from UK on 12th Jan 2009
This must be the worst phone I ever had. I received this brand new phone
on Thursday 8th january 08 as part of an upgrade, well by Monday 12
January I sent it back to O2, telling them they can use it as a Frisbees.
In plain English this phone is rubbish for text messages. If you love
texting like myself forget it. The keypad is just chocking, what did
Nokia had in their mind when they created this nonsense phone. A part
from that the phone is great but is let down immensely by its keypad.
I you love texting dont buy it, dont ask for it as an upgrade and just
forget about the N78 or you might regret it.
Reviewed by David from United Kingdom on 6th Jan
Having recieved the phone yesterday and after an initial 1st charge
i have had a good play around with the handset. Ok lets get this into
prospective, the phone looks lovely and the design looks and feels eligant,
the features are amazing, and ive already owned the N95 to which this
phone is more state of the art! The bad points on this phone are the
soft keys at the top where you might be in the menu for example and
wis to exit a certain app(but not go straight back to desktop) and accidently
hit the red desktop/endcall key for example instead of just exit on
the app, frustrating, and your never quite sure if on a call you will
end it with a single press. The keypad design may look nice but feels
sponge and creaks alot.The number keys are ok to use if you have small
fingers. Also no standby clock after the screen goes out.Also the voice
recorder is a little low when playback. The good points are this phone
has all the N95 features and more stuff included its more feature rich
than an N95, but the keypad design is very poor. In pleased with this
phone yet a little dissapointed, i cant understand nokia makeing such
poor keypad just to make the phone look nicer, maybe touch sense keys
might of been a better option, whos knows but its well worth the £200
i paid for it (sim free) i was origenally looking at the E51 but this
is far better where features are concerned.
Reviewed by Eamz from UK on 5th Jan 2009
Well personally I find the Nokia N78 a very good phone. It has WiFi
and I can access the internet at anytime FOR FREE! and the camera is
good enough, music player is good quality. The video player is indeed
outstanding because you can download the latest podcasts and then watch
them on the bus or whatever, very useful. I don't find the buttons that
complicated to use, I got used to them with my fat thumbs straight away!
Maps is ok but you would have to pay if you stopped started travelling
as the WiFi is out of distance but if I got stuck I would use that!
Radio=Good, and there is an FM transmitter to blast MY music rather
than buying new speakers or making ld CDs! I'd reccommend to all, SUPERB!
Reviewed by amit_dev from INDIA on 1st Jan 2009
I ALSO BUY NOKIA N78 NICE LOOKING BUT AS ABOVE IT'S KEYPAD IS NOT GOOD...
ALSO MUSIC PLAYER IS SLOW THEN n73
Reviewed by Jhona from Mauritius on 1st Jan 2009
Using for abt two month..Honestly the first days using the keypad is
a nightware!! but once used its a breeze to use..Actually finds it strange
to type on normal keypad. The keypad does squeaks like the back cover.U
cant mute the cam sound n switch off the flash on most n78! Besides
theses drawbacks its a good phone..wifi,Fm radio n Transmitter among
others.Actually think the n79 will do better.
Reviewed by Brecsh from italy on 29th Dec 2008
Best nokia phone i've had, and i admit the key-pad is lame to start
with, but once you use it a bit it's really good, maybe the reviewee
just didn't actually test this phone out properly! maybe they have fat
fingers i dunno..
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
29th Dec 2008
Quite thin ones actually! Maybe I just lack motivation. In fact, reviewing
this phone almost caused me to lose the will to live.
Reviewed by Shekhar from India on 29th Dec 2008
Reviewed by Emmanuel from Nigerian on 23rd Dec
I love the phone.
Reviewed by raj from india on 23rd Dec 2008
i bought this phone a couple of days ago.initially i struggled with
the keypad after i got used to it,and now iam comfortable with the key
pad.ifound the camera of this phone the best one isaw.iam very happy
to have this phone
Reviewed by j from poland on 20th Dec 2008
Reviewed by Little Tinker from Great Britain on
19th Dec 2008
I love the loud ring tones as I am hard of hearing and the big clear
screen, but hate the keypad. I had trouble clicking on the back cover
and abit had snapped off, the shop put a new one on but I am nervous
to break it again, I had the phone for a couple of weeks so couldn't
take it back to the shop for an exchange. I've filled in all my contacts
but there is no place to put in address details!!! aarrgh!
