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Nokia N85 Review

Nokia N85

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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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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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