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8.0 out of 10 based on 100 reviews.
Nokia N81: with 2MP camera, Numeric keypad and 24 x 320 display. See full product description

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Robin, Surrey

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
The slider just wobbles up and down its like a kid has put it together.The battery back should not be plastic when txting it moves and bends.
Overall rating 4.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 7.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 2.0
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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 May 2008

karen, Dagenham love listening to music

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
this phone does everything i need and does it well, especially the amount of music it can hold.
Bad points:
a little bit bulky
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Features 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 9.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 May 2008

Clare, Rayleigh Essex On call 24hrs business

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I only really use the phone for calls, texts and photos. If I used the MP3 the battery would not last any where near as long as it does. All round good signal which is essential for me. The volume of the ring tone can be really loud which again is essential for me.
Bad points:
I've had Nokia's before and it would be handy if they kept buttons in the same place. The cancel button has made me shout at the phone a few times.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Features 6.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 8.0
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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Jul 2008

Ellen, Warrington

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Its easy to use and has some funky features like the photo album. Camera quality is good even though its only 2mp. Sound quality is good and I like the navigtion system a lot.
Bad points:
Some things are hard to find in the menu and there is a lot of unneccessary stuff on the phone (but as is the case with most phones these days).
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Features 7.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Jul 2008

fraser, Margate

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
it is easy to use if you have had nokias before but i would buy a simpler one if you have never had a nokia phone. brillinat 8gb phone and has the latest technology in nearly every department. good for people on the go as you have access to email and the WWW. sound quality is superb, an excellent multimedia phone. good battery life. very stylish
Bad points:
unfortunately it has its bad points. the case scrathes to easy on the case and picks up dust alot. i would recomend to leave the screen protector on. camera is only 2mp would like to see a 3.2mp at least for the money.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 10.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 15 Apr 2008

neil, london technohead

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
The 8 gig storage memory is huge! You'll never ever have to delete a text message or a contact! By far the best feature of the phone, plus the n-gage games are amazing!There are a lot of new games to choose from
Bad points:
The mp3 player functions are awkward,even on silent the player can start up if you haven't turned your keyguard on which is very annoying feature!
Internet browsing can be pretty sluggish and almost not worth using sometimes
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 7.0
Features 7.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 6.0
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Apr 2008

Nick, Ledbury

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Having always brought the cheepest PAYG mobile that I could find, I though it was time to treat myself to a decent phone, so in comparison to all my other mobiles this is the best! It's a got a good quality camera, and I'm pleased with the video fuction, plus with my home Wi-fi I can use the internet at almost broadband speeds, it's easy to use and looks pretty good too.
Bad points:
The only bad point is that the slide button that locks the phone often jams, meaning you have to use your nail to pick it free, that's a bit annoying but not the end of world, as far as build quality goes it does sort of creak a bit, it almost feels as if the plastic backing is not on properly (it is on properly). We'll see how it lasts anyway...
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 8.0
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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 09 Jul 2008

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Product Features

Operating system Symbian
Screen size (Inches) 2.4
Screen Resolution (pixels) 240x320
Shape of phone Slider
3G Yes
Touchscreen or keypad Numeric keypad
Connections WiFi
Connections Bluetooth
Connections USB
Extra functions Email
Extra functions Instant messaging
Extra functions Camera
Band Quad
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 24
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 320
Camera resolution (MegaPixels) 2
Talk time (Hours) 4
Stand-by time (Days) 17.0
Depth in cm 1.79
Height in cm 10.2
Width in cm 5
Memory card slot Yes
Autofocus No
Weight (g) 140
FM tuner Yes
MP3 playback capable Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) No
Java Yes
Release date 2007-03-28

Also known as: Nokia N81-1

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Manufacturer's Description

Music and Gaming taken to another level.

Operating Frequency

  • WCDMA 2100 + E850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • Automatic switching between bands and modes


  • Volume: 86 cc
  • Weight: ~140 g
  • Length: 102 mm
  • Width: 50 mm
  • Thickness (max): 17.9 mm

Memory Functions

  • Hot swappable microSD memory card slot

Power Management

  • Battery: Nokia Battery (BT-6MT) 1050mAH
  • Talk time: up to 240 minutes GSM / 180 minutes WCDMA
  • Stand-by time: up to 17 days
  • Video playback time: up to 4.5 hours (QVGA)
  • Browsing time (packet data): up to 5 hours
  • Music playback time: up to 11.5 hours
  • Video recording time: up to 3.5 hours with (QVGA)
  • Gaming time: up to 6 hours

Operation times may vary depending on radio access technology used, operator network configuration and usage. The availability of the product and its features depends on your area and service providers, so please contact them and your Nokia dealer for further information. These specifications are subject to change without notice.


  • Active matrix 2.4” QVGA main colour display (320 × 240 pixels), up to 16.7 million colours

User Interface

  • Operating system: Symbian OS
  • S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 1
  • Dedicated media keys for quick and easy access to music and video: play/pause, forward, rewind, stop
  • Dedicated game & volume keys
  • Device hold key
  • Multimedia key & Navi™ wheel

Call Management

  • Contacts: advanced contacts database with support for multiple phone and e-mail details per entry, also supports thumbnail pictures and groups
  • Speed dialing
  • Logs: keeps lists of your dialed, received, and missed calls
  • Automatic redial
  • Automatic answer (works with compatible headset or car kit only)
  • Supports fixed dialing number, which allows calls only to predefined numbers
  • Conference call
  • Nokia push to talk (PoC)

Voice Features

  • Speaker independent name dialing (SIND)
  • Voice commands
  • Voice recorder
  • Talking ringtone
  • Integrated hands-free speaker
  • Internet calls (VoIP)


  • Text messaging: supports concatenated SMS, picture messaging, SMS distribution list
  • Multimedia messaging: combine image, video, text, and audio clip and send as MMS to a compatible phone or PC; use MMS to tell your story with a multi-slide presentation
  • Automatic resizing of your megapixel images to fit MMS (max 300 KB size depending on the network)
  • Predictive text input: support for all major languages in Europe and Asia-Pacific


  • WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g with UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) support
  • Bluetooth Specification 2.0 (profiles supported: DUN, OPP, FTP, HFP, GOEP, GAP, SPP, HSP, BIP, A2DP)
  • Micro USB 2.0 Full Speed (mass storage class)
  • Nokia AV Connector 3.5mm

Additional Technical Specifications

  • Protocols: MTP, UPnP, TCP/IP
  • Java™ MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1
  • Flash Lite 2.0


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