Nokia N82 Review: Released at the end of 2007, the Nokia N82 was the latest to roll off the N-series line. This was perhaps coming to the end of a very hot period for these phones as the N-series had seen plenty of releases. 2007 had already seen the release of the Nokia N95 and Nokia N95 8GB which set a new standard for the series.
The Nokia N82 notionally followed in the footsteps of the Nokia N80 and Nokia N81, but differed substantially in that it was not a slider phone. Instead, this phone was a candybar model more reminiscent of the Nokia N73 except with a d-pad rather than a joystick.
However, in common with the rest of the N-series, this phone really packed a punch when it came to specification. The phone was easily as good as anything else, with a hi-spec camera and video call camera. Connectivity was also top-notch with the phone featuring Wi-Fi and also the same 3.5mm jack and TV-out as seen on the Nokia N95. With a very similar Series 60 interface, this became more a matter of personal taste as to what style of phone one would like.
The N-series did not have too much longer to run, as touchscreen phones began to dominate heavily after this. The Nokia N82 design also seemingly was a loser, and subsequent phones in this family – the Nokia N85 and Nokia N86 – went back to the slider format.
Nokia N82 Review Pros:
The phone came in a high quality construction with metallic front and plastic rear. Overall weight of the phone was 114g which was just about commensurate with the number of features it packed.
The camera was a strong point of the phone – a 5MP camera which came with a Xenon flash which produced a far more intense light. This translated to extremely good photos – among the best available at the time. The camera lens also could be covered when not in use.
The phone features a large 2.4 inch display at 240 x 320 pixels – this allows for a sharp display. A motion detector is also built in which meant that the screen auto-rotates depending on its orientation.
Operating system was much the same as the Nokia N95, which meant the same features including the navigation by Nokia Maps. It was an equally high-end phone.
Nokia N82 Review Cons:
Despite a year passing between this and the Nokia N95 there were few corrections of the weaknesses. One of the disappointments was in the front facing camera which only delivered calls in very low resolution.
The keypad was the main downside. This was not as user friendly as most with very small keys on a very flat surface. The joystick navigation of previous phones was far easier to use.
The battery life here was also relatively short compared to other phones despite packing a slightly higher capacity battery.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects
Most of the N-series phones are pretty collectable nowadays, some more than others. The Nokia N82 perhaps does not go towards the top of this range, but its cool, unique look assures it of a place in the middle of the pack.
Where can I get one?
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Nokia N82 Disassembly Guide
If you would like to learn how to take apart the Nokia N82 for repair purposes, please see this link.
Nokia N82 Video Guide
Here is a video which showcases most of the Nokia N82 features: