Nokia N8 ReviewNokia N8 8.5
Symbian^3 has been the subject of much speculation over the past months, so is it a break-away from what made Symbian S60 V5 feel dated? Can it springboard Nokia’s touchscreen phones into the current generation of user interfaces? Does it offer something unique that no other mobile OS does? All these questions can be delved into now that we’ve got Symbian^3 on a premium handset in front of us, the Nokia N8.
Our Nokia N8 review unit is currently in standby mode. There is a large, semi-illuminated analogue clock displayed on the screen, which immediately adds a nice element of thoughtfulness to the OS. Unlock the phone and it’s bye bye, clock; hello, bright screen and... Symbian S60 V5? The multiple home-screens alone convey very little change between Symbian^3 and its predecessor, with 3 screens, each with a grid of 8 spaces for optional widgets that can be added or removed by a long press. The bottom part of the homescreen contains three keys: options (relating to homescreen options only), homescreen switcher (indicated by three dots) and call (bringing up the dialer). The menu is accessed using the physical button to the bottom left of the Nokia N8’s screen, though a shortcut to the menu can be added to the homescreen, if you prefer.
There are a host of live widgets to choose from pre-loaded on the Nokia N8, such as RSS newsfeeds and mail, as well as static shortcuts. Notice anything different yet? No, neither did we.
Nevertheless, unlike a lot of “old” Nokia touchscreen phones, the Nokia N8 doesn’t have a habit of lagging. With numerous apps plodding along in the background, including Opera browser, music player, camera and gallery, transitions between the homescreens remained smooth, and we could comfortably add and remove widgets with no slow down. The range of widgets on our unit wasn't as extensive as we hoped it would be (RSS feeds, favourite contacts, radio, email, notifications, phone setup, search, social networks, time/profile, WLAN). There are more available through the Ovi Store, though this doesn’t really cut it when a lot of people will want a fun and functional range of things to put on their homescreens out of the box. Widgets are a fixed size, so information heavy widgets can’t take up two cells for example. This means the Facebook widget is very squashed, while the shortcut widget isn’t. A disappointing aesthetic contrast which conflicts with the harmonious physical design of the Nokia N8. Another gripe we have with the widgets is the shortcut widget. You can only insert shortcuts in groups of four, even when you only want one, further cluttering your homescreen.
Homescreens can be added up to a maximum of three and a minimum of one, with the option to have a different wallpaper on each homescreen which we like a lot. Slide between homescreens to activate the smooth fading transition between wallpapers, working well against the sliding widgets.
Activate the menu, and once again, we’re very hard pressed to see the marked evolution from Symbian S60 V5. It’s smoother and slicker with consistent kinetic scrolling and single tapping throughout, but this is more what we might expect from a firmware update coupled with much speedier hardware than a newly-revised OS. Symbian Foundation has clearly gone with the “if it ain’t broke” approach. The question is, is it broke?
The Nokia N8 has a comprehensive organizer. The calendar is finger-friendly, classically in line with Nokia’s styling and easy to get around, with standard viewing options (week, day, month)and easy appointment entry. We wish it was easier to sync with our Google Calendar (in the same way Gmail now is) but this needs to be done through Mail for Exchange.
Contacts are easy to navigate through with kinetic scrolling implemented throughout. Selecting a contact will give you a range of options such as voice call, message, email, video call, find on map and social network. Upon pressing social network, you can manually link your contact with their online profile, pulling their contact picture and giving you quick access to their profile. The integration of this feature could have extended deeper however. There is no option to automate a sync between social networks and phone contacts, and no live information about the contacts is updated automatically. The Nokia N8’s contacts are also like the calendar, not syncing with our Google Contacts, only with Ovi Contacts. Once again however, this can be remedied by the slightly unintuitive Mail for Exchange support.
Messaging on the Nokia N8 is improved. With texts viewable as conversations as well as isolated messages, the whole experience feels more unified than before. The on-screen keyboard is numeric in portrait and QWERTY in landscape. There is the nice addition of left and right arrow to the numeric pad, and more room dedicated to the text with a slightly smaller font size and less superfluous buttons than S60 V5. In landscape, the QWERTY keyboard also takes up less screen room, leaving more to what matters - the message. Keys may be smaller, but it is very usable and we found ourselves making very few mistakes, even when we first started using it. There is also optional haptic feedback that can be manually set to one of three strengths.
