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Nokia N81 review

 Review: November 2007  
 

Rating: 3 stars

In a nutshell: 3G smartphone with 2 megapixel camera, video calling, MP3 player, FM radio, 8 Gbytes memory, Bluetooth & WLAN.

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Review

The Nokia N81 is a very powerful multimedia device that is in some ways like the Nokia N95's little brother. Available in a choice of Cobalt Blue or Graphite Grey, it's a really nicely designed slide phone that's chunky and heavier than the N95, but slightly slimmer. The first thing that strikes you about the N81 is the huge number of keys and buttons! In addition to the usual number keys and Navi Wheel, there are dedicated keys for playing games and accessing music & video: play/pause, rewind, forward & stop. You'll either love this or hate it. We found that the whole user interface is built on the idea of complexity, as the menus and settings can be quite overwhelming, but offer full control over every aspect of the device. The N81 is very much a hard-core SmartPhone, and if this sounds like your kind of phone, then you'll love it to bits.

There are a few areas where the N81 can't keep up with the N95. The screen is the first thing that you notice: although it's a high quality display with 16.7 million colours and 320 x 240 pixel resolution (the same as the N95), the screen is physically about 15% smaller. More seriously, the camera is a poor cousin of the N95's 5 megapixel camera: the N81's camera has just 2 megapixels and lacks autofocus. So, if camera quality is important to you, you'd definitely be better off with the N95. SatNav is missing too, although the Nokia Wireless GPS module is available as an optional extra. The Nokia Maps application is included as standard. So really the shortcomings of the N81 compared with the N95 aren't too great.

Now let's take a closer look at what the N81 does have. The first feature that really differentiates the N81 from the competition is the whopping 8 Gbytes of internal memory. This is enough to store 2,000 music tracks. The N81 has a fantastic music player that can give the iPhone a run for its money. The music player supports all common music formats including MP3, AAC and WMA, as well as Windows Media DRM. Managing playlists is a breeze, and the device can synchronise music with Windows Media Player. There's a 5-band equaliser, support for Bluetooth stereo headsets and a 3.5mm headphone jack. In addition, the RealPlayer media player supports full-screen video playback. There's also a built-in FM radio with Visual Radio support that tells you what song is playing, and other info. Music lovers have everything that they could want from the N81.

The N81's other focus is gaming. We've already mentioned the dedicated games keys on the front. Games can be played in portrait or landscape mode, making full use of the fantastic 16.7 million colour display. The N81's secret is that it includes support for Nokia's NGage series of games. The choice of games is excellent and the quality of the 3D graphics is exceptional. If you're serious about games, then this is seriously highly recommended.

The list of what the N81 can do goes on ... it's a quadband 3G phone that supports video calls with a second front-facing video camera. It's fully equipped for wirefree use with Bluetooth and Wireless LAN support, voice-independent speech recognition and voice commands, automatic answering with a compatible headset or car kit, internet calls using VoIP, ... Really there isn't much that the N81 doesn't do, and being a Symbian phone the wealth of 3rd party applications that are available for download is huge.

As always with Symbian devices there's a tendency for the N81 to be slow or to freeze if pushed too hard, although the 8 Gbytes of memory certainly helps here. To really get the most out of the N81 you'll have to have used a SmartPhone before, or be prepared to invest time learning how to use it properly. If you don't like high-tech then keep well away, but if the music and games features appeal, then you'll do well with the N81.


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Reviewed by samuel from nigeria on 22nd Jul 2015
the devic is very good, I like it,.....
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Reviewed by Mathew from Nigeria on 25th Feb 2015
The device is good expecially for those who love music and game with internet browing.
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Reviewed by nicklaus from nigeria on 31st Jan 2015
it is a very nice phone the n gage games are cool too
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Reviewed by Mohammed from Nigeria on 19th Mar 2014
Great phone with uncoparable functions
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Reviewed by A Geoffrey from Uganda on 12th Jan 2014
Its a very good phone
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Reviewed by arjun mandloi from india on 3rd Jan 2012
Great mobile nokia n81.
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Reviewed by mr shawpon from UK on 6th Aug 2011
its a cool phone
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Reviewed by aiden makoni from UK on 1st Apr 2011
4 star phone because another star is for weak wi-fi
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Reviewed by austin from UK on 30th Oct 2010
i love my n81 nokia phone....
