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Nokia N8 Review

0. phoneArena posted on 07 Oct 2010, 09:59

Finally, here it is, in all its anodised aluminium glory, with a 12MP camera with Xenon flash and an OLED screen, the new Nokia flagship phone for 2010/2011 - the Nokia N8...

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posted on 08 Oct 2010, 02:50

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.com/browse/review review 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

posted on 08 Oct 2010, 03:21

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.

posted on 08 Oct 2010, 11:28

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

posted on 08 Oct 2010, 11:33

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)

posted on 08 Oct 2010, 12:46

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??

posted on 09 Oct 2010, 03:03

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!

posted on 09 Oct 2010, 05:58

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=g5uaYAg5TMc I 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 :)

posted on 09 Oct 2010, 09:19

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!

posted on 09 Oct 2010, 11:35

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.

posted on 10 Oct 2010, 14:00

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?????????????????

posted on 11 Oct 2010, 10:26

43. Nokia 4ever (unregistered)

I'm totally agree with you, Apple had its time, is Nokia's time now

posted on 10 Oct 2010, 14:22

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...

posted on 10 Oct 2010, 14:48

40. aniq (unregistered)


posted on 10 Oct 2010, 14:48

41. selah (unregistered)


posted on 10 Oct 2010, 17:30

42. hr (unregistered)

above all features which these people didnt mentioned, iphone doesnt support memeory card too... this site doesnt make any sense.

posted on 11 Oct 2010, 10:53

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.

posted on 12 Oct 2010, 14:33

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.

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 06:25

46. sonisoe (Posts: 435; 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...

posted on 14 Oct 2010, 16:31

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

posted on 15 Oct 2010, 13:52

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.

posted on 15 Oct 2010, 21:57

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.

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 06:23

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

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 23:08

53. Rev (Posts: 12; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)

I'm really loving N8.

posted on 01 Nov 2010, 00:39

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 ;)

posted on 02 Nov 2010, 12:42

55. uui (unregistered)

two more things to make it simply the best - FWVGA (480x854) display and super AMOLED. but still its good

posted on 04 Nov 2010, 12:50 1

56. N8 lover (unregistered)

The N8 is a clever piece of tech!
LOve it!
Good review!

posted on 15 Nov 2010, 14:40

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.

posted on 16 Nov 2010, 10:21

58. Cybertron (unregistered)

If this phone had WP7 or Android installed on it and it worked well, I think it could be widely successful!

posted on 24 Nov 2010, 18:11

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

posted on 27 Nov 2010, 01:08

60. worldo74 (unregistered)

its battery is too weak !! Have used and not so impressed but waiting for samsung galaxy tab

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