Just like all Nokia N-series phones like Nokia N97 and N97 mini, the latest addition to the Nokia N-series, the N8 Smartphone impress us with slick hardware and unparalleled multimedia features but it is sadly lacking in the software and user experience departments.
The Nokia N8 is lightweight but sturdy. It measures 113.5x59x12.9 mm, a bit on the chunky side. It will come in a variety of colors including dark gray, silver white, orange, green and blue. It’s actually a touch phone with a 3.5 inch LCD with a 640×360 pixel display that covers most of its front face, with only the single hardware button below that allows you to switch from the menu screen to the home screen.
Nokia N8: Media
At the back of the phone you’ll find the large Carl Zeiss 12 MP camera with Xenon flash. It is the largest on any phone and takes beautiful, crisp and clear photos. It also has a front face camera which can be used for video calling. Although Nokia said that fring and Qik apps are available for previous Symbian versions, it currently doesn’t have support for S^3.
The N8’s camera can also capture video in 720p HD which will look great both on the phone and on HDTV. The phone supports HDMI out so you can easily play HD videos directly from your phone to your home theater systems. The good thing about the phone too is that the HDMI adapter is included in the box. The sound quality of the phone supporting Dolby Digital surround is equally brilliant as well.
Nokia N8: The Downside
Perhaps the biggest let down of this phone is its stale software. When Nokia announced the Symbian S^3 upgrade, everyone hoped for a more modern looking typeface and perhaps a more modern and better looking icons, but S^3 more or less looks just like the previous version with some features added here and there.
The N8 can also be construed as a non user-friendly phone. For example, users will not be able to upload photos or videos to their favorite social networking site directly from the phone. The keyboard on the screen also feels small and cramped.
In the end the Nokia N8 is a slick and trendy smart phone with excellent multimedia functions but the Symbian OS is still a long way from competing with its rival software from Apple or Google.