Offering a huge range of functionality, the clear answer to the earlier question is no, Symbian^3 isn’t broke, however, it hasn’t had the amount of change we feel it needed either. Symbian^3 is much better than older Symbian iterations, with numerous under the hood tweaks implemented seamlessly to make the whole experience better. The problem is, the tweaks are often too un-obvious. For a consumer that wants clear tangible benefits to choosing a specific OS, the Symbian^3 interface doesn’t step up its game enough.
1. Donnie (unregistered)
"The on-board GPS works well finding the Nokia N8’s position even when indoors. Coupling this with Ovi Maps Nokia maps makes for a very versatile phone that could double up as a GPS replacement provided you had a good data plan." Ehm did you just happen to completely miss the most compelling feature of Ovi Maps ? You can preload entire countries to your phone after which you can navigate (including searching and voice-directions) completely off-line, not a single byte of data transfer required. Perfect in Europe where you'd otherwise end up roaming after a few 100 kms, and one of the major selling points over any other solution (remember it includes voice directions and search, not just map display, - offline)
4. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
Fully Agree, OVI maps is a great value and a wonderful and cost effective tool that does not require a network to operate. That said, if you happen to have an unlimited data plan...the N8 can also use Google Maps. I disagree with the reviewers opinion about Symbian^3 and more specifically that last portion of the OS stack called the User Interface. The changes under the hood are immense (over 250 in total vs S^1). The fact that S^3 is fully compatible with Qt means all current AND future apps developed for both Meego and Symbian^4 (^5..) will remain compatible. The fonts, themes, icons are familiar to Symbian users...which I find convenient. For those of us who want a change...the nice thing about Symbian is you can easily do this with 1000's of choices available...many of them for free. With its hi-end graphics chip, multi-touch/single-tap selection, and smooth capacitance interface...I find this phone's UI to be quite good and certainly up to date. A more detailed list of these changes is located here:http://www.allaboutsymbian.com
/features/item/12104_Symbian3_Lastly, the reviewer is comparing this phone to flagships at higher price points, even though this N8 is not marketed nor priced as Nokia's flagship model (we'll have to wait for the N9). Considering the quality and performance of this device...it's a steal IMO. devices_are_imminent-.php
2. Nokia 4ever (unregistered)
Yay, Nokia is never a let down like RIM, I so love this phone!!! I don't care if the built-in browser is not smooth enough, it still has opera mini or if its UI is "dated", is still functional, Nokia doesn't care about making a mobile OS that is graphically beautiful but resource-hungry, this is an example that even with little specs the new OS runs smoothly compared to different OS's who needs more specs and do almost the same things (OS6). Os's user and Nokia haters, even though your beloved android and IOS phones are "better than any other mobile OS", Nokia's still a great company and may not be perfect (no one is), but they keep improving their product. Long life NOKIA !!!
22. B (unregistered)
Hey, thanks for the feedback. Having reviewed the N8, we really, really liked it. In fact, we loved it and genuinely want Nokia's handsets to do well, they're a fantastic company that make fantastic hardware. The changes to Symbian are evident with everything running smoothly, but that's just not enough as the interface is visually underwhelming. The hardware of the N8 is perhaps the best we've seen on a smartphone but as smooth as Symbian^3 is, it's not as inviting as other OSs. For example, despite having a shiny new N8, subjects given the choice preferred to play with a much lower specced android phone, simply because it offers more versatility in a more visually stimulating package. As mentioned, we can whole-heartedly recommend the N8, it's very good and well worthy of that 8.5, and on multimedia alone is a 10. Nevertheless, as with iPhone and Android, it has its issues. It just so happens that the N8s issues cropped up a lot more often. Regards, B_Phone Arena Reviewer.
