Summary: The Nokia N8, until now, had one major problem - the truly pathetic Symbian^3 OS. However, that problem has now been solved with the Anna update. The otherwise floundering smartphone is now a hugely improved overall package. For this price, we would definitely recommend this phone to anyone who wants a Symbian device. And a monster of a camera!
Pros: Much improved performance, Superb battery life
Cons: Social networking integration & apps are still rubbish, Widget sizes still restricted; variety of widgets also suffers
Excerpt: Nokia’s N-Series is back with a bang. The N8 is finally here and comes with a promise of revitalizing Nokia’s high-end segment with its funky new age look, updated OS and whatever else comes with that. But the Twenty Six Thousand Rupee question is, will it deliver on the promises Nokia has made with flying colors or be just another high-end smartphone, a face in the crowd? Take a closer look.
Summary: If software is important to you, the Nokia N8 may fall behind the Apple iPhone 4, but otherwise it's worth adding to your list. It offers an outstanding specification, is particularly well made and offers excellent value for money.
Summary: With minor usability issues, narrower choices for apps, and a relatively low resolution screen, the Nokia N8 stumbles a bit against some of the top-end smartphones in the market today, and, the lack of free Office document editing is a bit galling. Once you pitch the phone feature for feature against any modern smartphone however, you will find the Nokia N8 is worth every rupee for its price.
Conclusion: Thanks to the iPhone raising the bar for touch screen smartphones several years ago, the Nokia N8 faces some stiff competition. If you're currently a Nokia person, you'll likely enjoy the N8. It's a solid high-end Nokia with great voice, a fantastic camera and a vivid AMOLED capacitive display. And the new Symbian ^3 OS will seem like a godsend too.
Pros: Exceptional camera, responsive and vibrant touch screen, good battery life., Superb camera, vibrant multi-touch display, modern OS, great battery life, excellent call quality, has 3G for all GSM networks, lots of internal storage plus a microSD card slot, can play Flash video.
Cons: The OS is a solid rebirth of Symbian that's made for touch, but there's nothing that pushes it ahead of iOS and Android., OS is modern but not captivating, phone sometimes lags, browser is sometimes sluggish, battery isn't user replaceable, Ovi Maps navigation is weird in the US.