I was going to gather some initial impressions of the Nokia N85 I received yesterday, but the first impression – besides noticing how sleek and good looking the N85 is – kind of stopped me cold: The N85 unit I have purchased has a wobbly slider.
The wobbliness appears to be very similar to that which plagued initial shipments of the original N95 (as I recall it). I will provide some more details further down, but first I would like to ask anyone reading this, what should I do about it?
Because I really do not know – I am stunned. Until I received the N85 I was convinced Nokia would make absolutely-100%-beyond-any-doubt sure not to release another handset with a wobbly slider. Given the history of the original N95’s wobbly slider - and the general criticism of Nseries sliders – there is just no way awareness of the problem has not made it to the right people inside Nokia. That the problem persists can only be chalked up to either extreme arrogance or negligence on Nokia’s part. I can see it no other way – I mean, the problem was fixed in later shipments of the original N95 so there must be information about how to deal with it inside Nokia’s organization.
But I do not know. My gut reaction is to return the N85 and get my money back. Wait for Nokia to address the problem as they did with the original N95, and then get another, more mature unit – or simply get some other phone now, like the Samsung i8510 Innov8.
So, that is option #1: Return the N85 and claim a refund.
On the other hand, Nokia did address the problem with the original N95. I had mine repaired (slider was replaced) under the warranty – I still have it and it is a much trusted, cherished and all-time favorite of mine.
So option #2: Keep the N85 and hope to have it repaired as soon as Nokia comes up with better slide mechanisms.
What do you think? What would you do? Do you own a N85 and does its slider wobble?
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