3. yann_ (unregistered)
Phonearena did it again - proof their loyalty to boss Steve. No words for unique functions that are completely missing on iOS or Android phones. Example - USB on the go, HDMI out with Dolby digital... Losers. What to expect from lamers that gave to iPhone 4 rating of 9.5 - the phone with call/antena problems?
6. jpropin (Posts: 152; Member since: 20 May 2010)
8.5 isn't bad from a U.S Website that like all the other U.S Based Websites sucks the teet of Apple & Google. I was expecting no higher than 6.5. So I'm quite surprised. Just wait and see what the tools at CNET give it.....LOL
5. rafael.roque (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Jul 2010)
I can't wait to get mine; regardless of any review... Simply put; I don't like Google's intrusive OS, RIM's mundane OS, Apple's my way OS. If you want control of your smartphone; then Symbian gives you that. Point and case, if I want the Sense experience found on HTC's Android smartphones on my Symbian phone, then I simply install SPB Mobile Shell and now I have 1-10 home screens with customizable widgets and shortcuts... If you can't handle Symbian, then you might as well stick to feature phones.
52. Mash (unregistered)
Palm's webOS is good too.
10. jpropin (Posts: 152; Member since: 20 May 2010)
It is expensive, but for an unlocked phone with as many features and capabilities that it has, it's pretty much on par with other unlocked devices. What really pushes the N8 over the top IMO is that it's compatable with both AT&T & T-Mo's U.S 3G Signal. If your a T-Mo subscriber like me the money you save from not having to have the mandatory data plan with a subsidized smart phone basically pays for this phone and more in the two years you'd be under contract. I can get unlimited Web for $10 a month or just use WiFi and pay nothing. The C6-01 & C7 which both have alot of the same features as the N8 will hopefully be coming out not long from now and hopefully will offer a less expensive alternative to the N8
48. cristianer (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Aug 2010)
Yeah. Anyway I'm waiting the milestone 2, I hope it will be cheaper.
9. Emix (unregistered)
Thank you phonearena for fair and detailed review! I expected 9 or 9.5 but 8.5 is good! This is my next phone!
11. yeah (unregistered)
wow it is right. they gave 9.5 rating for iphone that does not perform like a phone let alone a smartphone. jeez such a bias website. shame on phonearena
12. why I bought an N8 (unregistered)
I just bought an unlicked N8. I decided to go for the N8 after using an HTC Magic (rooted) for 1.5 years. Android is a nice platform, but hey, it gets slower and slower after a few months. Unacceptable. IPhone is not for me - do not like Apple's manias. So, back to old Nokia and yes, I am happy. It is a phone, has to allow me to call, freely, without forcing me to depend on a charger. I have a fast internet connection. GPS. I only would like to see a better Mail for Exchange, with the compelling Google sync. Other than that, bye bye, Android/HTC/Samsung and company...
13. thatdude1 (unregistered)
Great handset! I do not agree with everything the reviewer said, but 8.5 is much better than I anticipated from phone arena. Definitely my next Nokia handset as that is all I use lately. Should have given it at least a 9.0.
14. GIO (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
This phone shouldn't get higher than 8/10 in business staff, but it should get 10/10 in in multimedia, so they should have given it 9/10 at least...
15. RVM (unregistered)
Nice review, thx phonearena. Im Nokia fan, but i have to admit Symbian^3 still need some more eye candy, hopefuly S^4 will fix it. I am definitively gonna buy N8, that phone is just amazing (for my needs) !
16. Wreckone (unregistered)
Yeah I cannot wait for my N8, I'm currently using a 580O! The N8 is like a dream come true for Nokia lovers! I live in the US and the reviews are mostly skewed here favoring IOS phone and Droid OS. I like being different and have enjoyed both my E71 and 580,0 but I really am exited about getting my N8. The hardware alone cannot be matched (as a package!) and a upcoming firmware updates will replace browser and Symbian 4 is just around the corner too...
17. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Well, at least the N8 seems to have dramatically improved. Although still not good enough to compete with the likes of the iphone4 and galaxy s. I see the N8 as a great mid range smartphone.