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Reviewed by Abdul from UK on 25th Sep 2010
I have used the n81 8 Gb for two years now without any problems. It has hanged up once or twice,but thats because of my rough usage. Its fallen in waterfall , got wet in the rains 100s of times and fallen from my pocket during an accident i met with on a bike and still its working smoothly.I absolutely love this phone and its bet feature is that whenever i want to hear songs i just push the play button.no going to music player.i'm upgraadin to n86 which i'll be getting this 3rd october.hopefully it can replace my n81 :) N81 is definitely a rock solid phone :)
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Reviewed by Mrbacon from UK on 18th Jun 2010
No, don't buy it, me and my sister bought it and it is only problems, it deleted the demos, it blocks buttons sometimes, and even worst things......
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Reviewed by SUDHANSHU from UK on 19th May 2010
IT IS A FANTASTIC SUPERB HANDSET WHICH HAVE ALL THE FEATURES...........JUST BUY IT WITH CLOSING YOUR EYES................................
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Reviewed by Nishant from UK on 8th May 2010
its a great phone nd have almost all features the we need now in dis speed moving world,,,,,, its name show its good N81
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Reviewed by Sanjay Halder from UK on 7th May 2010
Its a gud mobile by features nd style but ..... Its parts like headphone,battery nd the mobile cover/cabinet prices r too much specially cabinet...nd its parts r not available many tym nd others tym it is rarely available nd i m sufferring with jam slide nd also poor camera but overall its a nice/good phone but not excellent or outstanding...so i think u guys choose ur phone by knowing these parts avaibility nd prices.........
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Reviewed by Niraj from UK on 22nd Apr 2010
Its the coolest mobile i ever seen....and it has a nice sliding panel... its so smooth.........
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Reviewed by Christopher from UK on 5th Apr 2010
Quite a good phone, had it over a year now and its still going reasonably strong, but unfortunately it lacks some qualities like GPS and the Wi-Fi sometimes drops out which makes the phone impractical for browsing. Some of the menue options are rather awkward too. Another feature that lets the phone down big time is the camera; my god its horrific quality, some firmware to fix this would be nice. Also i have to say that while i usually manage to keep my phones in good condition while in use, the n81's build quality looks and feels cheap and plastic, when its brand new it looks great in your hand but eventually it will age terribly. The media keys are cracked and the top earpiece button has a huge chunk missing in the corner; overall, if you drop your phones alot, you dont want to buy this.
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Reviewed by Creazy from india from UK on 3rd Mar 2010
Few months back i received a nokia n81 as a gift. The set appears to be slow and since the last couple of days the handset hangs and then gets back to normal conditions. I tried removing the external memory card and restart the same but in vain.
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Reviewed by Kirsten from UK on 21st Jul 2009
N81 8gb... i cant think of several words to say but i cant type them unless i use asterists i've had this for almost 18 dreadful long months with o2 and i've had so many problems with using recieving sms msgs even o2 are avoiding me and not wanting to fix it. i've always been pay as i go with o2 until i seen this phone on the nokia website and fell in love... i can assure you it didnt take long until i fell out of love. if someone tried to even give me this phone for free... i think i'd laugh in their face. dont even think about taking it second hand or anything if a nokia n81 aproaches you anytime soon run far far away and dont even look back. the fone over all is ok... web browsing, music player, camera etc... its all pretty average. appart from the fact that when trying to close the music app it wouldnt actually close... everytime you open the menu it still shows that the music section is still open :S when recieving messages, only sms that is, instead of comming through without and problems at all, i'd get a picture of a question mare instead of a wee envelope and it wouldn't let me open the message, forward it, save it ANYTHING. didnt matter who was sending me a text more often than not i was texting them back saying... "sorry my fone sucks what did u say ?" and o2 being as lovely and helpful as they are told me to try my sim in another phone (which i did and it was fine) took the phone to the o2 shop and they said sent me off again doing all sorts of daft things to get it working which didnt help. they refused to do anything about the fault, even when i phoned, tried another shop or emailed them. hmmph ! ! 8gb... HA 9.9 times out of 10 when trying to recieve a bluetooth message and save the file it wouldn't let me, saying i have no memory available however when checking the memory it was fine... when checking the phone... there'd be nothing in it... i'd delete all images all music and sounds, all messages and any apps that i didnt use... which was almost all of them and i still had the joy of not getting to keep the file i want. the pc suite that comes with the n81... pretty poor i bairly ever used it found it too annoying and complicated i just transfered all my files etc through my computer and usb connection. anyway... enough ranting on about the n81 i'm sure no one wants one now anyway with all these new fancy touch screen phones... that i cant wait to get my hands on when my contract for this phone is finally up... NEVER AGAIN am i gettin a contract for a nokia phone. put off for life
