Nokia N81 8GB music phone

As you’ve probably noticed, it’s been a bit quiet around here lately… But fear not. Despite being rather busy, I’ve managed to review some products and line up a few more!

The first one of these is the Nokia N81 8GB, kindly provided by Nseries WOM World. It’s a music phone with 8 GB of built-in flash storage, WiFi, and a 2 megapixel camera – the successor to the microdrive-equipped Nokia N91.

Take a look at my pictures and videos (1 and 2).

Like the Nokia N82 and Nokia N810, the N81 8 GB uses Nokia’s new N-series design language with similar features (such as micro-USB). In fact, it closely resembles the upcoming Nokia N96 complete with “hold” switch (to lock the keys) and Navi Wheel (similar to the iPod’s Click Wheel).

Hold the N81 8GB and it’s a bit heavy. Touch the screen bezel and it’s cold, like metal. Push the slider and it pops open via a spring-assisted mechanism – this phone feels expensive! Build quality is better than most current Nokia phones, yet the keypad squeaks when pressed…

The N81 8GB sounds better than other N-series devices I’ve used, with less background noise, less distortion, more detail and a flatter frequency response – it’s clear that Nokia paid special attention to the audio hardware in the N81 8GB.

Pros:
- Attractive N-series device
- WiFi
- Standard 3.5 mm audio connector
- Nice bright screen
- Spring-assisted slider
- “Hold” switch
- Navi Wheel

Cons:
- No US-compatible 3G
- No GPS
- No micro-SD card slot
- No TV output
- Slow USB file transfer
- So-so camera performance (similar to the Nokia N76more on this soon)
- A bit heavy

But here’s the real question. How does the Nokia N81 8GB compare to the Apple iPhone?

Both are music phones with 8 GB built-in flash storage, WiFi and a 2 megapixel camera. The N81 8 GB sounds good, and so does the iPhone. Here’s where each device shines.

N81 8 GB:
- Stereo Bluetooth support (A2DP)
- USB mass storage support (lets you drag and drop files)
- Europe-compatible 3G (2100 MHz)
- MMS, camera flash, video recording, unlocked

iPhone:
- Gapless playback
- User interface
- Coverflow (of course)
- Large screen

So there you have it :) Personally, I think the iPhone is the better music phone – the deal breaker for me is the lack of gapless playback on the N81 8GB. But if you want stereo Bluetooth support or you live in a Europe-compatible 3G area, the N81 8GB is worth considering.

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5 Responses to Nokia N81 8GB music phone

  1. [...] tnkgrl has posted on her tnkgrl Mobile blog about the N81 8GB she’s been playing with. [...]

  2. ayush3090 says:

    “The N81 8GB sounds better than other N-series devices I’ve used, with less background noise, less distortion, more detail and a flatter frequency response – it’s clear that Nokia paid special attention to the audio hardware in the N81 8GB.”

    i think you may want to reconsider your statement

    hellowww……….n91 is also there in the n-series range n its way better in terms of music (only)

  3. tnkgrl says:

    @ayush3090 I wrote:

    “The N81 8GB sounds better than other N-series devices I’ve used

    Note the bold type above!

    I’ve not used the N91, but I’ve used the N80, N95, N95-3, N76, N82, and N81 8GB…

  4. ayush3090 says:

    oopsie sorry my bad………..didnt notice the “ive used” thing

    sorry

  5. hussam qdaisat says:

    i want the program that can hack the lock of the wireless internet from the mobile,plz send it to me quickly plz

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