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N8’s losing color?

While this in no way a widespread case or something we’ve heard reported or rumored in multiple news sources, but we’ve had a tip come in with pretty damning news. While we can’t claim the validity and/or whether this device was abused in any way but the picture above shows the N8 in a pretty bad state.  According to Nokia, the anodized aluminium case is supposed to pretty resistant to scratches while still maintaining it’s color. Given the scratch tests we’ve seen to somewhat support this claim, we’re wondering whether this came from a bad batch of N8’s or if he’s just one unlucky owner.


Tell us about your experiences below.




Thanks Rant.



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  1. thewiseman
    October 17, 2010 at 11:10 am

    is the photo taken with a GAYPHONE/IDIOTPHONE ..its so blurry…….does anybody know….???? ..im looking at you Vlad S…. EndgadgetGay….

  2. alex68
    October 17, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Just came home in Espoo from Tampere. Last night I told I played with an old N8 prototype that has 2 keys for making a call and rejecting a call, respectively. That hardware was somewhat faulty ie. the color of picture is rather blueish (the firmware is R&D version, later than release). I accidentally removed the whole aluminium piece of unlock/lock slider. I saw the inside piece of slider is plastic and the whole piece is PURE green color.

    According to the damage story, there is absolutely no way to get that kind of concentrated scratches like that. In addition, so far no second case of this kind of color losing was reported from Finland, China and Russia to which the N8 has been ACTUALLY released for 2 weekly only. I do NOT believe it was an abuse damage either as the phone is not cheap unless the phone owner is so crazy to use some chemicals against his expensive purchase.

    Therefore, my conclusion is this is a PSed picture (10000% sure) by some idiot who should go to shell!

    • alex68
      October 17, 2010 at 8:32 pm

      BTW, people should not need to worry so much about the lock/unlock slider piece because of my experience with a VERY early phase prototype. The part of my phone is really strong and I don’t have any problem with it at all. Besides to unlock the phone, you can also use menu button and power button (I mentioned before there were three ways to unlock). You just press a bit with a finger tip, in stead of a finger, the job will be done.

    • alex68
      October 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      go to HELL

    • Don
      October 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm

      Not to sway in any direction or the other, but if you look at the tapered edges around the zoom/volume and camera buttons, you can clearly see clear aluminium, with the (in my case orange) only at the very top outside layer of the body.

      It is anodized aluminium yes, but the anodized layer does not go very deep. I’ve also ready the original source, and it’s a quite reputable dutch blog, with many commenters incl the usual from Nokia.

      Now it is definitely not typical damage, and I’m really curious what this person carries in his pockets with the phone, but if you scratch the N8 hard enough with a metal that is stronger than aluminium, and you get it to chip or scratch deeply, you’re going to see a clear silver color, not orange/blue/whatever.

      But I agree with you there’s no specific reason for concern. If that phone were made of plastic, it’d now have a hole in it instead.

      • alex68
        October 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm

        Actually I meant the whole aluminium piece of lock/unlock slider (of N8) is PURE green color and you don’t see the original silver color of aluminium if the scratch is very deep.

        The N8 prototype is green and E7 is grey. There are certainly scratches in the surfaces but I don’t think/remember I see any silver scratches. I think I also checked the removed piece very carefully and did not see original silver color of aluminium.

        Of course, I should have done some tests but unfortunately I forgot to ask about it. I might be wrong too.

        Anyway in my opinion this is a very rare case and only the picture owner knows the truth!

  3. naya
    October 17, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    all nokia phone are made in china.
    i dont why nokia change the factory to there
    ”’nokia is go back on the mobil list company

    • Stylinred
      October 17, 2010 at 11:43 pm

      no they arent

    • alex68
      October 18, 2010 at 8:09 am

      No, Nokia has two factories in Europe, one in Salo, Finland, and another one in Romania. They have also built a factory in South America, but I don’t remember the country name. American factory is not in production yet, but will be next year.

      • Diego
        November 2, 2010 at 9:14 am


  4. Alfio
    October 18, 2010 at 8:53 am

    The nokia n8 is going to be very popular…the fear produces that!!

  5. MontyN95
    October 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm
  6. ankan
    October 22, 2010 at 6:57 am

    I have a n8 for one wk only. Actually Im thinking about its colour longivity. But Im experienced that the upper and lower part of n8 can go to be readily scratched because they are of plastics. The camera lens has no protector. So the lens may be scratched easily. Plz write your opinion.

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