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Mega Gallery: Happy Halloween with the Nokia N8! Incredible Extreme Low Light performance for Nights Out!

October 31, 2010 19 comments

Happy Halloween folks! If you’re out and about tonight, perhaps in costume, you’ll certainly be wanting to save those memories. A phone won’t do right – you’ll have to bring your camera too.


One of the reasons the Nokia N82 has triumphed for so long is it’s undisputed performance in EXTREME low light – which is absolutely perfect for nights out. The last thing you want to worry about when you’ve had a few is your phone AND a camera (as well as your wallet/keys/cards/cash). Having one less thing to worry about is essential.

How does the new blood fare?Well whether in a pub, club (or in a London Film Premiere :p) the N8 does a bang up job and takes up the N82’s challenge successfully.


The Awesome:

  • Passes extreme low light tests with flying colours. Literally. Amply lights up people in the dark with the xenon flash without washing them out (too much). Colours do look better on N8 vs N82. Less washed out (w’ell, we’ll upload the comparisons we did a while back

  • Freezes any action. Your LED enabled camera phone may be able to light up a scene half as good as xenon, but it will inevitably suffer from movement blur. That’s not good because people – they are prone to moving. What also really helps is the very fast autofocus and very fast shutter upon pressing the camera shutter button. This is often taken for granted but my Samsung WB600 would wait a second after pressing. It doesn’t matter that the flash can freeze if the action is already over.

Pillow Fight. Frozenby N8

Pillow in the Air and Nokia N8 captures it.

Moving Foreground freeze with nice background blur.

Falling on the Na'Vi

  • Great for night portraits: Note- a lot of folk are wearing facepaint, and most of the girls in general not in face paint are wearing make up/foundation which shows up a little differently under flash than bare skin – e.g. check out arm/neck. (Hence why the faces of the guys look more natural)

  • Awesome for group shots

Same 9MP 16:9 in 12MP 4:3

  • The N8 was NOT fully charged yet managed to take well over 300 photos ALL WITH FLASH, 8 mins of video, 20 mins calls, 30 mins text and somehow report only 1 bar missing from 8pm to 3am. This maybe incorrect battery life reporting, but if so the N8 would not have lasted until 7pm the next day. (It got to about 4 bars by 9am – killing all background processes severely helped – and the N8 didn’t die. Once on 1 bar it went back on charge)
  • Note: N8 was on full brightness in normal mode. You could possibly extend the N8 battery life by pressing power button once and selecting “Activate power saving”. This will push your N8 to 2G, reduce screen brightness amongst other things..
  • The 3.5″ AMOLED screen makes a perfect view finder. Excellent viewing angle means you can still see your subject even if you place the cam at awkward angles.
  • Simple enough operation for other people to use. Other folk just assume it’s a camera.
  • not N8 specific feature – but the camera strap hole/strap is positioned at the right place for right handed folk – (not so with N900). Makes it easy to protect your N8 from dropping.

The not so good.

  • In Auto mode, suffers from MAJOR red eye. Helps on Halloween but possibly not any other night. There’s red eye reduction function but seriously – due to the annoying camera UI every time you restart the camera it forgets you set it on red eye. On the upside – I’d rather have red eye than shitty, blurry, dark LED lit photos. NOTE: In a pub (or elsewhere where it’s not virtually pitch black) red eye is less of a problem.

  • The uncovered camera glass means it will suffer greatly from smudging which will make focusing difficult if there’s crap on the camera glass. It also affects flash photos. You can just wipe it, but remembering is a task. Especially if someone else is taking your photos and aren’t aware of that problem.

I think this one was combined initial focus error and camera smudge. But I kinda like the effect.

Smudge and focus problem. Focus problem due to intoxication but smudge assists in not being able to autofocus as well as it could.

Focusing again - a little better but there's still smudgey stuff on the camera which I forgot to clean for this pic

All in all STELLAR job by the Nokia N8. Fantastic low light performance that surely would make N82 users proud. Full sized pics available in the gallery


Photos: New Nokia N8 sample pics

August 15, 2010 23 comments

Here’s seven Nokia N8 photo samples. Remember that this is taken with a N8 prototype, the quality may change until the N8 hits retail.

via : dsmobile on mobile-review forum

Incredible Gallery of Official Nokia N8 Sample Photos, 12MP, 4000×3000, untouched and loaded with AWESOME.