Reviewed by vortex from UK on 15th Dec 2008
My worst phone by a mile! keypad is horrible, battery life poor..and
after 2 months is now requiring a recharge after 4 hours use!! It corrupted
the 8gig flash card and I lost all images and photos/music etc. It has
locked up so many times, the plastic back has failed where I have had
to often take the battery out! The response of the phone is SLOW.. I've
given up now and gone back to my old phone. It's like a breath of fresh
air compared with the N78...avoid!
Reviewed by kevin from UK on 14th Dec 2008
I have owned the N78 for about 6 months now. I bought it based on the
manufacturers rep and the specification. The phone has been a big disappointment.
My biggest gripe is it blutooth connection issues with the Parrot car
hands-free device. It often crashes when receiving a call or simply
refuses to connect. The keypad is a nightmare and I still haven’t
figured out how to navigate somewhere usefully with the maps system,
it really should give verbal instructions to be of use. I will be seriously
considering my continued support of Nokia in the future as their phone
support has been poor, blaming the Parrot device (which works fine with
other phones) for the crashing problem.
Reviewed by Dave from England on 12th Dec 2008
Got the n78 yesterday. The menus take a little getting used to and the
keypad is teeny-tiny BUT very responsive and easy to use, so long as
you don't have Rick Waller hands. Feature packed, it was simple to get
the wifi connected and pop email sorted. Music is great (and the internet
radio) through the stereo speakers and the camers (3.2MP Zeiss) takes
great pictures, even at night, with the integrated flash. I imagine
if you have upgraded from 1MP cam or none at all, then you will be very
impressed; any better than that and you probably won't really care.
The internet works well and screen can be rotated to landscape and zoomed
in and out. Nav is included but I have't used it as have a seperate
nav. I am a little concerned about a few people saying they have issues
with bluetooth car-kits and the phone re-booting. Mine rebooted once
today but I will give it the benefit and report back after a week or
two of use. Note: I did notice that Nokia released a firmware update
a few months ago that contained improvements for bluetooth hands-free,
so hopefully this is no longer an issue. Hint: If like me, you have
any spare old Nokia chargers and in car chargers, then don't bin them!
I was about to buy new ones until I found the CA-44 adaptor on the Nokia
shop going for £5. If you google CA-44, you can find it around £3 and
unbranded ones are as low as £1.50 - bargain. Overall, very happy with
the upgrade to the n78 but cautious about bluetooth re-boot issue and
drops a star for sometimes slow application opening and not so intuitive
menus. By the way, looks great and not as big as some people have made
Reviewed by Arslan from Pakistan on 10th Dec 2008
Its very good indeed
Reviewed by Ihsan from Indonesia on 9th Dec 2008
actually, this phone is amazing! I know, the keypad is little bit annoying
for big-fingered people. But, lets look deeper inside. There are lots
of great features! Such as wifi, 3.2 mp with autofocus camera, stereo
speakers, newest symbian os. And more. In other word, the price and
the features are equal. You just have to wait some days to let yourself
get used to this phone's keypad. Lets compare n78 with n81. N78 has
more features than n81 with same price! Ive been using this phone for
weeks and i dont find big problem in operating this phone. Great wifi,
big memory, good battery, gps, camera, stereo music player, funny animating
user interface.. N78 is my everything! Oh, one more. Spend more time
to clean n78 because its covered by glossy material! Hehe :)
Reviewed by allen from UK on 4th Dec 2008
Great phone, missed it now its gone...took great pics but the keypad
drove me mad!!! The nav was handy and hooked with sports thingy is a
Reviewed by dave from uk on 2nd Dec 2008
cant say anything good about this handset, unfortunately it is a big
big design flaw and is made without the thought of a human ever using
it! i am ofcourse refering to the keypad which could do with other keys
mounted on top of the current ones so that one can make out the different
keys. very difficult for daily use. not recommended at all. better to
wait or spend more on a n95 or n96
Reviewed by faisal from qatar on 29th Nov 2008
the nokia n 78 is quite good but when you want to open a program it
take's so long and the batery cover feels cheap and the navigation doesn't
work shame on you nokia all of the previous phones were much better
and now i have the nokia 6210 navigator and its outstanding
Reviewed by Bob from Kenya on 27th Nov 2008
Let me start with the good features The FM transmitter is a great asset.
