Category Archives: N78

Rediscovering SportsTracker With The N78

One of the things I have been wanting to do for quite a while now is extensively try out the latest version of the multifaceted ‘Sports Tracker’ application. Like I’ve said earlier, since the time it first came out, it has undergone so much change and improvements that ’sportstracker’ is an understatement and well, a little misleading and because of this a lot of us fail to put it to its best use which is not sports but recording a trek/trip.

The lower range of the Himalayas is pretty near from where I live and the day before yesterday’s cloudy and windy weather was a perfect invitation in the otherwise sultry heat. So, I and a few friends decided to go uphill for lunch, a one and a half our drive. To give us company, we had a range of Nokia devices from the N78 to the E90 to the N82 and the E71. I did not have sportstracker installed on the N82, so I decided the N78 was going to be the phone for the job. (In the end, it proved to be a wise choice, reasons below.)

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The N78 Review

Initial Impressions - N78

As you may recall, a few days back I was able to get my hands on the production N78 for a little while. The N78, a candybar and N73 successor, was first announced at the Mobile World Congress in February. It comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera, WiFi, a 3.5mm plug and all the usual goodies expected in an Nseries device. This latest multimedia computer from Nokia went on sale two weeks ago and is currently retailing at about 450$ sim-free. Based on a short but fairly comprehensive play with the N78, I bring you my take on it.

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All Regional Variants Of N78 Will NOT Have An FM Transmitter

All Regional Variants Of N78 Will Not Have An FM Transmitter

The N78 started shipping in India a little while ago and I was able to get hold of one for a brief period. I was keen to try out the FM Transmitter as thats one of the things the N78 brings for the first time in any Nseries device. But to my dismay I simply could not find the option, I figured there was probably something wrong with my handset but today Arvind, a eagle eyed reader who has the same problem left a comment wondering why his bought in India N78, didn’t have a transmitter too.

Following up, he points us to a Nokia Page which tells you whether the N78 being sold in your country will have the transmitter or not. Fortunately, most governments are sane and have permitted its use, but if you are in France, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland or Italy don’t buy the N78 because of this feature, you won’t find it! Its best to check before you take the plunge. Or hit up online retailers and get yourself a N78 from another country, there won’t be any warranty though and the FM transmitter use might still be illegal!

Update: May be flashing with another region’s product code might help if all N78’s have the same hardware. Can someone share a product code that supports the transmitter?

N78 Starts Shipping – Available In India @ 450$

N78 Starts Shipping - Available In India @ 450$

The N78 had started shipping a little while ago in some countries including Nokia’s home Finland. I’m pleased to say that it is now officially available in India at price of about Rs. 19,000 (450$) sim-free. I have been able to get my hands on the retail version and will be publishing my take on it soon. I had previously previewed the N78 here. Meanwhile here is an image gallery for you to check out, in case you want me to address something specifically, do drop a line.

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Nokia N78 Unboxing

Neil over on iGadget Life has just received a pre production Nokia N78 and has put up an unboxing video and pictures for us to enjoy. In the video, he goes through the new Photos application & the FM transmitter amongst other things and we get a glimpse of how the transitions in FP2 devices work.

If you recall the N78 was announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which I was fortunate to attend and therefore was able to have a brief play with the device and here are my thoughts.

Jump over to Neil for pictures and more.

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Talking Design With The N96 & N78 Creators

Nokia Conversations caught up with Danial Dhondt, designer of the upcoming N96 and Joeske Schellen, designer of the soon-to-launch N78. In this series of two videos, they chat about the collaborative process of designing Nokia devices and what goes into giving a phone a sense of identity.

In the second video, they talk about the role of sustainability in design and how the smallest design details can often be the most significant ones. (Video after the break)

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Built-In Geo-Tagging Explanied

 N78 User Manual

The recent FCC leak of the scaled down N78 that lacks WiFi or 3G has made its user manual available already for anyone who wants a read. Mark from The Nokia Blog has got hold of it and has along with screen grabs explained the process of in built GeoTagging that the N78 will debut. 

