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Video: 9 minute hands on with the Nokia N8 – hmmm…

Here’s yet another Nokia N8 video hands on during Nokia Connections in Singapore by mobiqueee. This probably isn’t something I should highlight (as a Nokia fan blog) but this video shows some stability problems that we haven’t yet seen on all the other video hands on posts we’ve talked about (and will hopefully NOT be there in retail N8).

It may be worth also pointing out the N8 is still 7 weeks away release and is still undergoing tweaks (with most likely the demo handsets not having the latest firmware for that day) and reiterate that we haven’t seen this error in other demoes.

  • At 00:40 mark we get a low memory error when trying to open a video! (6 apps open…we’ve seen it handle 15 on earlier firmware – though not doing similar tasks). This was with the first (blue) handset. They later switch to a black one
  • Social networking app that integrates both your facebook and twitter feeds looking clunky (and not a fan of that keyboard which is similar to Maemo 5 PR1.2 maybe it’ll take time adjusting to it)
  • At 6:30 the black N8 crashes when going to video mode. And again until they close all other apps  -_- This is not a RAM issue I don’t think as I used to get this on previous Nokia devices even without other open apps.



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  1. Mark
    June 18, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Yeah, that looks a lot worse than the other vids. Are these devices not running the same sw?

    • June 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

      That is a possibility and hopefully that is the reason.

  2. pff
    June 18, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I would like to know if you fill all the 16Go if the n8 is still faster. I have a lot of music and would like to have them with me but no damage on performances

  3. Roger Johnson
    June 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I think it’s a great idea to release this vid. It shows all the whingers why Nokia are absolutely right not to release the phone yet. Having said that, on the basis of all the other vids we’ve seen that show N8 working perfectly, it’s highly likely that this is an earlier software version. Incidentally, Nokia were also right to announce the N8, and give wide previews of it, now, before people lock themselves into 2 year iPhone 4 contracts and then regret it. A win on all counts! 🙂

  4. GordonH
    June 18, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Maybe it’s not the ram but the internal memory thats full.
    My friends N95 8gb(he’s still using it) had the low memory problem. After a few weeks, I realized that s60 browsers(includes Skyfire & Opera) does not clear cache properly from the browser itself. I had to install YBrowser and went to c:\cache\ and deleted all the files.
    Guess how much memory we recovered… 50 megs free from internal memory.

  5. John Wiegand-forson
    June 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Definitely the worst demo I have seen of the device, which is pretty goo as I have seen a lot of good once. I think its a early version of the software.

    BTW what is Nokia’s obsession of showing off the n8 in Landscape mode ?

    • Doug
      June 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm

      They feel as if it’s easier to show you what’s going on when the handset is in landscape orientation.

  6. jb8967
    June 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    This is all about execution. The Nokia sales force has its freaking head up its collective a$$. Amateur hour with the PR people…what exactly are they trying to sell here, a screw up. Nokia management should have a simple process to ensure the latest working firmware is running consistently as of a certain data/time on all demo handsets. Period. As well, to ensure the PR people are well trained on demonstrating product without highlighting weaknesses which will already be addressed in the firmware before release. Duh. Watching two N8’s crash on a Youtube clip after the stock dropped another 10% is one more reason to drop OPK.

    OPK, time to go…and I do not mean MEEGO…I mean U-GO.

  7. Doug
    June 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    The Communities client shown is the exact same clunky one used for S^1 and S60. It’s a mess. Is it really that difficult for Nokia to give us a nice smooth experience like on the iPhone and Android?

    Regarding that memory error, which us N97 owners know all too well. Come to think of it, I’ve gotten hit with that on every Symbian Nokia I’ve ever owned… I hope its just a memory leak that can be patched up, and not an indication that the phone could have used 512MB of RAM, which I feel it should have regardless, given the applications of today, and the way users push their phones.

    One of the biggest S^3 disappointments, besides the lack of keyboard options, is the poor use of screen real estate in the camera UI. I really expected them to put some more options on the left side of the screen and move the zoom bar to the top.

  8. Greg Zeng
    August 17, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Surprized that seems no-one knows of the previous top-lone Nokia: X6. Bidding now on eBay. Seems much cheaper. Ovi store has few s-w & what is available costs $$.

    Retired (medical) IT Consultant,
    Australian Capital Territory

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