August 31, 2006 8:32 AM PDT

Nokia unveils N80 multimedia phone

Here's another all-in-one device that lets work find you.

Nokia announced on Thursday that the N80 Internet Edition, an enriched successor to the N80 multimedia phone, will be available in mid-September.

N80 Internet Edition

The N80 Internet Edition can be used as both a cell phone and a voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone. Users can download and use software for any VoIP service, according to Nokia. In addition to handling work-related functions such as e-mail and text-messaging, the Wi-Fi-capable multimedia phone allows users to find and map locations, take pictures, share photos, browse a book, and record and send instant voice messages.

"The Internet has evolved from static Web pages to communities and people sharing experiences. I believe it will be multimedia computers, such as the Nokia N80 Internet Edition, that will be primary devices for people to participate in this phenomenon, in addition to PCs," Ralph Eric Kunz, vice president of multimedia for Nokia, said in a statement.

The device features Yahoo Search and Yahoo Go, an application that manages things like voice instant messages, contacts, e-mails and photos. Yahoo Go allows N80 Internet Edition users to upload their images to Flickr, Yahoo's photo-sharing Web site. While cell phone cameras have been steadily increasing in quality, the N80's 3-megapixel CCD is impressive. At that resolution, the photos are easily of print quality.

Nokia's Web browser includes a function called Mini Map, which plots search listings on a viewable map. The N80 Internet Edition can also be used to read books via Amazon MobiPocket reader.

The N80 Internet Edition comes in pearl black or patina bronze. Pricing information was not immediately available.

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Not really taking on Treo
Nokia has a E61 and E62 for taking on the Treo. The E Series is their business/productivity line. The N80, as is the rest of the N Series, is part of their entertainment/multimedia line. So the N80 isn't really targeting Treo customers, thus not really a Treo competitor.
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Not really taking on Treo
Nokia has a E61 and E62 for taking on the Treo. The E Series is their business/productivity line. The N80, as is the rest of the N Series, is part of their entertainment/multimedia line. So the N80 isn't really targeting Treo customers, thus not really a Treo competitor. Or rather answer to the Treo.
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Not A Treo
The N80 is not a enough like a Treo. I wish it was. I love Nokia. All the phones I've owned have been Nokia. I currently own a 7610. I wish Nokia would create a Treo like phone. I want the full QWERTY key layout. They have the E61 but it does not have a camera. I've become accustomed to having the camera always on me and don't want to do without it. I do not want to buy a separate keyboard to carry around. I hope they do soon or I may have to swith to a Palm Treo. I will not buy a phone with Windows Mobile.
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N80
Would be a better phone if it supported the US 3G system that runs on WDCMA 850 MHz / 1900 MHz. The current US version does not. Why spend the $599 for a phone that is limited to the old cell networks
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N80
Should be WCDMA not WDCMA sorry error
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US - Not the only country on the planet
The N80 works with practially every WCDMA network in the world, except the good ol' US of A. Why live in a country that changes it's frequencies and expects the rest of the world to babysit it and make special hardware?
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