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Nokia N86

alaTest has collected and analyzed 425 reviews of Nokia N86. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the camera and usability. The design and portability also get good feedback. There are some critical views about the apps.

size, portability, design, usability, camera


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Nokia N86 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Nokia N86


alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Nokia N86 from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on People are impressed by the camera and reliability. The durability and price are also appreciated. Reviews about the size and portability are different. There are some critical opinions about the battery and usability.

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usability, battery

61% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Nokia N86 Sim Free Mobile Phone

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Nokia N86


alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Nokia N86 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Cell phones on Opinions about the usability and durability are overall positive. The camera and performance are also appreciated.

portability, performance, camera, durability, usability

91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Nokia 002L4D0 N86 Unlocked Phone with 8 MP Camera, Auto Focus, Flash and Carl Zeiss Optics - Unlocked Phone - US Warranty - Indigo

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: CNET (

Nokia N86


If you can afford it, the Nokia N86 8MP is one of the more advanced and better camera phones on the market today, but there are cheaper alternatives.

The Nokia N86 8MP features an 8-megapixel camera that takes excellent pictures and include advanced options, such as a wide-angle lens and variable aperture. It's also a capable smartphone and offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G support

The N86 is expensive. Compared with the competition, the phone's display is a bit low resolution and the software feels outdated

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: GSMArena team (

Nokia N86 8MP review: Lens wide open


You may've thought Nokia lost their touch, you may be out of love with the Nseries but the Nseries are always keeping an eye on you. Their wide-angle, variable aperture eye. On you. Whether the Nokia...

2.6" 16M-color OLED display of QVGA resolution (scratch-resistant surface) ; 8 megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash and AF assist light ; 28mm wide camera lens, variable aperture, mechanical shutter, geotagging, time-lapse, camera lens cover,...

Camera feature set is last year's stuff (and even older) ; Image processing isn't very well tuned at this moment ; VGA@30fps video is no longer top of the line ; No xenon flash ; HSDPA only 3.6Mbps, no HSUPA ; Poor display sunlight legibility ; No DivX...

Armed with one of the most advanced cameras in terms of hardware and features you don't just find on every other handset out there, the N86 8MP is keen to take cue from the N85 and shake the Nseries out of their slumber. Now, in case you forgot, it's...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: PhoneArena Team (

Nokia N86 8MP Review


The Nokia N86 8MP is the first 8-megapixel camera phone of the manufacturer. Camera itself is equipped with wide-angle Carl Zeiss Tessar optics, variable aperture and double LED flash. Nokia vaunts that the device capture snapshots with excellent...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Clinton Jeff (

Unboxing the Nokia N86 8MP


We've been rockin' the Nokia N86 8MP for about a day now. Still too early for a proper review, but here's an unboxing in the meanwhile. The handset is from the...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Varun Krish (

Nokia N86 Camera Around the World – 8MP Awesomeness


We have had the chance to use the N86 around the world in India, UK and Germany and here are some great pictures from the 8MP Camera.From our personal experience , we can proudly say that the Nokia N86 8MP can be your regular travel companion.

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Anthony Covar (

Nokia N86 Review - Smile for the Camera


The Nokia N86 was released way back in June, but because Nokia has so many products to feature and introduce to the market, we got the unit a bit later than expected. But that doesn't mean this phone should be ignored. Three words: eight megapixel...

Wide camera lens with mechanical ; shutter and lens cover, VGA video ; recording, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS support ; and geotagging, good audio quality ; plus a 3.5 mm headphone jack ; active kickstand

Camera feature feels old, image ; processing needs to be improved ; no DivX or XviD support ; no office document editing

As the title says, the Nokia N86’s key selling point is the camera feature. It is mainly a camera phone, but is packed with 3G, Wi-Fi, Document viewer, and media player among others. For people who want an all-around multimedia device, with focus on...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: wubayou (

Nokia N86 8MP Smartphone


For those who demand the most from their cell phones there is the Nokia N86 8MP smartphone. If you like your phones to come loaded with features and deliver excellent performance -- and money is no object -- keep reading. This just might be the phone...

If you by chance happen to run out of room for your contacts, you can store up to an additional 250 contacts on the SIM card. There are plenty of options for customizing the N86; you can download various screensavers, wallpapers, and ringtones to do so

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Rita (

Nokia N82 Vs N86 8MP Camera Comparison


The first difference you should notice is how the wide-angle lens on the N86 makes you feel as if the pictures were taken further away from the point where the N82′s pictures were snapped. This isn't the case in reality. I was holding the 2 phones next...

All in all, I believe the N86 is a true successor to the N82, and the wide-lens, large aperture, bigger sensor, and video light advantages should be taken very seriously. You shouldn’t forget that it also has a Panorama mode built-in, and now with the...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Clinton Jeff (

Nokia N86 8MP vs N82 Low Light Image Comparison


The Crew from Nokia Conversations has put together a nifty little low light picture comparison between the new Nokia N86 8MP (and its Dual LED Flash) vs the...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Seow Tein Hee (

Nokia N86 - Late on the Eight


With Nokia's first 8-megapixel camera phone, the N86, finally out in the market, will the Finnish giant be able to make some headway in this fast moving race? The verdict, is in the pictures within this review.

Jul, 2009

Product Specifications

Easy enough for a novice to use, the Nokia N86 8MP packs enough punch to impress an experienced photographer. This includes a wide-angle Carl Zeiss Tessar lens for panoramic pictures, shorter latencies and variable aperture for super sharp photos in challenging bright and low light conditions. The fast mechanical shutter ensures pictures with less motion blur while the dual LED camera flash is powerful enough for excellent photography and video capture. Every detail of the metal-framed Nokia N86 8MP is thoughtfully designed with photography in mind, including internal memory for up to 4,000 images. Like any high-end digital camera, the memory can be increased with an exchangeable microSD card. The device also offers a bright OLED screen with scratch resistant hardened glass, easy photo management, full sync capability with a PC and TV-out support for slide shows. Shipping with the latest version of Nokia Maps and full Ovi integration, the Nokia N86 8MP gives a personal dimension to photos and videos. People can share their location with personal content like geotagged photos. The Nokia N86 8MP comes with a built-in compass, along with a trial navigation license for driving. It also includes pedestrian navigation so that happy snappers don't lose their way when capturing life through the camera lens. The Nokia N86 8MP, with its integrated kick stand, is ideal for watching videos and playing games. Each Nokia N86 8MP can play up to 25 hours of music on one charge which can be enjoyed with the Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-214 also announced today.


Antenna Type:Internal


Standby Time (PB):315hours
Talk Time (PB):378minutes
Technology:Lithium ion




Band:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Combined with:With two digital cameras / digital player / FM radio / GPS receiver
Integrated Components:2nd camera / Digital camera / Digital player / FM radio / GPS receiver/Digital camera / 2nd camera / FM radio / Digital player / GPS receiver
Phone Form Factor:Slider
Service Provider:Not specified
Technology:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice Recorder: Yes
Wireless Interface:Bluetooth 2.0 / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / Bluetooth 2.0

Communicator Features

Operating System:Symbian OS 9.3 / Series 60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2

Dimensions & Weight



Color Depth:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:2.6in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.6cm
Type:OLED display

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:Micro SDHC/microSD


Model:N86 8MP
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nokia

Messaging & Data Services

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates For Global Evolution): Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access): Yes
Internet Browser: Yes


Color:Indigo black

Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel


Alarm Clock: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Reminder: Yes
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