- Good battery life
- Clear display
- Great camera
- Decent audio output
- Stylish aluminium casing
- HDMI-out port
- Poor Social network integration
- Connections are confusing
- Average virtual keyboards
- Unimpressive internet experience
The Nokia N8 is basically about its design and feel of high end features.The underlying software has been improved and Symbian 3 builds on the previous iterations of the OS seen on the likes of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia X6 , but adds in multiple home screens, widgets and an improved UI.
Design And Build:
Hardware-wise, Nokia has pushed the boat out too with the N8, offering a full metal chassis with anodised scratch-proof paint to give the phone a really high end feel. It really is scratch-proof - rubbing keys on it produced no ill-effects, although the slider switch on the side can get its paint rubbed off over time. Aside from some issues getting off the doors for the SIM and microSDHC card slots, this is nearly a flawlessly made device.
The Nokia N8 specifically impresses with its camera. Along with the fact you can create coffee-table books with the 12MP sensor and Carl Zeiss optics (as well as 'proper' Xenon flash) it's in the day to day picture taking that’s really impressive about the Nokia N8. Nokia has included a dedicated camera button on the N8 too, which has a staggered press to allow you to activate autofocus. Hitting this button when not in photography mode will start up the camera, but it does take a while to boot up. The 720p video mode is similarly good, not only does the noise reduction really help with elements like windy scenes, but the HD video is clear and crisp, especially when you output it to a larger TV. However, it doesn’t have the same wow factor as the iPhone 4’s HD recording, despite packing nearly identical specs.
The 3.5-inch, 640 x 360 pixel, AMOLED screen is one of the main features of the N8. There is a bit more bezel/space at the top and bottom of the N8 when holding it in the portrait view, but overall, the screen is framed well. The screen is protected by gorilla glass which makes the screen tough, scratch proof and hard.
The hardware features an ARM-11 processor running at 680 MHz which makes all interactions are a lot smoother. The home screen transitions takes a bit to get used to. When you swipe,there's a small delay before the screen switches to another panel. There are still a good deal of menus and screens work your way through to get to applications and preferences.
Power On It:
The phone is powered by a 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery that supports up to 12 hours talktime on the 2G network and up to 5.83 hours talktime when used on the 3G network. The phone offers up to 390 hrs standby on 2G and up to 400 hours on 3G.
All in all the Nokia N8 is impressive and a good to have but with its ageing Symbian OS might not be that relevant to buy in today’s market.