(Image credit: Nokia N85)

Hailed as a ‘multimedia computer’, the latest offering from the Finnish wunderkinds at Nokia is a rather special mobile phone. With a spec-range to outsell even its fiercest competitors, it was our first choice of travel companion for the annual trawl around Milan’s design-decked streets.

NOKIA N85 phone

(Image credit: Nokia N85)

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With high-speed connectivity, a 5-mega-pixel camera with ubiquitous Carl Zeiss lens and DVD-quality film capability - we were expecting something clunkier than the super-light, super-sleek black beauty that slid so neatly into our pockets.

Two-way sliding, sensitive horizontal flip screen and specific zoom and gaming keys make this the most user-friendly Nokia interface we've come across to date.

Our favourite feature however is without a doubt the integrated GPS facility, which at the touch of the button allows us to navigate our way seamlessly around the globe (and, perhaps more importantly, the Zona Tortona).

Jonathan Bell has written for Wallpaper* magazine since 1999, covering everything from architecture and transport design to books, tech and graphic design. He is now the magazine’s Transport and Technology Editor. Jonathan has written and edited 15 books, including Concept Car Design, 21st Century House, and The New Modern House. He is also the host of Wallpaper’s first podcast.