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: We often root for the underdog, and hoped Nokia was ready to re-enter the big leagues, but the N8 isn’t the device that will help the Finnish handset maker stand up to the Android invasion or Apple’s persistent threat from the iPhone. Four years ago, the N8 would have been a game changer. Today, even though features like its camera are amazing, it’s still a relic of the past. At $500, it’s an expensive relic at that.
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.
Excerpt: Of course, crossing the finish line doesn’t necessarily mean one made good time. It’s clear Nokia engineered the N8 as a punchy, tightly-constructed competitor, but it easily falls shy of market leadership. In its current state, Symbian^3 OS resembles Android OS in some of its roughest stages, and though Nokia’s navigation app is ahead of the curve with its locally-stored maps, the OVI App store as a whole leaves a lot to be desired.
Pros: Anodized aluminum body easily makes this one of Nokia’s sleekest designs. Ships with multimedia cables. Does a fantastic job at multimedia playback. Video chat-ready with a front-facing VGA camera. Mini-HDMI port pumps out video and Dolby Digital Plus audio. Some of the best (non-Google) navigation we’ve seen on a smartphone. Don’t call it a comeback—Nokia’s been here for years.
Cons: Competitive with the Pros (iPhone, Android, Windows 7), but clearly won’t convert the entrenched. Non-removable battery = two steps back. Symbian^3 OS’s lack of polish puts a hurt on quick navigation. Dual card bay (one for memory, one for sim) is a hassle to close.. No U.S. carrier subsidies or CDMA support will put a hurt on popularity. Don’t call it a comeback! Nokia’s been here for…years.
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: With the N8, Nokia has seemingly thrown all the tech it can think of at the new handset in a bid to rival the likes of Android and the iPhone – a 12MP camera with ‘proper’ Xenon flash, XVID and DIVX support, HD video capture, Dolby Mobile sound and an HDMI-out port are just the tip of the iceberg.
Pros: 12MP camera, HDMI port, Ovi Maps
Cons: Symbian^3 still seems archaic, It's not the thinnest handset, Messaging is something of a chore
Nokia N8 review: Nokia's N8 smartphone is an imaging and multimedia powerhouse, but its software is clunky and lacks polish compared to the iPhone, Google Android and even Windows Phone 7 smartphones
Good Gear Guide.au
13 March 2011
Summary: The Nokia N8 fails to deliver a satisfying smartphone experience. An excellent camera and great multimedia features aren't enough to excuse the N8's clunky software and frustrating user interface.
Pros: 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens and Xenon flash, HDMI-port and USB On-The-Go, Superb luminium design
Cons: Sluggish performance, Clunky UI and ultimately poor user experience, Comparatively poor Web browsing experience