Competent, if not remarkable.
Just a few hours after Nokia lumped the goodness of the Ovi Store and E Series smartphones upon us another gem has snuck out. The latest edition to the N Series, the ‘N86’ goes up against the industry’s major camera phones being the Finn’s first eight megapixel shooter.
For a first time effort, the N86 gets two out of three right too with a Carl Zeiss lens (tick), autofocus (tick) and a dual LED flash (doh). Still, the S60 3rd Edition handset will be Ovi Store friendly, sports a 2.6in OLED display, WiFi, GPS, 8GB of internal memory (plus 16GB supporting microSDHC slot), TV-out and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The usual audio and video codecs also get their day in the sun minus – somewhat disappointingly – DivX/Xvid and at 103.4 x 51.4 x 16.5mm and 149g Nokia clearly hasn’t got its first 8MP handset into quite the same svelte shape as LG and Samsung. Talk time also isn’t anything to *cough* ”talk” about at 3.9 hours using 3G though video and audio playback are a more satisfying 7 hours and 25 hours respectively.
With a Q2 Euro launch on the cards the Nokia N86 isn’t far away but as it fails to truly distinguish itself from the pack we’ll have to wait and see if it relies on one ever more influential aspect…