Back to the future? Stainless steel sportscars aside, the Nokia N80 looks like an updated Nokia 7650, with all the capabilities of the N71 and more. It didn't beat the similar looking Samsung D720 to market but it's certainly a far better equipped phone. The sliding capabilities make it a very compact package, smaller (but thicker) than the similar looking Nokia N70.
Shipping in April 2006 (originally rumoured to be available in February), this phone was announced - along with the flip-phone Nokia N71 and the TV-tastic Nokia N92 - at Nokia's Mobility Conference 2005 in Barcelona (Nov 2). It's near the top of the lust-after list for many smartphone fans, Symbian OS 9.1, S60 3rd edition, WiFi, quadband GSM (850, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz), and 1900 or 2100 MHz WCDMA also make it Nokia's first truly global phone, Symplification give you the reasons to lust after the N80. The forthcoming Nokia N95 is the N80's likely successor, offering even more functionality in a slightly smaller package.
- All About Symbian Nokia N80 details
- Nokia Phones Collection - N80 Household wonder - how the N80 works with other consumer electronic devices
- Symplification N80-3 FCC approved
- Fony.sk - N80 photo gallery
- Forum Nokia N80 specifications
- Nokia N80 support pages
- Phone Scoop N80 video tour
- Martin Sauter - how the N80 handles WiFi, the built in SIP client sounds great
- N80Geek's weblog
- N80 Wiki
- All About Symbian - in-depth review with some nice pics, and Steve Litchfield's review
- Dickoy Magdaraog - N80 review via Cellphone9
- About Nokia N80 review
- MobileBurn N80 review
- The Register N80 review
- Ensconced Inside Me - N80 review
- GSM Arena - N80 review
- infoSync World - N80 review
- Mobique - N80 review
- EngadgetMobile - N80 Internet Edition review
- S60 3rd edition, Symbian OS v9.1
- UMTS 2100 or 1900 MHz (depending on model)
- GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
- Dimensions 95 x 50 x 26mm 133g
- 352 x 416 pixel, 256K colour TFT display
- 3 MP camera with flash
- Bluetooth v.2.0, USB 2.0, infrared, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
From mid September 2006 a revised model called the N80i is available, but as Rafe points out the N80 Internet Edition only seems to feature some revised and extra bundled software, however the improved SIP client may be major news. Here's the old-school hacky way to upgrade a vanilla N80 to Internet Edition firmware, but you can now officially upgrade to Internet Edition with Nokia's Software Updater, hurrah! There's a step-by-step guide on Truphone's site too - Truphone is strongly recomended for all WiFi equipped S60 phones incidentally.
Numbering note: The US oriented version (1900 MHz WCDMA) appears to be called the N80-3, we assume the global version (2100 MHz WCDMA) will be called the N80-1 in line with similar numbering schemes for the N70 and N71.
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