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Review: Nokia N75

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The N75 scored a 20/50 on the vision test- not stupendous, but not bad either. As with other Nokia phones we've tested, the N75 performed best outdoors in moderate to bright light. Taking shots of flowers, people or other objects outside resulted in lush images that were rich in detail and generally free of digital artifacts. Indoor shots were not as successful. They introduced poorer contrast and more grain. Shots taken in dark environments, such as bars, were not great, even with the flash blinking away. Setting the camera to "Night Portrait" mode helped alleviate some of these issues, but not entirely.

The gallery application was a snap to use. Located in the 'MyStuff" folder, the gallery takes the form of a carousel. You can see a large circle of your images and videos commingled, and scrolling sideways with the D-pad rotates the circle of images. Along the sides of the screen you see small thumbnails, which show you what you've recently seen and what is coming up next. The top-most image is much larger than the others to allow you to see it. Hitting the center of the D-pad enlarges the image to full-screen view. On the right side of the screen is a little dock with several different action icons, such as "send" or "print." You can also send (via MMS, Bluetooth, IR, etc.) directly from the gallery application. The options key (left function button) lets you re-size, zoom, and crop, among others.

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Video shot with the N75 was very smooth. It had the typical amount of graininess, but the action was not herky-jerky as with other phones. Similar to the still camera, video shot outside looked better than video shot indoors. One quirk was that you could shoot video with the phone closed, but to view it, you have to open the phone and watch it via the gallery application. Thankfully, the gallery app re-orients the video so it is viewable when holding the phone normally.

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