Nokia N80

This feature-packed 3G phone with a 3-megapixel camera mostly excels, but is held back slightly by a maddening navigation key and short battery life.


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Design
After years spent resisting the slider design, Nokia has released three slider phones in 2006, with the N80 joining the 6280 and 6111. The basic layout of the N80 phones is the same as the 6280 -- navigation, shortcut, send and end keys beneath a large portrait-oriented display; slide-out keypad underneath; and two cameras. As John Travolta says in Pulp Fiction, it's the "little differences" that make the two models distinctive, and the N80 is the Royale with Cheese to the 6280's Quarter Pounder -- the same look but with that added je ne sais quoi.

Size-wise, the N80 is bigger in almost every way. At 134 grams and 95.4 by 50 by 26mm, it's wider, heavier and chunkier, but around 5mm shorter in stature than the 6280. The N80's display is a richly coloured 352 x 416 pixels, cramming more dots onscreen than the 6280 at 240 x 320.

The N80 is not all improvements though; the five-way navigation key is small and unwieldy, and lacks the preciseness of the 6280's version. During testing, there were several instances where we pressed the selection key inadvertently -- and we'd like to think our thumbs are relatively small and dainty.

The overall design will not be to everyone's tastes, especially given the slider lacks a spring mechanism, and is inclined to open of its own accord when in a bag. Sure, Nokia arrived late to the slide phone party, but it would be great to see ergonomic designs like that of the LG Chocolate or pretty much any Samsung slider model.

Features
Multimedia is the N80's main strength, with dual cameras (one at 3 megapixels, one VGA) and plenty of customisation options for image capturing. Photos can be taken at five resolutions in one of 10 scene settings, including the romantic-sounding "Candlelight" mode. Other advanced adjustment options include sharpness, colour saturation, white balance, exposure compensation and colour tones.

Wireless data transfer is another of the N80's strong points. In addition to Bluetooth and an integrated WLAN, the phone is equipped with PictBridge, UPnP and Nokia's Xpress software suite. UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) technology allows the phone to slot into your home theatre setup via Wi-Fi, with the ability to view images from the phone on a television and listen to the N80's music through your hi-fi system. The Xpress software offers a quick and easy way of transferring photos to the Web, another device, or directly to a printer.

Nokia has also packed a bunch of PIM (personal information manager) functionality into the N80, with apps for viewing -- though not editing -- Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. POP and IMAP e-mail accounts can be accessed, but there's no push e-mail.

Memory has been increased since the 6280, with 40MB of internal space and a 128MB miniSD card included.

Performance
Overall, the N80 performed quite well. Photos were sharper than expected, although images captured in automatic flash mode tended to be a little overexposed.

We were very happy to see the return of Nokia's S60 Web browser, the app that captured our hearts when we reviewed the business-focused E60. The browser did freeze once or twice though, something we never encountered in the E60.

Sound clarity during phone calls was great, with the speakerphone particularly clear and loud.

The main disappointments were battery life (around two days with moderate Internet use and a few voice calls a day) and the maddeningly sensitive five-way key, which affected everything from SMS input to Web page navigation. If these two issues were addressed, the N80 would be a ripper phone. As it is, we still rate it pretty highly. If you've got some spare coin to throw around, it's certainly a contender -- just test out that toggle key first.



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Mr.N80
9
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Mr.N80 posted a review   

The Good:Jam packed with features

The Bad:Battery life bites!!

Probably the best phone i have ever owned. Indestructible and robust little bugger and i have put it through its paces including water damage, dropped from the balcony, car etc...its like the duracell bunny, it just keeps going. I have had this phone for 6yrs now and its features are still current if not better than some of the newly released phones.

Screen resolution is amazing (probably one of the highest you can get).

Only draw backs are the battery life (due to the phones numerous features and quad band etc) which is about 3days, the occasional lag especially when you first turn the phone on and when taking a photo and most frustratingly, Nokia's lack of foresight in creating and providing software for this flagship phone model. Why? Who the hell knows!! Idiots...

 

Dianne posted a comment   

The Good:ok for Phone, camera, SMS

The Bad:Navigation key, Tiny font,

Somehow, setting change by themselves. Can't get it back to normal as I can't make the menu appear. Pressing the menu bar brings up settings, but not all the options are there. Can't find a way to check recent calls. It was there originally, but seems to have disappeared.

mooks28
3
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mooks28 posted a review   

it was good when i got it but same problem with everyone else it dies on you!!! i have had it reformated so many times. now it's completely dead!!! good pix **** fone...lol

Wayne
7
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Wayne posted a review   

The Good:great display (high resolution)
great sound

The Bad:bulky..too thick
poor battery life
camera lacks auto focus

Overall i'm quite pleased with this phone...had it for over 18 months.

Bonezy72
9
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Bonezy72 posted a review   

The Good:-good camera
-good screen
-good size
-not too bulky
-easy to use

The Bad:-nothing as yet

I just bought my n80 off ebay. 2 years old and i couldnt be happier. slide is great screen is a good size and camera is excellent.

duncanjohnson
8
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duncanjohnson posted a review   

The Good:Packed with features, many still not available on current phones. Great pictures (when not requiring flash). Love the document viewer and the wi-fi compatablitiy. Great synching with outlook.

The Bad:Slow picture taking, sliding open in pocket, small screen, a little bulky.

I've had this phone for about 18 months. I'm looking to upgrade, but find it hard to find a Next-G phone which isn't bulky and improves on this one. N95 comes close. iPhone lacks a few features like decent camera and flash, not to mention video calls.

Bong Boy
1
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Bong Boy posted a review   

The Good:Emailing, Wi-Fi, and other stuff

The Bad:Mostly everything

White screen of death, can't see sh*t.
Really **** off, only 2 months.
No-1 will fix, and it's under insurance.

<a href=http://www.set-phones.net/Motorola-V3.html>motorola v3</a>
9
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motorola v3 posted a review   

The Good:Good camera result.
Games are great.
LCD screen color are good.

The Bad:Nothing.

Best of the best hand set. I use this mobile only 3 months but i say that this mobile has no any competent. Camera result is great.

Ashleigh
2
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Ashleigh posted a review   

Shocking phone- freezes while in the middle of a voice call so have to take the battery out. Flashes up fatal error so have to restart phone. slow to respond. hate it

zzzzz
8
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zzzzz posted a review   

The Good:-Cool software
-good camera
-Video calls (2 cameras)
-Connectivity
-good colour and huge screen
-good sound

The Bad:-Absolutely annoying freeze on sending message.
-screen saver limitations
-battery

Hmmm id have to say i like this phone. I didnt know there was a problem with the nav button till i read it here :/. i obviously dont mind the nav button.


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User Reviews / Comments  Nokia N80

  • Mr.N80

    Mr.N80

    Rating9

    "Probably the best phone i have ever owned. Indestructible and robust little bugger and i have put it through its paces including water damage, dropped from the balcony, car etc...its like the durac..."

  • Dianne

    Dianne

    "Somehow, setting change by themselves. Can't get it back to normal as I can't make the menu appear. Pressing the menu bar brings up settings, but not all the options are there. Can't find a way to..."

  • mooks28

    mooks28

    Rating3

    "it was good when i got it but same problem with everyone else it dies on you!!! i have had it reformated so many times. now it's completely dead!!! good pix **** fone...lol"

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