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#55466 5-Jan-2010 10:11
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Hi all,

Been looking at purchasing an upgrade to our current Samsung W531. Main priority is a respectable phone camera.

I recently purchased a N95 from The Warehouse on special. However, I'm returning it now as it's realistically Vodafone only unfortunately, otherwise I'd probably keep it.

I understand the US version of the N86 will work on the XT network, and can be sourced from phonesdirect (not sure about Gadgetsonline).

However, I thought I saw one of those A3 sized comparison sheets that Telecom provide which included amongst other things an N86 (?)
I think it may have been in the latest XT network advertising booklet - not sure.

Very hesitant on the Satio, due to current issues with it's immature firmware (and the current asking price isn't worth the hassle).

A shame the M8910 Pixon is only Vodafone.

Anyway, has anyone seen mention of a telecom certified N86 for the XT network?

Thanks in advance.

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Ultimate Geek

  #287112 5-Jan-2010 10:33
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Actually, could've been an N85 I saw...

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  #287140 5-Jan-2010 11:47
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Ok, so Nokia tells us there are two versions of this phone.

The one that supports Telecom's XT network on WCDMA 850MHz, and one that Supports Vodafone's WCDMA 900MHz frequency.

N85 for Voda:
GSM:Quad-band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900
WCDMA: 900/1900/2100

N85 for Telecom XT:
GSM:Quad-band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900
WCDMA: 850/1900/2100

The US / Telecom version will work on Vodafone dropping down to 900MHz GSM (note this is NOTE 3G / WCDMA) outside 3G WCDMA 2100MHz coverage.

IIRC Telecom no longer sell the N85 (some stock still left in various channels no doubt).



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  #287144 5-Jan-2010 12:06
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Appreciate the info nzbnw.

Any current camera phone would be an upgrade on the W531, particularly the N85.

I was targetting the N86 because that seemed the best camera phone that would work with XT (excluding the Satio). I haven't considered the N85, simply because it didn't seem to rate as well in the camera dept.

I think I'll need to reconsider my stance on requiring only a single device to do both phone and camera. Got a J28 from DSE on special. It's relatively light and small, plus takes better pictures than any camera phone (I'm assuming).
Descoping the respectable camera requirement now means my phone options include an iPhone 3GS (XT capable is still on my spec list).

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  #287149 5-Jan-2010 12:23
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Yep the iPhone will work fine on XT. GSM Arena says there are two versions the N86; you would need the American version and should do some research to confirm GSM Arena have their facts straight, they get it wrong now and then! HSDPA 900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - American version

Also, my advise is if you want a camera, get a Camera they are much better than phones IMHO, but if you want a device to snap pictures with when you don't have you're digital camera by all means get a phone with a good camera.


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  #290337 15-Jan-2010 14:55
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Ended up with a Nokia N86.

It's obviously not in the same league as a dedicated compact still camera (especially compared to the TZ7 we have), but, as a single phone AND camera, I have to admit it's impressive - not only the still images, but the video as well.

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  #290422 15-Jan-2010 21:35
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Great good to hear :-)


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