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Nokia N78

 Nokia N78 Discontinued
11th February 2008

Nokia's replacement for the aging N73, the Nokia N78 is an HSDPA capable 3.5G handset, with a 3.2 megapixel camera, aGPS and built-in WiFi. It's a sleek looking smartphone running the Symbian S60 operating system, in common with most other N-Series devices.

As with all the Nokia handsets announced at Mobile World Congress 2008, the Nokia N78 has a much improved GPS system, with several improvements for those who want to navigate on foot. Photographs taken with the camera can also be geotagged with the location automatically, a feature that has been missing for some time.

While we're on the subject of the camera, the Nokia N78 has a 3.2 megapixel unit with a Carl Zeiss lens, autofocus and an LED flash. This combination of features has proven to be very capable in the past.

This is a dual-band HSDPA /WCDMA phone with quad-band GSM support, plus GPRS and EDGE data. WiFi connectivity is built-in too, as is stereo Bluetooth and USB 2.0. In other words, the Nokia N78 has plenty of fast connections to the outside world.

 Nokia N78 The N78 comes with a multimedia player capable of handing MPEG-4, MP3, WMA and AAC clips. Video capture is VGA resolution at 15 frames per second, not quite as good as some other recent Nokias, but still pretty good. There's also an FM radio and integrated stereo speakers. The Nokia N78 comes with a  useful FM transmitter, so it is possible to connect it to a car stereo using just the radio, where this it is legal to do so.

 Nokia N78 keypad This looks like a decent phone, but there's a fly in the ointment. Nokia have gone all trendy with the keypad - the key legends light up when in use, and the keys themselves have been replaced with a sort of bar arrangement. It looks good, but we suspect that it won't be as easy to use as a traditional arrangement.

The battery life is pretty reasonable - the Nokia N78 has just over 3 hours talktime on 3G with up to 13 days standby time. This is helped by a large 1200 milli amp hour BL-6F power cell. The N78 features up to 24 hours of audio playback time.

It's a much cheaper phone than the new N96, coming in at around €350 (£230 / $460) before tax and subsidy. It is a very similar price to the Nokia 6220 Classic which has a better camera and more conventional layout, but lacks WiFi or an FM transmitter.

Nokia say that the N78 will be available during Q2 2008.

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Nokia N78 at a glance


Q2 2008


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
UMTS 900 / 2100




240x320 pixels, 16m colours


3.2 megapixels


Medium monoblock
113 x 49 x 15mm / 120 grams



Memory card:









Yes (aGPS)

Battery life:

3 hours talk / 13 days standby


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