Nokia N8 ReviewNokia N8 8.5
If there was ever a time for a drum-roll, this is it. It’s time to take a close look at the Nokia N8's 12MP camera with auto focus Carl Zeiss lens (28mm f2.8). Nokia commissioned the University of Westminster, a university with a strong photographic heritage in London, to conduct research into the Nokia N8’s sensor. Nokia World 2010 touted the N8 as a compact camera replacement. There has been so much buzz surrounding this camera, that it really has to be something special to live up to it all, and by golly it is.
Quick to activate, quick to fire (even with flash), quick to process, when we first started taking pictures, the speed at which the Nokia N8 worked made us think it was set to a low resolution. That wasn’t the case. At full 12MP, everything works, and works quickly. The camera button on the bottom right of the N8 has two stages of press (focus and capture) and this can be used to take the picture. Alternatively, there is a single camera icon on the screen that can be used. The camera has face detection, an optional on-screen grid, as well as the following:
- Scene modes (auto, user defined, close-up, portrait, landscape, sport, night and night-portrait)
- Self timer (off, 2 seconds, 10 seconds, 20 seconds),
- Colour tone (normal, vivid, black and white, sepia),
- White balance (auto, sunny, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent)
- Exposure (-2 to +2 in increments of 0.5)
- ISO (low, medium, high)
- Adjustable contrast
- Sharpness (hard, normal, soft)
Pictures taken on the Nokia N8 are indistinguishable from some of the mid-range compact cameras on the market at the moment, and are unquestionably better than most entry-level compacts.
Colour reproduction is good. While on the AMOLED screen, images look slightly over-saturated, but when exported to a monitor, reds and yellows in particular look bright and natural.
As you can see from the samples, levels of detail are high across busy images, especially in shots taken in daylight. Thanks to the 12MP sensor and Nokia’s efforts, images don’t break down as soon as they are zoomed into, so there is some leeway in terms of cropping an image once it is taken.
Exposure levels are also very promising. With the shot of the two statues providing a low contrast scene on a slightly overcast day, the Nokia N8 produced a capture very similar to the real thing.
An area the Nokia N8 camera is a little weaker is dynamic range. When faced with a high contrast scene, as with most compact cameras, shades of black melt into one, and highlights can become blotches of white. Another factor is metering. The Nokia N8 doesn’t enable the user to set metering, so it is defaulted to centre-weighted.
The Nokia N8 impressed us with its noise handling. Of course it produces noise, but it does a very good job of minimizing it. Unlike the Motorola Milestone XT720 for example (another Xenon flash camera phone), which softened images to death in order to reduce noise (and still produced more than the Nokia N8), darker images retain a degree of sharpness and there is no blotching or banding of colour. The flash will also come in handy for dark situations.
Staring at macro shots from the Nokia N8 was also a pleasure. With a decent aperture, the N8 can deliver a pretty shallow depth of field when in macro. In addition, levels of detail it picks up are superb, with a minimum focusing distance of about 15cm.
Indoors, the Nokia N8’s great sensor coupled with its Xenon flash can actually light up a small room and produce a decent picture in the process. It is the perfect imaging companion for someone who doesn’t want to carry two gadgets around. The images taken in the restaurant were all in full auto and came out great, as did 99% of the images taken on the N8. Between its usability and quality, it really is the first camera-phone that has stood up against some mid-range compact cameras and won, both in terms of quality and usability.
are as follows: rotate, resize, crop, add clipart, distort, draw upon, speech bubble, frame, red-eye correction, stamp, colour effects, tuning and animate. All these worked well on the go, providing a good amount of versatility to photos once you’ve taken them. Photo editing options
Viewing photos taken on the Nokia N8's camera can be done in the phone’s photo browser. This is displayed in a standard grid, and once an image is selected, zooming can be achieved by both pinch to zoom and double tap. With the nature of the 12MP images captured by the Nokia N8, they are big and zooming in and out can take a couple of seconds to display correctly, however, there is no real stuttering, just a lower-res version until the image refreshes.
Video capture on the N8 keeps up with the current trends, HD ready at 24fps. While still not as smooth as the VGA capture (30fps), the Nokia N8's HD video is among the better ones we’ve seen on a phone. Noise handling is more of a problem than with photos, however, it is still better than most HD video phones out there. There are nice touches as well, like in-body video editing, enabling clips to be trimmed, with text overlaid and photos interspersed within a video, only adding to the N8's strengths as a multimedia capture / sharing device. Outputting content to an HD TV works pretty well, providing smooth video playback leaving us genuinely impressed.
Nokia N8 Sample videos taken in various conditions:
Video playback on the Nokia N8 is immense. With it chewing up everything we threw at it up to a resolution of 720p (DivX, H.264, MP4 and Xvid), and playing it back to us smoothly as can be, we really have no hesitations calling the Nokia N8 a great multimedia phone. Whether watching content on the Nokia N8's screen or outputting to an HD TV, it’s a seamless experience, with no need for codecs here or conversions there, just smooth playback all the way.
The music player has had a very nice revamp. Upon opening up the application, it takes you straight to artists and albums, unlike previous versions which would require an extra step to get here. Clicking the options button lets you view tracks by now playing, song, playlists, genres and podcasts. There is also a link to the Ovi Music store. When viewing albums and artists, holding the Nokia N8 in portrait displays a list, while landscape displays a coverflow like stream of album art. The N8’s coverflow is one of the smoothest we’ve seen and is very usable. The revamp however comes in portrait mode. Once an album or artist is selected, the screen will split, the top half displaying a mini coverflow, while the bottom half has the track list. This is very usable and makes single handed music browsing a doddle.
The on board loud speaker is a letdown. With no stereo output, and a sharp sound, it isn’t there to be used very often. It does a great job of ringing, being loud and audible, however, when listening to music or playing back video, wasn’t a sustainable method of listening to the phone. In contrast, output from the onboard 3.5mm headphone jack was superb for a phone. As is generally the case, connecting a good set of headphones makes all the difference.
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: 102; 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)
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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: 343; 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