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Nokia N80 Review

26 April 2006

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The Nokia N80 is the latest and greatest from the world’s largest phone manufacturer. With the brilliant screen, fantastic form factor, and incredible connectivity options, this phone is a guaranteed home run. The only thing potentially holding it back is the Symbian OS. I know, I know, I keep harping on that. There’s a reason I do – IMHO both the Palm OS and Windows Mobile are vastly superier operating systems, if for no other reason than 3rd party application availability.

Nokia N80 Specifications

Nokia N80 Reviews

3G Reviews the Nokia N80 and writes – ‘ The N80 offers every possible connectivity option you could dream of, with wireless LAN, Bluetooth, USB and infrared. The biggest boon is the Wi-Fi 802.11g, which brings faster speeds (capacity dependent) to the mobile internet: 54Mbps compared to 3G’s 384Kbps. The advantages to this method of accessing the internet on the move are blatantly obvious, but there is a bigger picture involved, namely VoIP. The N80 is being primed to let you make voice calls over the internet using UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) technology; this is basically the new mobile standard for switching between mobile and W-LAN networks. It’s surely only a matter of time before Nokia partners with a VoIP or broadband company (Orange is strongly rumoured) to offer a BT Fusion-esque service.

Infosyncworld reviews the Nokia N80 and writes – ‘Starting off on a high note, the Nokia N80 camera phone lines up a brilliant high-resolution screen and 3 Megapixel-pushing camera only to put its foot in its mouth seconds later through the absence of an autofocus, which hampers its ability to produce quality stills with predictive consistency. Although it also includes the most extensive line-up of printing, publishing and image management services of any camera phone to date, it still falls marginally short of its N90 predecessor – yet retains broader overall appeal due to its music, business and wireless photo streaming functionality, rendering it a superb 3G phone.’

All About Symbian reviews the Nokia N80 and writes – ‘In design and size the 7650 and N80 are reminiscent of each other, but appearances can be deceptive, because these phones are from different eras. Comparing the two phones we have seen the internal memory increase ten-fold and external memory add another five-hundred-fold increase, the screen resolution double, the camera resolution increased three-fold, the data speed increased eight-fold through 3G technology, the addition of USB and Wi-Fi connectivity, the continuing evolution and support of standards such as Bluetooth, Visual Radio, UPnP and the OMA specifications, the addition of music and video functionality, two major software revisions, and much more.’

Mobile-Review reviews the Nokia N80 and writes – ‘At the current moment this is the most functional smartphone on the market. However, let us return to the list of innovations and dismantle what actually stands behind them.

* The 3MP camera without autofocus and with a useless flash. Not the best photo quality. Nominally the number of pixels grew, and extra macro mode is provided, which are advantages;
* Wi-Fi and a new high resolution screen. That will be a standard for smartphones in 2006, however now that is an innovation;
* UPnP, which is in the start of its route and now it is interesting from only theoretic point of view;
* S60 of the third version. On the one hand these are new capabilities, on the other hand – still no workable third party programs for this operating system (all applications should be recompiled and signed). The situation will have improved only by the middle of 2006′

Crave reviews the Nokia N80 and absolutely loves it – ‘This isn’t the perfect phone — although we’re prepared to say it’s very close. It’s still too big as a viable ‘mobile’ phone, measuring a chunky 50 by 95 by 26mm and the battery life is zapped by the Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. After only one day of listening to music and browsing the Web, the battery died on us. We didn’t even have a chance to say, “Who cares if it costs over £300, we love this thing.”‘

MobileBurn reviews the Nokia N80 and expresses serious concerns about battery life – ‘Nokia’s N80 is a truly amazing mobile phone that has a couple of flaws – one of them quite serious. While the lack of a good voice dialing system is a shame, and the lack of a functional automatic keylock is annoying, it is the battery life issue that is going to be the potential deal breaker for many people. The brilliant features like WiFi, the web browser, the camera, and the music player will be of no use if the phone has no power. So if you are a heavy voice user, especially one that spends a lot of time in or travels through poor reception areas, the N80 probably won’t cut it for you. But if you are more like me, where a charger is nearly always close by and the signal is always strong, you will be awed by the N80 – and forgive it its poor battery life.’

Cnet reviews the Nokia N80 and is amazed by the cameras ‘The main draw of the Nokia N80 is its multimedia prowess–more specifically, its imaging features. The mobile sports a 3-megapixel camera with video-recording capabilities and 20X digital zoom. The breadth of customization and editing options available on this phone is astounding. You can choose from eight shooting modes, ranging from portrait to sports to night portrait, and five resolutions: 2,048×1,536, 1,600×1,200, 1,280×960, 800×600, and 640×480. You can tweak the brightness, contrast, white balance, color tone, and exposure value. There’s also a self-timer and flash. The secondary camera is of only VGA quality, but then again, how often do you find a cell phone with two cameras?’

Nokia N80 Press Release

Nokia Nseries enters the digital home with Nokia N80
November 02, 2005

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