Nokia N80 now come in an updated version of the “Internet Edition”. It feels really good and useful. By Linus Brohult
When Nokia N80 went on sale last spring, I was actually impressed that Nokia has managed to make a so well-composed phone filled with utility functions. When the improved Nokia N80 Internet Edition now landed on my table blitr I am not as impressed, but the fact is that a good commercial mobile has become even better.
Updated phone models tend to rarely be so much to write about. Usually it’s just details who the manufacturer plastered on. With this phone, it is one of many important detail: the ability to free or bilig IP telephony via w-lan.
IP telephony via the netablerade standard SIP is something that Nokia had in the works for a long time. It is a standard used by both common Swedish operators that Rix Telecom, but also by international free services like Voipbuster. Even Swedish upstart Rebtel is betting on a variation of their service for this phone.
VoipBuster is one of the alternatives to Skype that I decided to try the new N80 phone. SIP settings for my Voipbuster account I found easily on the Voipbusters website. But it took still some used to make settings to get started.
The advantage of using VoIP is that calls to other IP phones will be completely free. When I had my Nokia N80 IE connected to the w-LAN at home or at work, I chose “Internet call” and could make free calls to other IP telephony users. The big advantage of this is, of course, for anyone who would like to be able to make many long international calls without the need to have the computer or any special phone started to use Skype.
For those who do not want to manually add all the SIP settings, Nokia has added a download function for the settings for SIP service Gizmo. It is under the icon “Download” in the phone’s internet menu. Have you just first obtain a Gizmo account on Gizmoproject.com is there an easy way to get into the settings for IP-telephony.
The entire Download menu under Internet folder in Nokia N80 is where Nokia collected all the news of the new version of this phone. This is in addition to the settings for IP telephony also e-boksprogrammet Mobipocket Reader, Podcasts for Web radio and Yahoo’s software for chat and email. And several other internet programs.
In the Download menu is also the program WLAN Wizard who seeks out available wireless networks in a much easier way than with Nokia’s previous wlan phones. (Oddly, there is no wlan viewfinder installed from the start.)
But besides all these news Nokia N80 is already a very smart mobile phone.
The browser in your phone is good both for regular Web pages and mobile-friendly. Email program also works well, and can connect via either cellular networks or via w-lan. Office documents that come in the mail can be opened and viewed in Quickoffice available on your phone. Calendar and address book gives a good overview and can be synchronized with the pc. Nokia Software for syncing with pc is also good, especially with this phone.
The buttons are in real format and easy to use. The screen is sharp. The camera is a 3-megapixel camera, in and of itself without autofocus, but the images are still surprisingly good and the macro mode is available. Your phone’s music player collects the music of transparent subdivisions. More about all these features, you can read in the first test, N80 on our site.
N80 is still a smart 3 g mobile that stands up well in comparison with its competitors.
Before you buy
N80 Internet Edition is basically the same phone as the half a year old N80. But when good in many different ways, and has support for w-lan and ip telephony. Do you have an N80, you software-upgrade your phone to the Internet Edition.
Sony Ericsson P990 is a different phone with w-lan that also can get IP telephony via the Optimobiles software.
3 g and w-lan
Lacks the autofocus in the camera
Facts Nokia N80 IE
Smartphone with quadband gsm, 3 g and w-lan
Weight: 134 g
Dimensions: 95, 4x50x26 mm
Operating system: SymbianOS 9.1 with Nokia Series 60 (3rd Edition)
Internal memory: 40 MB, 128 Mb on the included memory card (mini SD)
Applications: calendar, address book, browser, image printing, music players, editing software for video and stills, Quickoffice, Flash, RealPlayer, Lifeblog, Internet telephony, Yahoo Go, Mobipocket, Podcasting, currency and unit converter, and more
Talk time: up to 3 hours
Standby time: up to 190 hours
Internet and data features: browser, email, infrared, bluetooth, gprs, Edge, W-lan
WAP: Yes, version 2.0
Connection to pc/mac:
Connection to pc with Nokia PC Suite and the supplied usb cable or wirelessly via bluetooth
Screen: 352 x 416 pixels, 262000 colors, tft display
Games: Snake’s, Card Deck + downloadable
Ringtones: Polyphonic and mp3
Phone book: phone numbers, e-mail addresses, multiple www addresses, postal addresses, birthdays and notes can be stored. Stored in the phone memory.
Camera: Built-in with up to 3 megapixels (without autofocus) and for video at a lower resolution
Other features: Java, mms, calculator, unit converter, note-taking software, sound recorder, to-do list, T9, voice control, voice memo
Accessories: wireless handsfree, car kits, car chargers, different Chargers, memory cards, tv-contact, picture frames, surveillance camera
Socket for external antenna: no
Price: 5000 SEK
Telephony & communications 10
Systems & software 9
Ease of use 8
Performance & memory 8
Hard facts battery
Manufacturer: 3 hrs
We got: 3 hours 32 minutes
Comment: (thumb up) With doubt, but standby time felt good.
Hard facts performance
SPMark test: 1761 points total, images (PNG) 67 p, 3D-games 8.3 FPS, jwc 1836 p
Comment: in 2007, we expect better results than this of a smart smartphone like this. Fixed N80 is still no tough phone.