Pros Fantastic Screen, great functionality
Cons Unstable, locks up, frequent crashes
Summary I see lots of review on CNet for this phone saying "wow it looks great I must get one" and rating it 9/10. Well what a waste of time! Don't rate the phone by the pictures and specs, rate it when you've used it! I have actually owned this phone - for 3 days then I sent it back.
The phone looks fantastic, nice to hold, keypad is great and I loved the slide. The apps are what I would expect for a S60 platform phone, they're excellent and navigation is a breeze.
But beware the following: transferring data from my old Nokia 6600 did not transfer my large number of stored text messages. Transferring old text messages is near to impossible and involves copying messages from your old phone onto a PC, then copying to the memory card in the N80. I gave up in the end. However contacts, gallery items and calendar transferred perfectly using the built-in transfer function.
Next up: Tom Tom Mobile (GPS navigation software) does not yet run on this phone (expected end of June 2006 I understand). So my "killer app" wasn't going to be available. I'll have to keep the 6600 for GPS navigation for now. Oh well, worse things happen.
Web browsing on the N80 is simply fantasic: the screen is excellent, navigation is a snap and the browser renders real web pages beautifully.
Similarly, the camera and associated functionality was also the best I have seen.
Now the bad stuff: the built-in themes were in my opinion rubbish, rendering the display hard to read as they are too "busy". Once the back-light is off, the screen is impossible to read anyway, but the built-in themes made matters even worse. Well, I suppose I could have downloaded a replacement theme so that may not worry you.
BUT the final issue is by far and away the most important: the sofware is unstable causing the phone to lock up frequently, so much so that the battery has to be removed to get it to "reboot". Sometimes the phone simply refused to restart, unless the memory card and/or SIM are completely removed. Sometimes the memory card was not recognised by the phone, even after reformatting. With several lock ups PER HOUR the phone is useless as a business tool or even just a phone!
As such I decided to send it back. I didn't get chance to play with the music player, photo editing, video recorder or any of the other cool stuff. But cool stuff is no use if the phone won't stay alive for long enough to use it.
I'm very sad as I was hoping for a newer, faster, better version of my 6600. The N80 delivers on paper but not in practice. Rated 2/10. I think I'll be switching to Samsung now as friends of mine with other N-Series (e.g. N70) have fared little better so I don't see Nokia as a viable phone for me anymore. A very sad day after many years with Nokia.
Pros Many excellent features that are expected of a phone like this, design, keys are easy to use.
Cons Expensive, sluggish, freezes with too many apps being used.
Summary The Good: It's an excellent phone that includes many good features. The web-browser is excellent and works well with wifi. Camera quality is great for a phone and includes many camera settings for you to adjust. It includes a memory card and a good amount of actual phone memory. Video quality is good too and one thing that's nice is that is has a second camera. It gives you alot of freedom in terms of customizing your phone (like customizing buttons etc). In terms of music its an excellent music player and lets you use songs you've uploaded onto the N80, as a ringtone. One last thing, it can also be used as a modem. This phone includes alot of essentials that unleash this phone's potential.
The Bad:The center button can be annoying sometimes if you slip. Like a computer, if you have too many things going on it freezes, and lacks the necessary RAM to let you multi-task and sometimes can be slow when opening apps.
Pros Screen color and resolution, dual-camera, compact design, tactile keypad, expandable non-proprietary memory, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth, IrDA, full multimedia featureset with one-button access.
Cons A full host of features unavailable on non-UMTS (3G) networks, unremarkable battery life, no carrier support, proprietary headset connection (Nokia PopPort), unimpressive built-in memory
Summary The N Series for the Nokia line marks their flag-ship product with each phone carrying an impressive feature set in addition to each catering to a specific industry set (music, photography, etc).
The N80 is no different, being packed with a number of impressive features.
Text messaging users will love the enhanced T9 Nokia dictionary which has a spectacular learning feature as well as tactile keys that feel truly responsive to each tap. A dedicated input mode key allows unique versatility in each and every application and alpha-numeric prompt.
