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The Nokia N85 is really media focused- so its especially good for playing music, games and taking videos; with the added advantage of being able to call and text people too.
For your general daily tasks of calling and texting- it does a good job. And most of your extra features it performs just aswell. Music, pictures, videos and games are of fantastic quality.
My issues are with the battery, camera, games and internet though. If you play a solid hour of music for example (equal to a reasonable bus journey home) the life is literally sucked out of the phone- even if you started with a full battery- this is the same i you have a good gaming session. The battery doesn't seem to cope very well with all these lovely features its been blessed with.
I also had issues with the camera- if you can actually get it to work, it takes fantastic pictures and video. But I often found the camera crashes and you'll need to reset the phone in order to use it again, if you actually still want to take a picture it sometimes needs resetting 3 or 4 times.
The games use "N-gage" which you have to connect to via internet in order to download games- you don't need to be connect to play them unless you have downloaded a game where you play other people from all over the world. This really annoyed me- as I'm not a hardcore gamer, and its nice to be able to play a game occasionally to pass the time. The phone comes with no games whatsoever- and you have to pay for any you want to download- most will let you have a trial- but its usually not worth it. Its nice to have the option to play at least snake for free!
I also found the internet hard to navigate- but I always find they are a bit rubbish on my mobiles without a full keyboard
Despite all these niggly little problems- I wouldn't change my lovely little nokia- the problems it has don't really affect me as I'm not a hardcore gamer, I'm not a keen photographer and I don't need or want to use the internet on my phone- but it can occasionally be frustrating, so if you are looking into this phone because of its all singing and dancing features I would look elsewhere.
Unfortunately, the only way I can describe this phone is the worst Nokia I have ever had. I've been loyal to Nokia for the last 11 years, but this phone has changed my opinion of them.
The single reason for this is the firmware on the phone - it's shockingly slow. It's running the latest firmware, has loads of memory free, but sometimes it can take 5 seconds just to open a text message. It stutters when playing back video, and even the photo gallery is slow. I've tried factory resetting the phone, with no luck. Nokia must surely be aware of this firmware problem, but the last update was November 2009 - as the N85 wasn't a massive seller I assume they've just chosen to forget about it.
Features wise it's quite good, with a good quality camera, gps, internet radio, etc. The OLED screen has been described elsewhere as being the best thing about the phone, but unfortunately it's useless in anything like bright sunlight. Out of the box the sliding mechanism felt loose, and whilst on holiday last year the front panel under the screen fell off so had to be super-glued back on.
Overall, a good looking phone with some decent features, just let down by the firmware and the screen's performance in sunlight.
So what i wanted, was a slick, lightweight, easy-to-use phone that I could text with ease, call out without a fuss and listen to my many mp3s using a mini-jack input. I had simple needs, but the more i've used this phone the more i realised that eventhough it does all of the above, i feel it could do it all just that little bit better. The phone feels a little bit fiddly, there many options and therefore many menu pages to scroll through until you get what you want. The buttons feel like they're going to snap off if I push that little bit too hard (had a problem with the scrolling dial too and needed to replace it), and whereas I can input my over the ear headphones and very much loook the part, the sound quality I'm getting just doesn't stack up, and overall I'm wondering if there is something of better value out there...
THE LOOK AND FEEL
I liked the look and feel of it straight away but still not as sexy looking as some of the new touch screen phones. I have just got the Nokia N97 and was quite disappointed at how plasticy the back felt as I was used to the smooth glossy look and feel of the N85. It seems as though Nokia have taken a step backwards on the overall feel of the phone when making the N97 which is bad considering the spec and capability of it. So 5 Stars for the feel and 4 on the look simply because I personally prefer the larger screen phone's for internet.
Before this phone I had the Nokia N95 8G, this became faulty to water damage so I got the N85 through insurance and was told this had the new home screen which was made for easy internet access. I loved the new look of the home screen but shortly found that the phone was just not good enough to support it fully and kept freezing and getting confused with functions. So for software I would give it 3 stars.
It has a 5mp Carl Zeiss camera, Carl Zeiss is a tip top professional lens but the camera does not compare to my Lumix wide angle camera. The shutter can be slow and pictures come out blurry if there is a lot of movement going on e.g. kids. But for a straight forward still pic they do come out great. The video is high quality too you can get some good pics and videos in right conditions. It has a great music player and good sounds which can be enhanced with speaker attachments. It came with some good memory space 8G so plenty of storage space for music. Nokia has created a great gaming community called N-Gage which came already installed on the phone where you can purchase games there are also online multiplayer games. You can log progress and make gaming friends, good for gamers. There is also Ovi - Nokia's app store where you can purchase apps. Saying this though there are not as many available for the N85 as there is for the N97. So for the features I give it 4Stars.
