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Gallery: Silver N8 – Blog-N8’s first impressions

Yesterday, Camb078 has some facetime(badaboom, oh dear…) with the Nokia N8 and today has posted his first impressions as well as a stunning photo galleryon blog-n8.fr.  Though it’s the same silver N8, it hasn’t looked as good as in these photos.

Some interesting points from Camb078:

  • Excellent manufacturing quality. The top and bottom is made of high quality plastic.
  • The menu button does not need a lot of pressure (hopefully much less than the N97 – something akin to camera shutter when pressed halfway – capacitive keys next time please Nokia)
  • Rather bright screen, very responsive
  • Being on later firmware, this N8 is very fluid, and no lags
  • All widgets running on N97/N97 mini will work on N8
  • Cambo mentions something about a transition effect (I don’t know if he’s referring to the exceedingly DULL fade in fade out – FIX THIS NOKIA!)
  • HDMI demo of TRON was excellent
  • Confirming Ahmed360’s comments N8 plays DivX videos – (hurray! Perfect combination! No need for 3rd party players, like N900 this turns your N8 into a portable video player. Hook up your N8 VIA USB to go to access your DivX library without the need to transfer over to N8, then connect N8 to TV via HDMI out!)

With the interface, apparently Nokia asked Cambo to blur them out! Here’s a few pics but head over to Cambo’s blog for more.

via blog-n8.fr

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  1. c0br4
    June 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    N8 plays DivX,

    best News today!!! THX!

  2. Jim
    June 9, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    if N8 will play DivX will be great. symbian is starting to improve. still waiting for the meego device. 😀

  3. Brad
    June 9, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    A great physical design against the Iphone 3GS. If it came out last year it would have been a big hit. Now, against the glass and stainless steel Iphone 4 I’m not sure but the bar has been raised again and Nokia is late to the game once again.

    • mi6lethaltool
      September 5, 2010 at 7:10 am

      The glass used on the Iphone breaks if you let them fall! so you have to buy a cover to protect er also we know that without the cover is also the problem with signal reception! the glass Nokia use on the N8 is Gorilla Glass if you dont know what it is Google it and you will know who raised the bar

  4. Andre
    June 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    This phone is predominantly aluminium and glass.
    The iphone is stainless steel and glass. Not seeing how Nokia is “late” albeit the iphone’s design is truly something special

  5. Gobbo
    June 9, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    They’ve updated it… no DivX natively :(((

    • June 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm

      It may still be possible that N8 can play divx files. Not sure what Ahmed did (I don’t think it’s via 3rd party apps like smartmovie – he just said he was able to play .divx).

      This is something that Nokia/symbian folk seem to be working on. It may still be able to do it at launch.

  6. Brad
    June 9, 2010 at 9:28 pm


    If the N8 came out a year ago or even 6 months ago with it’s aluminum case it would have been seen as an outstanding, inovative design. Now, coming out in August(?) agains Iphone 4’s already selling with their glass front and back held by the SS band the N8 looks so-so? ok? nothing new? one more Nokia? From a marketing standpoint it is a lost opportunity, and Nokia seems to need all the help they can get in that department.

    Of course I haven’t seen either in person so maybe seeing them will change my mind – but from the photos and the reaction of people who have handled the Iphone, I don’t think so.

    • June 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm

      Yeah, got to agree. The design of this iPhone 4 is something else. Looking pretty swish.

      In person the N8 does look much better than photos. Colours more even, seams appear less obvious. On personal stand point, I wish it was completely seamless.

      A year ago, yup, this might not have been such a problem but we’re now getting used to expecting so much more from design as well as internal features.

      Having said that, on its own merit, the N8 is still pretty fantastic.

    • Andre
      June 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm

      God knows Nokia need help with their marketting department, they’re seemingly incompetent or too afraid to push their own damn devices that it’s upsetting. Personally I’d be deathly afraid of buying a new iPhone and I’m definitely not a clutz but aesthetically it is a piece of work. Hopefully as Jay says, the N8 is quite a looked in real life. I thought the Nexus 1 was hideous until I saw it in person today and it is quite different from the pictures.
      Really want to see the N8 in blue before committing to either of the two though :-).

  7. Inokia
    June 10, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Divx player? great feature

    does nokia also upgrade the realplayer to play high resolution rmvb video?

    The bottom bar needs new cosmetic change

  8. sorryguys
    June 10, 2010 at 6:05 am

    yes divx,i was all excited but then i read the update on their post
    i translated for u folks who cant read french:
    Playing Divx on N8 UPDATE: According to an official Nokia France, Nokia N8 does not read files encoded with the DivX codec natively but it will be possible to play movies in the re-encoding. Nous avons eu une mauvaise info…désolés ! (We had the wrong info,sry!)

  9. sorryguys
    June 10, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Yea i read their comments on the post,and there might be an app that will make the n8 play avi.but its only a ”might” so not sure abt that,will see when it comes out.

  10. Doug
    June 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Always exciting to see more pics of the N8 in the flesh. Not everybody likes capacitive buttons though Jay. Some of us like the feeling of a button that clicks! 😀

    • June 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm

      Hey Doug :),

      There’s a feeling of a real click, and then there’s unnecessary force to push a button. N97’s menu button is terrible. Capacitive keys was just an extreme of sensitivity. Something in between would be preferable.

      • Doug
        June 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm

        It did take a bit of pressure to work the N97’s menu key, but I never really found that to be too much of a problem. I couldn’t take the capacitive call send/end keys though. Always brushing up on them when I didn’t want to. What a nightmare haha.

        • June 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm

          An alternative to menu key is the camera button.

          It’s AMAZING on the N900 as there are two layers of pressure (via 3rd party app)

          One autofocus (menu/multitask) one shutter (activates cam).

          It’s an obvious enough feel but light enough for quick use.

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