NOT PER­FECT

Finweek English Edition - - Communication & technology - BENE­DICT KELLY

NOKIA STILL dom­i­nates the global cell­phone mar­ket de­spite the best ef­forts of nu­mer­ous com­peti­tors. The N80 In­ter­net Edi­tion is a slight tweak of the N80 to take ad­van­tage of the grow­ing de­sire of peo­ple to doc­u­ment their lives on­line.

The In­ter­net part of the phone can eas­ily hook up to on­line ser­vices such as Flickr (www.flickr.com) for photo shar­ing or Vox (www.vox.com) for main­tain­ing a blog.

Each site is slightly dif­fer­ent but Nokia has li­aised with them and con­fig­u­ra­tion files are avail­able on a num­ber of th­ese sites, along with step-by-step in­struc­tions.

Up­load­ing images and posts is re­ally sim­ple, and mul­ti­ple ser­vices can be set up on the phone so that there’s a choice of provider.

The great thing is that with the three-megapixel cam­era it’s pos­si­ble to take de­cent pho­tos and share them on­line in a mat­ter of min­utes (de­pend­ing on the speed of the data ser­vice).

Nokia has also pre­loaded ev­ery pos­si­ble data set­ting for the dif­fer­ent SA cel­lu­lar net­works, so there’s no test­ing of your pa­tience with the call cen­tre be­fore play­ing with your new toy.

How­ever, bat­tery life isn’t great, es­pe­cially for a de­vice sup­posed to con­nect you to the world, and less than a week­end of heavy use re­quires a charger on hand. Also, the slider mech­a­nism isn’t spring loaded so it has to be pushed all the way up or down, which in my opin­ion de­feats the ob­ject of a slid­ing de­sign.

But un­til the N95 ar­rives in a cou­ple of months, this is the best slider avail­able from Nokia and well worth a look.

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