Reviewer: Darryl Linington
The world of smartphones has become a largely populated one with various makes and models being made available to the everyday consumer, tech junkie and business professional, the only problem is finding the right phone that suits the user. So, let’s find out if the Nokia N8 is a phone that truly shines when it comes to the smartphone world or deserves a good old dropkick into the trashcan.
The Nokia N8 certainly looks better than other devices on the market. The housing is visually appealing and has a great feel to it. Another nice addition to this phone is the array of aluminium colours it comes in: dark grey, silver white, green, blue and orange, so if you are a business professional, tech junkie or a punk rock princess the Nokia N8 has got you covered.
The N8′s 113.5 x 59 x 12mm dimensions and 135g weight make it light and small enough to carry around on a day to day basis, without feeling like you are carrying a cinder block in your pocket.
Although the N8 is a stunner in the visual department, its only downfall on design is the fact that you may need to seek professional help when trying to remove and replace the battery. The upside to this is the fact that if you do drop the phone you wont find yourself having to look for a scattered battery and back cover.
Unlocking and locking the device with the slider was fairly simply and straight forward. The slider is located on the right hand side of the casing, but to be honest, it would of been better to place the slider on the top of the phone, as it tends to activate when removing it from ones pocket or phone cover.
Display and touch screen:
The Nokia N8’s 3.5 inch widescreen (640 x 360 pixels) looks great while browsing through the phones menu’s, pictures as well as websites. I had no issues viewing videos and pictures on this device and it offers a crystal clear experience.
One thing that annoys the living life out of me with most touch screen phones these days is the fact that the touch screen is unresponsive and often frustrates me to the point of wanting to throw the device against a wall. Surprisingly this is not the case with the Nokia N8. The touch screen on the N8 is actually a pleasure to use; sliding your finger across this devices screen is responsive although the menu’s don’t entirely move with your finger but tend to move in a bulky fashion.
The Nokia N8 features a crisp clean visual experience. One thing I would like to note is while browsing websites that are very heavy on data usage the device does tend to slow down a fair bit, although this is not entirely an issue at all.
Call quality on the Nokia N8 is superb and no issues were noted with the device. Audio playback on this device is actually not too bad; although it’s not the loudest device on the market it certainly is clear. The headset provided with the device also offers clear sound and is definitely a useful addition.
The Nokia N8 features a 12 Megapixel and in my point of view its one of the best cameras I have come in across on a device so far. The photo quality is sharp and detailed and the auto exposure and white balance controls actually work. Images look natural and colours stand out. The device also features a Xenon flash that does a brilliant job of lighting low light shots as well as night shots.
The video capabilities on this device are pretty much on the same standard as other HD-capable devices. This was ok and to be honest nothing truly excited me about the video quality on this device. The only bonus feature is the fact that the device allows for HD output that can be played on any HD compatible display at 720p.
The user experience on the Nokia N8 is fantastic and features an easy to use user interface. Getting used to this device took me around about a day. The Nokia N8 runs the Symbian^3 OS which is often a hassle to use and seems rather outdated, although I wish Nokia would move on to Android or something more powerful, this would greatly improve the user experience.
The Battery life on the Nokia N8 is not too bad for day to day use, although you might need to charge it once every second day. I found this decent due to the fact that most other mobile phones on the market only tend to last around 8 hours of the day.
The Nokia N8 is a great phone to look at it has a slick, stylish look to it and comes in an array on colours that would suit any individual out there. The device is not heavy and its dimensions and weight don’t feel like you are carrying a cinder block in your pocket. The device features an accurate touch screen that is a pleasure to use although menu movement does seem bulky and a visual display that is crisp and clean.
The call quality on the Nokia N8 is superb, although it does seem to lack very high volume while playing music or watching videos, the upside is the sound is at least clear.
The camera is one of the best camera’s I have had the pleasure to use on a mobile device and packs a powerful Xenon flash that lights up even the darkest moments. The video experience on the device is standard and offers nothing too exciting except for the fact that all HD videos can be played via a HD compatible device.
The user experience is fantastic and the device is easy to use. I just really wish Nokia would move on from Symbian.
The battery life on the device is decent and you won’t find yourself drastically needing to find a charger on a day to day basis.
System: WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 and
Form Factor: Touch screen monoblock
Dimensions: 113.5 x 59.12 x 12.9 mm (L x W x H)
Display: 3.5 inch widescreen (640 x 360 pixels)
Battery: 1200mAh BL-4D
Media Storage/Memory: 16GB mass memory + micro SD card
slot, 135MB internal memory, support
up to 32GB memory cards. RAM256
Video Playback: Video recording, Performance: encoding
25fps, decoding 30fps, File Formats:
H.264, MPEG-4, VC-1, H.263, Real Video
10, ON2 VP6, Flash video
Music Playback: FM radio, FM transmitter, MP3 player,
Supported codecs: MP3,AAC,eAAC,
eAAC+,WMA,AMR-WB, DRM support, DRM:
OMA DRM 2.0
• Lens: Carl Zeiss optics
• Image capture: 12 megapixels
• Video capture: HD 720p
• Aperture: F2.8
• Focal length: 5.4
• Flash: Xenon flash
• Nokia Adapter Cable for HDMI CA-156
• WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g/n
• BT3.0 with support for stereo
• Positioning with GPS, A-GPS, WLAN
• Micro-USB 2.0 high speed for file
transfers and charging
• USB On-the-Go
•Nokia AV connector 3.5 mm for audio
input/output and TV out
• HSDPA Cat9, maximum speed up to 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA Cat5 2.0 Mbps
•Dark Grey •Silver White •Green •Blue •Orange
Nokia N8 Highlights:
HD quality imaging and cinematic sound
•Shoot and edit photos and video with supreme clarity of a 12 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics
•Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound and HDMI connection to a home entertainment system
Personalization capabilities for a truly individual experience
•Personal touches come to life on three fully customizable home screens
•Instant access to Ovi Store’s apps, games and other cool content
•Web TV delivers local and global TV favorites right to the home screen
A seamless and fully integrated social network experience
•Get live updates from Facebook, Twitter, and RenRen pushed right to your home screen, with feeds visible at a single glance
•Connect from anywhere on your phone—your home screen, contacts, or map
•Enrich your social network experience with content from your phone including pictures, location and more
Free navigation, forever
•Free worldwide satellite car and walk navigation from Ovi Maps in over 70 countries
•Built in premium guides from Lonely Planet and Via Michelin for tips on travel, restaurants, weather, and hotels
•Talk time (GSM/WCDMA) –12/5 h 50min
•Standby (GSM/WCDMA) –390/400 h
•Video record –3 h 20 min
•Music playback –50 h
•Video playback –7 h
•Video playback with HDMI –6 h
•Web TV –3 h 20 min
Nokia Original Accessories:
•Nokia Stereo Headset WH-701 (in box)
•Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-905
•Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-608
•Nokia Extra Battery DC-11
•Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-214
•Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-505
•Nokia Mini Speaker MD-9
Planned Market Introduction:
• Q3 2010
• NSeries, Smartphones