No, unfortunately, I don’t think the Nokia N82 stands out after all. Although just simply based on technical specifications the N82 seems like a worthy challenger to Nokia’s premium N95 8GB, it’s a different story once you start comparing usability features. Of course, usability is a subjective matter, so let’s agree to disagree if you disagree with me, alright?
First, the main number keys are too small. They are slightly raised, so it isn’t all that bad, but it is still not good. If you are going to text a lot, these keys do not cut it. Then, the other keys (options, shortcut, exit…), other than the D-pad, are flat and flush with the surface. This makes it rather difficult to distinguish one from another. The D-pad doesn’t lend confidence either. So overall, the keys on the N82 fail miserably.
I’ve summed up previously that the N82 is essentially the N95 in a N73 form factor. Although I meant that as a compliment, unfortunately, it cuts the other way too: There is nothing remarkable about the N82′s appearance. It will get attention of those around you only because it is a “new phone”, not because it is a lovely outstanding new phone. Oh, and silver is so not “in” anymore.
The 2.4″ display? I’ll tell you, once you’ve got a 2.8″ display, the 2.4″ is too small. If you’re going to do lots of web browsing, 2.4″ is too small. If you’ve got lots of photos to show off, videos to entertain you, 2.4″ is not enough. Actually, the display itself is rather dull too.
Finally, if you ever need to have the camera stand on its own to shoot photos or videos, you’re out of luck. The N82 will not stand on its own. It’s smooth rounded edges ensures the phone will fall flat.
So my conclusions: No N82 for me. (Of course if you want to give me a Xmas present, I would be glad to oblige!)
See also: Nokia N82 vs N95 8GB (my original comparison)