Being able to listen to your music on the car stereo without entanglements
and wires feels very great. GPS...great. The naviwheel allows you to
browse loads of pictures quickly and its interface while scrolling pics
is simply breathtaking. Battery life good too. I was disappointed with
my older 6120 that had great features but poor poor battery life. Camera
is good too....better than most phone cameras. I also like the general
look of the phone, looks very sleek. The only qualms i have with N78
is its key pad which takes time to get used to. Woe unto you if you
have fat fingers....you will never be able to type with ease.
Reviewed by Nokia_fans from Indonesia on 25th
hahaha... for fat finger... it's a nightmare. but for me its not as
bad as it looks. in fact i like minimalism in design. Great sleek design,
and black really suit on N78. Only cant stand with fingerprints. Full
advanced feature, thanks for too many "fat fingers" in this world, i
can get this phone with very satisfying price, hahaha...
Reviewed by Mitchum from south africa on 24th
as a nokia fan for 20 years i must say what a load of absolute rubbish,
at first i thought i should probably study the instruction booklet incase
i was doing something wrong, then i tried to find someone with the same
phone to see if it was only me or maybe i had a dud phone.. no luck
to date i still cant find another sucker.... the guy at the local cell
shop says he has never even seen one. i wish i had found this site before
i purchased this load of rubbish, for the first time i am thinking of
going to another make of phone... thanks nokia you have cost me the
price of this phone as i cannot even give it away in fear of losing
Reviewed by Simon h from UK on 23rd Nov 2008
Worst phone ever and I have had some, the keys are hidden, when you
press the keys you have to wait for the phone to decide what to do,
the back fails to click on correctly so falls off,
Reviewed by pm_7285 from UK on 22nd Nov 2008
Overall a very good phone, I even quite like the keypad. One big problem
though - it doesn't work with the popular Parrot CK3000 Evolution car
kit, so if this is something that's important to you, you should think
twice about this phone.
Reviewed by fahad from pakistan on 22nd Nov 2008
well at first look, it attacted me, so i bought one.. it toubled me
in begining but it doesn't bother me using it.. and above all it is
a fully loaded mobile and i m loving it.. i got a very good offer to
sell this set but i refused bcoz i only use nokia monoblock sets and
this one is a good update for my last set nokia n73
Reviewed by Neil McLeod from UK on 20th Nov 2008
I thought the keyboard wasn't that bad even for my chunky fingers. Loads
of gadgets is what attracted me to this phone and ultimately what disappointed
me too. Basically it's too awkward to use. Menus are buried beneath
other menus. Couldn't get WIFI to work. Too much work. Size too was
an issue a bit too big to be comfortable in my pocket. I returned the
phone after a few days perseverence. Now I have a phone which makes
calls and is slim.
Reviewed by bobbybrain from UK on 9th Nov 2008
I've always had Nokia and with my upgrade opted for N78. Like many,
at first I was horrified with the Keypad and what seemed like an absolute
brick (previous phone was Nokia 6300). But after a few days I've adapted
to using the keypad and am pleased with acquisition. The Carl Zeiss
camera is excellent, Music playback quality is very good (and I can
use my sony earphones). It comes with 2GB memory card which is useful.
Many other features as well on this phone which overall makes it an
excellent purchase. One gripe is fingerprints on the sheek black surface
but nothing major. If you can't afford the N96 and are not a heavy user
of mobiles, the N78 is an worthy alternative. Just perservere with the
Reviewed by nitin from india on 7th Nov 2008
the phone is good and looking classy... the keypad can get used to it
within a day. features are good. some features lik navi wheel and fm
transmitter stuns us. those who are opting the price between 15 & 16
thousand can go for this!!
Reviewed by J. from Spain on 4th Nov 2008
Hi! I have this phone and I love it! I come from a LG KE970 Shine, and
N78's keypad is awesome compared to my previous phone... I like it!
