So now that Wimbledon is done and dusted we are all forced to wait for 2 months until we can get the same thrill from watching sports. I personally enjoy cycling and so far the Tour has been amazing but I am also aware that it is not everyone’s cup of tea, and I refuse to waste my time on cricket. Wimbledon was great this year because for the first time in a while we were promised a NON- Federer Nadal final. And this was great because even though the matches were epic, I had grown tired of seeing the cumulative honours of such an illustrious sport to be split between these same two people. And I feel something of the same feelings about the nokia N-series. We know they are great phones, with many features packed in to the smallest possible space, with great finishing and fuctionality, so when they bring out a new model each month, it hardly registers as news.

As stated, it truly is a great phone. It looks great, has a Carl-Zeiss  5 mega-pixel camera, built-in GPS, and a very good OLED (Organic Light Emiting Diode i.e. better colours) Screen. The buttons are a bit on the small side but the software is easy to use and the call quality is excelent.

As far as size goes it is by no means bulky but it is a larger phone than most. It does feel a bit unwieldy in the pocket, so if you’re into your skinny jeens than this mobile will make you look as if you are constantly very “excited”. In terms of asthetics, it is a classy looking cellphone with beautiful finishing and sleek design. Nokia have taken advantage of said bulk by fitting its sides with volume button, a screen lock button, a MiniSD card slot and a camera button, all of which are very conveniently placed.

However the phone’s laurel’s rest on it media playing capabilities.

This phone has been designed to best accommodate its MP3 player function more than anything else. It comes with a standard headphone jack and built in 120 Megabytes of internal memory with the option of expanding it, upto 16 Gigabytes, through MiniSD cards. The most distinguishable feature of the phone is the set of media buttons i.e. play, pause etc. that are accessed by sliding the phone’s face downward. This makes for very convenient media browsing as all the buttons needed are labelled, you are not forced to decipher whether Nokia has made play the up bottom or middle button or neither. Another useful feature is its ability to transmit you music to your car radio, with the built in FM transmitter. However, navigating through different artists is still cumbersome and it does not have the ability to easily create playlists, so the N85 still needs work to be a considered a great MP3 player.

But as I said earlier, this is a great phone. Its combination of features results in a very well balanced and admirable phone, though the price of R6 000 is rather steep. However, as good as the phone is, I do not see why it is any better or worse than the N81 or the N95, I do concede that there are differences in style and slight variations in their primary functions, but all in all they seem to be different iterations of the same idea. And even though the 2007 Wimbledon final was an epic, you wouldn’t want to see it every year, would you?

Arieh Esra

Assistant Editor

Nokia N85 - Front, Media Browser