Nokia N86 Review by Mobile-Review

| June 4, 2009 | Reply

Eldar of Mobile-Review has published his review on the Nokia N86. This is currently in Russian so a few things may have been lost in (google) translation.

Some key points from the review of Nokia’s flagship camera phone:


  • Identical form factor to the N85, but subjectively looks nicer due to the similar N97-esque styling.
  • Also comes in white, which I think suits the N86 more (partly due to the fact that I hate the orange keys on the charcoal version)


  • N86’s screen is better and brighter than the N85 which similarly sports an AMOLED display
  • Despite being AMOLED, the protective glass gives it visibility under sunlight.
  • Redesigned keys (individual buttons as opposed to flat sheet of keys on N85) are much more convenient and easier  to work on.
  • Navigation/D-pad easy to press
  • Battery life is about 3 days on Russian networks, with 1.5h talk time, taking a dozen photos, recording a couple of minutes of video and listening to music/radio for about an hour.
  • 70/74MB free RAM after start up
  • 8GB on board memory – recognizes additional 32GB by micro SD.
  • Same processor as the Nokia N97; Arm 11 at 434MHz
  • Saving images takes approximately 3-4 seconds but says you can take shots at 1-2 second intervals
  • Camera comparison with the Samsung Innov8 – sometimes the N86 does better, sometimes the Innov8. Quite a few images were unimpressive. Not really what I expected after all that hype on “focusing on imaging and quality, not the megapixel race”. Or is that just another spin by Nokia? Given that it has got some credentials in winning the 2009 TIPA best mobile imaging, maybe it just didn’t do well in this review? Better, consistent shots of the N86 have been provided from other N86 camera reviews.
  • Lack of Xenon flash in the flagship camera phone astonishes me. N82 in my eyes will still be the flagship camera phone until Nokia gets back on track and returns Xenon to Nseries. Dual flash, was once justified for video taking. This phone is for STILL IMAGES!!!

Click >here < and scroll down to the very bottom of the review to see the sample shots (in comparison with Innov8/n85/Viewty

  • N86 was a wider viewing angle, and also has inbuilt panoramic photo option


  • Has an FM Transmitter like the N97
  • Has an active kickstand that upon opening to rest the N86 at an angle on a flat surface, an application opens.
  • One of the best non touchscreen smartphones today.

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