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Nokia N85 Review

Nokia N85 7.5

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Nokia N85 Review
It may be an all-in-one multimedia device, but is the N85 still a good phone?  Fortunately, Nokia has not overlooked this all-important aspect. The sound quality during a call is really high-level and we got the feeling that we were communicating face to face. We were fascinated by the deepness of the sound, and the side noises were almost unnoticeable. They could also hear us loud and clear at the other end of the line, but without the same “Wow!” effect.

We all like smartphones, but sometimes they can be a real pain with their constant lagging and crashing. The N85 did relatively well and in spite of the active transitions, the phone had to spend some time “thinking” just a few times, during the test. What left us with a bad taste in our mouth was that the device didn’t respond adequately enough when we wanted to navigate through the menus more quickly. You can experience this especially with the central key.

The main reason for some to choose the N85 instead of its big brother N96 is the battery. With manufacturer ratings of 363 hours of stand-by time and 6.5 hours of talk the battery is almost twice as  good as the N96.  We’d imagine that for  most people good battery life is it is more important than, let’s say a TV tuner.


On the whole we are quite disappointed by the N85 due the total lack of new features. It’s not a bad phone, but there are no innovations compared to previous models. The OLED display is indeed good, unless it’s exposed to direct sunlight.  The poor video support means you won’t be able to watch high-quality clips or even movies. In all other aspects the N85 isn’t innovative, but it’s just fine – a smartphone with a nice browser, satisfying audio performance and camera.

To us, current N95 owners have no reason to buy it. We would instead recommend the INNOV8 because  it out performs the N85 in several high-end categories. If you’re  a loyal Nokia users, the N85 is a decent solution trading the N96’s DVB-H tuner for a better display and battery.


  • Magnificent image of the organic display
  • Loud and high-quality sound no matter whether you’re talking or listening to music with the headphones
  • A good camera


  • It’s not offering anything new, besides the cool display
  • Its overall build quality doesn’t match its high price
  • The Navi wheel sensor is almost unusable
  • The camera shutter is not user-friendly
  • The captured videos freeze
PhoneArena rating:
7.5 Good
User rating:
8.1 12 Reviews

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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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