Well, I broke down and bought a new cell phone (handy) on Friday, the Nokia N80. I kind of needed one since I also wanted to get a new digital camera and my old camera was only 1.2 megapixels and the camera in my Nokia 6260 is a weak-sauce VGA one. Also, I wanted a new phone with built-in wi-fi to take advantage of my home network and keep data I need in-sync.
(The following are NOT my pics, they're ripped from here)
In comparing it in size to my previous phone - a Nokia 6260 - it is a little shorter but also a little thicker, but not by much. Still fits perfectly in my pocket.
The keypad slides out below the screen and it took me no time at all to get used to it. The predictive text for it is about the same as always and it works well enough for me, much faster than the regular method.
About the only thing that kind of sucks right now is that all my old apps/games on the 6260 were Symbian Series 60 2nd version and the new phone uses Series 60 3rd version so they won't work on it. Oh well, in time everything is going over to the 3rd version anyway so I'm sure they'll update their apps. Another good thing about it is that it really is a "world phone" with full-on GSM compatability as well as being able to run on WCDMA 2100 networks (mostly in Asia). That means this phone should run in just about every country on the planet. I know my old 6260 worked well enough in the U.S., Europe, the Balkans, and the Middle East and it only had GSM 900/1800/1900 capability.
I quickly installed Opera mini on it even though the main browser itself is pretty damn good. I was able to take the RS-MMC card out of my old 6260 and put it in a card reader in order to copy all my old documents, ringtones, videos, and MP3s over to my computer and then slapped them on the 2GB mini-SD card I already had. Then I quickly built my own profile using my "standard" options that I already had on my other phone, as well as setting up my custom ringtones for certain callers (i.e. "Choke Me, Spank Me" by Xzibit for a certain woman I know...).
Setting it up for bluetooth use with my Macs was a snap, as it always is in OS X. Unlike the 6260 though, I can actually browse through the entire filesystem on my new N80 and that's something I could never pull off with the 6260. Reports indicate that it's Symbian Series 60 2nd version that was the problem, not the Mac's bluetooth stack.
But now for the kicker...syncing the sucker with my Macs. Turns out that iSync does NOT by default want to play at ALL with the N80, even though it's a registered bluetooth phone in OS X. To get that working you have to edit a certain file as laid out in these instructions. Once the edits were done and iSync re-started it saw the phone as a valid device.
WTF, Apple? Can't you include this stuff in an update or something?
Once that was done, all my contact and calendar info synced over bluetooth in about 10 minutes (265 contacts, tons of calendar entries), including the small pics of some of my contacts (chicks I've met).
Using the phone browser I was able to drop new files straight onto the mini-SD in the phone in seconds.
I've used my old 6260 on a Windows laptop with built-in bluetooth before and it's NEVER been as easy to link/sync with a bluetooth phone like OS X. That's one thing that Apple got right from the start when they switched to OS X from OS 9. The N80 comes with included Windows-PC only software and so far I've never needed it for anything since OS X has pretty much everything you need to talk with a bluetooth phone built into the operating system. One thing the PC software has that OS X doesn't though is a streaming video/audio player (www.orb.com) that can be used to stream files to the N80. Something that would be nice to have, but I'm not too worried about not being able to do that. It's what my iPod is for anyway.
But I did install a free DivX video player on it so now I can transfer over and watch any Divx-encoded file I want. The playback quality is pretty damn good too.
So, it's got 802.11b/g (yes, that's a G folks...) built into it. How well does that work?
It works DAMN well, even if it can seem a little complicated to setup at first.
Once I downloaded the English version of the N80 Users Guide from Nokia's support site and actually READ the damn thing I figured it out and configured it to use my Linksys WRT54G wireless router as well as using my Macbook Pro's built-in wi-fi when configured as an access point. Since I bought the phone in Germany, everything was in German and I couldn't be bothered running the translation in my head. The phone fully supports DHCP as well as WEP and WPA 802.x encryption. Also, those wi-fi hotspots that require web authentication to use work flawlessly since the phone supports those as well.
