Excerpt: With the new N76 ,Nokia has entered the "slimmest phone ever" market and in direct competion with the market's icon - Motorola RAZR. At a first look the two phones have a lot of similarities in design. The N76 is a true Nseries phone and Nokia didn't compromise any of the phone's features by making it slim "We did not want to compromise any of the key Nokia Nseries experiences when we designed the stylish Nokia N76 multimedia computer..
Summary: Problem is, packing all that functionality into that tiny body led to two design decisions that really hamper the N76. Slim phones have slim batteries, and the N76’s gets drained fairly quickly if you make use of the music player, stereo Bluetooth, and those S60 apps. I was able to regularly get a full day’s use out of the phone without much worry, but I know that’s not enough for folks used to charging their mobiles every other day (or even less frequently).
Excerpt: I was wondering when Nokia would start copying other successful brand designs and� here it is, in the form of a new clamshell � Nokia N76. This is probably the first Nokia handset which strongly resembles a unique design specific to another well-known brand, Motorola. Maybe you'll think that these days everyone copies everyone (in a good way), some making some adjustments or improving the copy, others simply "plagiarizing" the original model.
Pros: One of the most powerful CPUs included in a Nokia handset will run any application with ease. The question is: why would a fashionistas phone need S60 platform? Perhaps the answer stays in Nokia's desire to enlarge the phone's target and meet the expectations of different buyer categories. Besides the good processor, the phone offers a good-quality sound for music fans, provided that they use better headphones than those included in the sales package.
Cons: Nokia indirectly recognized that the N76 model has many major faults in its construction and software integration by accepting covering warranties that include things which are not standard for a handset. The faulty design, the cheap material, as well as the low life battery are among the negative points of the clamshell. There are also serious bugs with the phone such as: lag control of the external music dedicated keys, call interruptions, as well as restarts of the...
Excerpt: The TV commercial asks us all a question – Can a computer be beautiful? I guess so. The N76 from Nokia seems like a perfect example. It's not like there’s a shortage of extremely good-looking phones out there for the fashion freaks to choose from. But for most of them, it's not just about the looks, it's also about the performance. There are quite a few manufacturers who can deliver both and Nokia is definitely one of them.
Excerpt: The Diva in you will come alive with the Nokia N76. The unlocked version allows me to choose among the various USA carriers. For those unfamiliar with unlocked phones, they operate on SIM cards that are switchable for band/modes of various carriers. All of the popular carriers have a GSM frequency that is assigned to their company. The Nokia N76 has multiple GSM band/modes that are compatible with all the popular carriers.
Conclusion: Apart from its sexy look and its slim silhouette, Nokia N76 offers quite a lot of possibilities as a Symbian S60 smartphone. If you’re a music fan, you can listen to your favorite tracks through the player’s latest version, the standard headphones with a 3.5 mm jack and a nice thing is that the navigation can be done even with the shell closed.
Pros: Slim profile with extravagant look, Music player can be fully controlled with the shell closed, 3.5mm stereo jack for easy connection with headphones
Cons: Larger than some people would like to, Weak signal reception
Excerpt: Nokia's N76 smartphone the first slimline S60 folder in the company's portfolio, and is also one of the very first devices to run S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1. Sam puts the N76 through the wringer in this review.