18. DJ (unregistered)
Never owned an iPhone so I can't comment, but I did own a Samsung Galaxy..... The Vibrant. VERY, VERY , VERY overrated. I had boffo issues with features that did not work as advertised. And I knew alot of others who did as well. The Samsungs look great on paper, but aren't so great in reality.
19. Hazel (unregistered)
It all now depends on the personal taste of the user. This is the kind of phone I'd recommend for people who want a touchscreen smartphone with simple interface and navigation plus a great multimedia experience at the expense of an originally beautiful screen that does not need any shells of any sort, a good speaker, and many available apps. Like, say, my father. But for me, I still prefer the upcoming HTC Desire HD with Android 2.2 Froyo. There is something to be said about the not-so-perfect home screen customization of the N8 (and its minimum of 3) and the not-so-good speaker phone IMO. I am particularly fond of the Desire HD because it is not only visually stimulating with its HTC Sense + Android interface but the whole personalization + customization of the home screens, the skins, and the modern look... They are all very attractive to me. I want something that would be a definite eye-catcher but is still more than it looks. I need the speaker to be loud and proud like with Desire HD's Dolby Mobile with SRS because I use my phone as an alarm clock and if it has crappy speaker, then how is it supposed to wake me up? Basically, I want an all-in-one phone: Something that plays music as well as videos well that will make me forget about getting an iPod, something that takes pictures well that would make me forget about buying a digital camera, something that would make me not want an iPad because it can read e-books, surf the Web, etc. easily. I want something that has Navigations and GPS, a capacitive touchscreen and a multitude of apps available while yet still being durable compared to others. This is not to say that the N8 isn't an eye-catcher but the Philippine mobile market being Nokia largely dominated by Nokia... I imagine this will be fairly common in some people's hands soon. That's why I'm going with the Desire HD as well. I want to be the only person using an awesome, expensive, high-end phone within a large sight radius--- and I want them to know I love my phone. That it's not just for show. That, basically, it really is awesome. =)
20. jpropin (Posts: 152; Member since: 20 May 2010)
You are right It is a matter of personal taste. I want a device that gets it done. A device that will do as it says and doesn't make promises it can't keep. But most of all, I want something solid that I can hold in my hand and squeeze and not worry about it busting into 1000 molded plastic pieces. Something that is built to last and I can rely on when I need it
30. Hazel (unregistered)
Yeah, and truthfully I'm happy to see that Nokia has finally caught up on the whole smartphone trend with a device that doesn't lag up once you get any data inside it. I almost bought myself an N97 mini a month ago and thank goodness I did my research! Otherwise, I'd end up frustrated real bad. I'm also glad because a new Nokia phone model released means prices for the earlier released phones will drop sooner or later and I would like to have either a RIM Blackberry Curve 8900 or Nokia E72 (will mostly like go for the E72) for instances when I have to rough out and I don't want to risk my Desire HD getting scratched, broken, wet, snatched, or even mugged away from me. And as I mentioned, the Philippine market is largely dominated by Nokia, I expect prices are going to drop soon in spirit of the many business competitions battling it out for consumers (and bottomline: profits). Another thing is I've always respected Nokia's easy to navigate interfaces during those pre-smartphone times. Hopefully they'll pull through. When it comes to mobile phones, competition is good. Otherwise, there would be little evolution and very little numbers of high-class phones as compared to if there were competition. So yeah. I'll stick with Desire HD. The thing isn't likely to break in pieces anyway since it has a unibody aluminum frame. =) And much rarer over here. Very much rarer.
21. jpropin (Posts: 152; Member since: 20 May 2010)
Very nice comments about the N8 on The Street.Com http://www.thestreet.com/video
/10881744/nokia-n8-smartphone-for-the-world.html?puc=_tscrss&s=1#62737528001 Pretty rare that Nokia gets a positive endorsement on a U.S Financial Website.....LOL 6
23. Himm34 (unregistered)
What I can't understand? You are buying a phone not the apps. Although the Iphone and others have some nice ones,but once you brake it down the software in the nokia want be dumb down like it is in the Iphone.Take the camera and look at the lack of features missing from the Iphone. And the nokia is built better as well. Do a drop test and see which one comes out on top. For my money it's the n8
24. orielwindow (Posts: 103; Member since: 23 Sep 2010)
Nice balanced review. I like that you gave credit where it was due while remaining critical about the "new" OS.
