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      28.11.2010 06:19
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      nice but not cheap

      Personally this has been my favourite mobile phone purchase the phone it self was generally quite expensive I originally was set on an I phone but found this better alternative. The 8GB built in memory is brilliant although I believe an external memory card slot would have been handy.

      The sound quality of the speakers is good not exceptional by any means. The phones slide technique is nice and doesn't require effort to access the keyboard yet remaining sturdy enough to reduce fear of snapping from its hinges. The navigation wheel makes the phone quick and easy to use and also suits the games on the phone, this also enables easy web browsing which is brilliant for quickly scrolling down a page.

      The two cameras is a feature which I never really felt the need to use so I deemed the necessity as needless waste and instead I'd have preferred a single better camera which is a feature that brings down this phone. The extensive formats supported by the phone is a feature I had problems with with some formats failing to open and play.

      The headphone jack was just an average jack so if your headphones broke or like me didn't like them it was easy to replace them via any electrical store. The one problem with the headphone jack is the location at the top of the phone as trying to use your phone and listen to music at the same time can be awkward.
      The many different themes on the phone was visually nice as it offered a good choice which would suit many different people. The key pad itself felt cheap and tacky considering the money involved in purchasing and I believe its an issue which could be easily addressed. I have no qualms about the rest of the phone though with its appearance certainly stylish and the features are very modern for its time, this phone has convinced me to buy a new Nokia N series.

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        21.09.2009 13:05
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        Can't go wrong with this phone!

        This is my favourite phone I have ever owned - in fact I liked it so much that when my contract ended I decided to keep it instead of getting a new phone! I've had it for 2 years now (with one replacement along the way - my fault, I dropped it and the top button cracked) and have no intention of upgrading anytime soon!

        Looks:
        OK, so it's not the prettiest phone... It's kind of "bricky" looking, quite bulky - a million miles from some of the sleek phones that are out now. However, it has a nice large screen and is not hideous so it's worth the style sacrifice as they pack a lot into the (relatively) small package!

        Performance:
        This phone has everything I need - huge 8gb memory stores loads of music, photos, videos and games! I have about 1700 songs on it, countless photos, and a good few videos and games and the memory isn't even full!

        The 2 megapixel camera takes decent quality pictures, and there is a good flash too. Sometimes the pictures come out a little grainy, but the majority of the time they are very clear and could be printed to photo size (2 megapixels should be enough for this size). I think the lighting has a lot to do with the quality.

        My favourite feature though is the mp3 player. It's easy to transfer music on and off the device - I have never had problems connecting it to either of my PCs, and simply use Windows Media Player to sync it to. It stores your music in the way an Ipod would, so you can select to play music by genre, artist, album, etc. The sound quality from the phone alone isn't great, it's a little "tinny" but I believe this to be a problem with all mobile phone speakers. It's not so much a problem though as a decent pair of speakers or headphones with a standard 35mm jack will run through it no problem. If you have an AUX output on you CD player or car stereo you can run the music through that too with an AUX lead.

        Finally, the battery life is also very good - I tend to charge my phone every 4/5 days but I never turn it off and am always on the thing whether I'm making calls, sending texts, listening to music, or messing about with my calendar!

        All round winner I would say!

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        19.05.2009 21:58
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        A functionality rich phone with plenty of memory for music and photos, but beware of keypad failure

        A functionality rich mobile, one of the many Nokia mobile phones I have procured over the years. Starting with the brick in 1994 to this my current phone. Regretably I must say this is the most frustrating phone I have owned, the reason being is the slide functionalilty to access the keypad. On my 3rd N81 now, everytime the keypad has stopped working in some form or other, either the odd keys, 1&8 seem to be serviced by the same matrix, or the entire keypad WILL stop at some point during ownership. Only two months before I can upgrade and get rid :) The features of the phone are second to none, bluetooth, WIFI MP3 and radio to name but a few. The radio struggles for quality, not the best radio on a mobile I have used, though the music player is very good. The camera is good quality for a 2 Meg camera. The gaming experience and graphics blow you away, but be warned, one day the keypad will get you and thus all the functionality will cease. Oh yeah, you can even make phone calls and text or send SMS messages :) Technology hey, you can't live without it!!

