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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.