Multimedia and Games:

Just like the Nokia N97, the multimedia menu we know well from previous N-Series models is missing. Instead, you will be using Music and Video centre to get to the phone audio and video functions.

The music menu is the same as the N97 and Nokia 5630 XpressMusic and allows access to the music library, online music store, FM radio and FM transmitter. The interface of the audio player looks rather boring and buttoned-down for a device that comes out in mid 2009, especially alongside of what competing devices deliver. Naturally, there are several ways to filter content - by album, artist, all available songs, composer etc., plus you have equalizer presets and sound effects. As a whole, the audio player is really comfy to use, but lags behind the pack in terms of overall design, doesn’t bring out any improvements and looks outdated for 2009, especially keeping in mind the prevailing trend rules motley, beautifully crafted icons and eye-catch visualizations.

The boxed earphone set is Nokia HS-83, comes with 3 rubber ear adapter pairs, wired audio remote control and microphone. Sound quality through them is high – with clearly discernible trebles and basses, plus the set is definitely up to the task of isolating environmental noises. The thing is the headset is not powerful enough. Loudspeakers perform worse than those on the cell phones, considered the best with this regard - loudness is low and overall quality is mediocre. As a whole, when it comes to listening to music, the N86 8MP performs decently for a camera phone.

Aside from the ordinary FM Radio with RDS, the N86 8MP is equipped withsomething much more interesting – a built-in FM transmitter. After youpick out a frequency, the device will start broadcasting music that isbeing played. So you will be able to listen to your songs while, say,driving your car and without the need to resort to additionalaccessories. It´s just too bad that signal quality is not good enough -there are constant crackling noises and the broadcasting radius isabout 2 meters, meaning you would be better off avoiding the function.More information on countries that allow use of personal FMtransmitters is available here.

You can choose from several options in the Video centre – view recently seen content, all available videos, only those captured with the phone camera or downloaded from the Internet. They are watched on either the standard RealPlayer that comes with the operating system or the other one that looks much better, but fails to provide functionality beyond the standard. They both play MPEG4 videos with resolution of 640x480 pixels, 30 frames per second and high bitrates (1400 Kbps) without a hitch. Personally, we would rather stick to RealPlayer, because it delivers more saturated colors. Moreover, videos and snapshots can be seen on regular TV-sets, but you would need to additionally buy the necessary cable (there isn’t one in the box).

The Nokia N86 8MP is equipped with 8GB built-in memory and N-Gage support. Unlike the N97, the 8-megapixel cameraphone comes preloaded with 15 games (trial versions). When you make up your mind which one you like best, you can get its full version using the single activation code that comes in the box.

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