Conclusion: The Nokia N8 is a seriously powerful smartphone with some great features such as the 12-megapixel camera and the HDMI-out capabilities. However we feel there’s much room for improvement on the user interface side of things and the web browser could do with a serious overhaul. If navigating a multitude of menus isn’t a major headache for you then there’s a lot to like about the Nokia N8.
Conclusion: At the end of the day, I can’t say that the Nokia N8 is a bad phone. It’s actually quite good. The AMOLED display is brilliant, the haptic feedback and on-screen keyboard are quite usable, and the 12MP camera is quite impressive (under the right conditions). The OS still needs some work to be friendlier to regular consumers and the web browser isn’t the best, though. I’m also not a fan of how the camera sticks out from the back of the phone. Couldn’t they make it flush?
Summary: In part 2 of our Nokia N8 review, I looked in detail at its camera and camcorder functions, loving the raw capture but bemoaning shortcomings in the supporting software. But what about media that you bring in from outside? Videos, music, streaming media, action games - can the N8 complete with the iPhones, Android phones and personal media players on the market? And how useful are the extras, the onboard video and photo editors?
Review: Nokia N8: part 5 - Real world, Performance, Application set, Homescreens
All About Symbian
8 June 2012
Summary: In part 5 of our Nokia N8 review, I look at the device's speed, responding to criticism of the speed of some common operations, at the N8's application set, at Symbian^3 additions such as the contact quick dialler and extended homescreen, at User Interface quirks that remain, and at general compatibility.
Summary: In part 4 of our Nokia N8 review, I look at the email system, messaging improvements and the new multi-touch-aware version of Web in the launch firmware. Importantly, I also look in detail at the various methods of text input and correction, essential to efficient use of these applications. See also part 1 (hardware) , part 2 (camera) and part 3 (multimedia and games) of our definitive N8 review.
Excerpt: The first time Nokia's N8-00 popped up on our radar was way back in early February of this year. On that chilly, misty morning, we learned of a mythical being capable of shooting 12 megapixel stills, recording 720p video, outputting via HDMI, and -- most importantly -- ushering in the promised Symbian^3 touch revolution.
Pros: Unparalleled camera performance, Aluminum shell combines beauty and brawn, Gorilla Glass-protected AMOLED display
Cons: Symbian user experience lags competition, Still too many system nags and prompts, No QWERTY keyboard in portrait mode
Excerpt: Symbian 3 smartphone. Besides the new Symbian 3 OS the Nokia N8 offers high-end features like the 12MP camera with Carl Zeiss Optics and a 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen. Engadget has now published a full review of the newest Nokia flagship smartphone. Has the Nokia N8 any chance against the top Android phones and the iPhone? Well the 12MP camera is great, but Symbian is just a dead end.
Conclusion: Of course that’s not to say that the platform couldn’t benefit from a beefier CPU. There is still a noticeable lag when switching between apps or changing the screen orientation, or simply during screen transitions when a lot of apps are running in the background. But then again, if you aren’t a power user, you wont run into any such issues most of the time.
Conclusion: All in all, the N8 is a better device from the PR1.1 update. No; scratch that. Here’s what I meant to say: The N8, which was already an exxcellent device, has become a better work tool now that it runs PR1.1. Yup; that sounds better.