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        06.09.2008 19:36
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        Fantastic Phone

        The Nokia N81 8GB is an absolutly fantastic phone. It has everything a person could want in my opinion you would be stupid to not pick this phone when looking for a phone in the price range.
        The phone includes every feature you could want, except the GPS which can be bought seperatly which then makes the phone equally as good as the Nokia N95 if not better.
        The phone works as a great N-Gage 2.0 which comes installed with the phone and with the two buttons on the top it even feels like a gaming console.
        The main problem i have with the Nokia N81 8GB is that it doesnt quite feel well built, the parts dont feel solid and when you press down on the front you can see and feel it move down. Also when i accidently dropped it a bit of the plate on the top button is broke.
        However overall it is the best phone i have owned.

        For the guy who wants me to "elaborate" on the features:

        N-gage 2.0 (games sold seperatly pretty pricey, bout £7)

        MP3 Player (music sounds much better on this then it does on teh Ipod)

        8GB of memory!!

        Camera/VideoCamera (ok admittidly not the best 2megapixel camera but it does have a flash and it will safice)

        Business Features (Unit Converter, Syncronize mail, clock, alarm, notes, Calenda, and the Live search option which is kool)

        Wi-Fi (connect to hotspots for free internet)

        GPS (As stated comes when you buy a certain back cover for your phone but the Nokia Maps service is still preloaded and is awesome for directions from one place to another)

        Filemanager (not all phones have this when its there to make life easier)


        Nokia Music store - Never used it so i wont comment, i prefer buying CDs to Mp3s

        These are my highlights on the features, obviously it has all the little things other phones have.

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          30.05.2008 21:34
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          i love this phone but would never have spent so much on one myself

          Nokia have always been very favourite mobile phone producer. I deviated once from them in about 2001, but have otherwise been steadfastly loyal. I usually tend to go for the simple models. I'm not too bothered by gadgets, as long as I can call and text I'm happy. I was given this phone for my birthday and was a little scared to begin with. So many functions! However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was easy to use, like all other nokia products that I have had. The instructions were clear but with a little bit of fiddling I think that most mobile phone users could work out how to use it without nokia's help.

          Now for the technical stuff...

          The phone is very pretty but feels so light that I am constantly worried about breaking it. It must be fairly robust though as it has withstood being played with by my 1 year old [i must add that this was before I found out what it cost!].

          The Nokia N81has up to 8GB internal flash memory for music, games, video, images and applications. Apparently this is not all that great, but it's more than enough for my purposes.

          Talk time is up to 240 minutes and stand by time is up to 17 days [which I thought was amazing - I've only had about 3 days before! I do find it hard to remember to charge though as it needs it so infrequently].

          Music playback time is up to 11.5 hours
          Video recording time is up to 3.5 hours with QVGA
          Gaming time is up to 6 hours

          The picture quality is good, definitely the best that I've ever had.
          The voice commands and hands free speaker are really handy, and I love having the FM radio available.

          My phone was purcahsed from the Nokia website, and was £349. It was delivered free in 3 days. I would never ever have paid that much for a mobile phone, and although I like the phone, I don't think that it is worth that type of money I'm afraid [hubby got quite a telling off when I found out what he'd spent!].

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            25.04.2008 23:24
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            You can't go wrong for a music and gaming phone here

            I have owned a nokia n81 since christmas. I think its a great phone with a very wide array of features. It has also been a very hyped phone, many gadget and phone websites have stated that they think it could well be the start of proper mobile phone gaming in 2008. But can it live up to the expectations that have been given to it?

            The reason for the gaming qoute is that the n81 includes nokia's new n-gage platform. The n-gage platform is available on the 6 most powerful n-series phones. It is a mobile gaming program capable of playing games with graphics that could prove a tough match for the psp and ds. There are two gaming buttons on the top of this phone, allowing for easy gameplay. I think that the n-gage application is brilliant.