Nokia's website also allows for an easy web-based setup wizard that will send your carriers basic settings (text, internet, MMS) direct to your phone without any need for prior knowledge of the carrier settings.
Unfortunately many of this phones incredible features will be unrealized in US markets which still lag behind our European counter-parts. IP-based PTT, live in-call video calls are just a few to point out. Even with Cingular providing UMTS in a few markets, they have no server support for these features - and no plans to adopt them soon.
However, the phone still offers impressive traits with an impressive 3Mega-pixel flash-camera, and dynamic PIM functionality with free, downloadable Nokia PC Sync software. What's more unique is that with any internet connectivity request, the software prompts for the best connection method - and even allows for on-the-spot WLAN access point searches.
This combined with an excellent HTML rendering browser (which also handles java and flash), anything from surfing to streaming media becomes a breeze.
Included in the N series is Nokia Lifeblog (in partnership with Typepad) which is a unique movement, and application, to easily allow those that wish to integrate technology into their day-to-day lives as a medium to record specific or any events. Text messaging, note taking, videos, photos, etc.
The only over-shadowing concerns of the N80 are the unimpressive battery life which can quickly be drained while using bluetooth and wireless simultaneously. In addition, the Symbia S60 software handles open applications poorly (a legacy problem) which may lead to memory management problems for users who find themselves frequently switched between applications; however, holding the Menu key down allows quick and easy access to a task-bar for open apps. (Press the 'C' button to forcefully close open apps).
All-in-all this phone is not ideal for the brand new or novice phone user. In addition the phone purchase will need to be made with no carrier subsidy - which means you'll need your own sugar-daddy subsidy to purchase this phone. Even on the black market (eBay) my purchase cost me $480. However, because of Nokia's incredible support, I would recommend this phone to anyone needing any one of it's many features.
Pros The new nokia N80.......
Cons only if it had the talk time of a sony ericsson
Summary The new Nokia N80 is a great phone, has everything except your own ATM. BUT..... dont you think that the talk time is very short (3 hours MAX), Sorry that just to short for me, i would need a portable charger with me.
Pros Loads of features- Wi-Fi, Music Playback, SmartPhone capabilities, World 3G Phone, Hi-Res Screen, Sexy
Cons Battery Life, Slow and somewhat buggy Symbian OS, non-automated slider mechanism
Summary Just got this phone 3 days ago as a cheap upgrade on my carrier (gotta love europe and O2). I got the phone because i just wanted a more wieldly/presentable phone thats almost as smart as my Treo but not as big and ugly. Also from the fact that Palm has refused to release a GSM version of the 700 series. Since i couldn't wait for the Sony Ericsson P990 to come out i went with the current next best. The N80.
The phone is more an introduction of things to come kinda phone....its not fully mature yet.
Has a nice feature set but the symbian OS is just not comparable to Palm for me so i hardly use it. In fact the phone is now just a call/text/email/calender phone. I cant install apps because of fear of crashing the OS.
The phone has yet to reboot/crash/freeze and has performed well. Those of you with problems should upgrade your firmware...the first firmware was supposedly crap!.
Battery life is abysmal on the phone which is a major flaw on nokia's part. A phone like this needs serious juice and nokia hasnt provided it. As an idea i used Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, played music and had a 2hour call. Battery dropped 3 bars, for my usage thats fine as im a charger person anyways.
Another annoying thing for me (besides the manual slider operation) is having to choose to lock your keypad when you close the slider....this should be an automatic choice.
Overall the phone is good but prospective buyers should be ready to do a lot of installing/re-installing and firmware updating if you plan to use the smartphone functions heavily. Otherwise normal call/text users can go ahead and buy it because it does that well...plus it turns alot of heads.
PS Bonnie Cha got it wrong, the front camera is NOT for self portraits....its for VIDEO CALLING.