Pros The 5 megapixel camera is terrific, outstanding call quality, good image quality on the screen, web pages load quickly.
Cons I had to return the phone to Nokia because of a defective earpiece. Build quality definitely not as solid as my previous N80. If you roam Nokia's user forums you'll read about a bunch of issues, most of which, in fairness, I haven't experienced.
Summary You can't beat the camera. My N80 didn't have autofoucs, which resulted in a lot of blurry shots.In casual situations with my teenage sons, when they might freeze up if I took out my Nikon, they'll let me take the photo on the N85, and the quality of the picture allows you to make a decent sized print. That's the main advantage of the N series 5 megapixel phones over the iPhone, imho. I'm not a heavy text messager and don't often use my phone to send email, so the lack of a qwerty keyboard or push email isn't a deal breaker for me. Nokia maps has worked well when I've needed it.
Pros exelent camera 5 mp, exelent screen, great design its slim light, very fast and acurate gps, 8 gb memory from de package, n gage games, fm trasnmiter, wifi
Cons too much plastic,
Summary its a great phone, has all the features you looking for in a smart phone, and i really mean all, the only disadvantage is that te construccion is only plastic
Pros Greate smartphone capability
Excellent multimedia apps
Cons Poor build quality
Summary My needs:
Since I use a cell phone to sync with outlook and update my calendar, compatibility with MS outlook and use as a PDA was of primary importance.
I also wanted a phone that was a good music player since I also spend a lot of time programming in an environment that is noisy and not conducive to concentration.
Since I already have a family plan and did not want o carry around a company phone as well as a private phone, I wanted to consolidate the needed features of both worlds.
I also feel that the core features of a cell phone are non negotiable (it should be ready at all times to perform as a phone without compromise)
I did a lot of research and decided to buy an LG Incite. This was a huge mistake as that unit fell short on all sides. The engineering philosophy was such that emphasis was put on the unit being all things to all people, and as a result, the phone did everything badly. Even making regular phone calls required some (and often heavy) negotiation. The process to sync with outlook required no less than 5 steps unless you wanted to spring for the $30.00 data plan.
Realizing the Incite for the toy it was, I gave it to my teenager who is very happy with it.
I then decided to purchase the N85 after comparing it to several units from Nokia and other manufactures. In the un-boxing I was immediately disappointed by the build quality, but happily, that is where my displeasure ended. The unit is uncompromising in its utility as a phone, is a solid PDA that is capable of syncing with outlook over Bluetooth with a zero touch paradigm.
It comes with a standard 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and multifunction navigation keys that are customizable; with over 14 features on the outside of the unit before even delving into the menus.
This phone is a very elegant tool, which is workable for both business and pleasure.
Pros - Nice size, feels great in hand
- Vibrant display
- Best camera I've ever seen on a phone
- Loud speakers
- Decent games with N-Gage and Java
- Great as a music device
- Battery life is very good
- Decent selection of 3rd party apps, many free
Cons - No QWERTY keyboard (predictive T9 text is easy to use and still allows quick typing)
- A bit of a learning curve for some features
- Built in web browser not that great (get Ozone and Opera Mini for free, much better)
Summary I bought this phone coming from using Windows Mobile devices for a long time, and also being with Verizon for 10+ years. I generally loved Windows Mobile as an operating system, and had very few issues or complaints, but had really bad luck with the actual phones/hardware which I have owned. After Verizon sent me replacement after replacement, and moved me from one model to the next, I decided to try something different. I was looking at the Palm Pre, but honestly, I am kind of moving away from the whole touchscreen craze. Then I read some articles about the Nokia N95, and then the N85, and it looked really impressive for such a small package.
So I bought an unlocked N85 from Dell for $300, and signed up with AT&T on a month to month basis. So far I have really enjoyed the phone, and with the addition of some third party apps it has become even better.
The camera on this phone has amazed me. Taking good, clear pictures even indoors in less-than-ideal lighting. Something none of my WinMo phones could EVER do. It has tons of options, almost like a standalone point and shoot. It's not quite as good, but it's so close, and definitely is acceptable as a backup when I don't have the 'real' camera with me. As a music device it is also fantastic. 3.5mm headphone jack, built in internet radio, built in FM radio (but only with headphones), FM transmitter for wirelessly playing your music over your home stereo... a lot of great options for music lovers here. The sound on the built in speakers is fairly loud but does distort a little at the highest volumes.
As a gaming device it is good, not great. Graphically it is somewhere around the level of the Nintendo DS. Controls are okay with the D-pad and dedicated gaming keys. There are a few really fun games but many that I tried were just OK. I think the capability is there but companies are still releasing just 'phone games' instead of really putting effort into some real games. But still, nice to have the option to always have a few fun games on your phone to pass time.
Everyone talks about the OLED screen, I am one of the few who is not that impressed with it. To me, the colors are WAY too oversaturated, and also, it cannot display true gray, rather, there is a definate reddish brown tint to the white/black/grey color on the display. Also it is hard to see in daylight, but all of my previous phones had the same issue so I don't feel like I am losing out here. It is fairly bright however, and overall pleasant to look at.
For watching videos, I strongly recommend Coreplayer even though it is a pay for app, you will get support for almost every video format out there, as well as streaming Youtube videos at a very high quality. Videos look good even though it's a smallish screen, but again, the colors are a bit over-the-top.
Build quality, so far, seems fine. I did get one that was "made in China", which I had read these were the ones with the problems. So far, my slider is solid, a little bit of wiggle, but far more solid than my last phone which was an HTC Touch Pro with slide out QWERTY keyboard. The buttons on the N85 do creak a little (plastic rubbing against plastic), but again, no worse than my Touch Pro. Mind you, the Touch Pro is pretty much the top of the line WinMo phone out in the U.S. right now, and was Verizon's most expensive phone. I paid more for the Pro ON CONTRACT than I paid for the N85 UNLOCKED.
Overall, this phone is great so far, having only had it for about a month, I am very pleased with it. It does so much, especially considering the price (definitely shop around!). It is more media centric than WinMo but can still handle business as well with email and scheduling and all that, just not as deep as with WinMo, so it might not be the best for full business users.
Pros Tons of features. you name it, its got it. great camera, gps, 3g, wifi, bluetooth, great style, standard headphone jack, comes with 8gig memory (removeable/expandable i think), big OLED screen, excellent form factor
Cons build quality seems good. there is just barely (and i am a perfectionist) some very very small play in the slider when closed, but i dont think it is a big deal.
Summary overall love the phone, little pricey since it is unlocked, but features are great and the quality is too. i get at least 3 days of juice but i primarily use it for a phone and mp3 player. definitely recommend it