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Phone Preview: Nokia N75 Phone

September 26, 2006 in Nokia Phone News

It’s going to be busy here for the next week or so. Why? Because Nokia just released two new cell phones, the Nokia N75 and N95. We’ll be looking at the N75 today, which so far is looking like a thinner, slightly more updated N71 (the only “normal” sized Nseries flip phone).

Nokia N75 Phone

The N75: Nokia’s first flip phone in a long time.

The Nokia N75 Phone at a Glance

Nokia N75 Phone

Operating Frequencies: Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/1900
Form Factor: Flip
Display: QVGA 240×320 resolution, 16.7 million colors supported, external 160×128 screen
Camera: 2 megapixel, LED flash, 15 fps video recording
Interface: Series 60
Memory: 40MB onboard, supports up to 2GB external microSD cards
Battery: BL-5BT (800 mAh), up to 4 hours talk time, 8 days standby time
SAR value: ?? W/kg on ear, ?? W/kg on body (more info on SAR values and cell phone radiation here)
Other Features:Ambient light detector, Dedicated music keys, Bluetooth 2.0 w/ A2DP, Infrared, Java MIDP 2.0, FM radio, loudspeaker
Weight: 123.5 grams / 4.35 ounces
Thickness: 20.2 mm
Casing: Plastic
Colors: Black

Release Date: Q1 2007
Expected Cost: $399 USD
Buy From: Amazon.com

The biggest draw of the Nokia N75 is the size. Here’s a decent picture that shows off some of the thinness:

Nokia N75 Phone

It’s no RAZR, but it looks like it’s about half the size of the N71.

The N75 is also being touted as a music phone – hence the dedicated music buttons on the front. This is nice coming from an N71 user standpoint, since the N71 has one measly button on the front. that’s the Play/Pause button. So if your N71 is closed and playing music, all you can do is pause and play the same song. Very annoying when you want to quickly change songs or adjust volume or what not.

Sadly, internal memory for songs is a little limited at 40 mb, but there’s support for up to 2 gig microSD cards. (microSD is more expensive than its miniSD and SD cousins).

One very unimpressive feature: the 2 megapixel camera. That’s right, 2 megapixels. Never mind that Nokia’s N95 has a 5 megapixel – the N75 is still in the Stone Age apparently. The camera doesn’t really offer anything new – it’s still got the same LED flash, video recording, and junky digital zoom as the rest of the 2 megapixels out there. One sort of odd quirk about the camera is its location – directly on back bottom cover of the phone. It seems like you’re expected to use the dedicated side camera keys or something to take a picture – even though it’s a flip phone. Very weird. At least the main display of the N75 supports up to 16 million colors (240×320 resolution).

I may have forgotten to mention that the N75 is quadband AND 3G capable, AND “is expected to be available initially in the US during the fourth quarter of 2006.” No word on price yet, either.

Personally, I like the clean look of the N75 – it doesn’t look as oddly shaped as the N71 did – and the feature set is decent for a phone that’s coming to the USA. Whether it’s too little, too late we’ll have to see.

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JP
7/5/2008
1:21 pm

The camera flash light does not get switched off since the day i put it’s battries in the phone.
I contacted the nokia.com also but to no avail, the solution given by them to restore it through camera flash setting also did not work out. Any wise soul, any solutions?

Gwyn
11/28/2007
6:18 pm

Hi ~

Is there a setting for the Nokia N75 for easier muting / unmuting a call? When I’m on a call, the mute / unmute is down in a menu, and it takes me a bit to go back and forth on business calls. I do wear a headset and have the phone closed during the call, and my on-screen options are Options and End Call.

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