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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Multimedia maven

Work and play

Attractive design

Slim and trim

XpressOn smart covers

Non-touch display

Cramped quarters

Advanced camera

Memory expansion

Like the rest of the N series, multimedia is the star, and the Nokia N79 stands out as an excellent camera phone, boasting high-quality images and advanced features.
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The Symbian smartphone also offers the full gamut of wireless options as well as a productivity suite and e-mail, so it can handle the needs of mobile professionals as well.
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The Nokia N79 might have a simple candy-bar shape, but it's quite a good-looking phone. It features an attractive white face and chrome edges that gives the smartphone a very modern and fresh look.
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The handset is nice and slim at 4.3 inches tall by 1.9 inches wide by 0.5 inch deep and 3.4 ounces, so it feels comfortable and light in the hand and will easily slip into a pants pocket.
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The Nokia N79 ships with three interchangeable (white, red, and brown) back plates called XpressOn smart covers so you can switch up the look. Even cooler, the phone's theme will change with the cover. For example, the background color will match whatever smart cover you choose.
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The N79's QVGA display measures 2.4 inches diagonally and supports 16 million colors and a 320x240-pixel resolution. There's a built-in accelerometer, but it's not a touch screen so you'll have to use the controls below the display to navigate the phone.
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We weren't huge fans of the navigation controls, since they're small and cramped. The alphanumeric keypad offers a slightly better user experience, though not ideal, either.
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Like some of the other N series devices, the Nokia N79 features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with a dual LED flash, up to 20x digital zoom, and can capture video at up to 30 frames per second. We were impressed with the camera's quality as it took sharp and colorful photos.
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Along the left spine, you'll find a microSD expansion slot and a micro USB port--which are both protected by an attached cover. The expansion slot can accept up to 8GB cards, while there's about 50MB of internal memory.
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