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Nokia N81 review

6.8/10 AVG.
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6.8/10
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The Nokia N81 currently has an Informr score of 6.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Symbian
Processor
369 MHz
Screen Size
2.4"
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Wired

So I got this box in the mail that said N-GAGE on it. But the cell phone inside didn't look like a taco. I was confused. I tried talking into the side of the slider - it worked just like a cell phone should. What''s this N-GAGE moniker for? Turns out, N-Gage is no longer the name of a specific phone...

- Joe Brown, Wired
MobileBurn

The music experience on this phone is easily equal to that of the iPhone in terms of storage, audio quality, and convenience, especially given the numerous ways in which you can enjoy your tunes.

- Ricky Cadden, MobileBurn


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Nokia released the N81 on August 20, 2007.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia N81 user manual here.


Nokia backs up the N81 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your N81 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
2.4"

The Nokia N81's screen size is 2.4 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
369 MHz

There is a ARM11 369 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1050mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1050 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 17 days standby time, 240 minutes.

Nokia N81 Specs

Overview
Release date August 20, 2007
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor ARM11 369 MHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 96 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.15 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1050 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 240 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 17 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Cocoa brown
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.2 x 5.0 x 1.8 cm (4 x 2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 140 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, M4A
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Wired

It is supposed to keep us engaged not enraged

from Wired

So I got this box in the mail that said N-GAGE on it. But the cell phone inside didn't look like a taco. I was confused. I tried talking into the side of the slider - it worked just like a cell phone should. What''s this N-GAGE moniker for? Turns out, N-Gage is no longer the name of a specific phone-it's a platform, meaning that in order to wear the storied (er, buried?) badge a handset must meet certain performance criteria when it comes to mobile gaming. And the phone in question, Nokia's N81 8GB, is the first so-branded model to be released in the US. This handset has a 3D graphics accelerator, super-bright 16-million-color screen, and physical controls geared toward gaming. There are buttons on opposite ends of the device, mimicking the feel you get when you pick up say, an Xbox 360 controller. In the software department, the N81 runs the graying S60 operating system, and comes with a suite of demo games that cost about $10 to activate. Really? Come on guys, the new N-GAGE is supposed to keep us engaged not enraged...

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So I got this box in the mail that said N-GAGE on it. But the cell phone inside didn't look like a taco. I was confused. I tried talking into the side of the slider - it worked just like a cell phone should. What''s this N-GAGE moniker for? Turns out, N-Gage is no longer the name of a specific phone-it's a platform, meaning that in order to wear the storied (er, buried?) badge a handset must meet certain performance criteria when it comes to mobile gaming. And the phone in question, Nokia's N81 8GB, is the first so-branded model to be released in the US. This handset has a 3D graphics accelerator, super-bright 16-million-color screen, and physical controls geared toward gaming. There are buttons on opposite ends of the device, mimicking the feel you get when you pick up say, an Xbox 360 controller. In the software department, the N81 runs the graying S60 operating system, and comes with a suite of demo games that cost about $10 to activate. Really? Come on guys, the new N-GAGE is supposed to keep us engaged not enraged.

WIRED 3G and Wi-Fi, which should be standard on every phone, thank you very much. Gaming controls work as advertised, with nary a mis-pressed button in several straphanger gaming sessions. 8 gigs is, like, plenty of memory. Sleek design and excellent build quality. Unlocked. Autofocus-free 2-megapizzle camera is paparazzi-fast.

TIRED Paparazzi-fast camera seems like it's trying especially hard not to focus. Fancy piano-black screen is the opposite of antireflective. Topside button is built around the speaker, and squeaks if you move the phone around during a conversation (= always). Flat, nearly featureless keypad is impossible to use without looking down. Yo Nokia, why can't you include at least one free game with my $630 phone? And where the @#$! is Snakes?!

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MobileBurn

It has rightfully been praised for its audio quality and internal storage

from MobileBurn

The Nokia N81 8GB is a worthy follow up to the N91, and it has rightfully been praised for its audio quality and internal storage. The battery life is ample for enjoying music, and it manages to do that without draining the battery, and the WiFi is a convenient touch for high-speed data. Once the...More

The Nokia N81 8GB is a worthy follow up to the N91, and it has rightfully been praised for its audio quality and internal storage. The battery life is ample for enjoying music, and it manages to do that without draining the battery, and the WiFi is a convenient touch for high-speed data. Once the Nokia Music Store and N-Gage Platform launch globally, the N81 will be a hot handset to have. The music experience on this phone is easily equal to that of the iPhone in terms of storage, audio quality, and convenience, especially given the numerous ways in which you can enjoy your tunes. However, the camera is merely decent for a 2.0 megapixel, and leaves something to be desired. The build quality is also less than perfect, with noisy creaks and groans being heard when using the handset. But even with those few shortcomings, I still consider the N81 8GB to be worthy of a 'Recommended' rating.

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User Reviews


Yahoo

screen problem

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Pro: : ) Con: :( I bought from 3 months a new mobile phone which is nokia N81 and unfortunately after 2 months from enjoying using it the screen wasnt working anymore as supposed to; it has a problem with the light and the mobile technician said that I have to a 50 $ to install for me a new screen !!...More
Pro: : ) Con: :( I bought from 3 months a new mobile phone which is nokia N81 and unfortunately after 2 months from enjoying using it the screen wasnt working anymore as supposed to; it has a problem with the light and the mobile technician said that I have to a 50 $ to install for me a new screen !!! and i asked if i want to sell it he will take it for a 100 $ from me while i bought it for 400 $ Less
Yahoo

Buzz!!!

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Pro: Buzz!!! Con: Buzz!!! Buzz!!! love it
Yahoo

Nokia N810

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Pro: Screen Con: Doesn't Play Smooth video's I purchase this unit and it's a waste of money. The unit will not stream at 30 frames per-second. The company will tell you it's not a PDA blah, blah. The is the worst. Please don't waste your money on it. If the unit can't play a video from utube smoothl...More
Pro: Screen Con: Doesn't Play Smooth video's I purchase this unit and it's a waste of money. The unit will not stream at 30 frames per-second. The company will tell you it's not a PDA blah, blah. The is the worst. Please don't waste your money on it. If the unit can't play a video from utube smoothly then it's a waste. I have both the N800 and this one and they both operate the same way except the N800 doesn't have a pull out keyboard. The company needs to improve on the video playing frame as well as the web cam. Please don't buy you will be sorry. Less
Yahoo

good one

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