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Nokia N81

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1911 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the value for money and GPS navigation. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the features.

camera, usability, design, GPS navigation, price


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Nokia N81 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analysed 18 user reviews of Nokia N81 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on

battery, design, camera, size, build quality

value for money, portability

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nokia N81 (8GB) Sim Free Mobile Phone - Black/Silver Nokia N81 (8GB) Sim Free Mobile Phone - Black/Silver SIM Free Unlocked Nokia N81 Brown 8GB Version Mobile Phone

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1096 user reviews of Nokia N81 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on

camera, usability, GPS navigation, responsiveness, value for money


75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nokia N8 Unlocked GSM Touch Screen Phone with GPS, Voice Navigation and 12MP Camera (Blue)Nokia N8 Unlocked GSM Touch Screen Phone with GPS, Voice Navigation and 12MP Camera - `U.S. Version with Warranty (Blue)Nokia N81 8 GB Smartphone - Cocoa Brown (Unlocked)

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Nokia N81 8GB


In this age of high-end mobile phones (or should I say handheld computers and communication-cum-entertainment devices?) Nokia is a household name. Its latest addition to the stable is the N81, whose USP is a whopping 8GB of internal memory. Here's my...

The Bottomline This may arguably be the first Nokia phone I’m not happy with. Although I had a blast with the music player and watched many videos (that I personally converted) I was quite disappointed on the whole. While it's great to have 8GB of...


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Nokia N81


So I got this box in the mail that said N-GAGE on it. But the cell phone inside didn't look like a taco. I was confused. I tried talking into the side of the

3G and Wi-Fi, which should be standard on every phone, thank you very much. Gaming controls work as advertised, with nary a mis-pressed button in several straphanger gaming sessions. 8 gigs is, like, plenty of memory. Sleek design and excellent build...

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Nokia N81 (8GB, Unlocked)


The Nokia N81 is just the latest model to join the well-established and impressive family of Nokia N series multimedia smartphones. It brings support for the cell phone manufacturer's new Nokia Music Store and resurrected N-Gage gaming platform , and...

The Nokia N81 supports the Nokia Music Store and N-gage gaming platform and features a 3.5mm headphone jack, dual speakers, and dedicated gaming keys. The Symbian smartphone also offers a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and e-mail capabilities.

The N81's controls are cramped and hard to use. The smartphone doesn't support the U.S. 3G bands, and performance can be sluggish and buggy. The Nokia Music Store and N-Gage gaming platform have not officially launched in the United States yet.

We had high hopes for the gaming- and music-centric Nokia N81, but it ultimately disappoints with a bad design and buggy performance.

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Unterhaltungskraftwerk: Nokia N81


'Das Nokia N81 kann durch seinen riesigen 8-GByte-Speicher und die exzellenten Musik- und Spielfunktionen \xfcberzeugen. Allerdings k\xf6nnte das Telefon schmaler ausfallen, und auch beim Clickwheel besteht Verbesserungsbedarf. Alles in allem ist es...

'gro\xdfartige Musik-Funktionen, ausgezeichnetes Display, gro\xdfe Palette an Anschl\xfcssen'

untaugliches Clickwheel, durchschnittliche Kamera, klobiges und schweres Format

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Nokia N81 8GB review: N-series N-gaged


The Nokia N81 8GB is a truly exciting smartphone combining the power of Symbian 9.2 OS spiced up with the new N-Gage platform. What we have in N81 8GB is entertainment and multimedia unleashed. Not only does its specs sheet impress, but it promises...

Massive storage space (8GB version) ; Symbian OS 9.2 S60 3.1 UI ; Wi-Fi support ; Unique gaming experience with the new N-Gage platform and dedicated gaming keys above the display ; Brilliant 2.4" 16M-color QVGA display ; 2 megapixel camera ; 3.5 mm...

