Feeds
85%

Nokia N70 3G phone

Nokia's best smart phone yet?

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

The bottom of the phone sports a Nokia USB 2.0-friendly Pop-Port and new-style weeny power connector - thankfully there's an adaptor in the box that allows you to connect an old-style Nokia charger. The N70's main, two-megapixel camera is on the back behind a slider that forms part of the black plastic surround. Sliding the cover down automatically activates the phone's camera application.

The main camera can take a pretty decent shot, producing a 1,600 x 1,200 image at a printer-friendly 300dpi. Outside, the shots weren't at all bad. Not up to the standard of a good compact digital camera, mind, but just fine for a phone - perfect for grabbing those ad hoc moments. Scale them down for email transmission and they look great. Indoors, the result's less effective. The flash helps, but only with close subjects.

nokia n70 3g phone

The N70's digital zoom runs to a whopping 20x, but you can limit it to 4x to ensure you get decent results. Certainly approaching 20x pixelises the image horribly and magnifies hand-shake significantly. At lower zoom levels, the results are better.

Videos are fine too, with a decent 352 x 288, 15fps MPEG 4 option and lower quality, memory/bandwidth-conserving options if you prefer. Again, the highest quality setting is fine for spur-of-the-moment shots, though it's hard to see why you'd use the lower settings unless you're an avid MMS sender.

On the left-hand side of the phone you'll find a dedicated camera button. It's just above the covered half-size MMC slot - the phone ships with a 64MB card, and there's up to 22MB of user-accessible memory on the phone itself. Keep the card in - it's very hard to push your finger in far enough to trigger the release mechanism and even harder to push a replacement card sufficiently far to catch the lock. How many folk, I wonder, will end up poking pens and such into the slot because their fingertips won't fit? Enough, I'd say, to warrant a rethink about the design of card slots.

nokia n70 3g phone

The N70 has Bluetooth 2.0 on board, and pairing it then syncing contacts and calendars with my MacBook Pro was a doddle, and I'd expect Nokia's own PC Suite to be much the same on a Windows machine. Transferring files was a joy at the higher speed Bluetooth 2.0 provides, though a wired connection is clearly better. Not that Mac OS X shows the N70 as a mass storage device, alas. A 7.8MB song took a couple of minutes or so, roughly, 520Kbps - sub-USB 1.1 speed, basically.

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot
Latest cleaner available for world+dog in September
prev story

Whitepapers

Best practices for enterprise data
Discussing how technology providers have innovated in order to solve new challenges, creating a new framework for enterprise data.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?