Review: The Nokia N81 and five N-Gage game titles

August 22, 2008


I had the pleasure to try out the Nokia N81 with a few of the recent N-Gage titles and thought I should share my thoughts and overall experience.  As you probably know the N81 is designed as an entertainment device focused on gaming and music and comes in two different models, one with 8GB of built-in memory and one with a memory card slot.

Both models have dedicated gaming buttons on the right (as seen on the image above) which light up when you start a game. They are also equipped with the N-Gage application that offers a comfortable way to download and buy trial or full versions games. The N-Gage platform also allows you to connect with your friends, challenging players around the world and participate in community activities in the N-Gage Arena.

In the review that follows, I’ve evaluated the N81’s gaming qualities and five N-Gage game titles. All images were taken using the Nokia N82.

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Review: Nokia N81 8GB, part 2 – The camera

February 20, 2008

In the second part of our review on the Nokia N81 8GB (read part 1 of the N81 8GB review here) we’re going to take a look at the camera and the camera application.

The N81 8GB is equipped with a 2 megapixel camera, a single LED flash. It does however lack autofocus which is a shame. The obvious question is can it deliver decent photos? That’s exactly what I thought so I shot these pictures using the Nokia N81 8GB (2mpx) and the Nokia N95 8GB (5mpx). You don’t need to be a genius to figure out the N95 8GB will come out as a winner, but it’s still interesting looking at the difference.

Photo test

The first set of images were taken in bright sunlight and came out like this:


More images and comments after the break.

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Unboxing Ritual – Nokia N77

February 13, 2008

This is the unboxing ritual of Nokia N77. Pardon my accent 😉 I tried my best to speak something that everybody can understand. The video is around 6 minutes long so you can sit back, relax and enjoy. Many thanks to the WOMWorld Team for the N77.

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Review: Nokia N81 8GB, part 1 – The Hardware

January 29, 2008


Update: Part 2 on the N81 8GB review has been published, check it out here: Review: Nokia N81 8GB, part 2 – The camera


Ever since the good people at WOM World sent me the Nokia N81 8GB I’ve been using it as my main device (thats about 15 days now) in order to write you guys an honest review. The N81 8GB is a cool gaming and music device with most of the other goodies you normally get with a smartphone. It’s powered by Symbian OS 9.2 and the S60 FP1 user interface. The new N-Gage gaming platform together with specially designed gaming buttons and great music capabilities such as super loud stereo speakers, 3.5mm connector for your favorite headphones and tons of storage capacity with the 8GB built-in flash memory are all nice features. But the big question still remains, is it what computers have become? Is this the next episode?

We did like

  • The 8GB memory, great to store all those music and video files.
  • WiFi, allowing us to browse the web and access entertainment cheap and smooth
  • N-Gage gaming platform and dedicated gaming keys, nothing like killing some time at the metro
  • 3.5 mm audio connector together with the Bose Quiet Comfort 3 headphones, what else you need to know?
  • Great sound quality and loud speakers

We did not like

  • The 2 megapixel camera, it’s good for…uhm…my grandma?
  • No HSDPA means slow data transfers, we want…no we demand HSDPA!
  • No built-in GPS
  • Cheap plastics
  • Gaming buttons cracked
  • The price

Keep reading for our full Nokia N81 8GB review.

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Video: Nokia N81 8GB Special Edition walkthrough Part 3

January 15, 2008

Here’s the third and final walkthrough video we shoot on using the Nokia N81 8GB. In this video we take a quick and rather small look at multitasking by playing music and using the browser to load the rather heavy website (not the mobile site which also is available using the same url). There’s also a peek at the map application and the Text-to-Speech feature which is demonstrated by listening to a text message, the gallery, the videoplayer and the camera. Last but not least, we guide you through the bundled applications that are included in the standard package.

Make sure you send us all your questions and we’ll try to answer them. 

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