            Let's move on to the music capabilities of the phone now. The music player on this phone is far beyond average. The menu is aranged into artists, albums and songs, and the individual song menu is great, including a section for album artwork. The music functions are helped along by the addition of a 3.5mm headphone jack, so any normal headphones will work in here, and the navigation pad doubles as a scroll wheel.

            The phone itself in my opinion looks great. The phone is a bit heavy though, weighing in at a porky 140g. The back of the phone is a bit of a smudge magnet but surprisingly does not scratch.

            The camera is 2 megapixels big. This does seem pretty measly but the quality is surprisingly good and there is a xenon flash packed in for much more pleasing night time shots. If your looking for a camera phone then don't go for this one, but it's still great considering this phone was built for music and games.

            There is also wifi and bluetooth on this phone. The wifi is great and easy to use, not many phones have it yet so it's a great addition to this phone. There is no infrared here as that now seems to be old technology.

            Overall I think that the n81 is a fantastic phone. It has one of the widest ranges of features you can find on a smartphone. It's perfect for anyone in the entertainment factor, with the 8GB version containing enough room to store all your music library and games.

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              11.02.2008 15:43
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              A great all round multimedia phone from Nokia

              The nokia n81 is one of nokias new high end phones. It features many good music and gaming functions. I brought one a couple of months ago and through this review I will talk about my experience using it.

              The music is the main feature on this phone so I will start off with it. There is a 8gb flash memory on this phone, giving room for a stonking 2000 songs. The music menus are ipod like and straight forward to use. There is a standard headphone port on the top of the phone allowing for any headphones allong with a cool hold switch, giving an mp3 player feel. The navigation wheel can also be used as an ipod style scroll wheel in the music player, but is sometimes unresponsive.

              I will move on to the gaming features now. Nokia has recently announced that soon it will be releasing its next gen n-gage platform for the n81 and a few other phones. They feature psp like graphics and as a beta user I can say that it is superb to use. Games can either be played in a landscape or portrait mode. Also at the top of the phone gaming buttons light up whenever the n-gage application is used. The games are all stored on the n81s internal flash drive.

              The web browsing on here is the best I have experienced through a phone with no touchscreen. The browser supports flash and displays full webpages (not the mobile versions). It's really easy to use and is boosted by the addition of wifi and 3g to the handset.

              The camera is the only dissapointment on this handset. It's a weak 2 megapixels but surprisingly features a xenon flash, giving it rather mixed opinions.

              The phone is available for £279 pay as you go from carphone warehouse or for £35 a month on an 18 month contract from a variety of other sellers. I would certainly recommend it as a brilliant smartphone.

              This is my first review so please leave comments and feedback to help me improve.

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                28.01.2008 12:10
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                best phone ive had

                I have recently taken this phone out on a new contract. I love it! It has gone great little settings like when your phone rings it will tell you who is calling (reads what that number is saved under!) I find it easy to use and learnt to use is very quikly, but i think that this might just be a Nokia thing. I have had nokia phones for the last 8 years or so and they just keep getting better and this is no exception. The music player is good and the sound quality is not too bad. The quality of the photos and film is not bad, but it is not the best on the market. I find that if i put my phone in my bag as i am sliding it shut, it sometimes connects to the internet which i am unaware of until i next look at my phone. I would not change anything about this phone,its simple and easy to use, yet full of great things!

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              • Product Details

                PRODUCT FEATURES:

                Digital music player for high quality music playback

                High quality stereo speakers

                3.5 mm stereo headphone plug (Nokia AV Connector)

                Bluetooth wireless technology A2DP profile (Bluetooth stereo audio)

                Support for MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+/WMA/M4A with playlists and equalizer

                Landscape gaming with dedicated game keys

                New 3D multimedia menu with content driven grouping

                Navi wheel

                True internet experience with Nokia Web Browser and Mini Map, offering excellent usability with landscape browsing