NOKIA N8 Review: A Tribute



Welcome to another edition of my Ode to Reviews that covers machines that have redefined some space either in the market or in your happiness factor with your machines. In today’s machine happy review I would like to take time out to scope out a tribute if you may say so of a machine that might have been a gamechanger for Nokia when it was launched way back in 2010. The Nokia N8 is the machine that I will be writing a ode to in this edition. The Nokia N8 was introduced by Nokia in the market just when it was believed that it couldn’t come out with that kill the market product anymore. Although now its an old product which has lost its sheen in the face of the more user friendly machines from the line up of Samsung, Apple, RIM which sport better OS then the terribly out of time symbian OS, still its definitely a machine that many of us had really truly blissfully loved. Check out the specs for why the Nokia N8 was once a matter of desire.


DIMENSIONS SPEAK : The Nokia N8 was a phone with the strength in your hand product as I like to quote them. The dimensions of the phone were compatible and comparable to most present day smartphones from a samsung or an apple. However a distinctive feature is its weight. Its much heavier than the average smartphone today. However that is also precisely why it lends a feeling of being sturdy in your hands, a feeling that some of us do love. Of course to many it might seem bulky as well compared to even a Blackberry curve series product.

  • SIZE: 113.5 x 59.1 x 12.9 mm
  • WEIGHT: 135 grams



DISPLAY: The display of the Nokia N8 is extensive in its outlook if I might comment generally.Specifically commenting upon the display Nokia N8 sports an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, a display that’s still in vogue but has defects of its own as in the HTC One S. The display supports a corning gorilla glass as a protective feature. It has a 360×640 pixels and a screen size of 3.5 inches.

POWER: The N8 supports a pretty decent standard Lithium-Ion battery 1200mAh capacity which features standby times of 390 to 400h depending upon 2G/3G usage which is still decent in comparison to smartphones today. It supports a talktime of 12h(2G) and upto 6h approximately (3G). The music playback support is upto 50h on full charge. One main disadvantage is however that the battery is not user replaceable.

SOUND,CAMERA,ACTION: The audio quality on the Nokia N8 is measurably good and most of us in the crowd would be happy with it unless of course you are the one who likes the sound to have that high end pristine output. Theres not much that I could go on about the sound check of a Nokia N8 except that it features a regularly good output that is perennial in most nokia phones in this and relative segments.

The camera is the most outstanding feature on the Nokia N8. That is provided because Nokia did come out with the N8 as having the best camera in the business. The Nokia N8 really stands out when it comes to its camera and it does so even when we compare it with camera action of an apple iphone or a samsung galaxy s series phone. In fact when it comes to performance as  a camera the Nokia N8 puts many a digital camera to shame even. The wow camera features are best specified by a MachineHappy roundup as:

  • Primary:12 MP, 4000×3000 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash
  • Features:1/1.83 inch sensor size, ND filter, geo-tagging, face detection

The action with the Nokia N8 doesn’t lie with it being a great business phone or a smartphone. The action is really reflected in the way Nokia had managed to pack in high end multimedia and industrial design features at the time when these were very much in the nascent stages. Features like:

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • Penta-band 3G with 10.2 Mbps HSDPA and 2 Mbps HSUPA support
  • Sleek anodized aluminum unibody
  • 3.5″ 16M-color AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of 640 x 360 pixel resolution
  • 12 megapixel autofocus camera with xenon flash and 720p@25fps video recording
  • Camera features: large 1/1.83” camera sensor, mechanical shutter, ND filter, geo-tagging, face detection
  • Symbian^3 OS
  • 680 MHz ARM 11 CPU and 256 MB RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • microHDMI port for 720p TV-out functionality
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS support and free lifetime voice-guided navigation
  • Digital compass
  • 16GB on-board storage, expandable through the microSD card slot
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
  • DivX and XviD video support
  • Built-in accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS, FM transmitter
  • microUSB port with USB On-the-go support
  • Flash and Java support for the web browser
  • Stereo Bluetooth 3.0
  • Nice audio reproduction quality
  • Smart and voice dialing
PRICE– At 324$ (approx) the pricing is  a 4/5 too
 All in all the Nokia N8 was a consumer happy machine that Nokia had manufactured and which if not for the onset of the android may have been more sustained even today. A Machine happy indeed.