Reviewed by hilman from malaysia on 2nd Nov 2008
all i have 2 say is congrates NOKIA..im loving my n78 sooooo much!!!!the
keypads are very comfy to use especially if your a perfectionist..anythng
else is just wonderful..2 thumbs up 2 NOKIA..
Reviewed by dna_shilka from indonesia on 25th
what happen to u, NOKIA?? performance no problem. BUT keypad is extremely
bad, do u understand the meaning of ERGONOMIC?
Reviewed by hugh falcher from uk on 25th Oct 2008
i am very impressed with the n 78 the keypad is fine once your used
to it. As it happens i'm writing this on it now. So it really isn't
that bad. And the overall phone is very functional. Obviously as a review
this is a totally subjective opinion. And everyone will have a different
view on it. But mine is positive!
Reviewed by N from UK on 24th Oct 2008
Initially the feature list impresses. Yes, this is enough to keep one
satisfied for a few weeks. However once this novelty subsides the phone
becomes very laborious to use. There are just simply too many menus
for my liking and the build quality of the phone is awful. The buttons
become frustrating to use and quickly become even worse. This is nokia's
attempt to provide a feature rich phone with a low price tag. The mix
just doesnt work!
Reviewed by Phil Hirons from UK on 15th Oct 2008
About to return my 5th N78. The feature list is fantastic, but in reality,
what use is an FM Transmitter when the keypad is impossible to use,
unless you have a childs fingers, and the bluetooth connection to a
Nokia car kit is about as reliable as a British weather forecast. Throw
in almost daily OS lockups, and there you have it - on paper it's great
but in real life it's nowt but a pain in the behind!
Reviewed by Murugavel from India on 15th Oct 2008
I agree with the Keypad's crappyness but its the box's features that
make it roll. It comes with a standard screen protector + the camera's
picture and video quality are outstanding for the price. I have some
difficulty with the GPS lock, but i guess it is also cos of the muggy
weather here in bangalore. Battery life is Good. A shaky backcover that
doesn't bother me much as it is quite difficult to open it without nails.
Voice quality and reception are great. Interface, software navigation
and weight are decent. I wish the volume/zoom control could have been
used for scrolling through e-mails/or mp3 track or for the matter ant
list just like the blackberry. WLAN connection is little flaky on .11g
mode. Overall a good buy for the price, features and size of the phone.
Reviewed by Dans from Indonesia on 15th Oct 2008
I've bought this phone a month ago. yes it took me a while to get used
to the 'keypad', but I think that's not a big problem compared to the
features attached. overall I think this phone worth to buy, it's the
best phone with so many great features, especially the A-GPS and the
wifi, now I can surf the Internet whereever there is a w-lan spot. And
the performance of this phone is quite good enough. My advice... get
it now, no more waiting for confusing reviews, it'll get you a headache...
Reviewed by Adel from Indonesia on 10th Oct 2008
actually this phone have a sleek design and great features on it, but
i try very hard to see my recent calls,ev'time i push the call button,
boom! i see my inbox appear not the call log. ewww! and the same thing
happen ev'time i want to end my active call...it's so weiiirdddd
Reviewed by Mehrshad from Canada on 8th Oct 2008
I have this phone and i have to say it's one of the best phone i've
ever seen with great features..... but there are tones of bugs in this
cell phone that sometime makes you disappointed. 1st this mobile freezes
very often. 2nd i think the RAM is not enough for this phone.They should
put more RAM for this phone. 3rd the camera sometimes doesn't work I
mean you cant zoom in/out. 4th Sometimes id doesnt show any video and
so on... But after all this phone somehow deserve to be purchased
Reviewed by shahab from iran on 5th Oct 2008
the only problem is the awful keypad...
Reviewed by Amit Kaushik from India on 5th Oct
Kept my fingers untill I started using it bought it yesterday and this
is really amazing phone..... Looks are great and features are like what
it doesnot have???? People who are confused by the reviews from different
websites... Buy this phone guys its an amazing piece of gadget, I sold
my 5th Gen 30 GB ipod and really i have no regrets as the navi wheel
works same as that of an ipod!! N 78 rocks for sure....
