Why you should give the N80 a try before going N95
Ok, where do you start with this phone.
It depends where you are coming from. I wanted a smart phone with expandable memory. I looked around for ages then bought an N93 at first. This was a big mistake as the selling point of that phone is the camera and video facilities, both of which where nowhere near as good as my old Sony K750i.
It did wet my appetite for the N series though, I liked the operating system, I liked the add on software available and I loved the music modes with cheap expandable memory.
The obvious next step is to go all out for the N95, but that's going to cost about £400. Is it worth it, well yes, I think it could be, a workmate has one and from the little I've seen it does look excellent.
I set about watching ebay for an N95 in my price bracket, but they are still commanding top money, and with a new baby on the way I just couldn't justify that sort of expense. It was whilst looking for N95s that I stumbled upon an N80. I hadn't heard of one before, so looked around the net for more details.
The spec of an N80 is impressive, in fact, compared to the N95 it lacks only the inbuilt GPS receiver (more about that later) and the camera is just 3.2 mp instead of the N95s 5mp.
The N80 has a slightly bulky slide form factor, you have to bear in mind that it is quite a bit older. But apart from that I'd say there is little in it.
The wifi feature is great, I use it for occasional web browsing, music and image transfer from my home network and emails both at home, work and hotspots. It is handy having a decent web connection that doesn't charge you, especially when in the pub with friends. You know the conversations, what was the name of the girl in captain caveman?
The camera is acceptable for a phone, but I still insist the camera on the Sony phones is better and easier to use. I've used the N80 camera lots, and it has excellent results outside or in well lit circumstances, but like the N93 and N95 the flash isn't wonderful and evening or indoor shots are disappointing. The camera can also be a bit slow to start up...isn't the idea of a camera phone to be able to catch those spur of the moment shots?
I purchased a Bluetooth GPS receiver, and TomTom 6 for use with this phone. The big high res screen and excellent loudspeaker make this a decent alternative to standalone sat navs. My sister uses the TomTom go, and I can honestly say the N80 with TomTom 6 works equally well.
Battery life is the Achilles heel of the N80, using it with wifi, and Bluetooth hammers the battery, expect to charge this phone daily, and use a car charger if you are on a long journey with sat nav.
If you can get over the dimensions and limited battery life you really can't fault this phone, I know there are people saying it is slow and has software bugs, I found that updating the software free of charge on the nokia web site sorted out most of the issues.
In short, before spending hundreds on an N95 take a closer look at the N80, is there enough difference to justify the extra expense. I'm going to hold on to my N80 until the prices fall....but then there'll be another even better phone to work towards wont there?
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
Nokia N80 In A Nutshell
I have long been a Nokia fan, the GUI and functionality of their phones has always appealed to me and this one in particular has been a treat. I bought it as an upgrade from my N70 and this model has served my purpose for nearly two years now, and I don't believe I will feel the need to change for a good while yet. I was lucky enough to purchase both of the N80 phones I have bought for a low price on ebay and have never been dissatisfied with the result.
At it's time of release, the N80 was the finest in mobile phone powerhouses, with the ability to function as both a limited PDA, spectacular camera and proficient mobile communications device it represented the founding father of a long line of mobile phones that can do more than one could ever imagine.
It's N-Series status gives it the added bonus of being simplistic in design, functionality and efficiency without infringing upon it's features. Armed with bluetooth, infrared, wireless WLAN/Wi-Fi and USB connectivity it also has an extensive array of external communication capabilities. More than sufficient internal memory and memory card compatibility also make it suitable as a basic media centre or business phone.
In terms of it's physical parameters, it has been criticised for being a little 'chunky' and 'heavy' but in my personal experience it is exactly the right size for ease of use and also durability, I have found it impervious to the bumps and bruises most mobiles experience in their lifetimes. It also has relatively easy adaptability in terms of exchanging colours, cases and keypads which offers one the opportunity for maximum personalisation.
The use of a Symbian OS system allows the phone to be expanded, updated and improved upon with each passing year and it can certainly still keep up with the mid-range enhanced mobiles of the current ranges. With the inclusion of a 'task manager' system it also provides an interface similar to that of a computer.
I can only think of two criticisms which have actually caused me problems and they are that due to it's impressive array of abilities it has a comparatively short battery life, if one is using as many of the functions as they can then they'd be lucky to squeeze an entire day out of it, which is perhaps an issue, however I have used mine as an MP3 player all the time and it keeps going for as long as it needs to between charges. If one is only using it as a phone I am sure the situation is improved. Secondly, I have found difficulties in connecting to personal or home wireless networks with WPA security, but I am not sure if that is due to the phone, network or both, other comments would be appreciated.
