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Nokia N8: Ultimate Value for Money? @Nseries Returns as king of convergence.

A couple of days ago, Nseries blog posted:

Another thing to consider is value for money. The Nokia N8 has very accessible pricing with 370EUR (around $442) before taxes and subsidies.
We’d love to know your opinions, so tell us what you think in the comments or on Twitter @Nseries. Is value for money a big consideration for you? Which features are most important to you?

At 370EUR, 442USD (before subsidies, minus taxes) the Nokia N8 packs more for your cash than any other phone.

Suyog echoed this in his reply to Nseries:

VFM(Value for Money) is what is important to majority in the this world not only fancy things. Nokia only provides best VFM.
That’s why I always throw question to guys who rant about Nokia, “Give me device which comes in xxx amount matching features of Nokia device which is also of same xxx amount” No one has ever able to reply to that.

Value for Money?

Let’s take a closer look.

With the collection of gadgets in the poster above (let’s average them at around 100GBP each, and that’s being easy on the dedicated devices), you’re looking at around 700-800GBP worth of goodies (1030-1170USD).

Not to mention you’ll have to hark back to the glory days of Nokia Great Pockets campaign to bring them all with you.

Like the original N95, the N8 is not one thing, it’s many things.

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Until the N8 we haven’t seen a true CONVERGENCE successor to the N95. None that could put up a fair fight against its dedicated counterparts. None that had sufficient combination of features that would satisfy the redefined parameters of convergence.

Now Nokia’s stepped up again.

  • Camera to rival point and shoots (huge sensor, 12 Megapixels, 28mm wide angle AND xenon flash),
  • same with the 720p video recording (with stereo audio) vs flip cams.
  • HDMI out for true home media centre capabilities when connected to a big screen TV. Movies, Music, Games, Web Browsing on the big screen (like a mini PC)
  • Free Sat Nav for life. Walk and Drive Navigation.
  • Stellar 3D gaming potential as shown by. Sims 3, NFS Shift, Asphalt 5, Bounce.
  • Music and video player (with Dolby Digital surround sound. You can use apps for DivX if that doesn’t come at launch)
  • Keep connected, emails social networks and your favourite sites (if it had MicroB browser N8 would be a bigger killer smartphone) as well as on the go video/Photo editing
  • It’s a phone too – send sms, mms, voice and VIDEO calls over 3G or WiFi.

Features summarised here: 8 reasons to love the Nokia N8.

Great Pockets


  1. Roger Thornton Brown
    June 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I love the look of this and on specs it just beats the iPhone 4, just.

    But when you consider that most people in America will get the iPhone for $199 and Nokia doesn’t have any comparable network deals in the US the penetration in this increasingly important market looks set to be negligible.

    Add to that the wait until September, when Americans can get the iPhone now and the N8 looks set to become the Betamax to iPhone’s VHS.

  2. Roger Johnson
    June 11, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Jay: > You can use apps for DivX if that doesn’t come at launch

    Which apps? I’m not aware of any DivX players even for S60 5th touch. And certainly not ones that can handle full size unconverted files that would play on a PC.

    Roger Thornton Brown: I’d say it beats iPhone specs by some considerable way, aside from screen res.

    > N8 looks set to become the Betamax to iPhone’s VHS.

    That’s absurd. The US only represents 8% of the world mobile market for starters. And they’ve never understood Nokia. Remember that Nokia smartphone marketshare has long exceeded it’s next several biggest rivals combined, on the basis of allegedly uncompetitive tech. With the N8, iPhone and Android have very serious competition. Esp. considering the price. Also Nokia has increasingly fruitful deals with T-Mobile in the US, so it does have network presence there.

    • June 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm

      There are a couple of DivX players. One is DivX player (but has no touch input)
      The other is smartmovie.

      http://mynokiablog.com/2009/08/22/review-smartmovie-by-lonely-cat-games-the-best-movie-player-for-your-n97/

      My DivX files are the average 700mb 640xN clips. They don’t need converting. Perhaps with more powerful hardware they won’t lag as much when putting higher bitrate files.

      (i8910 plays DivX smoothly, not sure why Nokia can’t get DivX to work for them)

      • Roger Johnson
        June 12, 2010 at 5:55 pm

        Well I just downloaded and tried smartmovie on my 5800 which apparently has exactly the same processor speed as N97 and it was so laggy playing a full size divx file it was unwatchable, which is a disappointment. Thing is my N82 with Coreplayer will play the same files, and output to a TV, with no lag at all (if you adjust some configs) and that’s a slower processor.

        All very annoying! Hope they just build in DivX support for N8, using the graphics copro. Would solve everything 🙂

    • Roger Thornton Brown
      June 13, 2010 at 8:56 am

      I was referring to the comparison done by enGadget, where the N8 was ahead by one point. http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/07/iphone-4-vs-the-smartphone-elite-evo-4g-n8-pre-plus-and-hd2/ It does score higher than that for me because it has BT rSAP but it’s still a close thing and there is the perception thing… http://mynokiablog.com/2010/06/08/what-nokia-needs-to-learn-from-apple-keynotes-pointers-from-steve-jobs-iphone-4-announcement/ I still think the N8 is better but Nokia is doing a lousy job at getting their message across, with videos by someone who has had a charisma bypass and screen shots that simply don’t look as sexy as either iPhone or Android.

      The Betamx comparison is not absurd. Betamax made better penetration in the ROW than VHS but it was the deep penetration of VHS in the US and the consequent supply of more films to the VHS platform by the US-led entertainment industry that cemented VHS and saw off Betamax. Sony thought Betamax would win on technical superiority whereas it was what consumers wanted, a large library of movies and the ability to record four hours or more of TV, that won the day.

  3. Andre
    June 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Would it be considered obnoxious to scream “want!” at Nokia until they release this device?

  4. jwf1990
    June 11, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I have got to admit the N8 doesn’t feel like a flagship device maybe because its being sold in so many colours. Flagship devices are never sold in so many colours. But that advert n95 reminds me of the gold old times when i was a little younger, when i first saw it I though WOW !!!

  5. Charles
    June 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    @Roger Thornton Brown: you mention that consumers in the US will get the iphone for $199, but at the same time they’re locked into a 2 year contract, and will more than pay for the price of the phone over that contract period. I shouldn’t really comment, since I’ve never been there, but this seems to be part of the American culture, much like getting a loan to buy a new car. In most countries, most people eschew phone contracts like they do car loans, and would never consider getting one. I know a few people with iphones, but they all bought them without a contract and without a subsidy. I guess Nokia can be successful without being dominant in the USA (although it would be good, since it’s a high-margin market).

    • Andre
      June 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm

      I happen to live in the US and as long as I’ve been here I’ve refused to buy a phone and get locked into a contract like that for the same reasons that you mentioned.
      Even buying the iPhone unlocked would be considered a waste of money mainly due to the ridiculous price that they are when buying off-contract as well the inability to get 3G on any other carriers thanks in part to the United States’ stupid carriers.
      At least I’ll have some choice when it comes to carrier when the N8 comes out.

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