Any application that requires a data connection can be set to use wi-fi or any number of mobile data options from your service provider. I set my Linksys as the default though. I figure when I travel I can jump it around. I've installed a nice free weather application as well as an Ogg Player, a text book reader, an internet radio player and of course Doom (with full sound/music!). The built-in email client is also nice and it took me no time at all to set it up for IMAP use with one of my accounts. It even allows opening/saving of attachments and I was able to download and play a 2MB-large MP3 file in about 10 seconds and it sounded pretty good. The built-in browser and the Opera mini browser both support downloads directly to the phone itself, which is a plus. You can also stream Realplayer-formatted video and audio streams from the internet as well via the built-in web browser. The internet radio player I installed was ALWAYS at 99% buffered-stream and it never hiccoughed at all for the 2 hours I used it, even while downloading a TV show from iTunes.
The built-in camera is a pretty good 3 megapixel one and you don't even have to open the phone or slide any covers open to use it. You just aim at your "target" and hold down the camera button on the side of the phone for a few seconds and it launches the camera application. Then you just use it like any other camera. Two different focus modes are supported via a switch just under the lens for close ups and far away pics.
It also has a built-in flash that works well in dimly-lit bars and discos and can make pretty good videos as well. You can print the pics out via bluetooth as well as via USB with a pop-port USB cable.
There's also a number of applications out there that allow you upload pictures you take with the phone directly to a Flickr account.
Battery life appears to be good even when using the crap out of the wi-fi features. I have my phone set to sync my main work email account via IMAP every 15 minutes and so far I haven't had to recharge it at all since Friday. The Series 60 3rd version OS seems to be very snappy and responsive, much more so than on my old 6260 with it's Series 60 2nd version. A new firmware update recently came out that addressed "out of memory" errors on the phone and I quickly installed that.
One of the annoying things that Nokia STILL does to this day is that goddamn pop-port crap. Sure, they include a power adapter dongle so I can use my old 6260 power charging accessories but in order to listen to the built-in FM radio I have to use their damnable pop-port headphone adapter. Ugh. Luckily it looks like the N95 will have a standard 3.5mm headphone jack on it, so if that's really important to you - it isn't for me - then you might want to wait for the N95. The power plug is also new and tiny as hell, but luckily they included that power adapter cable so I don't have to run out and buy all new power charging accessories, I just plug one end of the tiny 3-inch long adapter onto the 6260's charger plug and the other end goes into the phone.
Accessories included in my box: a USB adapter to plug into a PC for data transfer and firmware updates, a set of pop-port headphones (garbage!), a pop-port-to-3.5 headphone adapter, a leather wrist strap, a 128MB mini-SD card (meh, buy a bigger/faster card), 100v-220v power adapter with German plug (easily "fixed" for the U.S./Japan with a 50-cent plug adapter) and a polishing cloth for the screen.
Not too shabby, the USB cable is a plus. Usually you have to buy that separate.
Overall it's a damn nice phone and highly recommended unless you're waiting for the Nokia N95, the über-phone from hell.
Even the MS fanbois seem to like it, even though that "reviewer" never touched it.
Network: UMTS/EDGE / GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (WCDMA 2100)
Size Dimensions 95 x 50 x 26 mm, 97 cc
Weight: 134 g
Display Type: TFT, 256K colors
Display Size: 352 x 416 pixels, 35 x 41 mm
Ringtones Type: Polyphonic (64 channels), Monophonic, True Tones, MP3
Memory Phonebook: Yes
Call records: Yes
Card slot: miniSD (up to 2GB), hot swap, 128 MB card included, buy memory - 40 MB internal memory
Data: GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE: Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G: Yes, 384 kbps
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11g
Bluetooth: Yes, v1.2
Infrared port: Yes
USB: Yes, v2.0, Pop-Port
OS: S60 3rd edition (Symbian OS , Series 60 UI)
Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Browser: WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Games: Java downloadable
Colors: Silver, Black
Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, video(CIF), flash; secondary VGA videocall camera
- UPnP technology
- Push to talk
- Java MIDP 2.0
- MP3/AAC/MPEG4 player
- Stereo FM Radio
- Voice dial/memo
- PIM including calendar, to-do list
- Built-in handsfree
Battery: Standard battery, Li-Ion 820 mAh (BL-5B)
Stand-by: Up to 192 h
Talk time: Up to 3 h
NOTE: I bought this phone in Germany - unlocked of course - but it should be available in the U.S. as well as Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.