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Video: Nokia N8 Black Hands on – fast, lag free, transitions (and instant GPS lock!)

In this Nokia N8 hands on by technoportalua you’ll see Symbian^3 looking much better than ever:

  • Very fast, lag free.
  • At 0:50 you’ll notice this guy has three hands :p
  • Transitions:
    • between opening applications
    • opening menu
    • within music player (side sliding)
    • within gallery (side sliding)
    • going back/exiting
    • bringing up menu buttons in  gallery (some sort of ripple effect)
    • PLEASE CAN WE HAVE PROPER ROTATE TRANSITION where you can see the screen physically turning (if we can’t just give us super fast rotate. Any other transition looks bad. Fade in fade out makes it look laggy)
  • Pinch and zoom in photos very smooth
  • Gallery browsing pretty quick
  • Silky smooth music player (in yesterday’s video with Michael Hell, he’s got a bucket load of music tracks/albums and cover flow is just as smooth – if not nicer as you can see letter grouping!)
  • The only thing that takes time to load is maps (5 seconds) – but Notice the instant GPS lock!

I think it’s looking pretty good. And still about 8 weeks of polishing to go!

(Note: Animated wallpaper not shown in this demo but can be seen in tnkgrl’s video demo.)

via technoportalua


  1. pff
    June 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    fast??? really?? I don’t think!
    When he browse the Contacts the number’s phone does’nt appear directly. there is a gap between the scroll and the display (0″45)

    The accelerometer (in Photos) doesn’t work very well. (1″35)

    This video is not impressing, on the contrary…

    • Roger Johnson
      June 17, 2010 at 4:08 pm

      Hello Android/iPhone owner 🙂 – nice to have you here. Sorry you’re feeling a bit insecure about how good the N8 is, it really is a threat to iPhone and Android isn’t it?

      Hope you can overcome your strange feelings, sell your current phone, and buy an N8. You’ll be much happier, honestly 🙂

    • June 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      At pff

      The accelerometer in the photos “doesn’t work” because he had zoomed to a certain point.

      You can only rotate photos when they are in scrollable mode. This would be annoying if your photos kept rotating once you had zoomed in as your photos would keep turning.

      You can see photo rotating in other videos. Clearly the demonstrator is only just new to the N8 as they were trying to pinchzoom the maps

  2. pff
    June 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Hello Guy,

    I was a Nokia fan but today, like you said, I have a Desire but also a N97, N900, N97 mini 😀
    I’ve never mentionned Android/iPhone in my post. I don’t expect anything about this phone until they change my perception of it wich means: change the UI…

  3. evan
    June 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    yup…..Nokia FTW (if they really get this right =D)

  4. rudeboi
    June 17, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    It appears to me that theres definely more tweaking that needs to be done. Honestly all the gripping about the phone performance is quite silly and can anyone tell me of a cellphone company that gives you all these looks at the device before it’s finish? Apple doesn’t do it nor does HTC and I bet they had just as much bugs as this phone has before being completed. At least Nokia gives the consumer a chance to see what’s coming from their company and not all hush hush about it.

    • jb8967
      June 18, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      Yes, Nokia prefers showing a device early, with all the bugs, because it’s happy with a market capitalization that is running dangerously close to the size of Apple’s checking account. Nokia may have a marketing boss who has more stock in APPL than NOK! It’s the only logical conclusion, other than pure incompetence. Great device…really…well done. Try not to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, you only have a chance or two left before the fan base completely jumps ship.

  5. David
    June 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Hi All,
    Just thought Id like to point these parts out from the video.
    Some of which I noted.

    @ 0:14 – Play button on the home screen would require a 2nd tap, due to 1st tap not working “moves onto contacts widget”

    @ 0:46 – It will take new Nokia users a few attempts to get used to the way the kinetic scrolling works (hence his friend showing him how)

    @ 1:32 – The Symbian interface only rotates landscape “one way” Please Nokia make this both ways as this model doesn’t have a keyboard – so no need for 1 way only

    @ 2:22 – Double press required to go back to the menu

    @ 2:28 – Album art starts on 2nd artwork “due to music player being open and maybe there already on that from leaving app open”

    @ 3:19 – Maps takes a while to load – altho GPS singnal found quick 3.5g in use (A-GPS)

    @ 3:32 – He tries to pinch and zoom in maps – why not enable this on the n8 if the photo gallery has this option? (different departments @ Nokia?)

    @ 4:44 Double press for back?

    Let me know your thoughts… Symbian 3 doesnt seem too much different to S60 5th Ed

    • June 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm

      I agree about landscape mode on both sides.

      I think with the browser it actually does rotate on both sides. I’m not sure if perhaps it will require to delve into settings (certain things are stupidly not active by default)

      About the double pressing back to go into menu – that’s because they were in a menu hierarchy, and you needed to press back to go to main app view and then exit.

      You can always just press the menu button.

    • Cod3rror
      June 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      Frankly, nothing impressive, it is not smooth, lags in many places and overall there really is no “wow” effect.

      And landscape still rotates to one side only? Nokia….. 2010, Nokia….

      • Roger Johnson
        June 17, 2010 at 11:51 pm

        Oh dear, ANOTHER Android or iPhone owner who’s realising Nokia have something amazing in the N8. Sorry fella, Nokia’s about to bite back 🙂

        • Cod3rror
          June 18, 2010 at 1:31 am

          I didn’t mention being an iPhone or an Android owner, and I am not, but it’s funny that you automatically associate high quality with the iPhone and Android.

          N8 is Nokia’s carrot to dangle in front of people in a hope to retain some interest till they release Symbian^4 and Meego.

  6. Doug
    June 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    They’re gonnna have to work on the accelerometer sensitivity, and what is up with all these people constantly turning the phone the wrong way to get it to switch from portrait to landscape orientation?? Are they all that used to the iPhone?

    Capacitive screen sensitivity also needs to be addressed. Looked like he was having a difficult time scrolling.

    Noah from Phone Dog was able to use multitouch in Ovi Maps, with the phone in portrait orientation. This individual tried it and it didn’t work in landscape. Wonder what’s going on there.

    • Cod3rror
      June 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm

      Noah could not use multitouch, look at his video again.

      The guys in this video said the retail device would support multitouch in maps.

    • jb8967
      June 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm

      The reason why people testing the N8 on video are constantly rotating the phone in the wrong direction (to get it to switch to landscape) is because the PR people have their respective heads in a very personal location where there is no light. When Steve Jobs lost his wifi during the WWDC, he made a disarming joke then quickly adapted his presentation to keep his audience hanging on his every word. Every amateurish video I have seen of the N8, and there are way too many, is filled with PR folks who go into bi-stable overload when there’s a glitch. The sad part is they all seem to be trained to demonstrate the glitches, not the phones strengths. The software is not ready for release…so accentuate the positives, not the negatives. OPK could’t drag a starving man to a BBQ…neither can his marketing team.

  7. Mark G
    June 17, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    haha the third hand surprised me as well

  8. GordonH
    June 18, 2010 at 3:29 am

    N8 is now a lag free device :-). Everything looks great for the upcoming symbian flagship.
    I somehow hoped for a great portrait QWERTY. A better contact scrolling should have been implemented, like first alphabets visibility on the scroll bar.

  9. Laghater
    November 9, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Its not lag free.. it could have been. But sadly its not.

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