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Nokia N85 Review

Nokia N85 7.5

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The N85 runs on Symbian S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2. Let’s take a look at the more interesting options here.

We were nicely impressed by the transitions between the menus and the option to change their appearance by using different themes. This makes them a pleasure for the eye and gives a modern look to the otherwise boring S60 interface.

Home screen - Nokia N85 Review
Main menu - Nokia N85 Review

Home screen

Main menu

The multimedia menu is the same as we’ve found on other Nokia  such as the N96. It offers information for the track currently playing, latest photographs, video, N-Gage games available, current position defined by the GPS and the contacts.

Multimedia menu - Nokia N85 Review
Multimedia menu - Nokia N85 Review
Multimedia menu - Nokia N85 Review
Multimedia menu - Nokia N85 Review

Multimedia menu

Nokia has also added the option not only for visual but for audio themes as well. This lets you change the entire sound scheme - ringtones, slider sound, etc.

Nokia N85 Review
Nokia N85 Review
Nokia N85 Review
Task manager - Nokia N85 Review

Task manager

You can now choose whether or not to see the StandBy application horizontally in the upper part of the screen or vertically on the left. We are familiar with the first mode from all previous models and it has six shortcuts as well, which you can change according to your needs. The second option however, shows four icons, which roll out when selected and offer additional choices.

The Task manager is now accessible from the options of every menu and is also visualized horizontally. This allows for a few rows to be visible if you have several applications running and lets you stop them easily or switch between each of them.


As we’ve covered in other S60 device reviews, we find an excellent phonebook with multiple fields, and now with a large picture on an incoming call. When searching it makes no difference if you input first or last name for the system to look for since the results you get include them both also.

Phonebook - Nokia N85 Review
Phonebook - Nokia N85 Review
Phonebook - Nokia N85 Review
Phonebook - Nokia N85 Review


When adding a new contact you are provided with the “basic” fields, but with the “Add Detail” function you have almost no restrictions on the number of fields and you can add a lot of phone numbers. We also like having the option for adding a given field several times, for example we are able to record the numbers of three phones all as mobile.


There are no surprises in the organizer, and as you’d expect from a smartphone it has all the bells and whistles. In the calendar you can add four types of notes (appointments, notes, anniversaries and tasks) and there is a field for time, alarm and others. You still have an unlimited number of alarms, notes, calculator, unit converter as well as a file browser.

Calendar - Nokia N85 Review
Nokia N85 Review
Calculator - Nokia N85 Review
File manager - Nokia N85 Review




File manager

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)

I cant wait to get this phone it looks wonderful

posted on 13 Nov 2008, 02:54

2. (unregistered)

Unfortunately, this review doesn't pleased me. I'm start crying...

posted on 13 Nov 2008, 06:57

3. Riachu (unregistered)

I've had this phone for 3 weeks and it definitely deserves more than a 7.5!! This phone has everything that you will need in a perfectly designed form. That itself is revolutionary. This review is stupid in defining this phone as an updated N95. The N85 is even better than the N96!! It does everything useful that the N96 has to offer with the addition of better battery life and a super quality screen. Don't be fooled by stores (and websites) trying to sell you the (more expensive) N96, just so that you can watch telly on the move. Personally, I'd much rather have a phone with enough energy to last the entire day and fits better in my hand and pocket. Previously I owned, Sony Eric: K750, K800 and K850. I thought the specs of the N95 were great but it was just too big and ugly to purchase. I've been waiting for the N85 to be released for months....... and I ain't disappointed at all.

posted on 15 Nov 2008, 02:10

5. (unregistered)

i totally agree, unlike N96, this has some added stuff, like slide handling and is much much faster and bug-free. i loved this phone, only two bad things about this phone is looks and no xenon flash. oh and loudspeaker could be louder, but still this is worth buying.

posted on 29 Nov 2008, 03:22

6. (unregistered)

i have this phone 4 2 weeks and its amazing.i had the n96 before it and this is defenately 10 times better. the camera is amazing and the naviwheel is perfect exept if u use the side of the pad. ur supposed to touch the inside (on the limit between the dpad and the select button) it deserves a 9.5/10

posted on 14 Nov 2008, 08:42

4. mandeep singh (unregistered)

Yes, N85 definitly deserves more than 7.5 i also own N85 and it is better than n95 8gb, i am 100 agree with Riachu's Comment. I Love My N85.

posted on 23 Jun 2009, 09:51

7. umuthvr (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jun 2009)

n85 or n79 which one is the best multimedia and features ( features same but ) n85 looks same with n96 because. n79 is multimedia prince n85 fm transmitter is unusable is it true ?

posted on 07 Jul 2009, 02:53

8. Pure (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jul 2009)

I like this phone alot,and i am intrested in buying it...i am concerned about something mentioned on the review though, "The viewfinder loads in about 4 seconds and it takes additional 1 or 2 in order to focus in a brightly lit room. In case of soft lighting, focusing can last up to 6 seconds, which is too much and the moment could easily be missed"

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Nokia N85

Nokia N85

OS: Symbian 9.3
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Display2.6 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (154 ppi) AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Single core, 369 MHz, ARM11 processor
Size4.05 x 1.96 x 0.63 inches
(103 x 50 x 16 mm)
4.50 oz  (128 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 6.83 hours talk time

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