Pros 8Gb for storage, 3.5 headphone jack, premium quality materials used, WLAN, AWESOME SCREEN, plays online videos such as you tube. A VERY GOOD MUSIC PHONE
Cons really bad reception and cramped keys, N-GAGE not yet available and Tmobile not on 3g.
Summary i sort of agree with bonnie cha's review but its not as bad as she claims it to be, with regards to the phone having cramped keys, true, but the more you understand the phone's design assuming at least 3 weeks of heavy use, i think this is something that the user can work around on (?) the other issue i have is the reception even after the firmware upgrade to 11.000 something, it still not up to par with most of SE's phones, NOT GOOD. and last maybe the camera, well im not surprised, nokia makes phones not cameras, so that expected. no auto focus.
bottomline: if your in the market for a good camera phone, honey look elsewhere. if you want a really good phone that can basically replace your laptop you might want to opt for the N96, its coming. but... if your an anti-iphone, anti N95 or anti anything hyped up but still want to secretly be part of the craze and have $450 bills to waste, then the n81 is your phone, try it, its really not that bad. its a really good music phone, and the phone itself feels solid not plasticky and cheap like most.
Pros Looks, features...everything
Cons plastic feel, fingerprint magnet.
Summary I think this phone is one of the best phones made by Nokia considering the overall features and built. I've had this phone for about 2 years now and I must say that I had a great time with this phone. Because the OS is Symbian S60 v3, I could download so MANY apps...I even had a file sharing app called Symella and a torrent client called SymTorrent, very good apps. The camera quality isn't that bad, the resolution is good but takes average pictures in a dark room even under night mode.
I must say that the back of the phone is a complete fingerprint magnet, and the overall finish gives a plastic feel to it, the keys were little difficult to use in the beginning only, now I can type faster than a tiger without even looking at the phone.
The best part about the phone is multitaking, u can open up many apps at the same time.
I would say that once a month, the phone freezzes up and restarts, but I confess that it was probably my mistake. I used to have about 5000 text messages on it which made my phone very slow! so remember, don't make this phone do more than its capability.
The speakers are so LOUD! I'm not even kidding, the ringtone and music is very loud, but the quality is average. But I've noticed that listening to the same song on my ipod and N81 with earphones, the N81 has a better quality to the music, maybe has something to do with the EQ settings.
Overall, I'm extremely happy that I bought this phone, I had many apps, many N-gage games that kept be entertained in boring places, took great pictures over 2 yrs and surfed the internet using Wi-Fi all the time! Though I wish the phone had GPS.
but Im very happy and I recommend this phone for people who are into multimedia and Wi-Fi.
Sagar aka The .EXEcutioner
Pros I like the large display and the WiFi and the music player these are goodies.
Cons I don't like the keypad its uncomfterble the back is plastic and look so cheap and keep falling, I run out of ram alot! and its so heavy, the 2 mp camera the quality is so bad!
Summary i dont recommend that phone buy an e71 much better!
"best phone ever"on by rea1m
Pros music player, video player, internet access, battery life
Cons bulky design
Summary very nice phone and i think is a very good alternative for those who cant afford the n96
Pros Nice design, good sliding mechanism, good software.
Cons Cramped upper keypad, front row of alphanumeric keypad too close to top.
Summary People wanting a slim N-series, take this, cause this the slimmest N-series Nokia has.