Nokia have been at the forefront of the Smartphone revolution for a long time now and their latest Nseries devices are really pushing the boundaries ever further - a great example of that being the hotly anticipated N80, which goes on sale in the UK this month.
Connectivity is a key aspect of the Nokia N80, which doesn't just support quadband EDGE/GSM and WCDMA networks but also high speed 802.11b/g WLAN - complete with UPnP, putting it at the heart of tomorrow's digital home - giving you access to the internet using wireless networks at home and work and public hotspots in the likes of cafes and airports without expensive GPRS charges. The N80 also has the usual array of connectivity options including bluetooth, infrared and USB2.0 via the Pop-Port interface, along with the ability to use Xpress print transfer to link directly to compatible photo printers.
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operating platform now up to version 9.1 a number of new features and enhancements are on offer, including the ability to support higher resolution screens (352x416 pixels compared with 176x208 on the N70) and an all new web browser which gives improved navigation by providing a semi-transparent view of the entire page so you can quickly move around the page without getting lost, and a "visual history" letting you see the pages which you've already visited so you can jump back and forth based on what you've seen rather than just by the page title.
The main camera has taken a step up from the popular N70 which kicked off the Nokia Nseries range and is 3 Megapixels which allows for 2048x1536 resolution photos, although with no optical zoom or Carl Zeiss optics unlike the N90 and N93 you're only getting fairly standard (but still good) quality photos as a result. On the front of the phone there's a smaller camera which allows for lower resolution video calls via 3G networks.
Included in the box is a Nokia Audio Adapter (AD-15) allowing for standard 3.5mm headphones to be connected or you can use the included HS-23 Stereo Headset, which just goes to emphasise even further how Nokia also want the N80 to be used as an all round entertainment device, thanks to its MP3 player (supporting MP3, AAC, m4a, eAAC+ and wma formats), FM Radio with VisualRadio, and RealPlayer allowing for playback of 3GPP and MPEG4 videos.
At 26mm thick the Nokia N80 isn't exactly slim compared with some rival phones, but the other measurements of 50x95mm due to the slider keypad makes the N80 a fairly small device, and certainly smaller to hold in the hand than it looks in photos. But you'll soon forgive the fact it's not stick-thin when you consider the large 146,432 pixel screen, 3MP camera and WLAN connectivity to name just a few of the impressive features on offer.
After having been delayed from the original Q1 2006 release, Nokia's N80 should finally be widely available across the UK during May, and has an estimated retail price of 500 euros which works out at around £400 including VAT, with a choice of stainless steel silver or pearl black.