Nokia Nseries Launch
Before the Nseries launch, the flagship phone in Nokia's lineup ("communicator" devices aside) was the 6680, a high-end 3G smartphone. But now we have the N70, which is based on the 6680, but adds several improvements. Yet the N70 forms the "low end" of the Nseries line, which goes to show just how high Nokia is aiming with the Nseries.
The N70 is pretty straightforward if you are familiar with the 6680 and its non-3G offspring, the 6681 and 6682. The key hardware upgrade is a 2 megapixel camera, compared to 1 megapixel on the 6680 series. The N70 and N91 don't get an autofocus lens or Carl Zeiss optics, though - those are currently reserved for the N90.
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While the internals are not that different, the styling has received a much-needed overhaul. The N70 steps up the style considerably with an elegant layered look. The way the back plate slides to reveal or protect the camera, matching the front plate at one end or the other, looks particularly slick. The build quality feels excellent. It's not the most eye-catching design, but it's a real pleasure to hold and use.
Other upgrades over the 6680 are on the software side, and are shared with the rest of the Nseries.
The first is a new photo browser. It's not super-intuitive, but once you learn the basics, it's a delight to use. It lets you quickly scroll through photos one at a time, or one page at a time.
The Nseries also includes a new suite of tools for printing photos called XpressPrint. This is an integrated solution that includes printing directly to printers via Bluetooth, memory cards, or USB (with PictBridge-compatible printers). It also includes online printing capabilities. Previous Nokias had some of these features, but mostly tucked away in separate applications. With the Nseries, you can simply choose a photo right in the photo browser, and the print options are right there.
Like the rest of the Nseries, and most new Nokias going forward, the N70 has a new, smaller power connector compared to previous Nokias. While yet another new connector is always a drag, the good news is that Nokia plans to include an adapter with every new phone so that you can use any old-style chargers you might have with your new phone.
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