Reviewed by Johnny from UK on 4th Oct 2008
Think alot of the reviews about the people complaining about the Keypad
are from people who have never tried the phone it has an amazing Keypad.
Reviewed by eyad from jordan on 3rd Oct 2008
outstanding phone! Best phone ever
Reviewed by Tony from Lebanon on 2nd Oct 2008
That phone is a piece of junk... it keeps freezing and rebooting all
by itself when u connect wireless car kit... and try 90 seconds idle
power saver: it NEVER works... really sucks
Reviewed by jonny from uk on 29th Sep 2008
my screen broke twice. sent back withing two days
Reviewed by Blake from India on 28th Sep 2008
Hey the N78 is not a bad phone .Yes the keypad is weired but it does
not actually hamper the functions.
Reviewed by really cool from jordan on 26th Sep
Reviewed by okd74 from iraq on 26th Sep 2008
ugly keypad i hate it
Reviewed by Johnny from UK on 24th Sep 2008
Amazing phone most stylish thing out in the phone market. I dont really
know what people are complaining about the keypad I got to tell you
I have sausage fingers!! I build Diesel Engines for a living and i got
to admit the Keypad is the best for ease of use I have ever come across
it the best and well thought out by the designer. Genius phone
Reviewed by Dee from Sri Lanka on 21st Sep 2008
A very high quality piece of equipment I've used and all the features
are also excellent!
Reviewed by Manos from Greece on 16th Sep 2008
fantastic phone, it has everything you need plus amazing design.
Reviewed by n78 lover from india on 15th Sep 2008
i hav got this powerfull tool it has a gr8 camera best music n out of
dah world looks dah only probs dah keypad .... all n all a gud phone
Reviewed by jaz from uk on 13th Sep 2008
don't bother. keypad is rubbish. i used only 3 days then sent it back.
Reviewed by anon from uk on 7th Sep 2008
great phone. the keys could have been better but are perfectly useable,
only those with chunky fingers may struggle :D. installed garmin & GPS
works brilliantly and is very useful to have. pic quality is ok, not
the best but by far not the worst either (in reality do you even take
pics on your phone when on holiday etc - thats what a proper digicam
is for). Navi wheel works great after i updated the firmware. Wifi is
excellent. Lots of little tweak/settings on the phone so you can really
customize it to your needs unlike many other phones ive had. Symbian
OS means various apps can be loaded onto the phone. I really must say
this is all i could want in a phone (for the time being and near future
Reviewed by ciaran from england on 5th Sep 2008
its a ok phone. the camera is extremely powerfull and can produce good
images but the keyboard is really dificult to use and its letting the
phone down overall. i would rate the camera 4/5 and the keyboard 1/5
Reviewed by phil from uk on 5th Sep 2008
I was very nervous reading your probs with the keypad.. but I read other
public reviews and realised the public don't agree with you!! I bought
a new phone on Ebay (unlocked Brand New In Box) and it's fantastic.
Camera is amazing, KEYPAD is totally cool and easy to use, I have rock-climbers
hands... and still no probs using it. LOVE IT!!!
Reviewed by julie from uk on 3rd Sep 2008
the camera sucks!
Reviewed by jason de ensor-staniforth from england on
2nd Sep 2008
i have to disagree with the small keys comments, unless you have disgustingly
huge sausage fingers then there is no problem with them, if anything,
the fact that they are thin makes it easier to differentiate between
each separate number. it seems to have everything that you could need
on it, i must say it is one of my favourite phones to date.