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Reviewed by ahmed from UK on 6th Jul 2009
i really like it itis a great nseries device actually i didnt buy it yet but i saw it with my friend(who is having it for about three weeks) and itis imbrassive and he didnot complain from it and he showed me a picture he captured and it was very good so i will get it next week on my birthday so i advice everyone who loves music and games they really should get it :)
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Reviewed by TonyB from UK on 30th Apr 2009
Had this phone for the last 18 months and my contract is up for renewal. I have to say I have loved this phone; I disagree about it being difficult to use, I found it easy as pie :) Has plenty of space for MP3's and I love the fact that Nokia have used a standard headphone jack so you can use whatever headphones you like. Ok, it has it's tendencies to restart and crash sometimes, but it's very infrequent and not enough to annoy you. Battery life could be better but it's not bad (I've had it 18 months, phone my g/f everyday and talk for around 30 mins or so and play music and it can still go a few days before needing a charge). It has all the features you need, although I won't give it five stars cos the camera is pretty rubbish. It's very heavy too, with it's 8GB drive. Ideal phone if you think ipods suck and you want a phone / mp3 player all in one. I love mine, even after 18 months :)
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Reviewed by nishant singh from UK on 9th Apr 2009
the phone does not support *.sis files which even its ancesters supported, so it disappoints me
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Reviewed by Mainak from UK on 13th Mar 2009
N81 can be compared with n95.i have n81.it is a very good mobile.but it still have a problem with camera.this phone comes with a 2mp camera which have a flash but without autofocus.maximum time it get hang when i open the camera.it shows that "an error occured,please restart your mobile".after restart it goes good but not forever.after using this mobile i will say that this mobile is good except camera.
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Reviewed by rookie from UK on 11th Feb 2009
the phone is awesome, the price is real cool with the kind of things its got, the music is too good, games r amazing, i agree camera is jst 2 megapixel but i am able to take very good pictures outside what else do you even want in a so well equiped phone with a good price.
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Reviewed by marc from UK on 10th Feb 2009
it has one of the loudes and clearest speakrs and it looks awsome
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Reviewed by constant from UK on 3rd Feb 2009
Bought a Nokia N81 in November 2008. After 2 months and about 50 calls (since ia my second to a N95 phone) it BROKE down. A camera malfunctioning (or rather not functioning at all) problem which as I found is a usual problem of this model. The phone was delivered to Nokia service on Jan the 8th 2009. It was forwarded to another (higher) Nokia service on Jan the 15th 2009. It is already Feb the 2nd 2009, I have no phone, no information about when I can have it back repaired and no temporary phone replacement. So what's the verdict? Does it matter whether it's a nice phone or not? Does it matter whether if is feature packed or not (which is not eitherway)? I think NOT! The only thing that does matter is that there is a great risk in buying it and have no phone at all! So my recomendation is STAY AWAY from NOKIA N81.
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Reviewed by Millie from UK on 25th Jan 2009
Officially THE best phone ever ... iphone is nothing compared to it
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Reviewed by ncp from UK on 14th Jan 2009
this is good, but the camera is too bad.hey!!!!!!! plz help me to change the camera settings to get a good quality picture
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Reviewed by Atif Karbelkar from UK on 13th Jan 2009
I love the phone. There are a few problems though, like the camera - that can be handled. But hey, its yours, you bought it, you love it. Its the best, according to me, in the money range - Rs.14000. Amazing 16 million color DVD quality display, music quality that can be compared to the i-pod, intelligent keys, breath taking gaming experience, nice web and so much more... Its the best nokia phone at the Rs.14000 range.
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Reviewed by ct from UK on 31st Dec 2008
Have now owned 2 of these phones and both have cracked in the same top right hand corner. There is definitely a design fault. Also the screen o n the 2nd phone has gone blank - no, neither phone has been dropped. Brittle plastic body. I am now awaiting delivery of a 3rd new N81 - third time lucky? We'll see - Nokia the phone functions are great, the body is not. I have insurance with my mobile contract, hence keeping the same phone, otherwise I would change.
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Reviewed by Kalzang from UK on 28th Dec 2008
Dont buy this phone. Its features and music are great, but the quality of its and construction and the materials used are not worth the price. I havent even used it for 3 months and I have already had to get it fixed twice.
