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Video: Nokia N8 USB On The Go tests – E72, N900, portable hard drive, powered external hard drive and DivX AVI playback

In the video below, you’ll see the Nokia N8 connecting to a load of different devices, acting as a USB host and accessing the files on the respective devices.

From E72, N900 to powered external hard drives and portable (non powered) external hard drives. It’s awesome to see it connecting with the portable hard drives as this means you can quickly access and store on the go without ever having to find a power source/connect to a PC.

This would be great, say, on holiday if you’ve taken quite a bit of photos not only to back up your photos, but to empty out the memory.

You’ll also see the N8 playing back a 720p DivX clip. Now this means you can have your whole DivX AVI library (on portable hard drive) and play it back through the N8 via HDMI.

[The music on this video is made by RAY Music – Song “Waiting”]

List of devices used in this video:
-Samsung HD 1.5 TB (1 Terabyte=1000Gb)
-USB Hard drive Drive (Standard Case – 16 GB SSD inside)
-USB Stick
-Nokia E72
-Nokia N900

List of  filetypes used in this video:
-Pictures (JPG)
-Mp3 Songs
-Mkv (Lost, 624×352)
-Divx HD 720p (Big Buck Bunny, Surround Audio 5.1)
-MP4 (Mountain Video, 848×480, Filmed with N900)

Via : maemoschweiz from maemo.ch


  1. mk
    July 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    what is “OSB OTG”?

  2. Yougo
    July 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Typo

  3. July 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    don’t know if you noticed, but when he connected the N900, it did actually show both the Mass Memory and the Memory Card from the device which makes me think that you *might* be able to connect a USB hub and have multiple devices connected together!

  4. peter
    July 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    do we knox the data speed transfer of this? it should be very interesting. if it’s slow it’s not very interesting.

    • July 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm

      it doesn’t look slow, it was whizzing round the folders and playing videos off it, so should be quick

  5. Niraj
    July 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    OMG 1.5 TB?? I was thinking It’s impossible for a phone, but N8 is showing nothing impossible.. Its the power of Symbian^3.

  6. N#O#R#U#L#E#S
    July 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    DIVX HD 720P PLAYS AWESOME!!!! AND SOUND TOO!!! 😀

    we need to give another chance to symbian

    but i need a qwerty so i’ll wait for N8-01 (OR IS IT E7?!)

    • Roger Johnson
      July 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm

      Some of us never stopped giving Symbian a chance mate 🙂 It’s always been by FAR the best mobile OS out there. Just needed a bit of polish, which Symbian^3 has given it. Show me an iPhone or Android with this sort of power and flexibility.

      Also note HD DivX with Dolby Surround had perfect video rendering and perfect audio! The N8’s GPU makes it the most powerful on the market along with the iPhone 4 (which is slightly better at some graphics operations and worse at others).

      • anuj
        July 18, 2010 at 6:09 am

        uhhh its 700mhz CPU and iphone has 1 ghz even most android and yes a guy homebrewed USB OTG on android, so much for open source right?

        • Brendan
          July 18, 2010 at 7:50 pm

          Actually, the iPhone 4 does not have a 1Ghz CPU. It is the same as the iPad, but underclocked to 800 Mhz. Still a 120 Mhz or so faster, but are you really going to obsess over that? Would you be thinking twice about a netbook purchase if it had a 1.5 Ghz Atom instead of instead of a 1.6 (assuming some other advantage, like a larger hard-drive)? I’d rather have a vastly superior camera and full HDMI output than 120 Mhz.

        • Roger Johnson
          July 18, 2010 at 11:43 pm

          anuj – if you read, I said “GPU” not “CPU”. Completely different chip. And I’m correct by the way. And yes, I’m going to bore you by saying as many have said (correctly) before me that Android and iPhone OSes are nowhere near as well engineered as Symbian and therefore you can achieve similar performance on lesser hardware (and thus make your phone much better value for money that the competition as Nokia have). And I think I can say this with authority given I’ve been a professional mobile software developer for some years with my own company, and have written professional studies of the iPhone and Android SDKs.

          SYMBIAN. IS. THE. BEST. MOBILE. OS. ON. THE. PLANET. I know this for a fact – it’s not an opinion.

  7. Hary
    July 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    It seems that the scrolling is little slow, not smooth in this video atleast when accessing other phone/drive’s files.

    • Roger Johnson
      July 18, 2010 at 11:24 am

      Desperate attempt by an iFanboy to find something – anything – wrong with N8. Sorry mate, no slow scrolling. Have you had your eyes checked?

  8. July 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    s3 trying to say something great have to wait

  9. Roger Johnson
    July 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    What I want to see is:

    1.) Hi res app output capability, not limited to the N8’s phone UI res. So i.e. using what Nokia call ‘Native Mode’ for more than just graphics and video.

    2.) Upgradeability to S^4 announced at N8 release (noting that this actually does not matter for most ordinary consumers).

    3.) Nokia to properly market all the great features of the N8 which WE all know about but then I see the network ads for T-Mobile and Vodafone and all they says is ‘Touchscreen, 12MP Camera, App store’. What about all the other amazing stuff!? How about ‘Best camera on the market by far!’ for starters 🙂

  10. Duncan
    July 17, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    A “USB Hard drive Drive (Standard Case – 16 GB SSD inside)” is not what I would call a cost effective portable hard drive. I want to see a 250gb or 320gb 2.5″ portable hard drive. I doubt that the N8 could power this device though.