Reviewed by Keith from UK on 29th Aug 2008
I bought the N78 to replace my SPV E650 which I had been delighted with
but which was due for a change. To begin with, I found the N78's interface
confusing after the very familiar Windows set-up of my previous SPVs,
but now, just three or four days after buying it, I am totally at home
with the N78. My big fingers have very few problems when typing using
the keys - indeed, as long as I keep my right thumbnail cut short it
is a very reliable keyboard to use. I no longer miss the QWERTY pad
of previous handsets. The GPS is a bonus and works well. The media player
also works well (but see below) and the FM transmitter is a great asset
on a handset like this. The camera is OK - not bad but not great either
- and once you have learned to find your way around the handset, it
is a delight to use. I also think it looks smart but it does pick up
fingerprints very easily and needs regular wipes with a cloth to keep
its looks. OK. I mentioned the media player. Well, it began by exhibiting
a very annoying tendency to stick in some kind of continuous loop whenever
I selected it, and I needed to remove the battery to stop it. This remained
so until Day Three when, during my morning dog walk in the forest, I
decided to do a Factory Settings reboot. Everything has worked fine
since, and apart from a few twiddles necessary to restore some of my
personal settings, it was a painless evolution. It's funny how overcoming
such an irritating quirk so easily can make you love the phone, but
that's how I feel about it right now. It's a fine Nokia handset and
I'm happy I bought it. There may be better handsets out there (your
opinion depending on what you need them to do, of course) but I think
I've chosen well. I really must disagree with the 'dysfunctional keyboard'
assessment above. It takes a day or two to get used to, but afterwards
it feels right. the 'sharp' keys mean that you tend not to slide over
them and I find that typing is a more positive experience than I would
have expected. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that the typing experience
is a strong point and not a weakness! You pays your money ....
Reviewed by Arianne Delim from Canada on 28th
Ugly design, but good features.
Reviewed by ricky from india on 26th Aug 2008
s60 N78 is truely a featured pack phone. its keypad is a little difficult
to use but once u get a hand on it its quiet easy to use.
Reviewed by gary from england on 25th Aug 2008
initaily i thought it was cool, but having it for a week left me wanting,
linking the n78 to my pc was a pain and would not find numbers etc on
outlook ex, buttons became annoying and puttin album art to my tunes
was a pain
Reviewed by Fahad from Uae on 24th Aug 2008
i bought this mobile a couple of days back though i am not a big fan
of Nokia N series but after looking the features of this phone i bought
it, it looks a bit like plastic phone but the function is pretty gud
very easy to use keypads and mp3 player is really gud, fm transmiter
on the other had is a great feature in this phone over all great phone
but the gps reciver is a bit problem i am looking for a free gps navigation
do let me know. thanks in advance
Reviewed by Dmitrii from Russia on 24th Aug 2008
The buttons: My friend told me that the guy who designed this phone
was left handed.... I've tried to type & text on N78 with my left hand
and it actually worked.... So, this definitely sucks for right-handed
people, but for South-paws, this N78 is a gift... Everything else is
great, just gets real greasy from fingerprints (I'm looking for a good
cover) The phone's actually a bit too fast for me, the menu while operating
sometimes jumps ahead of me. But after a lot of slow Nokia's, this is
great. The Micro-SD card cover broke after few days and is half-way
closed now. (Again I'm looking for a good case) But the best thing is
that I'm getting excellent pictures (indoors worse) and Broadband Internet
on a laptop with just this phone works perfectly even at my summer house
in the forest 1 hour away from the city.. That's power! Basically, I'm
happy, it's all in a candybar design & it's slim & small & powerful
& I got over the keypad problem quickly and I'll get a good case to
take care of other little snags... See a bunch of pixs taken with it
here: picasaweb.google.com/Dmitrii.Coclea/GlimpsesOfRussia N78 plays
Youtubes! Yahooooooo!!! Straigt off the site, no conversion!!!!! Love
Reviewed by sohai akhtar from pakistan on 22nd
i havent used but i have listend it from my friends that n78 is the
best mobile in the n series i have told to my bro that buy me this exiting
mobile he wil send it after a week then i wil review again
Reviewed by Colin from Scotland on 20th Aug 2008
After ignoring the negative comments, I decided to get this phone and
I am more than happy with it. I have many N series phones (n70, n73,
n82, n95 8gb) and I would say that this is my 2nd favourite after the
N95 8gb. The keypad looks hard to get to grips with, but in reality
it's just as easy to use as the one on the N73, although the casing
is a bit creaky. Everything else about the phone is excellent, especially
the camera (which despite only being 3.2 megapixels) produes top quality
snaps! The new menus are also excellent, internet browsing super fast,
b ut the star of the show is the FM transmiiter which works like a dream.
All in all a quality phone with a sexy minimalist look.
Reviewed by Melvyn from Dominican Republic on
20th Aug 2008
The issue with the keyboards it's not true, at least with mine. It appear
to be a software issue, and you can ever update with Nokia pc suite's
software updater. It just take 5 minutes to download and install. The
battery is another history, because GPS and 3G eat lot of power.