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Reviewed by haa from UK on 23rd Dec 2008
this phone is excellent/
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Reviewed by senthil Kumar P from UK on 19th Nov 2008
I luv my N81 GB very much.... (",)
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Reviewed by RAEES from UK on 10th Nov 2008
I LOVE THIS PHONE BECAUSE MUSIC PLAYER REALY NICE
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Reviewed by Livvy alton from UK on 2nd Nov 2008
i've had this phone for over a month now and when i first got it i loved it though now i totally resent it! the music is loud but the buttons and slide have broken and it keeps freezing, so i would'nt buy this phone again!!!
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Reviewed by vuledzani from UK on 2nd Nov 2008
my camera wönt work it keeps sayin camera feature nt supported pls help
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Reviewed by bongani from UK on 30th Oct 2008
hey great fone especialy da blue colour love everyting abt 2 especialy da 3.5mm jack da music plays great 1 ting i ddnt like are the expensive games u hev 2 buy on ngage
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Reviewed by Jocelyn Harris from UK on 22nd Oct 2008
this phone is outstandingno other word to it
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Reviewed by Josh from UK on 22nd Oct 2008
The phone is good but it breaks easily and the cover is hollow so chips/breaks easily.
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Reviewed by Saad from UK on 15th Oct 2008
This mobile isn't really up to the mark. The camera is pitifull. The phone is fragile, it can easily break. It feels like a plastic toy. The software hangs half of the time. It's for those people who wan't to have an n-95 but can't afford it!
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Reviewed by nir from UK on 15th Oct 2008
its the best
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Reviewed by katrok from UK on 9th Oct 2008
it is bad mobile phone.
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Reviewed by ben 10 from UK on 2nd Oct 2008
tis phone is way cool
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Reviewed by Gautam from India on 30th Sep 2008
Well, comparing it price of around $325 with other nokia products like 5320 express music (price around $200 & having very good music player), this fone must lag some punch. No A/F camera (just 2mp???) is the main drawback. Even other express music models comes with A/F facility, with less weight on wallet. Just adding "N" tag, brings more $ to Nokia!
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Reviewed by kueh from malaysia on 28th Sep 2008
Basically a good phone but have the tendency to "freeze" when serving the internet. What I like is the WLAN included. Save alots of $$$. Overall, above average phone
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Reviewed by chris brooker from england on 22nd Sep 2008
just got the n81 brillian memory and dowload speed but the ipod style function in the middle is so so so so so anoying. IT BRAKES
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Reviewed by Leng Yan from China on 20th Sep 2008
many people have problems in slide, including me. the camera is too week, thats the most uncomfortable thing. music player is good but it`ll list some sound from softwares, such as IM softs.
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Reviewed by Edd from New Zealand on 9th Sep 2008
Used it for two weeks and it froze!!! Help, how do I fix it?
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Reviewed by Obie from South Africa on 30th Aug 2008
Very good phone, especially the music player but I would have liked it more if it were a little bit louder- just a little bit more. The phone did freeze (twice), and the first time it erased all 200 songs i had on the memory card so i had to re install and edit evrything on my music player and that really sucked- big time.2nd time round I had to pull the battery out to switch it back on but luckily, the music was still there. I switch the navi wheel off but on again when I wanna show off- Ha ha. The 1 thing i hated most abut the phone was the 2 mega pixel camera- I mean...come on, but over all I love it and don't regret buying him (The phone).
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Reviewed by mandla risenga from south africa.... limpopo on 28th Aug 2008
the n81 is a great and good device to own and i feel honoured to owm 1
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Reviewed by Jon from UK on 20th Aug 2008
Ive had this phone for a while now and in some ways its pretty s***. For example if i use the music player for too long the phone freezes and i have to take the battery out to switch off because none of the buttons work, the back pannel of the phone or whatever its called falls off everytime when i drop it and generally made pretty badly, the navi wheel is useless and the layout of the buttons was probably designed by someone with a learning disability. However the speakers on the phone are very loud and quite good quality and it fits normal headphones which is handy so i dont have too many problems with it. But if you are a bit geeky and are wanting to buy it for the games or whatever don't bother because everything else with the phone is bull s***
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Reviewed by Raziq from South Africa on 20th Aug 2008
Love the phone, it's gorgeous
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Reviewed by husni from Malaysia on 20th Aug 2008
I'm very happy with my N81.. but N81 have some problem such as slide. The N81 always hank during lisening the music using the Headset after messag coming. Then, N81 only have 2megapixel camera and the sound is very good but can't beat the SonyEricsson K850i sound.. K850i is very loud than N81. However, I suggest N81 is very good for entertainment exp Xpress Music,N-gage gameing and Wifi.
