Archive for October 12, 2010

How to: Hard reset your Nokia N8

October 12, 2010 56 comments

If you’re unfortunate enough to encounter a problem on your Nokia N8, a hard reset maybe what you need to do. This wipes the entire phone memory and settings fresh to how it was (or should be) when you bought it. It’s also useful if you’re also unfortunate enough to have to send away your Nokia N8 for repair or exchange, or maybe in future  you maybe selling it and don’t want your information/details/media stored onto your device for someone else to access.

Hopefully unlike the N97, the N8 will not encounter hard-reset bugs where we constantly have to hard reset.

To hard reset the Nokia N8:

1) Turn off your phone

2) Hold “Volume Down + Camera Key + Menu Key” and press power button until your phone vibrates.

3) Wait until screen show properly… and welcome back!!

Comment from Sittiphol

Please note that I found these problems after doing full format:

1. I lost Ovi Maps. However, you could reinstall it by download it here

2. I also lost Ovi Store 2.0 and I can’t reinstall it since it always show “Unable to install”.

So please DON’T do full format if not neccessary or actually I must say that DO IT ONLY AS YOUR LAST CHOICE.

Forum Nokia via AAS

I have not tried this out myself and hope I’d never need to except for the curiosity maybe in a couple of weeks time to see how it functions. I hope to not be an expert of the S60 5th hard reset like the N97 had made me. Grrr.

Gallery: Nokia N8 versus Fuji Finepix F30 (and Motorola Zn5)

October 12, 2010 9 comments

When everyone else was doing 10MP, Fuji were one of the few companies that forcibly stuck to the lower megapixel ranges in an attempt to make the best use out of each and every pixel. Their early finepix models were spectacular, particularly in low light, with low noise in high ISO in comparison to their competitors who sought to attract the naive public with the megapixel race. This is a touch like Nokia with the N86 8MP. They only moved up when they were ready for it, and boy have they shown folks that they’re ready.

The 6.3MP Fuji still seems to pack a lot more punches than other cameras the N8 has out performed. The N8 though is able to hold its own. This is again from vnvas at



The Gallery below also includes some shots by the Motorola Zn5

vnvas at

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Gallery: Nokia N8 versus Sony Ericsson Satio versus Samsung Pixon 12 (Battle of the 12MP cam phones)

October 12, 2010 6 comments

GSM Arena has already performed a shootout (blind one in fact in an attempt to reduce bias) of the Nokia N8 against the Samsung Pixon 12. Which as we know, comfortably won, beating out even the dedicated digital camera, the Sony HX5. They said that they didn’t bother with the Sony Ericsson Satio for two reasons – first the Pixon in previous sets has already beaten the Sony Ericsson Satio and secondly, the lack of wide angle in the Satio would make it more obvious.

This comparison of the 12MP shooters, N8, Pixon 12 and Satio comes via vnvas  from

Nokia N8 followed by Pixon 12 and finally the Satio.

There’s a repetitive washed out effect from the Satio compared to the N8 and Pixon 12.



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Gallery: Nokia N8 versus Samsung Galaxy S shootout.

October 12, 2010 5 comments

Axel from compares his Nokia N8 with his Samsung Galaxy S (GT i9000). The difference is most astonishing, especially in low light the N8 shows that this is not merely any old camera phone. Look how much that bigger sensor helps the N8 capture photos in low light conditions (non flash assisted as flash would be ineffective at these distances)

Axel notes time and time again the colour accuracy of the N8 (always the first pic in this post) compared to the Galaxy S. Checking out flickr it seems clear that there’s an odd “I’m a 1970s polaroid” filter on the Samsung.

Again the more natural colours of the N8, these colourful peppers, tomatoes and leafy green veg come alive. I’d be interested to see how much iPhone 4 warps such a colourful photo with its oversaturation filter that everyone seems to love so much.Out of interest, here’s a “shopped” one created with an altered saturation filter that mimmicked iPhone 4 in a previous post. This may be highly inaccurate.


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Gallery: Quick 5MP Sample images from the Nokia X3-02 – excellent in good lighting…

October 12, 2010 8 comments

The Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type has a fixed focus 5mp camera (no flash). I haven’t had a chance to properly test out the camera – these shots were mostly taken on the move (hence I’ve added to the blurring).

  • Pictures are captured with the camera button on the touch screen.
  • The camera takes photos very quickly. It then takes 1-2 seconds to process the photo and then you press back to take the next photo
  • Camera sound can be disabled
  • Digital zoom is smooth though not recommended to use.
  • Photos are taken in portrait. There is no autorotate if photos taken in landscape.
  • No autofocus means no macro.
  • In good lighting, the photos come out very nicely
  • In poor lighting, photos will suffer in quality
  • Video is not so hot. But I haven’t used this enough in different settings. To be fair, same thing with the camera.
  • Photo viewing on the device is surprisingly good – more on this in another post but for quicky: Excellent photo organization, thumbnails/swiping/date/album, great photo editor with many features and zoom within photo is very smooth.

This is the X3 in extreme low light.

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