Sunday, January 18, 2009

Nokia N85 Unlocked Cell Phone with 5 MP Camera, 3G, GPS, MP3/Video Player, MicroSD Slot - U.S. Version with Warranty (Copper)

Nokia N85 Unlocked Cell Phone with 5 MP Camera, 3G, GPS, MP3/Video Player, MicroSD Slot - U.S. Version with Warranty (Copper)Along with an eye-catching 2.6-inch OLED screen and smooth, sleek finish, the Nokia N85 mobile phone and multimedia computer provides all the tools you need to roam the globe and stay connected to friends and business colleagues. Assisted GPS shows where you are, the Internet helps you choose your destination, and Nokia Maps guides you along the way. It also boasts N-Gage gaming, digital audio player with a built-in FM transmitter, 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and geotagging capabilities.

The quad-band Nokia N85 GSM/EDGE phone makes it easy to roam globally and stay in touch with voice and text messaging, and this model is also ready to run on 3G networks here in the US (850/1900 MHz HSDPA) as well as those in Europe and Asia (2100 MHz HSDPA), enabling fast downloads and streaming multimedia while on the go. It also includes integrated Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b/g) for accessing open networks at work, at home, and on the road from a variety of wireless hotspots. You'll also be able to connect to a wide variety of peripherals--including stereo headphones--with the Bluetooth 2.0+EDR capabilities. It's based on S60 software operating on the Symbian OS, enabling you to personalize the N85 by choosing from a wide choice of compatible applications that can be downloaded--including games, navigation, entertainment, and productivity titles.

The Nokia N85 multimedia computer puts the power to share, explore, and entertain in your hands.
This unlocked version of the Nokia N85 can be used with a GSM network service provider and it provides quad-band connectivity (850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz). It does not come with a SIM card, and it requires that you provide a SIM card for usage with your selected service provider. When paired with a compatible 3G network that uses HSDPA 850/1900/2100 MHz connectivity, you'll enjoy a variety of feature-rich wireless services with speeds up to 384 Kbps--from data connectivity to your office to multimedia streaming, and take advantage of simultaneous voice and data services. In the United States, you'll be able to access 850/1900 MHz 3G networks, while the 2100 MHz connectivity allows you to access 3G networks in Europe and Asia. This phone also provides compatibility with EDGE data networks.

Phone Features
The Nokia N85 has an innovative 2.6-inch OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen that reproduces sharper and brighter colors with better battery consumption. It has a 240 x 320-pixel resolution with support for up to 16 million colors for terrific depth when viewing photos or playing immersive 3D games. The screen also offers Auto UI rotation based on the integrated accelerometer. The innovative 2-way slide concept makes it easy to switch between different modes, going from reading maps to watching a video with a simple slide. A numeric keypad slides out from one end of the device while dedicated media keys slide out from the opposite direction, converting the display into full screen landscape mode. The phone has an internal 78 MB memory, which can be expanded via optional MicroSD memory cards up to 8 GB in size

The Nokia N85 is pre-loaded with several made-for-mobile N-Gage gaming titles that jump off of the screen thanks to the dazzling OLED display and dedicated gaming keys light up when the device is in landscape gaming mode to further enhance the action-packed experience.

The phone actually has two cameras, a high-resolution, 5-megapixel camera on the back of the device and a lower resolution camera on the front (352 x 288 pixels-pixel resolution) on the front of the phone for video calls (requires network compatibility). The main camera on the back of the N85 supports an image capture resolution of 2584 x 1938 pixels. You can use both cameras to take still pictures and record videos.

The still camera has a 20x digital zoom, center weighted auto exposure, white balance controls, light sensitivity modes, multiple scene modes (including portrait, landscape, sport, and night). The Carl Zeiss Tessar lens has a 5.45mm focal length and a focus range as close as 10cm. (The Zeiss name has been associated with cameras from Hasselblad, Rollei, Yashica, Sony, and Nikon.) The dual LED flash offers several modes (on, off, automatic, and red-eye reduction) and it has an operating range of 10 feet. Other features include a full-screen viewfinder, dedicated camera key, built-in photo editor, and direct printing to compatible printers. Further, with the integrated A-GPS, you can now "geotag" pictures with location data and share them with online communities.

A state-of-the-art 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and bright dual LED flash captures clear, sharp images.

A built-in FM transmitter lets the Nokia N85 play wirelessly through a car or home stereo.
The main lens also captures DVD-like quality video at 30 frames per second and VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels). It features an 8x digital zoom, image stabilization, multiple recording file formats (mp4, .3gp; H.263, H.264), video white balance modes, and a built-in video editor. Clip length is capped at 90 minutes. The lens on the front can capture video at up to 352 x 288 pixels (CIF) and up to 15 fps, and it has a 2x digital zoom.

Build a personal music collection from the millions of tracks and playlists available from the Nokia Music Store or other online music vendors, or synchronize PC and mobile music libraries via USB cable. Alternatively, you can enjoy FM radio (with RDS) or a wide selection of stations via the internet. The 3.5 mm audio jack makes connecting a top-quality headset simple and a built-in FM transmitter lets the Nokia N85 play wirelessly through a car or home stereo.

This smartphone has an integrated Wi-Fi LAN (802.11b/g), enabling seamless connectivity with wireless networks at work, at home, and on the roam via Wi-Fi hotspots at airports and coffee shops. Because the N96 is Bluetooth enabled (with version 2.0+EDR), wireless communication headsets can be configured with the phone for total hands-free operation. It also offers Bluetooth stereo audio support (A2DP), enabling you to enjoy your music without any wires. If your laptop is Bluetooth enabled, you can connect wirelessly and enjoy dial-up networking (DUN)--surf the Internet, send email, and access files from a server.