July 9, 2010 13 comments

Nokia Conversations has published a huge gallery of Nokia N8 Sample Photos – all untouched, with preproduction hardware/software. Note some photos are (if exif is right) taken as far back as April and May.

They look amazing! The symbolic essence of what N8 is trying to achieve was shown yesterday with the butterfly pic; uncompromising quality

And just in case anyone doubts whether users can achieve the same quality, well we’ve already seen some stunning shots by N8 (some arguably better than official pics!), now it seems the only limiting factor to a good picture is you. One of the bamboo shots is now my desktop wallpaper.

The gallery consists of some 12MP and 9MP images, with the usual auto-rotate for photos (some digital cameras don’t have this and it’s annoying).

[Thanks for the heads up mrbean!]

Picking up cobwebs


Nokia Conversations via Mark (mrbean)

Pics part 2: Beautiful shots from the Nokia N8 (Not full sized)

July 6, 2010 7 comments

Andre has just posted up some N8 full sized samples. In this post, you’ll see some absolutely stunning photos by the N8 (found the the same folks at Mobile-Review)

Note, they were uploaded to flickr by  chrisdmyk and they’re NOT at full resolution. Instead, cropped and killed to 1024x 575 from the 16:9 9MP photos (I’d love to see the full sized ones as the compression adds artefacts, preventing full judging of camera).

Start at this link and just click “Older”. The gallery below are the selection which ARE by the Nokia N8. There’s a mixture there which aren’t by N8. Note that they’re also geo-tagged so you can see where the photos were taken.

Head on over to the flickr Page!

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New Nokia C7! Leaked or Fake China Clone?

June 10, 2010 3 comments

What do you make of these pictures?

  • it a real leaked Nokia C7?
  • A China fake C7 (which would still be in the design of a real C7)
  • Or entirely made up china clone?

Daily Mobile says that it supports the following features.

  • OS-symbian^3
  • 8MP camera with dual led flash.
  • face detection
  • 3.5 Capacitive Touch screen
  • multi touch supported
  • stereo speakers

Is this design touch only? It looks for some reason like it should be a portrait slider like the Palm Pre.

From the front, it kinda looks like it should be a slider which immediately reminded me of this comment yesterday on a post about the Nokia C3:

Kinda helps remind people that the majority of the world can’t afford iPhone 4s, n900s, etc..

Speaking of qwerty, I was hoping nokia would do a portrait slider like the palm pre with the e72 keyboard, 3.5″ ts, all metal build the like current e series. Perhaps with symbian^4 in Q1/2 2011?

via Daily Mobile

It may likely be real given Eldar’s tweet. He doesn’t comment on non-existent clones. This is supposedly gonna be around 270EUR

Eldar has also later confirmed C7 is NOT fake after a mix up in saying N920 is fake.

So there you go, C7 above is real.

Categories: Cseries, Nokia Tags: , , , , ,

MyNokiaBlog Weekly Post Roundup (Ep 16) Have you heard of the new Nokia N8?

May 2, 2010 2 comments

Just wanted to say thanks for dropping by on, reading our posts, retweeting our stories and even finding our posts good enough to track back to (thanks also to our sources!). This week was our busiest week ever, in terms of posting and traffic with over 60,000 views. One of our posts 8 Reasons to Love the Nokia N8 got over 4000 views on its first day and helped reach a new personal best that day.

Apart from Llaadd’s awesome C2 finding and a couple of N900 videos, everything this week was all about the Nokia N8. Starting with the initial drama for dear Eldar (with another midweek Eldar blip), then the official launch and somewhat of a huge turn around in opinion (considering the disappointment from the leaks/and scathing “previews), with much excitement for Nokia’s newest Nseries.

