27th April 2005
The Nokia N70 is almost identical to
the recently announced Nokia
6680 in every respect, except that the N70 comes
with a 2 megapixel digital camera and greater support
for sharing the photos you take with others.
Apart from the upgraded camera, the
N70 is extremely difficult to tell apart from the other
3G handset. With the same size screen at 176x208 pixels
in 262,000 colours, a similar keypad layout and sliding
function to protect the camera, similar media playback
capabilities, Symbian Series 60 operating system, MMC
expandable memory, Bluetooth, email client and web browser.
Although there are differences here and there, essentially
the N70 seems to be exactly the same handset, just with
a different camera. It looks a little smarter though.
there seem to be some useful enhancements in picture
printing and transfer technologies, and integration
with Nokia's Lifeblog system (does anyone actually use
it though?), and it's a tiny bit lighter than the 6680, but
it's really only a slight upgrade to the existing handset.
This doesn't mean we don't like the
Nokia N70 - it addresses most of the shortcomings of
the Nokia 6680, but that's a pretty good handset too,
so the N70 comes out of this fairly well. However, being
announced so soon after the 6680 is a very strange move
by Nokia and possibly a dangerous one at that because
it might make stocks of the 6680 difficult to shift.
Still.. it's not a perfect phone. The
176x208 pixel display is not as good as many other 3G
phones, but really everything else is pretty much up
with the class leaders at the moment. However, by Q3
2005 we'll be seeing more 3G phones coming up which
will challenge the N70 in specification terms.
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