Nokia N86 in the flesh, in Prague

Over the weekend we headed to Prague to film the latest MIR TV show (it’ll be up and online soon) and took the Nokia N86 with us to give it a once-over. James got hold of it the other week and although he couldn’t join us in Prague, he was good enough to loan it for us for our 24 hour trip. We simply couldn’t make you wait for N86 footage though. So here it is. Do remember that the device itself is a pre-production unit and we are very, very much liking it. Step-aside Mr N95 8GB.

Ben and Dan present.

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26 Responses to Nokia N86 in the flesh, in Prague

  1. Abul March 2, 2009 at 9:58 am #

    I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought the softkeys were slightly troublesome to press.

  2. Ewan @ MIR March 2, 2009 at 9:58 am #

    I think this is one of the first that I'm actually IN — that we've published. Ah, and I was also in the AAA battery one from MWC!

  3. Mark Guim March 2, 2009 at 3:20 pm #

    haha @ewan was this the first MIR video u went in front of camera?

  4. norcalbarney March 2, 2009 at 12:34 pm #

    I recognized Ewan from the Sony Ericsson News of the earlier shows! When's that feature coming back?

    Anyway, I have a question. Is the entire from of the N86 glass? If so, are the buttons capacitive?

    Side note, this video needed to be deinterlaced. Keep up the awesome and exclusive content!

  5. Ben Smith March 2, 2009 at 6:00 pm #

    It's solid scratch-proof glass with cut-outs for the buttons to protrude through. There's no capacitve touch.

    SE news took a break as a) they started speaking to us and b) there's little to talk about of much excitement right now anyway…

    De-interlaced?

  6. norcalbarney March 2, 2009 at 6:11 pm #

    I guess it's good news that they're really buttons, as they can just make them stick out a little further. I'd prefer more capacitive touch from Nokia, though.

    When exporting video, there's a checkbox for Deinterlace, which would improve the quality of the videos. See the jaggy horizontal lines around fast motion pixels? That's the interlacing… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interlace

    You guys do really great videos. As much as he edits video, I know Ewan doesn't sleep.

  7. Ben Smith March 2, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

    Thanks!
    MacLeod: Are you on standby with the interlace button?

    2009/3/3 Disqus <>

  8. Ewan @ MIR March 3, 2009 at 3:10 am #

    I have pressed the deinterlace option during the export. Doesn't seem to do it. Or it's the conversion by Vimeo that interlaces it again….

  9. constantine March 3, 2009 at 6:41 am #

    that face is priceless!

  10. constantine March 3, 2009 at 6:45 am #

    of all the things you talked about, you didn't talk about the 8 MP camera. is it good, is it shit, would it replace your stand alone?

  11. James Whatley March 3, 2009 at 7:28 am #

    It's a pre-production unit, the camera was 'misbehaving' to say the least…

    You can however see some photos from the 'Nokia NAT' (as flickr sees it as) on my flickr stream

    http://flickr.com/whatleydude

  12. Ben Smith March 3, 2009 at 9:30 am #

    What Whatley said…

    …but I would add that it was snappy in processing the images we did manage to get it to take, the panorama mode is impressive (with auto-shooting) and the A3-sized images we were shown in Barcelona (apparently shot with N86, although not the ones we played with which were also producing variable quality shots) were very impressive.

  13. Constantine March 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    that face is priceless!

  14. Constantine March 3, 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    of all the things you talked about, you didn't talk about the 8 MP camera. is it good, is it shit, would it replace your stand alone?

  15. James Whatley March 3, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    It's a pre-production unit, the camera was 'misbehaving' to say the least…

    You can however see some photos from the 'Nokia NAT' (as flickr sees it as) on my flickr stream

    http://flickr.com/whatleydude

  16. Ben Smith March 3, 2009 at 3:30 pm #

    What Whatley said…

    …but I would add that it was snappy in processing the images we did manage to get it to take, the panorama mode is impressive (with auto-shooting) and the A3-sized images we were shown in Barcelona (apparently shot with N86, although not the ones we played with which were also producing variable quality shots) were very impressive.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Ben Smith - March 2, 2009

    N86 video from Prague is up: http://tr.im/gVIq

  2. vojtech - March 2, 2009

    Checkout a preview of the new Nokia N86 on the Mobile Industry Review: http://tinyurl.com/bp35ca

  3. Ben Smith - March 2, 2009

    RT @Whatleydude: What’s that you say? You want MORE EXCLUSIVE N86 coverage? OK! http://bit.ly/GD3CH

  4. Ben Smith - March 2, 2009

    Do you like playing with the new Nokia N86 8MP and drinking Czech beer? Me too… http://tr.im/gVIq

  5. Ben Smith - March 2, 2009

    N86 video from Prague is up: http://tr.im/gVIq

  6. vojtech - March 2, 2009

    Checkout a preview of the new Nokia N86 on the Mobile Industry Review: http://tinyurl.com/bp35ca

  7. Ben Smith - March 2, 2009

    RT @Whatleydude: What’s that you say? You want MORE EXCLUSIVE N86 coverage? OK! http://bit.ly/GD3CH

  8. Ben Smith - March 2, 2009

    Do you like playing with the new Nokia N86 8MP and drinking Czech beer? Me too… http://tr.im/gVIq

  9. Dan Lane - March 2, 2009

    We’ve got a new hobby on the MIR show, essentially we kidnap prototype Nokia handsets and take them to central Europe: http://url.ie/19g9

  10. Dan Lane - March 3, 2009

    We’ve got a new hobby on the MIR show, essentially we kidnap prototype Nokia handsets and take them to central Europe: http://url.ie/19g9

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