Nokia officially announces N85 and N79

Mobile phones

nokiaphones.jpgIf you’re in the UK, then did you have a lovely bank holiday weekend? I did, but it got even lovlier this morning when the news came through that Nokia have officially announced the N85 (which we’ve previously reported on) and N79.

Continuing in the tradition of N-series phones, they’re both multimedia-heavy, and both represent significant upgrades to the models that are currently on the market. Both have Wi-Fi, both have GPS, both have 3.5G HSDPA, both have 5 megapixel cameras with geotagging and both come with plenty of integration with web services. Both have inbuilt FM transmitters, too – so you can listen to the music that’s on your phone on any FM radio – useful for the car, or round people’s houses etc.

So where do they differ? Well, the N85 has a 2.6″ OLED screen and the dual-slider design that you’ll recognise from the N95. It’ll happily shift into landscape mode, too (quite often when you don’t want it to, if it’s anything like my N95). It comes with an 8GB microSD card.

The N79 on the other hand doesn’t have the OLED screen, but it does have changable covers and matching screen themes. You get to pick from Light Sea Blue, Espresso Brown, Olive Green, White and Coral Red. You get three with the phone, and then you have to buy the others seperately.

Obviously the N79 is targetted at a completely different market to the N85, but it’s great that in spite of that they’ve still integrated stuff like GPS, WiFi and a great camera onto the N79. Both those features are immensely useful, and it’s nice to see them filter down into the more “fashion” end of the range.

The N85 and N79 will both begin shipping in October. The N85 will set you back £360, and the N79 will cost £280. Obviously they’ll both be much cheaper if you sign your soul away on a contract. If your contract was up tomorrow, would you get one of these? Or something else? Let us know in the comments.

N85 and N79

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Duncan Geere
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