Reviewed by funtime dave from scotland on 18th
was looking forward to picking up my new phone, what a let down that
was. got it yesterday afternoon and its going back 2morrow, its totally
awkward to use, keypad is rubbish,got to hit keys 3 times to answer
calls,menu is awkward, couldnt start the gps or maps, twice i had to
take the battery out to unfreeze it, a total piece of junk. always bought
nokia, gonna try the 6220 classic as a last chance. c,mon nokia get
back to what you used to do well- good phones that never let you down!!
(only giving it one star cos it doesnt give you a zero rating)
Reviewed by Dan from UK on 18th Aug 2008
Big fan of this site, so i too was a bit nervous about the hand set.
However i have to strongly disagree with the negative comments about
the keypad, i actually think its a brilliant design, not once has the
wrong letter or number come up! The phone itself is a marvel!! i have
owned evey n series phone, and some of them a couple of times over!.
I have to say this is the best marriage of features so far! The camera
is very good, and thats with me just coming from the n82. the battery
life is the best yet, audio through headset is as good as N81, N82,
but playback through speakers is a little under parr. video playback
is very smooth, and thank god it will play clips of 30fps!! unlike the
N81. GPS i think was a little quicker than on the n82, geotagging is
alot of fun! Navi wheel on my handset is very responsive, menu and general
navigation is also first rate, very smooth and fluid. So if you want
great battery life, good camera, good music you'll love it! i definately
prefur it from the N81, N82, and N95 i've had previously.
Reviewed by Faz from UK on 12th Aug 2008
I read this review and was really worried about the keypad but went
ahead and bought the phone anyway... I'm really glad I bought it because
honestly, I can't see what all the fuss is about with the "keypad".
It works for me, I've been texting away and dialing numbers and its
worked perfectly! I had low expectations from the keypad but for me,
it was a big fuss out of nothing (and I'm not blessed with small fingers
either). The phone has some brilliant features, although I had a N82
before this so really miss the Xenon flash but I don't really take a
lot of photos so its okay for me. The FM transmitter works (quite clear
unlike what some people stated). The bad thing about this phone is that
the "Navi wheel" is absolutely rubbish. It really is in its own world
and selects whatever you dont want selecting, its a joke. But you can
turn that off, so again, can't really complain. The only other thing
which REALLY annoys me is that the build quality is not brilliant. The
back cover is flimsy, the phone looks solid but it isn't. I stuck a
crystal cover on so the phone stays intact, I recommend this because
it attracts fingerprints! This really is a "TRY BEFORE YOU BUY" phone
because you'll either hate it or love it.
Reviewed by jinane from Lebanon on 12th Aug 2008
i agree that the keypad is a bit of problem but it is nothing compared
to the features it has. i don't know why it got only three stars. i
think it deserves more... i just love it.
Reviewed by Patch from The Netherlands on 11th
Exellent phone, fast and responsive. The keypad provides no problems
whatsoever and provides the phone with a very stylized look. Massive
amounts of functionality in a small form-factor. I just love the GPS,
especially combined with sportstracker, which is an amazing application.
The music sounds great, IF you have ditched the native headphones, which
are ridiculously bad. The player software isn't too bad, allthough I
think that Sony Ericsson still has got the edge here. My only gripe
with Nokia is it's lack of proper linux support. As a usb storage device
adding music is no hassle but pictures will not be picked up by the
gallery when just copied from the PC. With linux software I would have
given 5 stars.
Reviewed by Clive Saywood from United Kingdom on
7th Aug 2008
N78 - Plenty of nice features but as has already been said, the "keypad"??
is a disaster, I sent mine back after a week of getting sick of pressing
the green "key" (vague area) to call up the recent call list and getting
the message menu instead, then trying to dial a number, pressing 5 for
example and getting either nothing at all or several 5's in a row. It's
all just too vague with the keys very poorly defined. All that and a
generally flimsy feel to the phone. Just don't bother.
Reviewed by Warria from Toronto, Canada on 7th
N78-3 rocks... GPS locks in 15sec, Decent pix quality, WiFi is cool!!...
