Nokia has included dual cameras so you can use the phone for 3G video calling (does anyone actually make video calls?), but naturally it’s the 5-megapixel one mounted on the rear that’s of most interest. The sensor is hidden behind a lens cover and when you slide this back the phone automatically switches into camera mode. The camera uses Carl Zeiss optics and has both autofocus and a dual LED flash. Pictures aren’t quite at the level of a dedicated digital camera, but the Carl Zeiss optics help deliver more clarity and detail than the run-of-the-mill snappers found on most camera phones.
N series phones aren’t exactly known for their marathon battery life – it was one of the biggest issues on the old N95 – but the N85 bucks the trend, no doubt in part because of the power saving features of the OLED screen. With medium usage for phone calls, web browsing, music playing and a spot of gaming we got two and a half days out of it which isn’t bad.
We’re not totally convinced by the N85’s screen, but in most other respects this is Nokia’s best handset for quite some time. It’s small and pocket-friendly, has an excellent line-up of features and is fairly easy to use. In many ways it’s the phone that the N96 should have been.
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