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.