25. pathmarkpolice (Posts: 102; Member since: 05 Feb 2009)
Watch the video review of the phone on youtube (I think it's a 3 part review by mobileburn, it's really in depth). Don't go by words alone. See the phone in action. In terms of multimedia, the phone is an absolute beast. The 680 mhz processor does work pretty well and the phone can multitask, but the WAY it runs its tasks are annoying. For example, Symbian still refreshes your music list and displays that annoying message when refreshing the tracks. There were only 5 songs on the reviewers phone and refreshing the tracks took a little while. Also, there is some slight lag when switching between the home screens. The worst part of the phone is the texting. There is no auto correct option. I repeat, NO AUTO CORRECT. And forget about a portrait qwerty keypad, you're stuck with Alpha Numeric. Sending a text message or email or twitter response seems extremely laborious. If you're a texter, I wouldn't recommend this phone as there are extra steps and a lack of auto correct with the landscape qwerty that makes composing messages a nightmare. If you've used an iPhone or an Android phone, I think using the N8 would feel like a big step backwards. However, if you've been a die hard Nokia fan and have used their previous crappy, touch symbian models, this phone looks like it'll be a Godsend. Also, the full 3g band functionality is something I'd like to see ALL phones carry.
27. 6kle (unregistered)
I disagree with the hard words about texting. It does have auto correct in the portrait and if you can't turn on it for the landscape then it should be fixed soon with an update or a mod. Already several days ago there was a simple free app released that allowed also portrait mode qwerty. Also, when it comes to "not enough eye-candy UI" this OS is fully open and as such you can change and tweak the UI a lot. There are already plenty of good looking UI skins, including Nokia's own midnight themes that it released several days ago in an update (but isn't really noticed by any of the reviewers from what I've seen). The things that can be changed by apps/new firmware/mods are things like UI visuals and minor gripes like those with texting etc. What can NOT ever be changed by such things is the hardware. As said, Nokia hardware is fantastic. The software is great when you take some time to tweak it with mods to what you personally like best and wait a bit for firmware updates that are constantly being worked to iron out these MINOR gripes. This is a new OS and as such it still has updates on the way to make it better. No future update or mod will ever change bad hardware though so it's good to keep this in mind if you want to use your phone for a long time.
29. akk28 (unregistered)
Just to make one correction (don't have time to correct everything). N8 DOES HAVE auto correction, you turn it on while in landscape qwerty from the options tap (turn auto correct on). Reviewers mistake for not noticing so obvious option available.
26. TheWorld (unregistered)
how can you phonearena give to iphone 4 "9.5" when it has a lot of problems with the reception, usb cable an give to this nokia a 8.5 ? this nokia has a "usb on the go" and you wrote only 3 words. it has ovi maps for free, ..... but iphone has a better UI and a video call over WI FI ? for you phonearena UI = performance, futures look here:http://dictionary.reference.co
m/browse/reviewreview is not = to a comparation !!! and finely this is a review, how can you write at the end "Finally, if a 3.5-inch screen is just perfect for you, and you still want to have a great hardware (but also a great software) experience, then or the Apple iPhone 4 will never leave you wanting." this
28. 6kle (unregistered)
I don't know. I guess reviewers also fall for hype. It's sad when eye-candy UI and pretty looking fast animated screen transitions weight more than having HDMI & USB connections (barely even mentioned), superb video & audio and still photo capturing, better battery, more durable design (doesn't shatter from 3 feet drop), free (even offline) GPS navi with voice, open OS (no need to jailbreak), flash support, less expensive,... Could go on forever (not saying iPhone also doesn't have things like higher res, better app store etc..) but I still feel like a lot of stuff gets left out or praised too much because of the hype that people pick up from adds and from other people who got sucked in the hype and keep spreading it. It's not like we haven't seen it happen a million times before in all kinds of markets.