The battery life is average; I charge my phone everyday so as long as it lasts a day it does not bother me. Would probably last 2days max.
I got this on Vodafone contract for free. If you were to buy this second hand then yes I would recommend it as a nice phone but I would not pay £300 for it. I don't think it is worth that. As a free contract yes it did me well until my upgrade.
Calling and texting is all very easy on this phone. A good home screen feature it did have was VIP Contacts with clicking down on the scroll and you could place four numbers here that you use most often. The email was also a lot better than on the N95 that I had. They would actually come through to the phone and I had it set to check every hour. Reading them was the problem it could read certain emails but struggled with attachments and HTML. The N97 handles this lot better.
Nokia have also changed the charger fitting on this, so no more one size standard charger that everyone is familiar with which is a bit of a pain as everyone had an old Nokia charger lying around somewhere which was good for back-up.
My overall score for the N85 is 3.5 Stars
My first ever phone 8 years ago was a Nokia, and although I have strayed a few times I have now returned back to them! The N85 is a little more chunky than some phones, but on the other hand feels quite sturdy, and although I don't advise you purposely test out my next statement, the phone has withstood quite a few drops on a variety of different floors; Concrete, wood, tiled etc.
The N85 has the same lay out as other Nokia's, you can chose whether to have them in a list format or block, whichever you find easiest. There is also a 'help' tool which holds the same information as the guide book which is very useful if you need to do something when out and about.
I have found that sometimes the phone seems to freeze, in a similar way that a computer does, but always corrects itself after a few seconds. I would recommend this as a good phone, although I am sure there are other phones just as good for a less price on the market.
My first impression of this phone was that it was small, sleek and profesional looking. The phone has a big screan and good resolution for display. The phone slides to up to reveal the numbers and down to reveal the mutimedia settings. The phone is set out ina user friendly way which makes it easyier to navigate around the applications. The phone has a good 5 mega pixel camra, mini usb power lead which is becoming univeral and the ability to download and watch Tv through the BBC i player.
The keys are shiney and not raised which does lead to problems if you try and type to fast. the power held in the vbattry lasts around three days if used on an avarage scale and a little less if you are using the phone more for its excellent gaming and media. The phone does scratch easily but no more than any other i have come across and there fore i would say that im very happy with the phone.
The Nokia N85 is a curiously underrated model which seems to be absent from many websites, and even Vodafone, who provided mine, don't seem to acknowledge its existence. It has virtually everything going for it that its better known siblings the N95 and N96 have, including the GPS Sat Nav function and an excellent camera, as well as Wifi access built in.
What really makes this phone stand out is its very innovative Organic LCD or OLED screen, which makes far less use of backlighting and therefore saves a considerable amount of battery - the only downside I found to this is that in bright outdoor summer sunlight it can be almost impossible to see anything on it. Indoors or in winter it's fine.
The slider works both up and down to access different functions, down to use the media player buttons, and slide up to reveal the numberpad. The scroller button seems fairly robust, and the central button for confirming choices and triggering various actions is far more sturdy than those I've had the misfortune to use in some of Sony Ericsson's phones.
The digital camera results from this phone are amazingly crisp and clear, and far better than some of Nokia's other offerings. The video camera function works well and it is easy to choose between still or video modes very quickly when using the camera. While in camera mode there are plenty of other choices, such as white balance, flash, image mode and quality and lots more. These are all easy and quick to change using the onscreen menu side bar.
The keypad buttons are, despite their flat looks, very good and responsive when using them to send SMS messages. They have a good touch and rarely miss the input press, something which annoyed me no end with my previous Sony Ericcson K800i phone.
Another great idea which has been implemented in this phone is the auto tilt sensor - this recognises if you place the phone or hold the phone in landscape format, and adjusts the screen automatically. It's particularly useful when surfing the internet. You can of course choose to turn this off if you find it annoying. I personally find this feature a great help when browsing the internet, but slightly irritating because everytime the phone is in my pocket the display seems to end up the wrong way round for my next use of it.
Accessing the internet is made easier with a quick install of the free software Opera Mini (not provided), and the GPS functions work fine with free mapping services like Google Maps. I do find that the antenna are a little sensitive - they are built into the back cover of the phone and so when holding it you're blocking some of the signal.