Mediocre camera ; Awkward D-pad ; Hefty weight ; Uncomfortable keypad ; No HSDPA

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Nokia N81 preview: Hands on N-Gage


The Nokia N81 is an exciting Symbian smartphone that comes loaded with multimedia capabilities and promises tons of fun. Flaunting 8 gig worth of storage, the Nokia N81 8GB comes in the slider form factor and features a nice 2.4" 16M color TFT display,...

Ok, we think we got you excited enough now. So feel free to browse along on for more of our Nokia N81 teaser review

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Nokia N81 8GB Review


After the launch of Nokia N81 8GB, our whole team was really thrilled by the idea of building-in an internal memory of such a great capacity and we were looking forward getting one of those devices, so that we could take a closer look and find out how...

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Nokia N81 Reviewed: Built for Fun


The Nokia N81 smartphone is a versatile music entertainment device that you would want as a phone. It has great sound quality with hours and hours worth of music playback at your fingertips, this device comes with dedicated keys for accessing your...

Despite the lack of modern high-end hardware specifications, the Nokia N81 still manages to perform quite well and is particularly good as a multimedia smartphone. With the 8 GB of internal memory, there is probably a lot more space than you need to...

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Nokia N81 Mobile Phone Review and Prices


Loaded with multimedia options, the Nokia N81 offers gamers and techies a lot of versatility in a slider phone. The first thing one notices about the N81 is its stylish yet somewhat boxy design. The phone isn't as compact as many devices on the market,...

Excellent LCD, good music player, good camcorder, Wi-Fi

Cramped keys, no 3G network support, disappointing camera

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Nokia N81 8GB Review


The new member of Nokia's Nseries, Nokia N81 8GB, is obviously a multimedia-oriented device. We all have great expectations from Nokia high-end line-up, and the Nseries has always offered a wide range of devices that can fulfill even the most...

One of the best multimedia terminals, Nokia N81 8GB embeds the fastest and most stable operating system. There are two main targets that this phone will fully satisfy: Symbian freaks and music lovers. Internet fans will also love this handset, as it...

The phone is too heavy and bulky to fit in a small pocket, which will certainly make its desirability lower. A better camera and a much easier to use keypad would've made a difference

The in-call speaker has been placed on a curious, yet unique 4-side plate. The plate can be pressed, as it features two buttons that can be used as controls in various mobile games. The buttons are invisible when not used, but will immediately become...

Product Specifications

Nokia Nseries is a range of high performance multimedia computers that delivers unparalleled mobile multimedia experiences by combining the latest technologies with stylish design and ease of use. With Nokia Nseries products, consumers can use a single device to enjoy entertainment, access information and to capture and share pictures and videos, on the go at any time. Mobile entertainment just got more fun with the Nokia N81 multimedia computer. Designed for the best in music and gaming, this device comes with dedicated music and game keys and are loaded with memory so you can store more and play more. The 3D Multimedia Menu introduced in this device is the first step to bringing a new user interface to the Nokia Nseries range. The menu makes it easy to discover and enjoy your digital content and the Internet, and share your experiences with others. The Nokia N81 also offers the discovery of millions of tracks through the Nokia Music Store. And, with their integrated Nokia Music Players, creating playlists and managing music collections on the move is a breeze.


Antenna Type:Internal


Standby Time (PB):408hours
Talk Time (PB):240minutes




Band:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Combined with:With two digital cameras / digital player / FM radio
Integrated Components:2nd camera / Digital camera / Digital player / FM radio
Phone Form Factor:Slider
Service Provider:Not specified
Technology:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Type:Cellular phone/Smartphone
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice Recorder: Yes
Wireless Interface:IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g

Communicator Features

Operating System:Symbian OS 9.2 / Series 60 3.1 Edition

Dimensions & Weight



Color Depth:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:2.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.1cm
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:microSD


Model:N81/N81 8GB
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nokia

Messaging & Data Services

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates For Global Evolution): Yes
Internet Browser: Yes

Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:2Megapixel


Alarm Clock: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Reminder: Yes

Telephone Features

Voice Dialing: Yes