31. dspp (unregistered)
u cant just rely on the rating cuz it doesnt compare to other ratings. at least the resolution could have been higher, or new symbian software which supports a higher res
32. dim (unregistered)
Congratulations to the reviewers. After reading it, i have a complete view over the phone and i really thing they had a fair judge over the strong (camera, quality) and the weak parts of it (symbian, browser performance)
33. Punky (unregistered)
Good phone.. Really good phone.. though I hate homescreen of N97 and this phone too, i love the support nokia gives, respect to consumers, and freedom to change the OS components(i mean cooking cfw).. Nokia is the best company.. I already pre ordered it and will be an good upgrade from my old 5800(which i say best mid range phone)... iOS, android, bada are just shits.. They just have Good graphical UI but dont let users to customize.. Only good mobile phone makers are Nokia and RIM, and i can trust upon only these two.. And this is not only good cameraphone, But the best(the best i mean) in camera and video(GSMARENA). But i doubt if all s60v5 apps( spl SPB mobile shell) will work on N8??
34. rafael.roque (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Jul 2010)
To each their own... I'm getting mine next week, and I'm excited as ever =)! Android OS is too dependent on google services, iOS is too narrow and restricted, and Blackberry OS just doesn't appeal to me at all. With Symbian, I can control it and tweak it to my liking. I can have access to google services, I can sync it with my Mac, and all without subjecting myself to apple or google's point of view. Hmph, I can even duplicate the UI of iOS or Android; should I ever want to shock anyone, lol!
35. Roger Johnson (unregistered)
You wrong on Symbian 3. While I respect that the reviewer(s) may not like it (which is absolutely fine), please don't make blanket statements for the rest of the population. As Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia VP said, you need to look below the surface of Symbian 3 and see the VAST improvement it is over previous versions. The fact that the actual visuals are similar is a great thing as it gives the hundreds of millions (literally) of earlier Symbian users something they're familiar with - pretty important. It is easily competitive, and in fact better in many areas, than iPhone or Android. Again - don't confuse personal preference with what most people like (most phone reviewers on general tech sites these days don't seem to be able to look beyond iPhone and Android interfaces, which is really sad). Also - the camera. Come on, don't hold back, spit it out. The N8 camera is far and away the best camera not only on any phone, but beats plenty of standalone digital cameras, and rivals DSLRs under some circumstances. I can be sure of this because of multiple extensive reviews by numerous experts on numerous sites. mynokiablog.com is a great source of these. You know, you ARE allowed to say the "unthinkable" - N8 beats iPhone 4 camera by MILES. Just a little bit of proof on the video front:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
=g5uaYAg5TMcI think the N8 will bring many back from iPhone and Android once they get to see how incredible the N8 is - AND Symbian 3 incidentally :)
36. caribala (unregistered)
Minus: - Symbian^3 still looks dated Hahaha, very funny. Dated is a minus, right. Why dont you use word familiar or mature? Dated? Do you see any differences between iPhone 1st generation up to iPhone 4th generation? Coz i CANT see the deference. Same issue with android. Dated? Yeah right! Bias... - Internet browser could be smoother Okay, internet browser is not smooth, let's give it 8.5/10. Hay, iPhone got some serious death grip! It's okay, it is 9/10. Software problems = solve by patch Hardware problems = fix it from scratch? dump it? or just simply as DONT BUY IT! - Not too many apps available for the platform Okay... It's not as fun as those american os with huge collection of apps. How many apps that you used daily? I got them all on my E51. But hey, it's just me. And it's all just my point of view. Cheers!
37. iox (unregistered)
I think the rating is low, you did not talk about USB on the go and other features that make this special device. The performance is great, great multimedia device, and the best camera on the market. If the phone had a picture of an apple in the back, the rating would be very high.
