Jun 28th, 2007
The Good: The Nokia N76 is a 3rd-generation Symbian clamshell and one of the thinnest phones by the Finnish manufacturer. An external display allows most common tasks to be performed without opening the phone, and the ultra-bright 2.4” internal display makes watching videos and surfing the web a pleasure. One of the loudest phones on the market, and one of the only ones to have integrated bass boost for audio files.
The Bad: Poor settings management make configuration a chore. The inconsistent design makes it look a little tacky, and the flip cannot be fully opened with headphones plugged in. The external screen is difficult to read in bright sunlight, this is compounded by the cramped interface. For a phone of this calibre, the battery capacity is disappointingly short with a miserly average 1.5 day runtime.
The Bottom Line: What it lacks in looks, the N76 makes up for in functionality. The sleek profile and some ingenious features appeal to the wider market; the inclusion of direct printing is a nice touch. A worthy and well-rounded development.