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Review: Nokia N75

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May 24, 2007, 12:18 PM   by Eric Zeman

Read our close-up look at Nokia's N75, a 3G phone for AT&T. Does it stand out in the high-end feature phone crowd? Plus Video Tour.

The Nokia N75 is a 3G clamshell first announced by Nokia last September. Made available recently on AT&T's network in the U.S., it has all the features you'd expect from a high-end consumer phone. With the camera, music player, high-speed wireless data capabilities, and customizable S60 operating system, the N75 is an enticing pick. With so many capabilities, it could be hard to settle on the N75's defining feature. And that's just the problem, there isn't one. So what makes the N75 special enough for you?

About the author, Eric Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.


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May 26, 2007, 11:11 AM


I have been waiting for weeks for Amazon to send me this phone. They had the best price when it launched ($50.00) but 5-7 week wait for delivery. Still have yet to receive it, but am not as excited now. I like all the phone features, but was unaware how huge the phone was or that there were so many audio issues, cheap build quality and poor battery life. I love Nokia phones, in my opinion they are the best in the industry, but now after waiting in anticipation, I feel I'm in for a big disappointment. Is it really that bad? really? After reading this review I feel I should be bracing for a string of problems and frustration. Also, what kinds of music files does it play? I see conflicting information on different web sites. Most of m...
zeebazabba said:
... Also, what kinds of music files does it play? I see conflicting information on different web sites. Most of my music is from itunes. 😳

If you actually bought your music from the iTunes Music St...
Burn them to a CD then rip them back into mp3 format, you can do all that in iTunes
To answer your question, the phone is not really that bad. To be completely honest with you the phone is no bigger than the LG 500 or SYNC, it may be a little thicker though...but the screen is worth the size. The internal LCD has 16 million colors,...

May 24, 2007, 4:37 PM

Great Job on the Review.... NOT

You guys did an excellent job making this phone sound very average. How about a section comparing it to other at&t 3G phones? How does this phone stack up to the v3xx? What about the SYNC? The CU500v? This phones smokes them all.

Physically, you know what you're getting. The phone is HUGE. Thanks for pointing out the obvious. This phone was never meant to make the current generation of Razr look-a-likes look like F_A_T BOYS.

The facts about this phone are these; 1. Screen is enormous and beautiful. 2. Signal and Sound Quality are exceptional. 3. From a function stand point, this phone knocks the socks off any at&t 3G entry to date.

But what else can I say, you guys were right, after all. How bout a video to accompany this review?
Wow, god forbid anybody calls Nokia out on their terrible build quality and slow user interface. How dare Phone Scoop bring up valid points and hold them against the phone? 🙄

The Symbian interface was mentioned in the review as the Nokia's maj...
I had 2 of them. Both locked up on incoming bluetooth. 1st one after about a week and the 2nd a didn't even last the day. The 1st was used with the Moto 700 & the 2nd with Nokia 800. A loud whistle on an incoming call instead of ringing. That was the ...

Well i work for cingular opps i mean att. And when the phone rep came in i was kinda excited but after compare it to the lg, and the sync it really not that excellent in my op ion.. 👀

The format remind me of the E-62 .......
I've played with the phone and its not all its sed it would BE i really don't care for it. I WORK for AT&T SO I HAVE ONE AND ITS NOTHIN TO GO CRAZY FOR!!

May 24, 2007, 3:24 PM

Lame Review

This is the first and currently only 3G Nokia Symbian phone in the US. That alone makes it compelling. Why no mention of that in the review. There's a bit that talks about a slow browsing experience, but that doesn't mean anything.

How about video streaming? This is the only symbian phone that can do decent streaming and it's not even discussed. What about using it as a tethered modem?

Until the N95 supports WCDMA 1900, this is the best Cingular phone.
monterey86 said:
This is the first and currently only 3G Nokia Symbian phone in the US. That alone makes it compelling. Why no mention of that in the review.

What are you talking about? The wrap-up says exactly that...
I though the review was thorough and from what I have seen of this handset in spec and in person, quite accurate.

The main thing negative that I noticed when I played with one in a Cingular shop was the very bulky form-factor. This was very disappo...

May 27, 2007, 11:11 PM

I own one and "mostly" agree with this review

I have owned my N-75 since the day they arrived at my store, great phone overall- I think he was a little harsh about the black rubber covering as Nokia was only listing to what at the time Cingular wanted.
THe camera is a tad tricky to get used to, but once you get the hang of it, it rocks. Sound quality is just as reviewed, but NOkia has always had and issue with very noticable handoffs and network chanes causeing a 1/4 second audio cutout or clicks.
Overall this is still the best phone i have ever used, My 8525 is collecting dust on my computer desk.

May 26, 2007, 6:09 PM

vs 5300

Some of this was mentioned in the review, but here are my observations:

So from what I can tell there is little advantage to this phone over the Nokia 5300 other than UMTS for many customers. The 5300 includes many of the same features like being highly customizable and the active home screen.

The 5300 does lack the email client and S60 platform, however it does use the updated S40 platform with a very similar interface (but no Symbian 3rd party applications). The camera on the N75 does seem to be a bit better on the N75, though.

The 5300 seems to be a world apart from the N75 when it comes to functioning as a music player, and the interface on the 5300 seems much speedier.

My conclusion is if you need web/email/symbian apps go f...
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