Nokia N76 review: Nokia N76

Typical Price: £300.00
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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Good screen; excellent Web browser; wide range of features.

The Bad Overgrown dimensions; poor battery life.

The Bottom Line The Nokia N76 may have great smartphone features, top-notch dual screens and good music performance, but it's marred by some bizarre design decisions and below-par battery life

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6.5 Overall

Rejoice. Not only has Nokia finally made a thin clamshell phone with the N76, but as a poke in the eye to Motorola's Razr range it's gone and stuffed it full of smartphone features.

The handset is available for free on contract or for around £300 SIM-free or on pay as you go -- but is it up to the high standards set by other N-series phones such as the N95 and N73?

Available in either black or a rather eye-catching red, the N76 is certainly one of the better-looking handsets Nokia has produced recently. Its slim dimensions greatly help its looks and there are also some neat touches, such as the silver band that runs across the front and rear of the phone. The N76 also features a flat metal keypad that's very similar to those found on Motorola's Razr range.

As with most flip phones, this one has dual screens, both of which are very impressive. The main screen is not only very large, but also pin-sharp and works a treat with applications such as the excellent built-in Web browser.

The external screen is also top-class and can be used as the viewfinder for the above-average 2-megapixel camera when the flip is closed. It also has a mirrored effect coating on the front for moments of vanity when the screen is off, but on the downside this collects more fingerprints than the cast of CSI.

As you would expect from a smartphone, there are plenty of useful applications pre-loaded including Adobe Reader for viewing PDF files, RealPlayer for watching videos and Nokia's Lifeblog application, which lets you easily create a blog from the pictures, videos, text and MMS messages stored on your phone.

You also get two basic GPS applications, but because the N76 doesn't have a built-in GPS chip, you'll have to purchase an external Bluetooth GPS receiver to make use of them.

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