The Nokia N81 comes in 2 types, an 8GB version and a smaller version but with a MicroSD slot to increase memory should you so wish. The phone itself brings nothing new to the world of mobile phones but what it does do it does well. Most noticeable about the phone is the Navi-Wheel in the bottom centre of the handset which can be set to work as a kind of small touch panel making navigation through the phones menu far easier and being especially useful if you have a lot of multimedia to flick through. Around the Navi-Wheel are the controls for your media such as play/pause etc. The phone is not light at 140g and measures 102mm x 50mm x 17.9mm which is rather large for a mobile phone but makes use of a sliding keypad to keep it as compact as possible.
A nice feature to mention is the addition of an external key lock button for when you want to use the phone without sliding it open. It also incorporates a headphone port so you can use your favourite headset for maximum sound quality.The N81 also comes with a 2 megapixel camera which is of decent enough quality for casual use but is not really recommended for serious photographers as pictures can seem blurry or washed out at times. The battery life of the N81 is particularly impressive and you will find yourself going for days without needing a recharge which can be especially helpful if you don’t have access to a power outlet. Should you want to use the N81 as a media centre, you are advised to opt for the 8GB version but otherwise this is a great choice of phone for those not wanting to pay too much for a handset.