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Reviewed by david from Malta on 15th Aug 2008
Have fallen in love with this phone. I read the reviews about the slider being broken????? It's perfect. The N81 is a step up from the old n95 allthought nothing beats the n95 8GB. Happy with the camera and love the navi-wheel. The play-pause-rewind-fastforward buttons are abit to close together but after using it a week I have gotten used to them. I've heard abouth complaints that there's no gps. Not haveing it in my oppinion (not just because I live on a smaal island) but it uses murders the battery and it's not that special when you've got nokia maps or google. My bro has got an iphone the sound difrence and qulity is notisable. I have managed too dowload shows which is great when you have realplayer like this phone. I love the games and internet on wifi compared to my old sharp. Yes the plastic is a fingerprint magnet but clean it in the morning before you go anywere and buy one of these woolen covers. The weight makes it feel solid. I only choose this from the n78 is because i wanted i slide phone if you don't prefer sliders go for the n78 or the n82.
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Reviewed by HABIB from IRAN on 12th Aug 2008
it,s very smart and beautifull.very good phone.it,s very rich and powerfull.i love it. i recommend n81 to all..
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Reviewed by Amir from england on 11th Aug 2008
i just got the nokia n81 8GB and compared to my old nokia n95 it's rubbish! don't get it!
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Reviewed by Rob from Thailand on 6th Aug 2008
I am not so happy with my N81. I have a Macbook and no matter what I do the computer and phone will not recognize each other. Mac says its nokia, and nokia says it is mac. I am getting the runaround from everyone. Yes, I can connect through bluetooth but it is slow. AAAAHHHHHHHHH.
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Reviewed by major deathhaead from USA on 6th Aug 2008
Awesum fone!!! nice sound quality,camera's lame though.Awesum games.its not da fone 2 die fer but alltogether,this fone packs a nice punch!!!
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Reviewed by jennifer from scotland on 31st Jul 2008
had this phone now for about 6 months and have not had a single problem with it...love it!! people say it looks plastic but i think it looks funky!
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Reviewed by GSM frank from .... on 30th Jul 2008
Symbian phones are good but be careful when u install 3rd party softwares its not recommended. i firstly owned a 6681 then changed to n81. I had installed n no:of softwares in my old 6681 after a while it started restarting automatically then i got the software upgraded and never installed any 3rd party softwares the performance was really good. I would suggest not to install any 3rd party softwares as it would corrupt the OS. " Dont push it" thats all i have to say consider the phone like ur own PC
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Reviewed by Nola from UK on 21st Jul 2008
What can i say about this phone, 9 months after ... I reviewed it in November ... The whole 'plasticy' feel is quite annoying, the slide swings sideways, not just up and down, and a piece of the phone is broken off (due to the cheap plastic). I am a very careful user of phones, so if this happened to mine, i would say it is not a durable phone. The great music player memory and usability do not make up for the poor casing. If you haven't gotten it yet do not bother ... I'm a fan of the n series, so i'd say try another ... maybe n95 or n82 :(
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Reviewed by abhishek from india on 17th Jul 2008
i just bought N81 . and i wonder what a amazing phone it is. yes the back cover is like thin plastic. but it does not feel low. phone is very feature rich. and it worth for Rs 14000. and the screen was amazing sharp and crisp. a must buy.
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Reviewed by Jalal Ashraf from Pakistan on 16th Jul 2008
Initially i thought that this is the best cell phone i had ever used as i was using N70 , but with the passage of time N81 seems to be a serious trouble making phone , buttons are assigned so much closely that you cant use it properly and my cell phone has started giving me serious problem the navigation button is offering cancel or delete option and all buttons are providing each others function phone hangs frequently and in short this cell phone is a piece of junk i wish i could rate it below mentioned level .
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Reviewed by dibya from india on 15th Jul 2008
if camera does not matters for u, then u should go for it
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Reviewed by k from uk on 13th Jul 2008
my dad has this phone n i think its a good phone but could have done in nice shugard pink colour i think nokia concentrate to much on male n suited types of people n if you want a gd camera get the lg viewity thats a good phone 4 camera only tho !!
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Reviewed by Will from Uk on 11th Jul 2008
I've had it for about 6 months now and i have had 2 send it back 2 nokia about 3 times for it 2 be fixed! The software fails after a while so badly that i cant be updated on a computer and nokia have 2 do it. for 2 weeks it wouldn't let me send any text messages and now the lock button dosent work. The N81 is ment 2 be nokias answer to the Iphone, so just buy the Iphone!!!
