Nokia N70

It might be the baby of Nokia's N Series, but it still sports a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a 64MB reduced-size MMC.


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Design
The N70 is the baby of Nokia's "Next Generation" N series phones that also includes the N90 camera phone, N91 music phone and N92 video phone. It's in the very familiar candybar design shape, although the screen is somewhat larger than most candybar phones. It measures in at 108.8x53x24mm with a total weight of 126g, making it a relatively light 3G camera phone.

The front display of the N70 is dominated by the large and clear 176x208 pixel display, underneath which sit the dialling and soft keys. From a buttons and switches perspective, there's really not much to see on the N70's front facing, but the rear of the phone hides more enticing functionality.

The rear of the N70 consists of a large sliding panel that moves downwards to reveal the camera lens and integrated flash. Moving the slider down automatically launches the camera application from wherever you are in the phone's operating system, making it a (groan) snap to take simple digital pictures.

Features
The N70 unit we tested with was supplied to us by Vodafone, and naturally enough, it works on Vodafone's 3G network under the Vodafone Live! banner. Outside 3G coverage areas, that'll drop down to standard GSM coverage and a limited subset of the Vodafone Live! offerings. From a technical perspective, it's a GSM 900/1800/1900 phone. The N70 also comes with integrated Bluetooth and supports Pictbridge printing for ease of photo printing.

On the software side, the N70 supports visual radio applications, comes with RealPlayer installed as well as a small suite of business-type applications. Of all the N series mobiles, this is the one that you're most likely to convince your boss to buy you for the office, if only because the leisure applications are better hidden than with the clearly musical or photo aspirations of the other N series mobiles. Connectivity is once again provided by Nokia's PC Suite Software.

Like the N90, the N70 features a 2.0 Megapixel camera with a suprising amount of clarity for a mobile phone camera. If you're very keen on mobile phone photography, we'd still recommend the N90 over the N70, but if you want happy snaps that you might actually want to keep for later, the N70's a good choice.

The N70 offers up to 22MB of internal memory for storage. With the quantity of downloadable 3G data out there, not to mention the phone's inbuilt music and photo offerings, that's likely to be gobbled up rather quickly. For additional storage the N70 uses RS-MMC (reduced size MultiMedia Card). The slot for these is on the right hand side of the phone, and our test sample came with a 128MB RS-MMC card.

Performance
As either a 3G or GSM phone, the N70 performs quite well. We tested just outside Vodafone's 3G coverage area -- in fact, we continually dropped in and out of coverage within the one household, which made for some interesting download experiences. The N70's dialling pad is quite small, and those who like larger buttons to jab at while calling might find it a touch irksome.

As with the N90, the N70's 2 megapixel camera provides good visuals for many shots, although as previously stated the N90's definitely the model to go for if you want a small pocket camera phone. One big plus in the N70's design is the drop-down shutter, as it's quite quick to react and launch the camera application.

The N70's display is good and clear in both bright and dark conditions. The inclusion of Realplayer, combined with 3G downloads allowed us to test video quality on the display as well. While it's not quite up there with the Sony PSP or Apple iPod Video (and that's partly to do with the Realplayer codec as much as anything else) video trailers and music clips were clear to view, albeit a little noisy at full volume.

Nokia rates the N70's 970mAh Lithium Ion battery as being good for up to 3.5 hours talk time and up to 11 days standby. In our testing we averaged around 7 days inbetween recharges with a moderate level of usage, although that's a figure that could vary quite widely depending on how much use you made of battery sapping features such as Bluetooth.

Those on a very tight budget could consider other 3G capable mobiles -- Vodafone themselves have the Motorola V1050 at a cheaper price at the time of writing -- but for the features it offers and the overall quality of the phone and camera, it's hard to fault the Nokia N70.



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Franki posted a comment   
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how do i remove sim from nokia n70?

katndhat
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katndhat posted a review   

The Good:Lasts forever

The Bad:Was a bit chunky but I have a handbag so I got over it

I've had this phone years, I'm only looking to update now as the battery life is getting shorter and would like better calendar functionality. Been an excellent phone, I will miss it.

tophat10
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tophat10 posted a review   

The Good:most things

The Bad:camera cover, pic load time

had this phone for bout 4 years and works great. camera cover slips open a lot and now the camera does not switch on when it does. the pictures take forever to load. Dropped it several time and it still works :). I'm hopping to upgrade to the Nokia e63 soon. all up its a good phone.

 

ace-gears posted a comment   

The Good:durable

The Bad:out dated

has lasted me 4 years without a problem and is still going strong

Charlie
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Charlie posted a review   

The Good:most things

The Bad:the camera covers keeps sliding down when i'm picking up my phone from my pocket to answer a call or putting it in my pocket it turns on the camera aswell!!!!!!!!

theres enuf said in the Good Bad thing above what i'm writing now

flipsyde
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flipsyde posted a review   

The Good:good camera shots for 2 megapixel phone

The Bad:slow loading of pics in image gallery and no 3.5 mm jack for headphones and speakers

good phone. drops on the floor how many times and still nothing bad happened to it!! yeah!!!i wish there was a 3.5 mm jack in this phone so i can use it like just a nokia xpressmusic phone..haha!!lol

cajoeen
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cajoeen posted a review   

The Good:very durable, great camera, pretty light

The Bad:takes forever to load pics, sms bit slow

I've been using this phone for almost 4 years and i've dropped it numerous times(once it even fell from the stairs), more than i can even count and it still works perfectly.
Nowadays the battery life is not so good, but still very decent for a four year old phone. Sometimes the voice of the person gurgle when i receive a call, but i think it just because i drop it once too many.
Overall very happy with the phone and i think i'll hang on to it for as long as i could.

tat
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tat posted a review   

The Good:3g connection

The Bad:comparetively slow on sms,phonebook

I am not satisfied with yhe performance on regular application like sms, phonebook.But the 3g connection and third party software support is really good.

 

ROZ posted a comment   

The Good:EXCELLENT

The Bad:Camera Slider cover is a pain! mmc cards are old fashioned!

Like everyone I have dropped this fone a million times since 2006 when i bought it new,still going strong,love Nokia for it!

namit
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namit posted a review   

The Good:everything......////////

The Bad:nothing........////////

i've been using n70 for more than 2 yrs. n i still love it...it's the best......my mobile fell down so many times but it still works very well n i think i'll continue using this mobile as long as possible....as long as it works fine......////


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  • Franki

    Franki

    "how do i remove sim from nokia n70?"

  • katndhat

    katndhat

    Rating9

    "I've had this phone years, I'm only looking to update now as the battery life is getting shorter and would like better calendar functionality. Been an excellent phone, I will miss it."

  • tophat10

    tophat10

    Rating8

    "had this phone for bout 4 years and works great. camera cover slips open a lot and now the camera does not switch on when it does. the pictures take forever to load. Dropped it several time and it..."

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