The process according to him is simple and if the ‘record location’ option is on and a GPS position is acquired, the camera will save the location information within the pictures’ Exif data thus negating the need for any other application like Shozu or Location Tagger. Built in GeoTagging is something that Nokia wants to bring to every future device and probably it will be done in the same manner for all, may be a few devcies currently on the market such as the N82 get this upgrade too.

Hands On With The N78

The N78

The sucessor to the N73 is out and it is truly a fine mid end device. If the design doesn’t appeal to you its another matter but apart from that it will be very difficult to find fault with the N78. As the product manager himself said with the N78 they weren’t trying to do cutting edge stuff, just get the basics right and focus on the core user experience.

The N78 has several additions to it, the AGPS, 3.5mm jack, the 1200 mAh battery and so on. It is in these small yet definitive changes that it derives its strength from. The biggest factor for me apart from the AGPS is the music quality being upped to the N91 level.

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N78 Launched!

 The N78

Update: Hands On and First Impressions Here.

It is out and here are the raw specs. I’ll update as I find out more! Download the spec sheet!


Sleek design; Capable multimedia computer
Search and find places and know how to get there, with integrated A-GPS
Tag images automatically with capture location and upload directly to the web
Browse the internet with large 2.4” display, access the web over Wireless LAN (WLAN) with automatic hotspot authentication
Up to 24-hour music playback time, scroll to your favorite tracks using Navi™ wheel
Access images, music, podcasts, video with high speed WLAN, or 3.5G connection

Operating Frequency

Dual mode WCDMA 900/2100 (HSDPA), GSM/GPRS/EGPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Automatic switching between bands and modes


Volume: 76.5 cc
Weight: 101.8 g
Length: 113 mm
Width: 49 mm
Thickness: 15.1 mm

Memory Functions

Up to 70MB internal memory
MicroSD memory card support (hot swappable)
Approx. memory capacity indication with included 2GB microSD card:
Video (VGA @ 15fps): up to 120 min
Photos (3.2 megapixel): up to 3,400 photos
Music (eAAC+): up to 1,500 tracks*
* Capacity based on 3:45 per song with 48 kbps eAAC+ (M4A) encoding on the Nokia Audio Manager. Capacity with 128 kbps AAC encoding is up to [1500] songs.

Power Management*

Battery: Nokia Battery BL-6F 1200mAh
Talk time: up to 190 minutes (WCDMA); 260 minutes (GSM)
Stand-by time: up to 320 hours (WCDMA); 320 hours (GSM)
Still images: up to 375 pictures (3.2 megapixel)
Video capture: up to 215 minutes (VGA @ 15fps)
Video call: up to 125 minutes
Video playback: up to 280 minutes (VGA @ 15fps)
Music playback: up to 24 hours (offline mode)
Web browsing: up to 3 hours (3.5G)
FM radio: up to 14 hours
*Operation times may vary depending on radio access technology used, operator network configuration and usage.

Display and User Interface

2.4” QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) TFT color display with up to 16 million colors and wide 160° viewing angle. Ambient light detector – to optimize display brightness and power consumption
Operating system: Symbian OS
User Interface: S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2
Java™: MIDP2.0
C++ and Java SDKs

Call Management

Call logs, speed dial, voice dialing, voice commands, and talking ringtone
OMA PoC 1.0
E-mail (SMTP, IMAP4, POP3), MMS, SMS

Data Transfer*

WCDMA 850/1900 (HSDPA) with simultaneous voice and packet data (PS max speed UL/DL= 384/3.6MB, CS max speed 64kbps)
Dual Transfer Mode (DTM) support for simultaneous voice and packet data connection in GSM/EDGE networks. Simple class A, multi slot class 11, max speed DL/UL: 118.4/118.4 kbits/s
EGPRS class B, multi slot class 32, max speed DL/UL= 296 / 177.6 kbits/s
*Actual achieved speeds may vary depending on network support.