Without further ado here are this week’s post in case you missed anything 🙂

  1. Eldar’s Review of N8 = DisappointmentApril 26, 2010
  2. New Device Leak: Nokia C2 (UPDATED: 01/05/2010)April 26, 2010
  3. Nokia N8 is now official!April 27, 2010
  4. Tons of Live hands on Video Collection of the Nokia N8!April 27, 2010
  5. VIDEO: Nokia N8 HD video sample! Step aside N86 on a plane – here’s the N8 !April 27, 2010
  6. MakeMyApp: Green Tracker! – Track and interact whilst going green environmentally friendly! @Nokia @Nseries @Symbian #n8makemyappApril 27, 2010
  7. First Impressions of the Nokia N8 by Symbian France – undeniably attractive hardwareApril 27, 2010
  8. Nokia Respond to Eldar’s Review of (pre-production) N8April 27, 2010
  9. MakeMyApp iDea 2: “App Brainstormer” – Submit your brilliant ideas anywhere, anytime. Comes with incentives ^_^April 28, 2010
  10. Black/Dark Grey Nokia N8 Most popular colour choice (so far)April 29, 2010
  11. Nokia N8 hands on (P)Review with lots of live photos!April 29, 2010
  12. 8 Reasons to Love the Nokia N8 April 29, 2010
  13. Video: Nokia N8 hand freestyler sneak peak guy – Max Vlassenko. April 30, 2010
  14. Video: Orange Nokia N8 Pinch and Zoom Multitouch WebBrowser (+live pics of orange N8 and HDMI adapter) April 30, 2010
  15. Photos: Black Nokia N8 Unboxing (and some Green Nokia N8) May 1, 2010
  16. Video: Virtual Reality 3D Head Tracking on the Nokia N900 (maybe Winscape soon too?) May 1, 2010
  17. Nokia N8 User Manual! May 2, 2010
  18. Pics: Removing the battery on the Nokia N8. May 2, 2010
  19. Pics: Nokia N8 Disassembly May 2, 2010
  20. Video: HD Video Sample of Nokia N8 real Digital Zoom (user Proto N8) May 2, 2010
  21. Video: Nokia N900 Transformers Advert May 2, 2010

Camera Samples: Nokia N900 16:9/3.5MP shots on a cloudy day.

November 28, 2009 2 comments

The N900 has a 5mp camera – 4:3 ratio at 2576×1936. It also takes widescreen 16:9 images at 2576×1488 (3.5MP). Below are some photos I took a couple of days ago on the way to one of my lectures. It was a pretty gloomy/cloudy/rainy day with some brief spots of sunshine.

16:9, 3.5MP

16:9 and 4:3 Comparison

Same photo, 4:3

Just for reference, in this occasion, the automatic white balance looked off on the N97, much cooler than the actual scene which looked more accurate with the N900.

I did have comparison sample with the N97 but I seem to have left that in my room at Cardiff to post it here (I hope so! Otherwise I’m gonna have to phone the insurance people). I can’t go get it as I’m 30 minutes away from London. [I knew I’d leave something important behind].

This means I’m going to be completely reliant on the N900 for music/photo/navigation which is going to be such a strain on the battery. My Proporta Charger is an absolute fail and isn’t charging anything (Apparently their warranty does not cover electrical products).

I do have a spare BP-4L but the N900 takes BL-5J which are completely different sizes.

Unboxing Extravaganza of The Nokia N900 – HD Video unboxing and huge unboxing gallery of Live Pics. Warning! Extremely image heavy.

November 25, 2009 12 comments

This morning WOMWorld kindly sent over the Nokia N900! Much excitement aside, I won’t be writing much in this post; I’ll leave the video and photos to speak for themselves.

Hopefully you’ll be on a broadband connection as there’s tons of live pics of the N900, the box contents as well as an unboxing video shot in HD.


P.S. All photos captured by the Nokia N82 (Digicam way too memory hungry and it’s so much more  convenient to bluetooth pics over to my pc).

Accessories Review: PDair Black Leather Case for the Nokia N97 (Flip Type)

August 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Today I received my Black  Nokia N97. Iit’s from mobilephonesdirect (ordered Monday) unlocked and unbranded ^_^.

It was free on a T-Mobile £35/m 18M contract with 700 minutes/unlimited text and apparently 3GB fair usage free internet (that’s what the T-Mob Rep said). I saw that I could have got more minutes from dialaphone except it’s Orange-locked/branded (i.e. slow/no firmware updates and stuck on orange). I was paying about £30 on sim-only so this was a pretty cheap deal for an unlocked/unbranded and decent tariff ‘flagship’ phone. No I’m not being paid to mention any of these sites.

Anyway, included with my N97 was a free (supposedly hand) made leather case, with additional belt clip. You can get these yourself from for 28USD (about 17GBP) or from for 19.53GBP.


