Nokia N86 8MP Review (Verdict: Solid Camera)

So, the N97 didn’t make as big of a splash as we were expecting – that hardly means it’s the only card up Nokia’s ample sleeve. During their Mobile World Congress ’09 announcement, the N86 showed a lot of promise as Nokia’s first handset with an 8 megapixel camera. The two-way sliding form factor had been polished with the N85, and the high-end cameraphone market was heating up with Sony Ericsson’s C905, the Samsung Memoir and LG Renoir – surely the N86 would be able to duke it out with these rivals. After using it for a little over a week now, I’m finding that despite my overall cluelessness with S60 and even chewing through classic T9 texting, the N86’s high quality camera kept me very excited to hold onto this phone.

N86 8MP

By Nokia ($499.99 on preorder)

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Form: 2-way slider
Dimensions: 103.4 x 51.4 x 16.5-18.5 mm
Weight (with battery): 149 g
Volume: 84 cc
Additional size and shape information: 2-way slider with spring assistance mechanism, Kick-stand

Keys and Input Method

Numeric keypad
Cover keys (S60 keys, Menu key, Send/End keys, Clear key)
Short slide keys (media control/zoom/gaming)
Dedicated media/zoom/game keys
Dedicated camera and volume keys
Keypad lock switch
Voice commands
Charging indicator LED, breathing menu key

microSD memory card slot, hot swappable, max. 16 GB
Internal memory 8GB
ROM 77.0, RAM 74.7

Data Network
HSCSD, maximum speed 43.2 kbps
GPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 107/64.2 kbps (DL/UL)
WCDMA 900/2100, maximum speed PS 384/384 kbps (UL/DL)
HSDPA, maximum speed 3.6 Mbps (DL)
WLAN 802.11b, 802.11g
WLAN Security: WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-Personal, WPA-Enterprise, WPA-Personal, WEP
WLAN Quality of Service: WMM, U-APSD
WLAN wizard
TCP/IP support
Capability to serve as data modem
Support for MS Outlook synchronisation of contacts, calendar and notes

Display and User Interface

Size: 2.6″
Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA)
Up to 16.7 million colours
Active Matrix OLED technology
Brightness control
Orientation sensor
Ambient light detector

Power Management
BL-5K 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery
Talk time (maximum): GSM up to 6.9 h, WCDMA up to 4.5 h, VoIP over WLAN up to 11 h
Standby time (maximum): GSM up to 363 h, WCDMA up to 363 h
Browsing time with packet data (maximum): Up to 7 h
Video playback time (maximum): VGA 30fps up to 7.0 h, QCIF 15fps up to 5.5 h
Video recording time (maximum): up to 3 h
Video call time (maximum): 3.2 h
Music playback time (maximum): up to 30 h
Music playback time via FM transmitter (maximum): Up to 18 h

Operating Frequency
Quad-band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900
Automatic switching between GSM bands
Flight mode

Bluetooth version 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate.
Bluetooth profiles:
Dial Up Networking Profile (Gateway)
Object Push Profile (Server and Client)
File Transfer Profile (Server)
Hands Free Profile (Audio Gateway)
Headset Profile (Audio Gateway)
Basic Imaging Profile (Image Push Responder and Initiator)
Remote SIM Access Profile (Server)
Device Identification Profile
Phone Book Access Profile (Server)
Stereo Audio Streaming:
Generic Audio/Video Distribution Profile
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (A/V Remote Control Target)
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (Audio Source)
Add-on solutions enable integration into enterprise private branch exchange (PBX) infrastructure
Digital Home support
UPnP support
MTP (Mobile Transfer Protocol) support
TV out (PAL) with Nokia Video Connectivity Cable (CA-75U, in box inclusion may vary based on sales package configuration) or WLAN/UPnP
Support for local and remote SyncML synchronisation
Micro-USB connector with mass storage class support, High-Speed USB 2.0
3.5 mm AV connector

Excellent camera
Well above average speakers
Stylish, compact form factor

OLED screen is poor in direct sunlight
Lacks adequate picture sharing options
T9 makes for difficult messaging

  • Biz

    The N86 seems to be a great phone. Does it support the divx & xvid formats. If yes, thoes it support the all versions of codec?

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