The Nokia N79 brings memories of the past with its simple design and easy to use keypad. However, it hides a powerful camera of 5 megapixels with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash, and is powered by the versatile Nokia S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 user interface.
The front of the Nokia N79 is divided equally between the 2.6 “QVGA (240×320 pixels) TFT display and keypad, which offers a balance in hand feel. In the top right corner of the phone, over the screen, you ‘ll notice the secondary VGA resolution camera and ambient light sensor, with an opening for the speaker. Below the screen is where you can find the S60 navigation cluster, centered around the d-pad. The left and right keys are slightly raised and the dedication and end keys, which makes it somewhat difficult to access the S60 Menu button and back button centered between them. The d-pad on the N79 is a bit difficult to use, since the outer ring is flush with the front of the phone, with only the middle button slightly elevated. The d-pad also features Nokia’s NaviWheel technology, which allows you to move your thumb around it in a circular motion, for navigating through long lists easily. Unfortunately, this is too sensitive NaviWheel, which forced you to disable it through settings of the phone.
The keypad on the Nokia N79 is composed of 4 strips that run through the phone, with three numbers on each one. Despite the lack of separation between each key, I was able to type very fast on this keypad, and was pleased to see that each button has a very distinct click when you press it. Unfortunately, the backlight of the keypadd is so weak and does not light up all the keys.
The Nokia N79’s features:
* Quadband GSM/Dualband UMTS
* 5 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
* 2.4-inch screen TFT
* FM radio with RDS and FM transmitter
* Touch-sensitive Naviwheel
* 3.5mm headphone jack
* Supports up to 8GB microSD cards (4GB microSD card included in the box)
* Xpress-on color covers with support for automatic changing of theme
* Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth with A2DP
* Stereo speakers
* Built-in accelerometer with auto-screen rotation
* 1200 mAh battery
For those who want to experience the next generation of Nokia devices, without waiting for 2009, the Nokia N79 is an excellent choice. It is quite affordable and has many features that you would only expect on very expensive phones.