3G on rogers wireless JUST for Video Calling. Data on rogers will wipe
your bank account. This phone is light weight. Nice high end sound and
loud enough. Make sure you get the HSDPA 850/1900 for 3G in North America.
Reviewed by Huntelaar from Ned on 31st Jul 2008
Have it 4 weeks now. Its great playing with it see nokia-n78.blogspot.com
Reviewed by neovia from UK on 20th Jul 2008
This phone is fantastic. It represents a pinnacle of human achievement.
The fact that you can get so much functionality into a phone is incredible.
When you first pick it up it feels a bit creaky and plasticy but it's
a far better size and weight than any other N series phone. The keyboard
is 'different' but perfectly usable. It looks good. It's what's on the
inside that's really amazing: maps, gps, voice navigation, wi-fi, fm
transmitter, browser, email, great camera, music player and phone etc.
All work well with a super interface and good battery life. As well
as the big things, I like the small touches such as the option to update
phone's software over the air, the option to download small applications,
even the option to send a text message when your can't answer the phone.
Compared with other phones, the N series ones are in a totally different
class. The N78 deserves 5 stars for functionality.
Reviewed by Jane from UK on 11th Jul 2008
I have had this phone for a week and I love it! It looks great and has
everything you need. The camera produces very clear photos...the battery
life is wonderful...I can't think of anything that is bad.
Reviewed by james from UK on 7th Jul 2008
No,Problem with the keys maybe the person who reviewed this had fat
sausage fingers? [Editor's reply: Quite small ones, actually!] Great
phone, all round. Far better option than the n95 8gb as the battery
is far superior in the n78.
Reviewed by pintsky from england on 5th Jul 2008
Hi all Just got this phone, and have read all the the poor reviews.
As with tony i cant fault this phone or the keys... I have big fingers
and thumbs and texting is not proving a problem.If you can forgive the
slow N-Series response time then I think this a superb gadget. Symbian
softwares' benefits far outway the down sides. I have owned the 3330,3510i,6600,6681,N80,N73
and now this one.. I for one say ROCK ON NOKIA :-)
Reviewed by Phil from Australia on 19th Jun 2008
this was a very disappointing buy!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by andrew from uk on 18th Jun 2008
i had to take back my third nokia n78 to carphone warehouse that was
in the space of a week, the phones kept on crashing on me when i tried
to connect to my car bluetooth device and i could not make any calls
from my contacts list on the phone sales poeple agreed with me that
there must be a software issue that needs addressed if nokia sort that
problem out and fix the navagation button and keypad issues it might
be worth another look
Reviewed by p a lloyd-jones from england on 17th
Purchased this phone a week ago, have long been a member of the Nokia
appreciation society..this phone, however, really disappoints. For such
a feature rich phone i am surprised it is cased in such a cheap plastic
coating. Have been using Nokia E65 for the last year which to all intents
& purposes is pretty well bulletpoof. The N78 feels so flimsy i know
it wont see me through an 18 month contract intact..18 days is stretching
it!! Yet its featues like the navi wheel pictures, internet radio, GPS,
music features et al are fabulous..Why couldnt Nokia have wrapped all
these goodies in an E casing, incidently the reason it is being returned
to sender is that the sound quality on incoming calls is terrible, I
thought it must have been a faulty phone & went back to the shop to
test another...same result..even the sales crew were surprised at its
lack of tone & volume...Its time to finally switch my allegiance to
a Samsung Soul
Reviewed by Tony from England on 12th Jun 2008
Purchased phone on Monday and as pleased as punch just glad I didn't
read review first.It looks great and feels great and I have had no trouble
with the keys
Reviewed by SteveH from Northern Ireland on 11th
If I had of read this review first I would never have purchased the
N78. Glad I didn't read it! The mobile is outstanding with brilliant
battery life and an abundance of features. Yes the keyboard is not the
best in the world, but why would this stop reviewing the rest of it?
The FM transmitter is cool, the GPS first class, the screen is excellent
and sound quality is very good. The back cover is a bit flimsy but this
helps keep the weight down. Overall - keypad not great, everything else
Reviewed by Ankit from India on 11th Jun 2008
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one of the waste & worst phone of Nokia