  • Black DPair leather case with silvery/grey stitching
  • Belt clip attachments
  • Instructions


  • Good quality, soft leather case with silvery stitching
  • All areas of the N97 are immediately accessible (Except the back)
  • Protects the N97’s screen well – the flap bit is firm yet soft and smooth as not to scratch the screen. Held closed by the magnetic clip.
  • Holds the N97 firmly in place
  • You can use the N97 without having to remove the case, touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard
  • If you’re a belt-clip fan, you can connect a detachable one that’s really strong.
  • Makes it easier to set the N97 on it’s side (for taking group shots)

Cons –

  • Plastic that holds the N97 to the case makes all the keys of the keyboard flat making it more difficult to use.
  • Bulky – N97 goes from 17.2mm to about 25mm
  • Right side is not protected

Some pictures below:

case n972

case n97

It’s a nice case – not a major fan of these extremely formal looking cases myself. I’m sure there are many that are. I’d probably use it if it didn’t affect the keyboard. There are similar much cheaper (but maybe worse quality) flippy style cases on eBay where the N97 just clips into the case, but the keyboard is unaffected.

Not all Nokia N97s are made the same: More reasons to choose the Black Nokia N97

July 7, 2009 7 comments

If you’ve been following the Nokia N97 reviews, you will have noticed large contrasts in opinion about it. Whilst opinions on the software are understandably much more subjective, the physical hardware should be less so. Nevertheless, there are still comments about how the keyboard on the N97 has virtually no tactile feedback (e.g. BGR and more recently, Gizmodo) yet from the likes of Mobile-Review and Engadget, receive slight praises on the tactile response of the keys.


So why the mixed bag of reviews? Who’s right about the tactile feedback of the keyboard? Are some just overly harsh? Do others just have less expectations?

Perhaps the answer is that they are all right.

I’m not sure if it’s just an issue with the white Nokia N97 or the fact that it’s from WOMWorld to trial, but if I based my opinions on the keyboard on that particular N97 alone, I would have had to tell you that the feel is slightly disappointing. Some keys have good tacticle feedback, other keys it’s non existent. This makes it an issue when typing as you aren’t sure you’ve pressed certain keys (though after nearly two weeks I’ve gotten used to it).

However, playing around other Nokia N97s (a couple of black N97s from different stores), the keyboards felt entirely different:

  • The keys felt really nice to use. They all had great tactile feedback; you could feel the obvious bounce in the keys that sometimes doesn’t happen with my trial N97.
  • Also, the keyboard felt like it had a velvet/rubber coating, similar to the D-Pad,  whereas on the trial N97, the keys just have a smooth plastic finish. The former is preferable for me.
  • Finally, the slide mechanism. There were noticable differences here too – with the trial N97 having a slightly softer opening and closing, whereas another N97 felt slightly snappier.

I’m not sure if it’s an issue with the particular N97 I’m using, or if it’s an issue with the white N97s or if batches of N97s have differing built quality. Being either of the latter two would explain the contrasting opinions of major reviewers on the keyboard.

More reasons to choose the Black Nokia N97

(Apart from personal preference of aesthetics and possibly better keyboard…)

Some other issues I have encountered with the white N97 (which may not happen with the Black N97 or may be less noticable):

  • The D-pad is quick to absorb any stains. Mine’s turning slightly creamy yellow with a few dark ink stains.


  • Dust/dirt is getting trapped on the bezel. Whilst this would be an issue for the black N97 too, it would be less noticeable.


[Gunk remaining that the cloth couldn’t reach]

  • The white paint behind the rim of the N97s screen has started to peel, and scratches off extremely easily. At first I thought there was some dark dirt so I tried cleaning it, only to realise that I was inadvertently removing  the paint and exposing a darker surface.




  • It may just be my eyes, but the back of the N97 is turning slightly yellower too. And it’s also holding on to darker ink staining. It’s not because it’s white, it’s the materials used for the back. Any stains that happen on the face of the N97 are quickly wiped off and forgotten, but you’ll have to be a lot more careful with the back. I can’t get this to show in camera so no pics included.
  • This last point isn’t really an issue, I’m just being pedantic about build quality now. Note the two tone key lighting. On some keys, you can see where blue plastic has been inserted to separate the secondary key. Makes me wonder if it was a last minute fix of the ghastly orange keys we saw in Proto N97s. Again, not really a problem (nor the slight light leakage), and not that noticeable; just being pedantic.


[Photos by N82]

So for me, as well as the Black N97 looking nicer:

  1. there’s a possibility that the keyboard is built better on the black N97, as well as
  2. long term issues of wear/tear/scuffs/stains being less obvious on the black N97