Nokia N81 is a beautifully designed mobile phone like N78, N79 and is mostly based on the music pattern as the top screen has dedicated music keys. It is a slider phone like the N95 but has a single slide in the bottom, to expose the number pad.
The upper surface has the call and end keys in the extreme sides of the panel, and the music keys are along with the Open/Cancel keys with the navigation keys in the center. There is also a switch to lock or open the keypad, on the top due to which there is no need for opening of the slider to unlock the keypad everytime, similar to Nokia N91.
The quality of screen and pixel exposure is beautiful, with 2.4 inch screen having capability to show 16 million colored images. Nothing special is added to the screen to talk about. The camera is a basic one, 2 Megapixel with flash and 20x digital zoom, and the picture quality can be said fine, just like N70, N72 and other 2 MP camera phones.
This phone also runs on Symbian S60 software and has small internal memory, and expandable upto 2 GB, and a newer version has an internal memory of 8 GB for mass storage.
Connectivity is good with Wi-Fi technology, 3G capability, and WLAN technology. It is another good multimedia device along with some other N-series devices like N78, N79, N82 and N95.
When the battery was fully charged and used, it took more than 3 days for the charge to complete, although i had kept the Wi-Fi search On, and 3G is not available at my testing range. The battery life is good, and the charging speed is also fast.
One of the reasons some might not like the phone is that Nokia N81 is comparatively thicker than many other mobiles, and no one would like to have their pockets bulged out. Other than that, its a perfect device for networking and also playing the music to the best.
The Nokia N81 is available for around $285-$300 and is not overpriced. A good mobile for music lovers.