38. vik (unregistered)
they forget many things.... how come they can be so biased???? why ??? just because nokia is a non-american company!!!! hello, grown up man!!! when people trust you, you should behave responsibly. If you think you will able to stop people stop purchasing N8 or any particular company, then may be you will suceed with those people who believe only on your site and then dont try themselves. But in long people come to know the truth and how cleverly you filled a bad attitude about N8, once they will get chance to see it by themselves, you will loose not only visitors towards sites who are not biased. Anyways what you missed - 1. Ovimaps have capability to work in offline with full functionality with preload maps facility by pc. And its FREE for forever 2. HDMI support, which is very handy. And with DOLBY Digital 3. Support for mostly video format to play 4. Browser support for FLASH content 5. Pen drive/usb drives support (with upto 4GB file support) 6. If in your country its coming with OVI music unlimited. then awesome, this music service having all tracks, with unlimited subscription with you can download any number of songs WITHOUT having any boundation to use any particular software like in iphone 7. More or less nokia support and they update their phones pfeatures and softwares regular basis whatever they find users requirement in future they will provide, even they can change whole firmware and can give you totally new firmware How this site can suggest apple iphoen3 or 4 when then cant do anything like this, in my view iphones are actually just for playing game, and at that price i think its a waste. Now also i come to know why where that all money goes, why people purchasing, simple these sites are getting paid to misguide people. in apple iphone no HDMI, no usb support, no MULTITASKING (dont misguide, its not typing a msg while playing music, its much more than that), and NO FM, NO Bluetooth support to transfer files music?????????????????
43. Nokia 4ever (unregistered)
I'm totally agree with you, Apple had its time, is Nokia's time now
39. vik (unregistered)
one more thing i forgot ... - 8. FM transmitter, by which you can play music through your car sound system or any soiund system having FM reciever i thinks list what N8 can do which phone arena forgot is endless...
40. aniq (unregistered)
41. selah (unregistered)
42. hr (unregistered)
above all features which these people didnt mentioned, iphone doesnt support memeory card too... this site doesnt make any sense.
44. Not an Iphone hater nor fan (unregistered)
Oh you forgot to mention that apple has a high call-drop rate, if it's a phone why it drop calls?, Nokia phones I've owned never dropped any calls. oh yeah and a bad reception on the Iphone, with a Nokia you can be inside a bunker and still have reception. If this website is about phones and the Iphone is supposed to be one and obviously sucks on these 2 primary features of ANY phone, then why they praise this device with 9/10 and this Nokia a 8.5/10?, If i want a device to play games, watch movies, listen to music and surf on the web, I would buy myself a PSP or a tablet. I don't care about the "x billion +" apps they've if I can't make a simple call on it. Don't get me wrong, the Iphone is a good "phone", but is not the perfect phone, none is. what happen is that since the android, IOS, OS6, and soon WP7 phones are subsided by carriers, they are more accessible to people than Nokia phones which are unlocked and sold by retailers, and consumers have not experience the great phones they are.
45. Dan GSM (unregistered)
The N8 is a superphone, which multimedia-wise surpasses anything offered or currently offered in the market. With the feature-set and hardware specs, it really convinces as an N-Series device designed to maximize the multimedia creation and consumption through the device. Despite having a more traditional interface requiring a tad more "intelligence" from the user, the Symbian OS remains as a capable and powerful OS. I don't get the negativity surrounding the OS when it is in fact better than the clunky and dated Blackberry OS.
46. sonisoe (Posts: 359; Member since: 06 May 2009)
nokia should just kill symbian, simply because its an outdated os... microsoft built a completely new os, palm also, so nokia should just focus on meego... may n8 is some sort of a transitional device so nokia doesnt seem to be left too behind, but in the end, its still useless...
