With little slowdown anywhere except perhaps when web browsing, the 680MHz ARM 11 processor is doing its job well. In fact, the added graphical acceleration puts the N8 above more powerful competition in areas like video playback. With 16GB of on board memory and expandable memory up to another 32GB, the Nokia N8 is a media lover’s dream.

Voice calling is clear and crisp. When receiving a call on the Nokia N8, volume is very good and audible in busy environments. Clarity is also above average. The recipient of the call from a city center said they had no trouble hearing us, and despite obvious background noise, it was better quality than a number of other handsets tested recently. In more controlled environments that were less quite, call quality yet again proved great, both to us on the N8, and to the recipient.

Battery life on the N8 is also a big improvement over what we expected. With a surprising 1200 mAh battery, the quoted talk time on the Nokia N8 is 12 hours while the standby time is 390 hours. Practically, we found we could get nearly two days of semi intensive use out of the N8 without it grumping at us. There is also a power saving mode which we didn’t use and the phone wasn’t turned off at night.


The Nokia N8 is another one of those handsets that leaves us conflicted. It’s got some truly amazing elements: the camera, the video playback, the luscious build quality all make us want to forget everything average about it. That said, we can’t. Symbian^3 just doesn’t visually stimulate us enough to make us want to use it, with the homescreens and menus looking dated, Syncing contacts and calendars with anything other than Ovi being unintuitive and an internet experience that could be improved upon. That said, you won’t find a better camera phone on the market, and you certainly won’t find a more versatile video playback phone either. If you’re okay with Symbian^3 and are of the mindframe that hardware is king and multimedia options rule, then we can whole-heartedly recommend the Nokia N8. If however, your eyes are set on an OS that gives you greater versatility in the future, perhaps you might want to look elsewhere. For a larger screen and an Android experience, consider phones like the HTC EVO 4G (upcoming as Desire HD in the EU) and the Samsung Galaxy S (and all of its variants). If, however, you’re looking for something in a slightly smaller form factor, the Motorola DROID 2 (along with the MILESTONE 2 and the HTC Desire) might be a better option. 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.

Nokia N8 Video Review:


  • Great build quality
  • Awesome 12MP camera
  • Outstanding multimedia performance


  • Symbian^3 still looks dated
  • Internet browser could be smoother
  • Not too many apps available for the platform

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