Friday, June 19, 2009

Nokia N86 8MP Preview

I'm currently at London's Heathrow Airport (LHR) in Terminal 5 International waiting for a flight back to Canada. Interestingly there is a Nokia store right inside the airport with prices usually 15% off the UK market price and no tax! Not only that - they carry the latest Nokia phones. One of them being the N97 and the other is the N86 8MP!!

It looks similar to the N85 but with a more subdued color scheme.

More photos after the jump.

The OLED screen is almost the same as the N85 but the slight tint makes it easier to see under direct light. I still have to try it under direct sunlight.

Sliding the screen up exposes the number pad.

The side profile is similar to the N85.

Sliding the screen down exposes the multimedia keys that look better than those on the N85.

The number pad looks very retro like those found on phones 5 years ago like the T610but it was very comfortable to use with great tactile feedback.

The 8MP camera exposed.

First impressions: The build quality is a big improvement over the wobbly N85. Nokia has got it right this time and it's almost as tight as the E65. The phone doesn't creak and has a good weight to it. The UI is snappy and uses a theme similar to the 5800. The camera is fast to start up and I will be updating this blog entry with sample photos I took with the N86 compared to my trusty N82. As I mentioned before the keypad looks ugly but it is very functional and nicely spaced. the buttons are a tad small if you have big fingers.

There really isn't anything bad to say about this phone in terms of build and usage but it's a phone that the N85 should've been. With the N97 stealing the spot light, the N86 is actally more exciting for me. After a little price drop, I'm definitely going to pick up this phone. I highly recommend you drop by your local Nokia store to try out the phone. You won't be disappointed!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Nokia E72 Leaked

The E71 upgrade rumoured to come with a 5MP camera and in the form of a E71i has been leaked and it's currently being called the E72.

The following are rumoured changes from the E71:
- 5MP camera with autofocus
- QWERTY keyboard to resemble the E63 with a shortened space bar
- optical mouse rather than a Dpad (allows you to swipe to scroll down like the Blackberry's navigational ball)
- 3.5mm headset jack at the top
- speakers on rear by camera
- comes in black and 2 bland greys
- runs S60 3rd edition FP2
- integrated Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat

The E71 has almost been out for a year so it's just about the right time to refresh one of Nokia's best selling phones. The 5MP camera may just push me over to upgrade so I don't need to carry my N82, for its 5MP, with me.

More photos after the jump.

The 5MP camera:

I'm glad they kept the etched battery cover.

The side profile shows the volume keys, 3.5mm headset jack, and power button:

Now featuring an optical mouse:

Different "colors":

With the addition of a 5MP camera, Nokia is keeping an already great design fresh.

Are you excited? :)

Update with live photos:

Image from budip