Imaging and Video

Up to 3.2 megapixel (2048×1536 pixels) camera, Carl Zeiss Optics, Tessar™ lens, MPEG-4 VGA video capture of at 15 fps
Secondary camera, CIF (352×288 pixels) sensor
On device photo editor (manual & automatic) and video editor (manual)
2.4” QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) TFT color display with up to 16 million colors and wide 160° viewing angle. Ambient light detector – to optimize display brightness and power consumption
Nokia XpressShare solution – share easily from Photos application or after capture via email, by using Bluetooth connectivity or MMS
Video call and video sharing support (WCDMA network services)
Online album/blog: image/video uploading from Photos application or camera post-capture view
Tag images automatically with capture location and show on a map where they were captured.
Nokia XpressPrint solution – online printing service or direct printing via USB, Bluetooth connectivity (BPP), WLAN (UPnP), from compatible memory card
Transfer and organize photos and video between your device and compatible PC

Mobile Video

Video resolutions: Video resolutions: up to VGA @ 15 fps
Audio recording: AAC stereo, 48kHz
Digital video stabilization
Video clip length: max 60 min per clip
Video file format: .mp4 (default), .3gp (for MMS)
White balance: automatic, sunny, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent
Scene: automatic, night
Color tone: normal, sepia, B&W, negative
Zoom: Digital up to 8x

Mobile Photography

Still image resolutions: up to 3.2 megapixel (2048×1536)
Still image file format: JPEG/EXIF
Auto focus
Auto exposure – center weighted AE
Exposure compensation: +2 ~ -2EV at 1/3EV step
White balance: automatic, sunny, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent
Scene: automatic, user, close-up, landscape, night, night portrait
Colour tone: normal, sepia, B&W, negative
Zoom: Digital up to 20x
LED flash
Secondary camera, CIF (352 x 288) sensor
Camera Specifications
CMOS, 3.2 megapixel (2048×1536)
Carl Zeiss optics: Tessar™ lens
Focal length: 4.6 mm
Focus range: 10 cm ~ infinity
Macro focus distance: 10 cm – 30 cm

Music Features

OMA DRM 2.0 support for music
Integrated FM transmitter (88.1 – 107.9 MHz)
Nokia Internet Radio
Stereo speakers
Nokia Stereo Headset HS-45/AD-54
Digital music player: supports MP3/ AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+/ WMA with playlists, equalizer and album art
Synchronize music with Windows Media Player 10 & 11
Rip your CDs with one click, converting and transferring music to your device using Nokia Music Manager
Stereo FM radio (87.5-108MHz /76-90MHz) with Visual Radio™ support


Integrated Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS)
Pre-installed Nokia Maps application and free downloadable maps*
* The service is available free of charge, although any data transferred over the network will incur charges from your network operator. To check the availability and cost of the service, contact your network operator or service provider.
Easy-to-use email client with attachment support for images, videos, music and documents
Compatible with Nokia Wireless Keyboard SU-8W (sold separately)
Nokia Web Browser with Mini Map
Web feeds support (RSS)
xSP framework support
Digital home
Access multimedia content on your compatible home media network over UPnP
Java Applications
Java™: MIDP2.0
Over-the-air download of Java-based applications and games
Other Applications
Personal Information Management (PIM)
Advanced S60 PIM features including contacts, calendar, to-do list, notes, recorder, calculator, clock, converter
Office applications: Quickoffice supports viewing of common e-mail attachments and Adobe PDF Reader
Settings wizard for easy configuration of e-mail, push to talk and video sharing
Data transfer application for transfer of PIM information from other compatible Nokia devices
WLAN wizard


WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g with UPnP support
USB 2.0 high-speed through micro USB connector
Bluetooth wireless technology 2.0 + EDR
Nokia AV connector 3.5mm
Nokia Nseries PC Suite connectivity with USB, and Bluetooth wireless technology
Local synchronization of contacts and calendar to a compatible PC using connection
Remote over-the-air synchronization
Send and receive images, video clips, graphics, and business cards via Bluetooth wireless technology


RealPlayer media player
Full-screen video playback to view downloaded, streamed or recorded video clips
Supported video formats: MPEG-4, H.264/AVC, H.263/3GPP, RealVideo 8/9/10, Flash 3.0

Package Contents

Standard Sales Package Contents*
Nokia N78 (including Nokia 2GB microSD Card MU-37)
Nokia Battery BL-6F
Nokia Travel Charger AC-5
Nokia Music Headset HS-45/AD-54
Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-101
User guide
Quick Start guide