Nokia N8 Review [Part 1]

Nokia N8 is one of the most awaited product from Nokia and the company’s answer to smartest of the smart(phone) competition.SAMSUNG

First things first, some of the notable specifications of N8 are

  • 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics
  • USB Connectivity – play music, open/share files using it
  • Xenon flash
  • HD quality film and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound
  • Usability enhancements across the user interface, including single taps and support for gestures such as “pinch-to-zoom.
  • Faster and more responsive user interface with new 2D and 3D graphics architecture that takes full advantage of hardware acceleration.
  • More efficient memory management allows more applications to run in parallel for a faster, more complete and efficient multi-tasking experience.

Review : Nokia N8

Form Factor

To cut the long story short, N8 is a bit bulky and isn’t the most beautiful piece of art. The phone has a rugged looks (Gorilla glasses too, scratch-resistant) and having said that, it fits in the palm pretty well.

The ‘menu’ button, in my humble opinion is grossly wrongly placed – maneuvering isn’t so comfortable. Putting the menu button in the middle makes it easy, irrespective of whether you are left-handed or right-handed.

Nokia N8
Nokia N8

Touch

Much better than N900 (which was much better than N97), Nokia seems to be improving. Touch works as-expected, but not at at the same accuracy level as one would want to. Moreover, one of the challenge is the delayed response.

Probably there are high expectations from Symbian^3, but Nokia N8 does an average here. Nothing fascinating (not as good as Samsung Galaxy S).

Camera

12MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics  – great combo and makes N8 a great buy for those who are interested in photography. To me, this is a milestone for mobile industry and expect others to follow the suit.

The only challenge (which isn’t such a big deal) is that camera drains the phone, though that’s a price you will have to pay for this ‘imaging’ device.

Performance

Unlike N97 and N900, N8 has a great hardware and phone’s performance is very good. Multi-tasking is well handled and Symbian ^3 definitely stands out as a much better OS over the predecessors.

Overall?

I have been playing with the phone for 12 days and my biggest grudge is on the small screen size. Nokia has tried to pack amazing features on a phone whose screen cannot handle all of that. N8 has great features, but not a great user experience and that’s where the dissatsifaction starts.

Part 2 : Review of Features (USB on-the-go etc), Ovi Store.

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