Luckily there’s very little else to criticise on the N85. When it comes to music the handset is packed full of top-notch features. It has the standard, easy to use S60 music player and there’s plenty of space for storing tracks on the supplied 8GB microSD card. The phone has a standard headphone jack so you can swap the supplied cans for your own ones if you like. However, the bundled headphones are actually pretty good and they have an inline remote control plus a mic for hands-free calling. One of the handset’s coolest features, however, is its built-in FM transmitter which you can use to beam tracks to your car stereo or FM radio at home. A2DP is also supported for wireless stereo headsets and there’s an onboard FM tuner so you can tune to XFM when you’re bored of your own tunes.
The N85 also excels at gaming. NGage maybe dead as a hardware platform, but it lives on in software and you’ll find the NGage application tucked away in the N85’s main menu. A number of demos are preloaded on the phone including FiFa 08 and System Rush (a Wipeout clone). The 3D graphics shift at a decent frame rate and while the demos are not quite on the same level as titles for the DS or PSP when it comes to gameplay, they’ll certainly keep you entertained on long journeys.
Naturally the N85 supports both Wi-Fi and HSDPA and although the Nokia browser on the N85 isn’t all that great, pages do at least load and display quite quickly. Plus you can always download Opera Mobile for the phone, which provides a much better browsing experience in our opinion. The onboard GPS also worked well with the included Nokia maps software and was not only reasonably quick to lock on to satellites, but also did a good job of holding on to a signal even in central London surround by lots of tall buildings.
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