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Reviewed by mahesh from india on 4th Jul 2008
i own an N81 8 GB its superb phone.even though camera is only 2mp its photo qulity is comparable to N73 might be because of the 16.8 M disp and N73 is having only 262K display.the cam also has red eye reduction iso light sensitvity etc.
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Reviewed by Mark Shaw from UK on 2nd Jul 2008
I really like the N81. It's a great successor to the N80, looks better too. It's a little on the heavy side, but is packed with about every feature you'd want. nokia-nseries.co.uk
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Reviewed by Chummar from India on 29th Jun 2008
I think the phone is just amazing. It covers up all the fetures both the youth or the grown ups would ever need. the only terror turns out when it falls off your hand. And you think it's all over. Apart for how delicate it is, the functioning is just smooth n' nice !
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Reviewed by senthil from india on 24th Jun 2008
Hi, I bought nokia n81 last week. But the performance is not good, it hangs and automatically get switched off. Compare to N73 it is worthless.
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Reviewed by salins from india on 22nd Jun 2008
superb phone.....n81 rockssssssssssss !!
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Reviewed by PotatoChip from Indonesia on 21st Jun 2008
Ariel, you're an idiot. I have been using this phone for 3 weeks, and I like it. Nice design, enhanced with dual speaker, but the camera sucks. Nokia FTW!
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Reviewed by Ariel from Indonesia on 18th Jun 2008
Huge memory,best sound,this phone is the best for a new users,yep,thats ryt,the word BEST would not for long!I mean,its just getting none functional,many download not happen,wat wrong... Many thing that can be download by my nokia 6600 &N71 cant be install on this phone! Take a note,this is worst
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Reviewed by vb from nn on 17th Jun 2008
super sexy phone very coooool but only 2mp sucks
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Reviewed by John13 from UK on 3rd Jun 2008
Brilliant phone, awful camera. I really don't know what Nokia where thinking - only 2MP! Otherwise I think the phone is awesome. Mine feels well-built and never lags/freezes etc. In a nut-shell if you like music and games get the N81 as it is, without doubt, better in that department. If you want a good camera get the N95, for a phone the pic quality is awesome ... From my experience, however, the N95 feels slow, clunky and looks dull.
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Reviewed by Deepak Nagpal from India on 2nd Jun 2008
Awesome phone !!! Gr8 gaming features...N-gage 2.0 rocks....Anyone would buy it if he plays any of the n-gage games in landscape mode with gaming keys on it... Superb music output.... Camera-2mp....excellent outdoor pics, good flash but not so good indoor pics...Better Video recording than most high smartphones... Even web access experience is amazing, just like u are browsing on a PC...
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Reviewed by Reggae from Egypt on 12th May 2008
I agree with "yankfrommanc from United Kingdom". Got this phone 2 months now after I made a big mistake of selling my Nokia N82 (which was outstanding). Nokia N81 feels cheap, flimsy and a toy. I don't recommend this phone. Go get Nokia N82 much much better.
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Reviewed by Rawas from Egypt on 11th May 2008
the worst phone ever
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Reviewed by subz from UK on 8th May 2008
its a good phone i think not much wrong with it apart from the camera it a bit whack espiecally for a phone that has just been released couple of weeks ago. And also the keypad is not very comfortable to hold.
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Reviewed by Zeshan from Denmark on 6th May 2008
I've had this phone for a month now and can say that it is one of the best i have ever had!I haven't experienced any freezes or any glitches of any sort. Gaming, music,multimedia, everything's there. Camera might not be the best, but that's a minor drawback.Overall,a very powerful phone.
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Reviewed by nokiafan888 from London on 1st May 2008
Had SE 850i & couldn't stand the painful buttons when texting. Tried another SE's (W960i)but decided didn't like SE's lack of functionality cf. with Nokia (you can't seem to personalise the profiles?). Really wanted to stay with Nokia but all the top models seem to have really bad battery life. So tried N81.. and really loved it. Yes the back cover is cheap, never really fitted back properly; keypad not best for texting (often hit n miss); chunky & heavy; camera seemed bad indoors (whatever setting) but brill outdoor pics!and entire handset v squeaky - whats that all about?!? But functionality is there, battery life ok, design was nice, music quality excellent (never used their rubbish headfones). Bad luck that it got dropped into a cup of coffee, never been the same. Tried to swap for same but told it's obsolete (but its new out?!?). Going for Samsung Soul, sorry Nokia but not going to take risk with the N95 which is supposed to be next best after all bad reviews on here. Will let you know how the U900 turns out...
