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Nokia N81 8GB review | Introduction

Published on: Monday, April 21st 2008                   Written by: Nic Rossmüller - Photography by: Mark Peters

Nokia N81 8GB review

G radually more mobile phones with a large internal memory are being added to the assortment of various mobile phone manufacturers. Nokia have joined the club and have put several mobile phones on the market that feature a large internal memory. Devices with this kind of storage capacity are for example; Apple iPhone, Nokia N95 8GB, Nokia N96 and the Nokia N81 8GB. The Nokia N81 8GB truly is a multimedia device. The Nokia N81 8GB makes music, games and movies come alive. To emphasize the fact that the target group of the Nokia N81 8GB consists of multimedia enthusiasts, Nokia have applied 'dedicated multimedia keys' to the N81 8GB. Some disadvantages we notice even from looking at the specifications are: average camera, no HSDPA and the weight. As you probably know, there are two Nokia N81 models on the market; an 8GB model and a standard one with a memory card slot. We had the chance to review the Nokia N81 8GB. How well the Nokia N81 8GB did in practice can be read in our N81 multimedia phone review.

Nokia N81 8GB review

 

Nokia N81 8GB phone

Nokia N81 8GB phone

Nokia phone design

Nokia have opted for a compact slider mobile phone. On the outside the cell phone has a smooth and neat shining black design. The small dimensions of this multimedia device are striking. The 4 x 2 x 0.7 inches places the Nokia N81 on the same level with devices such as the Samsung G800 and the Nokia 5700 XpressMusic. And although the Nokia N81 8GB does not fully aim at mobile photography, the N81 8GB's back does look entirely like a digital camera.

Nokia N81 8GB cell phone

Nokia N81 8GB cell phone

Nokia multimedia buttons

The multimedia buttons are clearly recognizable on the outside of the mobile phone. The gaming buttons however are not so obvious; they are placed to the left and the right of the speaker. The numeric buttons that appear when you slide open the phone, are a disappointment. The keyboard is flat and you can hardly feel the lines in between the buttons. This makes writing a text message rather difficult because you have to look at the buttons continuously to see which one you are touching. It's a strange occurrence, since the Nokia N81 8GB aims at the young consumer who prefers sending text messages to making a call.

Nokia N81 8GB test

Nokia N81 8GB test

Nokia LCD monitor

The Nokia N81 8 GB has been equipped with a large 2.4 inch, sixteen million colour monitor. Nokia deserve praise for this. We hardly ever see a mobile phone getting equipped with a monitor of this size. The quality of the monitor is excellent. The colours are vivid. Playing a video will not be a problem with the Nokia N81 8GB. Even when a movie with fast action moments is played there are no negative changes visible on the monitor.

 

Nokia N81 8GB mobile phone

Nokia N81 8GB mobile phone

Nokia N81 8GB multimedia phone

Nokia N81 8GB multimedia phone

 
 
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