If you want to access Internet radio through this phone it's very easy to do, but using the built in radio FM Receiver means you will need to connect up the headphones, which act as an aerial. This is in common with many other phones, so no big deal.
My biggest quibble: once the battery starts to go down it just vanishes - on calls I get one battery warning and then a few seconds later it's dead.
But otherwise, I'm very pleased with it, and it has converted me back to Nokia from being a previous Sony fan.
Useful tip: having been so used to the 'press various button + * key' idea to lock the keypad, I was pleased to find that on this phone, simply slide the slider back in and you can choose to lock the keypad automatically, unlock it again by sliding back out. It also remembers the screen you were on when you lock it, very handy for those 'boss just walked in' situations...
This is the very first slide phone that I have ever owned and i have to say that i am pretty please with it, it is quite compact for a slide phone which makes it easy to slip in pockets etc etc, it is not heavy at all so it doesnt make it awkward to carry about with you, the screen is quite large and very clear so if you like surfing the mobile internet (which i do) you will not be left squinting at the screen, plus there are options to increase the size of the internet screen which is very useful, the memory is massive as it comes with its own memory card and will be plenty for the casual use who has a decent number of songs etc etc, the keyboard can be awkward cos it is a bit small but it is not hard to get around!!! in general a very good phone what i dont regrett getting!!!
I chose this phone as my upgrade model and despite it's bulky appearance it's a very handy phone.
The sliding function is good as it allows for a larger screen without the key pad forcing it to be made smaller, although a downside to this is when you put it in your pocket, because the slider moves both ways it can be incredibly frustrating.
The camera is one of the main features that drew me to this phone, I've always found Nokias to be easy to work and have tried to stick with them for ease of use, and the 5mp camera is a big plus point, although the fact that the sliding lens cover can also open whilst in your pocket can be another rather annoying factor.
The features on the phone are very good, from mp3 player to the Real Player video playing system, all things that now we come to expect from a phone but are top of the range as far as handheld devices come.
The keypad is easy to navigate and in general the phone is very easy to use, having had the phone for about 7 months now I still believe the camera to be it's best feature and certainly wouldn't recommend it to anybody who doesn't like bulky looking phones.
I've owned a N85 for about 6 months now and although i was initially very impressed with it's feature set my opinion has dipped slightly after extended use. The feature set is excellent and just what you'd expect from a high end Nokia phone. The features I use and like the most are the 5MP camera, the GPS via Nokia maps and the ability to download tv programs from iplayer via a wireless connection to watch later. What i was a little disappointed with was the build quality. The slide function is very 'rattlely' and the phone vibrates terribly (commonly quoted on user forums) and the ear piece speaker is very crackly and sometimes cuts in and out (again well documented on user forums) When i initially got the phone it suffered from constantly restarting itself however a software updates has eased this somewhat although it can be very frustrating. Overall the phone is reasonable quality but not as reliable as i'd like and given the chance again i would probably go for a different model
Soon as you open the box for the Nokia N85, you know you're onto something good.
Unwrapping the phone is a delight as you see just how well built and stylish the phone is. With a glossy finger-print friendly fascia, the wonderful OLED screen shines bright, it really looks as if Nokia have put some effort into the phone.
It's a feature packed phone with an excellent 5MP camera with flash, 8GB memory card, Bluetooth, A-GPS, WiFi, accelerometer (we'll come to this later) and a touch sensitive square that Nokia have dubbed as a naviwheel.
If you're after a responsive phone that doesn't take forever to switch applications then this will be down your alley. Slide the phone upwards reveals the keyboard - and it feels sturdy. Slide it down to reveal Media Player shortcut buttons which any music-savvy fan will appreciate.
The button in the bottom left hand corner of the form functions as the Menu option and the square "Navi-wheel" is used to navigate the menu. Luckily, my phone came with the touch sensitiveness of the naviwheel which off and that's exactly how I would recommend it to be as it's overly sensitive and serves little purpose in it's current form.
I mentioned the accelerometer earlier, and this is Nokia's little bash at both the iPhone, the PSP and it's ill-fated N-Gage gaming device. The phone comes loaded with EA Games and some make sue of the accelerometer and I'm sure more will be developed for the device.
Overall, this phone is trying to meet the challenges Nokia face by showing it can build a well-rounded, well sized, well built phone packed to the rafters with applications, games and utilities. The only downside was the sound quality was not up to par with other phones but this really could be due to a dozen plus reasons.