Nokia N81 8GB Review
Nokia N81 8GB has a neat design, it is made of shiny black plastic that feels nice to touch, the only disadvantage being its weight of 140 grams, which, however, does not make it an oversize phone, given its dimensions of 4.0 x 2.0 x 0.7 inches (102 x 50 x 17.9 mm).
|Model||Dimension (Inches)||Dimension (mm)||Weight (oz)||Weight (Gramms)|
|Nokia N81 8GB ||4.01" x 1.96" x 0.70"||102 x 50 x 17.9||4.93||140|
|Nokia N91 8GB||4.44" x 2.16" x 0.86"||113 x 55 x 22||5.64||160|
|Motorola RIZR Z6||4.15" x 1.79" x 0.62"||105.5 x 45.5 x 16||4.05||115|
|Sonny Ericsson W960||4.29" x 2.16" x 0.62"||109 x 55 x 16||4.19||119|
big display, Nokia N81 8GB is also equipped with a 2.4-inch unit, a QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) resolution and maintains up to 16.7 colors. The images have saturated and vivid colors; the display is very well visible in broad daylight and the visibility angle is also very good. Many of the other models are equipped with a light sensor, regulating the brightness of the display according to the intensity of light, but N81 8 GB does really well even without such a sensor. The second camera, intended for 3G connection, is to the right above the display.
Just like most sliders, N81’s keys are divided between the upper and lower part, which means that you need to open the phone only if you want to use the numeric keyboard. The keys are flat and arranged close to each other without any space or relief in-between, which increases the risk of pressing the wrong one. The keys are rather hard to press, but they give a perfect tactile feedback.
On the navigation keypad, apart from the standard navigation keys, used in all Symbian phones, there are also music keys, located around the D-Pad and which, are logically used to navigate the player. Those are soft to press, but do not give a good tactile feedback and are small. The call/end keys are located vertically in the two opposite ends of the keypad. Unfortunately they are extremely small and inconvenient to use and you have to press them with your fingertips. The D-pad, is bulging around its edges, thus standing out among the other keys. During the tests we came across quite a strange defect: when working with the D-pad the play key of the music player would activate rather often, which was really inexplicable, provided that we never touched the respective key; not to mention the disturbance that a pumped-up song can bring when it starts completely unexpectedly while you’re looking at some information in your phone.
Now’s the time to mention the two keys, intended to switch to the games mode. They are located exactly above the display and you need to know they’re there in order to find them, because the manufacturer has made all the efforts necessary to hide them around the receiver. You’ll see the first signs of them if you activate the games mode: then the keys give themselves away by lighting up.
Keeping in mind that this is also a music phone, the stereo speakers are big enough and fairly distinguishable. They are located in the upper part on both sides and are covered with fine metal grids.
Apart from one of the speakers, there are also three keys located on the right-hand side. In the upper part are the volume keys, which have almost merged with the phone’s panel – this feature will create some difficulties when using those keys. A little bit downwards is the camera shortcut and the situation there is almost identical. You have to use your fingertips to press it. When you activate the music player, all three keys are lit up, which is a rather uncommon feature with the different models of phones.
On the other side there are no keys whatsoever and the only thing that is seen are two small holes in the lower corner, which are intended for a hand or neck string to be run through.
In the phone’s upper part are the 3.5mm jack, the on/off button and, mind you, the keypad lock key. This is really a very good innovative solution by Nokia which, we believe, results from the fact that, you have to open your phone in order to lock it, while this function enables you to lock it with just one movement.
However, this is all that we can say about this key’s advantages and we should move on to its disadvantages. When you shake the phone, you hear a rattling sound, whose source you’ve probably guessed: yes, it’s coming exactly from this hardware locking button. It is rather rickety and is actually walking about the place designated for it and therefore this is the defect you’re bound to come across if you decide to opt for N81 8GB.
In the phone’s lower part there is a place designated for the mic, as well as for the slot for the microUSB cable and for the charging connector, which we are familiar with from other recent models. It is interesting to note that the phone is equipped with exactly this type of charging connector instead of using the microUSB port for the purpose, like, for example, in 6500 classic.
phone’s back is very well designed, so that you have the maximum comfort when taking pictures. The 2-megapixel camera with the LED flash just above it are located here; the camera is on one side of the lid, so that it’s unlikely that you encounter the ‘picture of my fingers’ problems. When you’re taking pictures the camera button is just under your index finger.
Under the back lid you’ll find the battery; when you remove it, you’ll find the SIM card slot. Unfortunately, there is no slot for expanding the memory, but since the phone comes with 8 GB of in-built memory, we can be pretty sure that most of you will hardly find this a problem.
1. sandeep (unregistered)
can you please add a comment about the rf strength of the phone. it will be appreciated.
great phone..... reception is terrible, though.
3. Jeremy5254 (unregistered)
When i transfer data via bluetooth the phone say not enough memory. When i try to delete some items in the phone memory i can't find anything to delete ! Is there any option to transfer data directly to the 8 giga memory ?