Across the keypad from the Symbian menu key is one giving direct access to the four media and interactive functions; music player, radio, picture slide show and web browser. Text input is helped by the presence of the Symbian 'pencil' key, which lets you toggle the T9 predictive dictionary on and off, select symbols and change language - all functions some of us forget where to find on our phones. A small 'c' key allows you to delete text without running the risk of accidentally binning your entire message.
Video on the small screen
The camera is a two-megapixel example, which in today's market can best be described as an adequate specification, with a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. Also on board is a reasonably powerful LED flash. Like the majority of phone cameras, in strong natural light images are acceptable but are rather poor in weak light. Similarly, the flash is pointless if the subject is more than a metre away. The digital zoom will go up to 20x, but as you approach that maximum magnification your image quality drops off a cliff. The camera will also record MP4 video with sound at a maximum resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, video length being limited only by available memory. The inside of the flip contains a small secondary CIF camera for 3G video calling.
Music playback is one of the N76's strong points. Storage capacity is restricted only by the size of your microSD card and sound quality via the supplied headset was very impressive. Our handset came supplied with a single track, Moby's In My Heart, but we won't hold that against Nokia. Sticking the supplied Micro SD card into a laptop and copying across Bruce Springsteen's Ghost of Tom Joad was the work of moments, and with decent quality fare the N76 produced a clear sound with solid bass, taut treble and a nicely defined vocal line. Unplug the headset and playback is via a speaker in the 'chin' at the bottom of the phone. Sound via this is better than you would perhaps expect, and is more than good enough for playing the back voice recordings. Format-wise the N76 supports MP3, AAC, eAAC(+) and WMA.
Other functionality? You get a PDF viewer, a Flash player, FM radio, Real Player for audio and video playback, an IM application, support for SMTP, POP3 and IMAP4 email, a voice recorder good for 60 minutes, one game, a universal converter and support for a wireless keyboard. The on-board web browser is the standard Symbian 9.1 S60 3rd Edition affair. Usable in portrait or landscape layouts it does a good job, though getting used to moving the cursor about with the etched keyboard four-way pressure pad takes some getting used to. Images and other downloaded data can be stored on the phone's 26MB of on-board shared memory.
Paint peeling issue covered under warranty....
...in the UK at least. So speak to the Nokia Careline, get them to email you confirmation that its covered under warranty, then send it back to Nokia or take it to your local Nokia Repair Centre.
I had mine months too. Yes the chrome does peel - very annoying. There has been an update to v2.x for a while now that will give the Stereo Bluetooth profile so "...does not support the A2DP profile needed for wireless headphones.." does not really apply now.
That's one hell of an ugly phone.
Red paint and Chrome Peeling Off
Have owned my Red N76 for about three months and the paint work down the left and right hand side of the keypad has strated to peel off. The chrome around the flash has come off and the keypad is showing signs of wear.
This is not a good sign for the future.
Pretty peeved to be honest as I bought this off contract. It wasn't cheap!!
N76 Chrome All Peels Off
I have had my N76 about 3 months, and all the "chrome" plastic has now lost its coating, leaving dull white plastic and a peeling mess of remnants. Never had this problem with my previous N73.
At least the Series 60 UI is now finally REALLY quick, even with 300 SMSes in one folder.