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Live hands-on: Nokia N96 vs Nokia N85

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I had a great curiosity of the difference between the N85’s AMOLED display, and the N96’s LCD display. I had seen pictures where the improvements were very much visible, but there’s nothing like having your own hands-on.

The N85 isn’t exactly as similar to the N96 as the N81 is, but their round glossy layout is a sign of the lack of imagination from Nokia’s designers. The hands-on also provided us a perspective on the smaller dimensions from the N85, which measures 103 x 50 x 16 mm against N96’s 103 x 55 x 18 mm. Believe it or not, the N85 weighs 3g more than the N96, at 128g.

The memory card slot placement is at the top of the left side on the N85, while the N96 has it closer to the middle. The N85’s back and sides have a different material to all other NSeries phones, which provides it its small share of originality.

The N96 has no camera cover whatsoever, which we are already aware of, but the N85, just like the N79, has a very compact camera lens cover, which saves precious space. The 5 megapixel camera has autofocus and a dual LED flash.

The right side of the devices is very similar in layout, there is an modification of the lock switch on the N85, which is now placed on the right side. The speaker grill is similar to the N82’s one, but placed exactly where the N96’s speakers are.

The top of the N85’s housing contains a microUSB port instead of the lock switch, but the other components contain the same positioning as in the N96. The bottom of the N85 is completely blank, while the N96 contains the microUSB port, charging point, and microphone.

The only real advantage on the N85 is its display type, but the N96’s 16GB of internal memory and larger display are more than enough to persuade the consumer to choose it, unless there are monetary issues.

For a full Nokia N96 review, follow this link.

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By , Editor-in-Chief, Johannesburg office

Published on Dec 28th, 2008 GMT +2

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