Firstly I apologise for the delay in getting this up. Now, starting from where I left off, this post deals with the core performance of the N82. What might be the issues you may experience while using the device and what can you expect to be delighted with. Right at the start I can confidently say that more times than one a user will come out happy with the N82.
Ladies and Gentelman its time. The N-Gage platform has just gone live, the rebirth is complete. The application is now officially available for the N81, N81 8GB, N82, N95 and N95 8GB models.
Here is the (un)official announcement from the N-Gage Blog.
“We are live! The games, the devices, and the community are all here for you to finally get your teeth into. The Forums are back up and the new N-Gage application is here. There will be an official announcement on Monday, but for you, the N-Gage faithful we wanted to let you know we’re up and running! So come join our moderators in the Forums for our launch party, and start enjoying the next generation of mobile gaming.”
Meanwhile Ricky Cadden reports that the installation takes a long time and does not include any games and that the application works on the US N95-3 also. The showroom menu has the following games up for download. I personally am looking forward to Asphalt 3. What were you waiting for?
To begin this review I decided to look back at my initial impressions of the device when it was announced. As it turns out this is what I had said. “As expected the N82 being an N8x device doesn’t do anything ground breaking which we’ve not seen earlier.”
Now while the above may be technically true, but this still doesn’t accurately describe the N82. After spending some time with the device I am compelled to change my stance. The N82 is a ground breaking device, make no mistake it is. While it might not have been the first 5 megapixel camera or the first with a GPS or to debut VGA video recording or support TV out, it is something much more; a complete package. This device is NOT a jack of all trades but master of none. It excels in all departments and in fact betters the way there things performs on the N82 v/s the devices on which they debuted as the main attraction with may be very few exceptions.
The N82 when it came out was dubbed by many as the N95 in a monoblock form factor plus a xenon flash. This against doesn’t do justice to it. I am long time N95 user and I am seriously considering buying the device and not only because of the flash. Half of the time most of N95’s killer features are left unused because of poor battery life and I am glad to say the N82 for a change doesn’t suffer from this problem.
This post will focus on three key areas of the N82 – Build, Feel and the Camera.
This is what we were waiting for, the N82 Black is finally a reality. Nokia issued this press release today announcing the Black variant of the N82 which will have inbuilt geo-tagging and the ability to directly upload to Youtube, Flickr etc. This will most likely be implemented in existing N82’s with a firmware upgrade too.
Nokia seems to have got one formula absolutely spot on, introduce a good device, let it sell at a high price point, then slowly let the price fall. Next intoduce it in Black, thrown in a feature or two and sell it again at a higher price at what any other colour would. Later, give those features to the existing owners too and keep them happy with Nokia as a company. Smart!
The device is expected to cost 400 Euros and will be shipping in a few weeks. I am seriously considering buying this one. More pictures below and the press photos can be found here.
The Stavros Escapade is a project sponsored by WOMWorld, and is meant to promote geotagging. Stavros will be using a Black N82 and will take one motif submitted by people from across the globe and try to move around Rome so that his movement on a map would match the motif. This is called Position Art and the major event is taking place as I write.
Jump over and let Stavros himself explain and follow his progress here. GeoTagging is certainly a great feature and opens the window to great memories, watching pictures of yourself via Google Earth or on a map is cool. But what Stavros is doing is going one step further, Position Art opens another thing you can do with your GPS equipped Nseries, I will want to try this out sometime soon. We were very close doing it at the MWC when Stefanos proposed it.
Nokia has announced Discover Soul of the Night — a new-age tech challenge with Nokia N82. The Wireless Adventure will take place in Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and India. Nokia is inviting tech enthusiasts to discover, capture and share stories about the best hangout venues and night spots that symbolise the spirit of the city’s nightlife, all to win an all-paid trip for two to Las Vegas!
The adventure will be flagged off at one of the most iconic spots in each city, to hunt down the most happening party taking place on that evening. It will pit 10 teams against each other to discover the best ‘hangout’ venues, ‘night spots’ and ‘hidden treasures’ that symbolise the spirit of the city’s nightlife – all using the new Nokia N82 multimedia computer. The adventure will finish when the teams reach the final destination.