  11. Juan
    July 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Duncan :A “USB Hard drive Drive (Standard Case – 16 GB SSD inside)” is not what I would call a cost effective portable hard drive. I want to see a 250gb or 320gb 2.5″ portable hard drive. I doubt that the N8 could power this device though.

    Duncan, there are PCs that could not power those drives…Is a phone man, with a phone related energy power source…

    • anuj
      July 18, 2010 at 7:37 am

      brush up ur comps skills….

  12. Dave
    July 17, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Shame all this will be wasted on the mass market since most wont even know it can do this and Nokia wont do anything about properly informing people, not just internet geeks, about it.

    Also with all the negativity towards symbian even being voiced by sales reps (as i heard yesterday in a phones4u store)to potential customers of nokia phones, the N8 is already dead before its born.

    Its sad, but not even our enthusiasm can save this round of Nokia superphone releases. Unless the gurantee an upgrade to S^4 on the N8, then even I am hesistant to put any cash towards it. I’ll make do with the equaly amazing N900 that has been abandoned by Nokia.

  13. July 17, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Dave :

    Shame all this will be wasted on the mass market since most wont even know it can do this and Nokia wont do anything about properly informing people, not just internet geeks, about it.

    Also with all the negativity towards symbian even being voiced by sales reps (as i heard yesterday in a phones4u store)to potential customers of nokia phones, the N8 is already dead before its born.

    Its sad, but not even our enthusiasm can save this round of Nokia superphone releases. Unless the gurantee an upgrade to S^4 on the N8, then even I am hesistant to put any cash towards it. I’ll make do with the equaly amazing N900 that has been abandoned by Nokia.

    Apologies to any phone reps out there, but the majority of them are the most retarded and ignorant people who come into contact with mobile phones. To be fair, it’s not their fault. They’re just stuck there because they need to pay bills – they generally aren’t aware of upcoming handsets or the history of the mobile industry. They don’t need to know. They just have to know how to get people to part with their cash, what plans to sell and which handset that sucker, er customer, will fall for. It’s unfortunate that the ignorant will advise the ignorant, but that’s what happens in these stores.

    The N8 will be successful and gain its target audience. Those more discerning may not find the N8 that attractive a proposition (What with it still not being available and the myriad of doubts in the strength of the over all UX).

  14. Duncan
    July 18, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Juan :

    Duncan :A “USB Hard drive Drive (Standard Case – 16 GB SSD inside)” is not what I would call a cost effective portable hard drive. I want to see a 250gb or 320gb 2.5″ portable hard drive. I doubt that the N8 could power this device though.

    Duncan, there are PCs that could not power those drives…Is a phone man, with a phone related energy power source…

    If you visit this site you will find drives that require less than 450 mA. I know that most usb sticks only require less than 90 mA, but it is still something to think about. Btw, does anyone know the specs on the n8’s usb connector? http://www.everythingusb.com/seagate-freeagent-goflex-ultra-portable-drive-19453.html

  15. Yougo
    July 18, 2010 at 3:48 am

    I saw a nokia sale representer playing with her iphone in the shop. 😦 how can she convience people to buy nokia?

    • Roger Johnson
      July 18, 2010 at 11:23 am

      What – so all Ferrari sales people are only allowed to drive Ferrari? All people selling new properties on a posh new estate are only allowed to live in one of the show homes? All travel agents are only allowed to sell holidays to destinations that they personally and individually have been to and liked? All checkout assistants in the supermarket are only allowed to sell you food that they have tried and liked?

      Ridiculous eh? Yes. It is.

  16. illiad
    July 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    anuj: yeah lovely for those that find it easy to hack android, linux, etc, etc…. BUT ‘normal people’ want a phone that has good support, uses simple ways to do things… if you love android etc, go get another phone!!(or find those that have hacked android on to it..:P)

    Um, PC’s are *designed* to power ‘those drives’.. It just needs an up-to-date m/b and PSU… and even if the phone CAN use those drives, do you REALLY want to carry around a ‘brick size & weight’ phone, with a battery that would power it for more than a day?????

  17. illiad
    July 18, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    .. and do note, the ‘clueless’ are taking over.. 😛 phone shops love them, for paying big money for big contracts, big fancy phones that look good, its not about the ability, it is like wearing a Cartier watch, to say you are ‘better’…

    and I bet apple pays BIG commission on their phones, main reason they are pushed.. Nokia has such a large range, and big reputation, they sell themselves…

  18. October 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    In your opinion(s)… Will the ESeries (E72 specifically) eventually be USB-OTG compatible? IF so how would this be possible; firmware/software upgrade(s)?

  19. Anunay
    October 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Well i have been trying to connect my hard disk to the device but it just doesn’t connect. Any reasons?

    and i have tried connecting card readers to my n8. A few of them actually work. But my main concern’s the HDDs, I have 5 of them none is connecting to the device. SOS.

  20. Anunay
    October 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Duncan :

    Juan :

    Duncan :A “USB Hard drive Drive (Standard Case – 16 GB SSD inside)” is not what I would call a cost effective portable hard drive. I want to see a 250gb or 320gb 2.5″ portable hard drive. I doubt that the N8 could power this device though.

    Duncan, there are PCs that could not power those drives…Is a phone man, with a phone related energy power source…

    If you visit this site you will find drives that require less than 450 mA. I know that most usb sticks only require less than 90 mA, but it is still something to think about. Btw, does anyone know the specs on the n8′s usb connector? http://www.everythingusb.com/seagate-freeagent-goflex-ultra-portable-drive-19453.html

    N8 can support devices up to 200mA.

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