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Reviewed by nokiafan888 from UK on 1st May 2008
Had SE 850i & couldn't stand the painful buttons when texting. Tried another SE(W960i)but decided didn't like SE's lack of functionality cf. with Nokia (you can't seem to personalise the profiles?). Really wanted to stay with Nokia but all the top models seem to have really bad battery life. So tried N81.. and really loved it. Yes the back cover is cheap, never really fitted back properly; keypad not best for texting (often hit n miss); chunky & heavy; camera seemed bad indoors (whatever setting) but brill outdoor pics!and entire handset v squeaky - whats that all about?!? But functionality is there, battery life ok, design was nice, music quality excellent (never used their rubbish headfones). Bad luck that it got dropped into a cup of coffee, never been the same. Tried to swap for same but told it's obsolete (but its new out?!?). Going for Samsung Soul, sorry Nokia but not going to take risk with the N95 which is supposed to be next best after all bad reviews. Wil l let you know how the U900 turns out...
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Reviewed by George from Australia on 28th Apr 2008
for all you people complaing about the phone freezing and it not working well......dont blame the phone and bag it.....its probaby mostly your own fault.....you need to update the firmware via the nokia site....wen i got mine it was pretty bad....updated it, the phone is a beast :D
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Reviewed by bucks from indonesia on 28th Apr 2008
it's a very great phone i ever had....!! multimedia, phone, & gaming in one gadget..!!
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Reviewed by hazza1234 from uk on 24th Apr 2008
best phone ever init.
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Reviewed by Kathleen from Netherlands on 20th Apr 2008
I use this phone for over four weeks now. I fell for it the minute I saw it and I love it in every way! (Keys, menu, speed, great/loud sound, the big bright screen and the lock-key on top) It does feel like a real Nokia like my old 6310i. The body looks and feels like metal (alluminium) and the slider is very sturdy and tihgt; It opens and closes very firm and neat! But if you buy one, check it out in the shop because there are some who lack the firm, sturdy sliding... Flat fee internet (9,95 euro/month from Dutch KPN) is very fast and the screen is crystal clear, even in bright daylight. Battery life is over 2 days with daily +/- 1 hour internet, checking mail 5 times, some 30 min. phone calls, 10 sms, and also half an hour listening to music. 3G (umts) is activated. If you're in for takin' great pictures don't use the N81 because you'll be dissapointed. I got a little spoiled by my SonyEricsson K800i for that purpose. I hope with the next firmware update Nokia will expand the use of the navy-wheel to all other applications; the contacts list in particulair.
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Reviewed by yankfrommanc from United Kingdom on 14th Apr 2008
I bought this phone a few days ago and i was really impressed with it when i got it. For some reason, now, the phone feels cheap and flimsy. The slider feels loose like it might come apart at anytime,(you can wiggle the slider side to side which makes you think it isn't tight enough) and you can hear the battery cover squeaking when you push any buttons on the front of the phone. The lock button on the top of the phone feels dodgy and gets stuck when you slide it across to lock the phone. This means you then have to push it back with little force which makes you feel like you are abusing the phone! The navi-wheel isn't much use either. Sometimes it is very unresponsive. Your touch has to be perfect in order for the navi-wheel to respond and scroll through your images, videos etc... Obviously the 8GB memory is excellent for storing tons of music tracks, and the display is very crisp, bright and sharp. Overall, i am very disappointed with the phone, it feels like a plastic toy, with a heavy price tag of over £300. If you are a perfectionist, DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE. You will be very irritated and angry you spent your money it! This is the way i feel.
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Reviewed by joanne from manchester on 5th Apr 2008
i bought this phone couple of days ago,the camera is quite poor.but not the worst i,v seen everything else i,m happy with,its solid,the keys are not to small,had the n95 did,nt like it it was too bulky and was,nt as well made,for the price its better than the n95,but nokia should of made it at least 3 mega pixels,then it would of been perfect,and auto focus would of been ideal as well,but nothing is perfect,
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Reviewed by gangster-boy from england on 3rd Apr 2008
very good phone
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Reviewed by abdulrahman from iraq on 29th Mar 2008
it is the best mobile that ihave ever used I love it
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Reviewed by kyle stapleton from england on 26th Mar 2008
i like this phone alot, lots of memory and the games are amazing just a shame about the camera though, Nokia sort it out!