With A-GPS functionality, you'll be able find your route quickly and easily, whether walking or driving (A-GPS is a network dependant feature that requires a data plan; additional charges may apply). The Nokia Maps application offers richer maps with urban details and satellite views and the ability to search and download information about points of interests, such as restaurants, hotels, companies, travel agencies, airports, and more. It also provides optional upgrades such as City Guides, turn-by-turn pedestrian mode and voice-guided car navigation.

The N85 has all the bases covered when it comes to messaging. Support is built in for sending and receiving text, video, graphics and sound via messages. It also enables you to check your email on the go (supporting POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP protocols). T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit--a plus for mobile text messaging users.

View web pages as they were originally intended with the integrated Nokia Web Browser, which enables you to zoom out to a full screen view of the entire page using the Mini Map feature. Find the section you want and then zoom in to the content you need. The text instantly adjusts to the size of your screen. The browser also keeps a history of your browsing so you can quickly get back to where you started.

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) technology means that this Nokia phone will discover, interact with, and control other compatible home electronic devices. This includes PCs, media centers, home entertainment systems, new smart appliances, home automation systems, networked peripherals, and Web-based services. With compatible equipment, you can stream video from your Nokia device directly to your TV, or hear music tracks stored on your PC through your living room's sound system.

Other features include:

  • Music playback file formats: .MP3, WMA, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+
  • Synchronize music with Windows Media Player
  • Ring tones: MP3, AAC, AAC+ 64-tone polyphonic, AMR, WMA
  • Email (IMAP, POP3, SMTP supported) with support for attachments and filtering
  • Windows Live support (requires download of Windows Live Messenger application)
  • Micro-USB 2.0 connector with mass storage capabilities
  • Support for local and remote SyncML synchronization
  • Flight mode
  • 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
  • Voice recorder (recording formats: AMR, AAC stereo and WMP)
  • Software platform: S60 3rd edition, feature pack 2
  • Advanced contacts database: multiple number and e-mail details per contact, contacts with images
  • Support for assigning images to contacts and contact groups
  • Calendar with day, week and month view, up to 1500 entries, alarm, reminders
  • Alarm clock with radio as alarm sound
  • Calculator, converter, written notes, to-do list
  • Bluetooth version 2.0+EDR with the following profiles: A2DP (stereo music streaming), AVRC (remote control), HFP (hands-free car kits), HSP (communication headsets), BIP (for sending images to another device), DUN (dial-up networking), FTP (file transfer), HID (support for mice or joysticks), OPP (object push for business cards, calendar items, and pictures), PBA (transfer contacts)

Vital Statistics
The Nokia N85 weighs 4.05 ounces and measures 4.05 x 1.97 x 0.63 inches. Its 1200 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6.9 hours of GSM talk time (4.5 hours on 3G networks), and up to 360 hours (15 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as the 850/1900 MHz HSDPA 3G frequencies found in the US.

Customer Review: Solid build--Great features

I bought this phone a few days ago and love it. Reception is great and it hasn't locked up on me yet. Phone has a very solid feel to it when it is in your hands and the build quality is excellent. I carry my phone in my pants pocket and it is like it isn't even there. Loads of features and easy to use. I put my AT+T sim card in powered up the phone and it automatically setup the internet settings for me. It knows based on the sim card that I have AT+T and configured eveything I needed to access the internet. Also has a program to help you setup your gmail, hotmail, yahoo or whatever PoP3 or imap account you have. The 5mp camera is very good for a camera phone and has a flash. To many feature to go into here. Great phone, the only negative I would give it is the soft keys tend to be a bit stiff, but nothing that is a deal breaker.

Customer Review: Great Features but Plastic housing is flimsy

Got the Nokia N85 sight unseen from amazon as an X-Mas present to myself. I have had it for 2 weeks and the battery life is great. Reception and call quality are excellent. AM-OLED screen is terrific. The phone came with 8gb microSDHC pre-installed which was a nice surprise because this was not apparent from the Amazon descriptions. Pictures are good for a cell phone digicam. I used the GPS once and it locked down the Sats plenty fast from a cold start but I haven't tried turn by turn directions yet. MP3 player outputs nice and loud by selecting headsets option when plugging in my AUX jack for my car stereo.

So far am very happy with the phones swiss army knife options lists and performance except that (and I am not sure how the other amazon reviewers missed this)the N85's plastic housing is very cheap and flimsy. The battery compartment lid is loose and rattles like a cheap dollar store toy made in dime store factory. The plastic finish also scratches very easily. I am very afraid of dropping this phone and so immediately ran out to get a good snug case and belt clip for it. My last phone was an all metal Motorola SLVR L7 which was built like a Sherman Tank though options wise and call quality cannot compare to the N85 but in contrast the N85 falls way short of the outstanding build, materials and finish of my old SLVR L7.

Lessons learned is that this is the last time I will buy an expensive unsubsidized phone without seeing it in real life first. Had I done that I would of passed on the N85. My advise to Nokia is to go back to tight fitting aluminum or any other high quality metal casing builds and keep plastics for the $200 and under phone lines or I will not be a repeat customer for their $400 and over smart phones ever again.

Btw, Amazon was great with their overnight shipping and I had the N85 in my hands the day I had to fly out of country just before the holidays. Amazon did not dissappoint me but Nokia kinda did.
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