To offer some kind of conclusion it is my belief that the N80 phone would be perfect for someone who is interested in a phone that can be purchased very affordably but that can also offer extensive additional funtionality, as a music player it is basic but extremely proficient, as a camera it has magnificent clarity and capability, and as a business powerhouse it has all the tools and upgrade abilities that one can expect from a device of it's time. Connectivity could not be improved, and memory is plenty. It would suit someone who is just getting into enhanced mobile phones as much as it would suit someone whose looking for a temporary phone to fill the gap between more impressive upgrades.
Thankyou for reading!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Nokia N80 - Good or Bad ?
Ok so here's my thoughts on the Nokia N80.
I wanted a phone to help keep track of appointments, to access the web and email via wireless networks and to be flexible enough to run various applications, not quite a PDA but not just a phone and not too expensive.
Initial impressions were mixed, it's not too big although it is a fair bit thicker than most currently available mobiles, the screen is clear and bright and is quite readable under bright lighting conditions, the camera is typical of that on mobile phones in that the picture quality isnt quite a good as you'd expect despite being 3 megapixel (maybe i've been spoilt as i have a Canon DSLR) the built in flash is of the L.E.D variety and whilst it works it's really only good for about 3 feet, there is a sitch on the lense for close up's or landscape which works as it should but watch how close you get to things in close up as it can only focus down to about 6 inches and the flash although showing on-screen as not active it will give a slight flash so any close up that needs light is best taken in landscape from a bit further away and zoom in albeit at the cost it reducing the piture quality slightly.
Email and the internet were a lot easier to set up than i thought they were going to be and work fine for me, speed is ok too although i'm using the wireless network function so this will depend on your access point, range is good enough too as i can go from room to room without any signal loss, it's also rumoured that you can is VOIP via skype or similar but im yet to try that.
The radio feature works ok but you do need to have the earphones plugged as they act as the aerial, with the ability to fit extra memory the phone can hold a lot of additional Apps/Games and Music although i did find that using it for these reduces the battery life quite quick and found myself having to recharge the phone before the day was out, unlike my previous phone which would run for around 5 days.
Bluetooth was also quick and painless to setup for both connecting to a PC and an earpiece.
To sum up the N80 i'd say it's a good phone with good sound quality for the calls at least, good flexibility thanks to the vast array of 3rd party Apps/Games written for it's S60 operating system, the calendar function is a great help for keeping track of where you should be and when and the camera while not perfect is handy for those odd times where a quick snap will do, the only thing i wish it had was better battery life and perhaps wasnt quite as thick as it is but overall i'm happy with it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
My old and trusty 6600 had suffered one fall to the ground too many and was showing signs of its age ,so time for new phone.
my first choice was an N95 but after looking a the price and the spec i decided on the N80 its pretty much the same beast give or take a few features ,the main difference was the cost .
only had the phone for a week or two but impressed with it ,the camera is great ,and with the 2gb memory card a great mp3 player too! ,nice large screen ,rubust feel to it mainly due its metal case (a good investment is a body glove case ingenious how they fit on the phone )
Bad points so far battery life is shorter than the 6600 but you can buy replacements which have longer life between charges also signal strength isnt as strong as with the 6600 .
only minor points.
overall a great phone
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Nokia N80 Excellent Phone
this phone has all the features that one needs, more features then (IPHONE 3G, excepet internal gps), you can use this phone for internet calling(VOIP) using truephone, fring, tpad, gizmo. you can also use external bluetooth gps to turn your n80 into a full working navigation device.
there is confusion between Nokia n80 and Nokia N80 Internet Edition, the only difference between them is the software on the phone, i bought normal n80 and updated the phone to new internet version (search on google how to update n80 firmware to n80 internet edition) (you will need nss and nokia software updater). you can also install exciting small apps available for free on internet.
along with VOIP calling you can browse internet on it using its built in browser. you can store songs. movies and images on it, it support 2 gb memory card bought from ebay for 7 quid.
try to buy an unlocked version of the phone because it saves you 30 quid to get it unlocked from an outlet. has decent camera.
so if you are looking for a companion which can guide you through moterways, sing you songs and enables you to communicate with your buddies for free then nokia n80 should be the first choice.
just at the end let me draw the line between n80,n82,n95 (i have used all 3 of them)
to be honest all the nseries has more or less same operating system, with simlar features, in n82 and n95 you will get a builting gps chip which is handy but with n80 you still can use as navigation device with bluetooth gps receiver other then that every thing is same (not every thing but for people who want a phone which do more then calling then its the one.)
hope my review will make your mind about this phone.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.