Hands-on with the Nokia N8

Hands-on with the Nokia N8
Back on Wednesday night after Motorola's big event for the DROID X came to a close, Pepcom's Digital Experience event was being held in New York City later in the day. We were fortunate to attend and check out some interesting handsets that were on hand from a variety of manufacturers. Out of all of them, we were attracted towards Nokia's booth where they were prominently showcasing their soon-to-be flagship device – the Nokia N8. From what we've been reporting numerous times, Nokia is surely banking on this Symbian^3 powered device to hit it out of the ballpark and prove to gain some mainstream success for the number one handset maker in the world. It almost feels like an eternity since the Nokia N95 came storming to the scene and brought the company into smartphone game, but as we've seen in the last few years, they've been unable to answer Apple's heated competition in the market.

Thankfully the Nokia N8 might have the guts, raw power, and intuitive experience to hopefully bring them back into greener pastures. Although the unit we checked out was not a final production model, we were truly impressed with its build quality. The lime metallic colored handset definitely exuded a product that seemed polish in almost every aspect – from their choice of using a metallic finish to its durability, everything clearly came together properly. It's by no mean overbearing in weight when you hold it, instead it was quite manageable and well-balanced. The design of the Nokia N8 isn't ground breaking at all, but it clearly separates itself from Nokia's other touchscreen only devices like the XpressMusic 5800 or Nuron 5230. Now what we were really impressed about during our short visit was how smooth and fluid the handset was performing when we were touching the screen and moving around its interface. Although there are some hints to S60 5th Edition around, one can easily see how Nokia decided to stray a little bit from their usual beaten path. Finally, we were informed that Nokia will include the HDMI cable to connect the handset to a source – so no need to dish out more money to enjoy this feature from the start. All in all, we'll see how the Nokia N8 fares in the long run when it's officially released and pass our final judgment then.

Nokia N8 Specifications



1. pathmarkpolice

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 05, 2009

I'll be interested to see how well touch symbian runs on this handset. I honestly think Nokia should have opted to put Maemo 5 on this device, and then brought more support to the maemo platform. It's a shame, really, Symbian's just not a sexy OS and people don't get pumped up over it anymore. I'm still excited about trying the N8 out though.

2. spoonb1

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 02, 2010

true, its not sexy... but its so functional and this phone is one serious powerhouse as far as specs are concerned. Im gonna love the 12mp snapper, usb on-the-go, and the hdmi out on this baby! can't wait.... i want a blue one

3. jpropin

Posts: 152; Member since: May 20, 2010

We'll see how Nokia markets this unit. If they hook up with a carrier and people can get it subsidized, it can do very well in the States Even though it's unlocked, the 5800 sold like hotcakes and is still selling because it reached a very attractive price point. Americans for the large part don't buy unlocked phones though.

4. pathmarkpolice

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 05, 2009

You're right about that, Nokia needs to up their marketing. The fluidity of the interface I've seen so far in a bunch of videos online is promising. Another thing to consider though is that the battery of this phone is only 1200 mah. That's terrible. The n900 has a 1320 mah battery and don't listen to any review about the battery of the n900...it's ass. If you're connected to the internet the majority of the day, be prepared to plug that baby in whenever you have down time. They should have outfitted the N8 with a 1500 mah battery, that would give it enough juice to be connected to 3g for a whole day on a single charge.

5. Anon

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 27, 2010

Based on preview N8 is able to live up for whole two days.

7. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Yeah, if say AT&T picks it up and treats it like the iPhone, and doesn't mess with anything, then yes, it'll do well here. Otherwise it'll be kicked down a few notches, and Nokia's name will be ruined by the carriers even more than it's already been tarnished by the media and S^1, and people will never know what a Nokia is really made of.

8. Shree unregistered

Can somebody tell me the talktime of N8 as i am planning to buy this model. At some websites it says that it is 12hrs but in some 5.5. i want a healthy talktime. please help me...

6. cadetz unregistered

it looks kinda big o_O as if it was bigger than nexus one

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