Performance and Conclusion:

As a smart phone, the Nokia N86 8MP comes out ahead in our ranking, because it is fast and trouble-free device. There is no observable lagging when you switch between menus and applications start almost instantaneously. The accelerometer is overly sensitive and will sometimes turn the screen sideways by itself, but we can live with that. In-call quality is above the average and as a whole, OK. Voices are loud and distinct on both ends, although they tend to be a bit sharp and monotonous. However, these are petty faults that don’t negatively affect communication much, so you don’t need to worry.

All told, we believe the N86 8MP comes into play unjustifiably late. Yes, the device is a good smartphone, but by no means any better than its rivals. The phone has made it to our top 3 list in terms of pictures, taken in artificial lighting conditions. However, come to outdoor snapshots, it definitely lags behind competition. If you are looking for a capable smartphone, the first 8-megapixel camera phone of Nokia is a viable option, although it won´t wow you. In case you need improved multimedia capabilities, aside from a good performing camera, you might want to look at the Samsung´s 8-megapixel devices (OMNIA HD, INNOV8 and Pixon). Finally, if you feel like getting a handset that is more a digital camera and less a cell phone, the 12-megapixel Pixon is expected really soon – will it manage to take snapshot quality to a better level we wonder?

Software version of the reviewed unit - 10.086.

Nokia N86 8MP Video Review:


  • Pictures taken in artificial lighting conditions have really good quality
  • Pictures shared on social network websites look great
  • Beautiful display
  • Active phone stand


  • Hefty
  • Inconvenient camera shutter
  • Operating system interface is boring and unfriendly
  • GPS tends to lose signal at times for no reason in particular

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