Excerpt: Nokia has had it rough lately. But with the feature-packed N8, the Finnish handset maker has finally earned a spot at the cool kids table.
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.
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: 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.
Excerpt: Nokia has had it rough lately. But with the feature-packed N8, the Finnish handset maker has finally earned a spot at the cool kids table, just not at the head of said table. The N8 delivers most of what we’ve come to expect from a flagship smartphone. The company’s usual soft key-driven design has been ditched in favour of the eye-candy du jour -- a bright 89mm AMOLED touchscreen.
Pros: Sleek design. Decent 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.
Cons: Competitive with the Pros (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7), but clearly won’t convert the entrenched. Symbian^3 OS’s lack of polish puts a hurt on quick navigation.
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
30 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
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.