Live Stuff: getting to grips with Nokia's new N-Series

Nokia has proudly unveiled three new N-Series 'mobile computers' - call them phones and you'll be beaten with a stick - at a launch in Berlin, and ann

Nokia has proudly unveiled three new N-Series 'mobile computers' - call them phones and you'll be beaten with a stick - at a launch in Berlin, and announced some interesting partnerships with Flickr, Adobe and Philips.

The N72, N73 and N93 focus respectively on music, photography and video and will be available in June and July in the UK. Here are our first impressions of the N72.

Nokia N72

This phone’s essentially a glammed-up version of the popular N70, and represents the Finn giant’s attempt to inject some colour into the business-suited wardrobe of the series.

It's available in black and pink, but features-wise isn't a revolutionary step forward - a 2MP camera, MP3 player and FM radio are all on board.

There's also all the usual web-browsing, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, although, like the N70, its 124g body feels quite chunky in the hand.

Compared to Nokia’s other two newbies, the 176x208 pixel screen seems a little fuzzy, but all the multimedia loveliness that made us fall for the N70 – MP3, video and more – is comfortably handled.

We were also shown a cool new podcasting feature that will be available to download from Nokia’s site for the latest Series 60 phones – which rules out the N70 – to let you browse and search for shows with keywords via Wi-Fi and download them.

You can search for all audio ‘casts, like Stuff’s, and some MP4 video shows will be available too. All of which sounds kinda similar to the mobile podcasting offering Motorola announced back in February [story here].

The N72 will be available in the UK from June for 320 euros.

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