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Nokia N80 Smartphone Review

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Camera:

N80 is the first Nokia phone to feature a 3-megapixel camera – it is located on the back of the lower slider. Unlike the N73 and N93 models which followed, the autofocus is missing here, as well as the Carl Zeiss branded lens; the interface is slightly changed too and it's not as comfortable as the other two models, as navigation is made harder due to the need to move through more menus. Starting the camera is done by holding the button located on tfhe right side of the phone and it takes only about 3 seconds which is quick, compared to most other phones (4 seconds for N73 and K800). Shooting with the camera is also faster, because you don't have to wait for focusing as the phone has a fixed-focus and the picture is taken almost immediately after pressing the button, and you can take the next shot after 4.5 seconds (5.5 for N73 and 6.5 for K800).     

Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
The 3-megapixel camera on the back
Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Shooting with flash on

What the N80's camera suffers from is the fixed-focus. Although most of the images had saturated and nearly realistic colors, good exposure and detail, they were often out of focus and so - looking blurry. Most of the Macros were fine, thanks to the hardware switch on the back though. Indoors, the noise takes up huge part of the photos and covers all of the detail, but in our opinion it is better than the noise-reduction system of the N73. Compared to the latter, it is worse in taking night-photos and there's noise all over them, but the night portraits are fine as the LED flash is strong and bright.

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The interface is in landscape mode and there is a line of indicators to the right but no shortcuts, unlike the N73. The digital zoom is used by pressing the “up/down” directions (left/right – in normal mode), whereas by pressing the “left” direction you enter the Image Setup menu, which enables you to set the Shooting Mode, Flash, White balance, exposure, Color Tone and Sharpness/Brightness/Contrast/Color Saturation. By using the soft buttons you can get access to even more options, as the camera can take pictures in five different resolutions (form VGA (0.3) to 3 megapixels). When taking videos, you can choose the quality between three options: 3GP - planned to be used for sending video via the phone, one for watching and MP4 - the best quality and MB per minute, as the resolution in this case is CIF 352x288 pixels.    

Nokia N80 Smartphone Review
Normal mode
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Photo taken
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Setup
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Macro mode
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Video mode
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Setup

Audio:

The package of the phone includes headphones, but music can also be played through its speakerphone. The music player has the same interface as the one  in other Symbian S60 phones (E50 and N73 for example). It's really uncomfortable and quite inconvenient to use, as the displayed playback buttons are so small that you have to stare at them to see what each  one is for, and you can only use the latter by moving in the up and down directions – very impractical. The Music Library menu allows you to sort the songs by Artist, Album, Genre, Composer, while we find the Track Lists option to be an interesting idea as it allows you to select the most played songs for example. Playing music in background mode, while using the phone for something else, is flawless thanks to the multitask capabilities of the smartphone. Meanwhile, the song that's currently played and the time elapsed are displayed on the homescreen and by pointing at it you can easily adjust the sound volume of the player without even opening it but pausing or changing to the next track this way is impossible. It would've been handy if the N80 had music-dedicated keys so you could easily control the music player.

The sound quality during music playback is not what one would expect of a high-end multimedia phone – even the stereo headphones that come with the phone, didn't produce any decent bass and the middle and high frequencies' quality was very low. – unfortunately it is hard to connect decent hi-fi headphones to the phone, and you have to search for Nokia adaptor (Pop-up Port to 3.5mm jack). It's sad that it is not in the box, as it was with Sony Ericsson W810 and LG Chocolate KG800.

Software:

The phone can use applications based both on the Java platform and Symbian S60, which provides wide 3rd party software compatibility like any other smartphone. Installation is a piece of cake, while additional programs increase the software's capabilities very much and thus it can be personalized to better suit you. The phone comes with some applications, as well as a game, called Snakes, which is a 3D version of the well known from other Nokia phones game. In addition there are some boring card games. N80 has about 60MB of internal memory (less for the user) and you must expand it with a miniSD card to take make use of  the phone's various capabilities and functionality. The memory expansion slot is housed at the left side of the phone and is covered with solid plastic cap, which opens very smoothly but still stands nice into place. However, it is almost hidden and does no harm to the design of the handset, although it is all alone on the left side.

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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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