47. Rudeboi (unregistered)
What a bias review and I just got rid of the Samsung Galasy S and the Android OS is basically a copy of the Iphone OS and it really lacks and though it may have a faster processor the phone froze so much they had to replace it and far as multitask it's not even in the same league as my N900 and my older N96 destroys the Android multitasking and media portion as well and I'm not even going to mention the camera. You guys need to quit with your bias reviews and just realize that the symbian os is far much better and even though it hasn't done much changing it definely has proven how everyne else is still behind on versality and trying to catch up! I seen your review on the Windows Phone 7 and yet again you had bias reviews on it and mentioning not much on customization when the iphone and Android offers little on those ends try a N900 and see a real smartphone with unlimited customizations
49. jay999999 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Oct 2010)
hello there every body. I have been using Nokia for at least 10 years and must say they are good in low end but very very bad at high end phones. Nokia N series are having hanging problem. they are not smooth to use. There is no innovation OR CREATIVITY in their cells. Their OS is stale and i pretty much agree with phone arena reviewer. I bought and used N 85 hardly for a year and it gave as much trouble as a nagging wife. Always hanging ,cant handle applications very well. This N 85 was my shortest period of using any mobile. I went to the Nokia care many times and they were as bad as their cells. Just updated the software which was not of pretty much use. and finally it died after completing one year and with that my hard earned 25000 bucks got buried. I learnt the lesson hard way NOT TO USE N SERIES IN FUTURE. I think upcoming companies like micromax, spice or videocon are better .even if anything wrong happens u will b parting wid 5000 bucks not 25000 bucks. So think twice before buying n series.
50. Why is that?! (unregistered)
Mann n8 and samsung omnia HD 8910 there is something between those phones they look a like and the both phones fully multimedia phones same AMOLED screen but in samsung better than n8 cuz of the higher resolution of course the AMOLED made by samsung that's why but overall I think nokia n8 better in terms of speed and camera with QT open sources SDK hope nokia will start making good apps not like the crapy apps before.
51. Trent001 (unregistered)
Good review - finally a balanced review after all the "iPhone / Blackberry" is superior than N8. No argument, the N8 is probably the best hardware in the market - iPhone and Blackberry clearly no comparison. However, Symbian is clearly lagging behind other OS - Nokia really needs to realise this and do something really fast to re-capture their lead in the global marketplace by putting in a better OS
54. tarun (unregistered)
well, the nokia n8, is a treat to have..it gives you great multimedia options .. Something other phones are lacking..the n8 is surprisingly FAST, the 680mhz processor works a treat, and this is whatit could handle..i had 11apps running..including maps, music player, camera, mail, web, need for speed shift, etc.. And it performed very very well, its a great phone to have for the price and features, the web browsing is not a great experience..the scrolling is very poor and unresponsive, but, nokia claim they'll better it in a firmware update, and symbian3 is not all that bad..yes its not a big visual revamp from the s60, but it does the job, and it gives u customizable widgets, something the iphone doesn't ;)
55. uui (unregistered)
two more things to make it simply the best - FWVGA (480x854) display and super AMOLED. but still its good
56. N8 lover (unregistered)
The N8 is a clever piece of tech!
57. Kingsley (unregistered)
Windows 7 interface looks very much like Windows Vista but we all know that that inside they are different. Alot of companies still prefer to use Windows XP because it really gets the job done. The point I am making is that the fact that Sybian v3 looks like the older versions does not mean it is dated. Infact that is a plus because the learning curve will be easier. Frankly N8 is by far the best phone out there now. The hardware is unmatched. The software is good. Infact it is best in many areas such as Ovi Maps. Note that while software issues can always be resolved by updates hardware issues are permanent. iphone4 is a toy for Americans who always want to buy everything on credit and get milked in the process. Apple is so profitable because it is milking Americans dry on a insanely overpriced toy. The reviews on this site are crap and heavily biased to Apple. Therefore the owners must be smiling to the bank with Apple money milked from fools that buy Apple phones. Imagine a phone rated 9.5/10 that cant make calls, send or receive files over bluetooth, no card slot, no HDMI, easy no slip and fall, easy very easy to break. I am an engineer and I laugh when American buy Iphones and think they are 'buying American'. Iphones are assembled in China with Korean,Taiwanese and Chinese components. Software is from India and Eastern Europe. I will come back to this site later strictly for laughs.
58. Cybertron (unregistered)
If this phone had WP7 or Android installed on it and it worked well, I think it could be widely successful!
59. n8 (unregistered)
Its definetly a great phone,a step up for nokia and I think it would work well for me and many other people and by the way this was a fair review and you have done a great job
60. worldo74 (unregistered)
its battery is too weak !! Have used and not so impressed but waiting for samsung galaxy tab