Summary: The Nokia N8 looks fantastic on paper, but Symbian 3 is frustrating to use compared to competing smart-phone operating systems. A slick case and great camera help to make this the best Nokia touchscreen phone ever, but it's just not fun to use.
Cons: Software is confusing and frustrating in places; fewer apps available than with rival phones; poor social-networking integration.
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.
Excerpt: The N8 is Nokia’s big stab at fighting the iPhone and Android onslaught in premium markets like Europe and the United States, much as the BlackBerry Torch is to RIM. On paper it looks like it has a fighting chance: The N8 has a high-quality 3.5-inch touch screen, 12-megapixel camera, 16GB of internal memory, and looks fairly slick. Unfortunately, like the BlackBerry, it is weighted down by an operating system that is showing serious age, and an underclocked processor.
Pros: Vivid 3.5 inch AMOLED touchscreen, 720p video capture with HDMI output, 12-megapixel camera is fantastic, 16GB internal memory
Cons: $500 price tag, No battery access, Slow processor lags sometimes, Symbian v3 OS can't compete with Android or iOS, Poor built-in Web browser, No vertical QWERTY keyboard
Summary: I have gone back and forth about the
. In many respects, this is an excellent start to the bevy of Symbian^3 releases that we can expect from Nokia. It has a premium feel that and a polish that has been sorely needed from the Symbian side of this company's offerings. The level of hardware is a nice baseline for what can be considered a mid-range handset.
Conclusion: About the only thing that doesn’t look in place is the back side of the Nokia N8. Here, you see a slider type layer where the camera is located- except that layer does not slide but is fixed and houses the 12.1 MP lens along with the dual Xenon flash lights. My guess is that Nokia needed a bit of extra thickness to accommodate the extra large 1/1.9″ sensor with a Carl Zeiss lens.
Summary: The Nokia N8 has an excellent design and one of the best cameras we've seen in a smartphone; too bad it's coupled with lame software, a tiny screen, and a slow processor. If Nokia had completely reworked the Symbian OS with a real makeover instead of an barely noticeable upgrade, the N8 could really shine. But it's hard to justify its $549 price when all you're getting is a very good camera.
Pros: Excellent 12-megapixel camera, Sharp HD video recording and HDMI output, Free turn-by-turn navigation with Ovi Maps, Can use it on T-Mobile or AT&T
Cons: Runs slow, Symbian3 OS isn't user-friendly, Very few quality apps available in Ovi Store, Full virtual keyboard only available horizontally, No subsidy available for the phone
Excerpt: There was a time when some of the biggest players in mobile telephony, such as Samsung and Sony Ericsson were fully paid-up members of the Symbian club. But, the arrival of more glamorous, attractive alternatives has meant that they've now jumped ship, leaving owners Nokia with quite a job on its hands. It's fair to say that recent Nokia phones have failed to recapture former glories – but their flagship smartphone, the N8, has the most recent chance to turn the tide.
Pros: Quality build, AMOLED screen, HD camera, cohesive sound, Flash support for web
Cons: Patchy operating system, thinness in the treble, average video quality
Conclusion: The N8 is a valiant effort from Nokia and definitely its best high-end smartphone to date. However, Symbian^3 is a big letdown and, while the N8 will satisfy multimedia and Nokia fans, it could struggle to attract business users against competition from the Blackberry, Iphone, and to a lesser extent, Android devices.
Pros: Great camera, decent battery life, impressive multimedia options.
Cons: Poor touchscreen keyboard, frustrating Internet experience, cluttered interface., Symbian^3 is disappointing.