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Nokia N80 Smartphone Review

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Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review


The N80 is the only smartphone in slider form factor by Nokia after the 7650. It's quite stylish but people who have got used to sliders, like Samsung ones for example, will still find it a bit bulky. When closed, it's definitely not the biggest but its thickness and weight are pretty solid, as it's 15% heavier than the N73 and is 65% thicker than the legendary RAZR V3. In spite of this it fits nicely into the hand both closed and opened, and the only thing that annoyed us was that we kept on blocking the view of the camera with our fingers because it is located on the lower slider of the phone. Located on the upper one are the system buttons, the small but high resolution display and the front facing camera for video calls, which can not swivel and is only a 0.3 megapixels.

Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review


The 262k color display, which is very bright (it's easy to see even in direct sunlight, and there's no problem when brightness is set to maximum) and displayed images look very detailed thanks to the high resolution (352x416) on the relatively small (2.2”) screen. The system buttons (soft keys, answer/reject, menu, clear, multimedia, edit and the d-pad) are located just below it.

Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review


They are large enough and easy to use even without taking a look at the keypad, due to the spacing between them, while the strong tactile response makes sure you've pressed the key. The D-pad is a 5-directional button and despite its relatively small size it's very comfortable to use. Only pressing it at the center is a little harder than we'd like but it's not a problem. Besides the D-pad, only the menu and multimedia keys are comprised in a single button, as pressing it at the left side starts the menu, and at the right – the Multimedia. This enables you to take advantage of the N80's full functionality even when it's closed, while you actually need to open it only when you want to dial a number or enter text.
             
When opening the phone by pushing the slider with a finger, you realize that there's no spring mechanism to aid you, yet, the sliding is smooth and easy. But when you want to close it, you'd better push the upper slider at the top with your other hand because it will be very hard for you to get a good grip on it by using only one of your hands as there's no bump or hole on the front surface to put your finger and make it easier to pull the upper slider towards you – if there was a larger area where you could put your finger and pull the slider, you would not have to touch the display, which we think is very annoying, so we use both hands for closing it to avoid leaving fingerprints on the screen.

The buttons are made of dark grey plastic and they are surrounded by a stylish metallic frame/stripe, which suits very nice to the upper slider's shiny parts. The size of the buttons is slightly bigger than the average one and there's very little spacing between them. The surface of the keyboard is worth mentioning because if you consider it as a whole, it is slightly raised at the skirts and at the center, while the rest is at a lower level. This could be useful to a certain extent but we still made a lot of mistakes when we tried dialing numbers without looking at the keypad. At least there's no possibility that you accidentally press two buttons at a time, because each of them responds only when pressed at the center. The keyboard has a very good tactile response and entering text is fast and easy, while using it in the dark is aided by a blue backlight, which is turned off during the day thanks to a light sensor.

Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review


Located on the right is the only side button - the camera shutter key, which can also be used for starting it. It is not lit at all. Typically, located on top (in the middle) of the lower slider is the power button, which acts as a shortcut to Profiles too. It is in black and has an oval form with a metallic ring around it. The microSD cards slot is located on the left side of the phone and it has an elegant cap that covers it, while the eye of the infrared port is located on top of the upper slider.

Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review


At the bottom of the phone everything is as usual for a Nokia phone – there's the pop-up port and a strap holder hole, while at the back of the phone are only the 3-megapixel camera, its LED flash and a mechanical switch for Macro-Landscape mode. The whole module is designed in the shape of a small circle, which contrasts to the dark grey plastic around it with its silver color. The back part of the phone, including the battery cover is very solid and there are no annoying noises even when you put pressure on it. The only thing about the N80's construction which bothers us is the upper slider, which is not stable enough when closed and even slightly wobbles horizontally when opened.       

Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review

   

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Nokia N80

Nokia N80

OS: Symbian 9.1
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Display352 x 416 pixels TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Size3.75 x 1.96 x 0.92 inches
(95 x 50 x 23 mm)
4.72 oz  (134 g)
Battery820 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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