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Reviewed by Dan from UK on 23rd Mar 2008
Highly competent phone, it has amazing quality sound both through the headset and through the speakers, easily the loudest best quality i have heard to date. The n-gage live is quite incredible gameing wise, well well above the usual phone game standard, it looks great brilliant screen, very good battery life for so much functionality. On 2G with the brightness turned down you can get 2 days heavy usage out of it no problem! 8 gigs is alot of storage, i have about 20 full length movies, and 30 mixed episodes of red Dwarf, scrubs friends etc, 15hrs of music, and still have 1 gig left!!. This of course is my opinion, but having owned every high end phone/smartphone from sony, nokia, lg, samsung etc i can comfortably say this is the best so far, i even prefered it to my Nokia N95 8gig!. The only downfall is the camera which is truely awful compared to the rest of its ability, but the video recording is actually very good at 15fps, better than most! of course there are problems with some handsets freezing, but this tends to be isolated and whilst frustrating, it is unfair to call the phone rubbish based on this. Mine has froze out, (or rebooted under stress) about half a dozen times and i've had it for about 5 months. Highly recommended
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Reviewed by jane from england on 23rd Mar 2008
i love this phone, it functions amasingly at everything....except phone calls!! i have the problem that when i speak on the phone i hear my own voice through the earpiece and it crackles making it very difficult to have a conversation. it sorts itself out after a while but will soon do it again a minute later. i wonder whether its got something to do with the gaming buttons in the earpiece area. its all very well having all this "amasing" gaming technology and that...but if it cant make a phone call to a perfect stadard like cheaper phones can manage it seems a bit of a cop out lol. other than that the phone is great.
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Reviewed by Claire from UK on 23rd Mar 2008
This was a nice phone, the only problems I had was getting rid of the music player off my stand-by, I had to download the Handy Taskman to actually "kill" the application. And the keypad was appalling, I didn't know if I had pressed the button to make a capital letter. Apart from that, it was nice, but couldn't cope with it. Gone over to Nokia 6500, much better, especially the keypad. At least I know I have pressed the buttons.
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Reviewed by Praym from Pinas on 15th Mar 2008
this phone is just enough to please one when bored. The memory isn't that high. How could One store batches of songs with a few memory.. but my friend likes it so much.., ^_____^
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Reviewed by Mark from UK on 10th Mar 2008
this phone is awful, i have had it 3 days and its already frozen numerous times! will be getting rid of it today as i hate it, also camera is pathetic and i no longer want to take pictures as you can hardly see them definately a no no for any1 thinking of buying!
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Reviewed by jess from england on 1st Mar 2008
well my n81 has now broke . it was good for the internet , i could even go on msn . the only thing was it kept freezing and kept going funny. e.g everytime i went onto menu it would play music.
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Reviewed by rohit from india on 22nd Feb 2008
this is an awesome phone it is very loud on music and the gaming wow bv screen could be little larger n95 is queen and this one is the best king
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Reviewed by RITHY from Cambodia on 20th Feb 2008
I had used this phone for one month, I love it, and it comes with good body style. 8GB is enough for me to store all the Khmer Oldies’ songs, sang by King of Khmer Singer (Mr. Sin Sisamouth, died during Khmer Rouge Regime in year 1975, he has golden voice and nobody can compare to him). The issues of the phone are: 1). the headset is not in premium class as it comes with all SE phones. 2). Poor quality Camera, Of course we can use Digital Camera to take the high quality image, but we would need phone's camera to take picture then send it through MMS to our family! 3). cannot read the text of Khmer website Overall the sound quality is lower than SE W880i, That's why I would replace it by W890i when it’s on the market.
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Reviewed by Richard S from UK on 12th Feb 2008
Despite reading many reviews on this phone, I still opted to go for it when it came for upgrades, partly cos I am not a high user, there was very little option around, that and the fact I didn't wish to join the N95 club. I agree that the camera leaves a little to be desired for, however I use the camera for the occasional snap and for that its great. When I want to take serious pictures, I have a proper camera with optical zoom. The features for this phone are amazing, I have spent years being anti-nokia, but the os is great. The phone is nice and clear for calls and texting is nice and easy. Weight wise it is a little bit heavier but its nice to know I have something on me, saves me trying to work out if I have remembered it or not. This is a nice alternative to the N95 in my opinion, it is a little bit different. I was concerned about the amount of buttons but they are easy to work round. The Ipod type scroll wheel impressed me, I don't know if other people are too light handed or heavy but it whizzed round for me and was very responsive. The only other thing to remember is to close applications properly when you are not using them, failure to do so will make the phone run a little slower.
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Reviewed by missbutafly from UK on 11th Feb 2008
I am absolutely in love with this phone. love the game key functions. I gets a bit heavy though but it's worth its weight in gold it is divinely fab
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