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3 Nokia N8 Video Hands On: With PhoneDog’s Noah, AAS’ Rafe Blandford and The Nokia Blog (via Ira)

Here’s three of the most trusted voices in mobile laying their hands and sharing their thoughts on the upcoming Nokia N8.

Well technically, Mark isn’t talking, it’s Ira Frimere from Nokia giving the demo. Anyway, go check these out.

Phone Dog’s Noah Kravitz

  • Impressive HDMI connection, 720p with 5.1 surround
  • Check out Noah’s AT&T 3G signal
  • ..12mp with a flash (not just any flash, a real one!)
  • …largest sensor on a phone, echoed some things Apple said about size of pixel (echoed Apple? I thought Nokia’s been saying this since April )
  • Noah says there’s a Nokia “white” that he’s reading off a spec sheet. White?
  • Pinch to zoom in the browser’s frikkin smooth! What’s that about.
  • Accelerometer with web browser works in both landscape directions
  • Protective casing to come soon that will give smooth back to N8
  • “Cool to see some innovation coming from Nokia”

All About Symbian’s Mighty Rafe Blandford

  • Rafe’s blue N8 looks sorta gun metal like in this video
  • Note the long press circle that shows you that your key press is being registered.
  • Rafe notes the smaller side bar (though in reality we shouldn’t have one given the stupid space wasting above and below the thumbnails)
  • I really like the portrait cover flow with tracklist at bottom. Great for quickly switching tracks from one album to another without having to go through arduous menus.
  • Time between shots is very fast (9MP 16:9 setting)
  • Check out WebTV – getting streaming video onto device. Love BBC iPlayer  now you have other video content apps.
  • There seems to be a transition in the wallpaper when selecting (or is that just the camera adjusting?)
  • Best screen Rafe’s seen on a Nokia device.

The Nokia Blog (via Ira)


  1. Roger Johnson
    June 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Looking through these videos I have to say while the N8 generally is wonderful, I think Maps and the browser are letting it down. Maps simply because it doesn’t have pinch zoom, which is a bit lame really (and I also don’t like Maps anyway because it doesn’t allow you to zoom and pan on your whole route). Also Rafe says the Maps performance is much better than earlier devices when he’s panning and zooming it. I’d completely disagree – it looks exactly the same speed as Maps on my 5800 and N82, so it looks like Maps has just been stuck on the N8 with no improvement at all.

    Secondly the browser again looks like it has just been stuck straight on the N8 with pinch zoom added. I’d say it needs some real performance improvements to get it up to iPhone standard, it’s not terribly impressive. Once again I can see myself loading Opera 10 Mobile onto a Nokia device to replace the not up to scratch built in browser.

    Otherwise the N8 is excellent all round.

  2. ddjdj
    June 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    agree with the forst comment here

    web browser is one of the features that people use most of the time, nokia just add multitouch to thw old web browser

    can some of the toolbar icons be made smaller in size to save the precious screen real estate?

    Can nokia change the graphics look sof the symbian? It is from the 80s design. Why dumb people buy it if it looks not attractive?

    Apple still win in design department, their designer are so great that i have no complaint about their professionals

  3. Jim
    June 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    fix the browser
    improve the maps
    change the icons and font (the font needs changed it’s a must)
    fix the small lags and the touch response

    and we might have a win

  4. pff
    June 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    These icons are still awful. Please Nokia change them. I know there are themes but when you’re in a store the first impression is very important. With this actual icons you feel go back to the 80’s! :vomit”

    I hope they’ll improve the web browser and delete this studid side bar…

  5. Andre
    June 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    They might have B!tc#ed up the browser and maps by not changing them at all. And the lack of quicker transitions of transition animations could come back to hurt how the phone is perceived

  6. jwf1990
    June 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Yeah the browser is awful i don’t think the icons are bad though maybe the main menu needs a background picture instead of the black

    • Andre
      June 15, 2010 at 11:24 pm

      It’s the theme they’re using, asinine themes and transitions practically non-existent.

      I’m hoping that the browser gets a massive overhaul. If not then its practically the same one as is in the N97 if i remember correctly. Version 7.2 is the one its running me thinks

  7. chfyfx
    June 16, 2010 at 5:30 am

    I am so getting this device. The most powerful multimedia phone ever… so good.

    Regarding the browser, i actually think it is good enough as long as there is not too much crap/flash on the page. Even a laptop could choke. It will improve given Nokia’s support, and it is good enough by now.
    Map is not as nice as google of course, but I can live with it. It’s got free nav, and I do not look at the map all the time.

    Nokia, release it, waiting sucks!

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