Nokia 6282 Launch
If you read Phone Scoop regularly, you've already seen our hands-on report from the N80 launch in Barcelona last month. Not much has changed since then, except now Nokia is showing off the black version of the N80:
I got conflicting answers when I asked which color would be coming to the States, but both versions look pretty decent.
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Although the N80 and 6282 might look pretty similar at first glance, they are actually quite different. Most importantly, the N80 is a smartphone, using the S60 platform and Symbian OS 9. That means a large variety of powerful third-party software will be available to extend the N80's capabilities.
The N80 also has better global roaming capability (including 3G), Wi-Fi, and a 3 megapixel camera.
The N80 has the same ultra-high-resolution LCD display as several other new Nokia Nseries phones. At 352 x 416 pixels, it blows QVGA displays out of the water. You really have to see it in person to appreciate how good it looks, but below is a comparison with other Nokia display resolutions that should give you some idea of the relative difference in resolution:
The N80 isn't without its flaws, though. Unfortunately, the slide action isn't spring-assisted, so it doesn't "snap" open like the 6282. It also has a center select key that is joined with the 4-way direction pad, which makes it more difficult to press reliably. Also, the camera isn't auto-focus like the N90 or Sony Ericsson K750, although photo quality seemed adequate in my brief tests. Unfortunately the same can't be said about video capture quality. At least in the pre-release version I tried, captured video looked absolutely terrible. It was bad enough, though, that I have to assume (or at least hope) I was experiencing a glitch that will be fixed prior to final release.
However, assuming they fix the video issue, the N80's flaws are minor; I would still consider the N80 a top-notch offering.
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