When you think of sleek and sexy <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/4566-6454_7-0.html">cell phones</a> or <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/4566-6452_7-0.html">smart phones</a>, chances are you probably don't think of Nokia. However, the Nokia N76 certainly changes that perception, with its sleek profile and red-hot color. Yet, despite its cool looks, this Symbian "multimedia computer" isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Check out the photos and review here.
Though the Nokia N76 looks nice with its slick casing and mirrored external display, it doesn't stay shiny for long. The phone has a tendency to hold a lot of smudges and fingerprints.
Taking a page from the Motorola Razr's book, the N76 measures a tight 4.1 inches long by 2 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick and weighs just 4 ounces. It's slightly on the long side, especially when open and held to the ear for phone calls.
The Nokia N76 boasts a beautiful and slim design, yet still manages to pack in a boatload of features. The Symbian phone is equipped with a robust music player, an FM radio, a 3.5mm headset jack, and Bluetooth. However, it has a number of shortcomings, too--no 3G support, some annoying design quirks, and a high price tag.
You wouldn't think flipping open a phone would be a point of contention, but the Nokia N76 requires a little more work than other clamshell models we've seen. The flip mechanism is really stiff, and it's not easy to find a groove where you can open the phone with your thumb.
The entire Nokia N series of smart phones has a huge multimedia focus, and like the Nokia N75, the N76 concentrates on music. You can control and access the N76's music functions with the dedicated buttons and external display.
The Nokia N76 doesn't just do music. It's also equipped with a 2-megapixel camera with video-recording capabilities, a red-eye reduction flash, and 20X zoom. Picture quality was just OK, though. Images were sharp, but the colors were washed out.
Taking a look at the keypad, you can, once again, see some similarities between the Nokia N76 and Motorola Razr. We had no real problems dialing numbers, but ran into a bit of trouble with the four-way toggle, as it's cramped, and it's very easy to press the OK button by accident.