Here’s a Nokia N8 review from a non-techie possibly unknown to you and me. Previously a N95 user, he’s moved up to the Nokia N8 and is very happy with it.
Surprisingly, the only point he seems to have qualms with is the Nokia N8’s camera. The BEST camera on a phone on the market to date. No question. I suspect he’s getting smudges on the camera (that he didn’t get with N95’s lens cover) which easily makes pictures look bad due to obstructing greasy fingerprints. That’s kind of good news since he likes pretty much everything else about the N8.
- Finding the phone very easy to use
- Quite happy with the apps – has download lots that he likes/needs
- Two input method typing (btw, majority of my mates prefer to type on the T9 and have said they did not portrait QWERTY. 😮 well the option would be nice)
- Enjoying the touch screen (“screen incredibly good”), he didn’t want one but finds this very responsive more so than his wife’s N97
- Tough Metal body, rock solid metal casing
- He really, really likes playing with it – which he says is really nice for a phone.
- No crashes, no download problems (in space of a week and a half)
- Speakers – he would have preferred two on either side (like his N95)
Nice, alternative review based on the phone’s own merits as opposed to not having an Apple or Android badge.
I hope this is how most Nokia N8 customers will find the N8 (bar the camera bit of course :p)
Yes, you read correctly. But it is just for residents of South Africa aged 16 and over. Other Terms and Conditions available Here at Nokia Ringaz blog.
Now onto the good bits. An interesting find by Mark from The Nokia Blog sees 60/sixty Nokia N8’s heading over to South Africa to be reviewed. The top 8 reviews gets to keep their N8. But who gets these Nokia N8’s to review? Well up to you! All you have to do is
- follow @NokiaRSA on Twitter (to be contacted by DM/Direct Message)
- Tweet to @NokiaRSA with the hashtag #N8ReviewZA on your motivation to review the N8 (one tweet per person)
- Reviewers will be announced on the 11th November 2010 on the Nokia Ringaz blog
- You must notify your review by tweeting @NokiaRSA with the hashtag #N8ReviewZA
- Winners will be announced on 26 November 2010
So. What are you waiting for? We’ve been raving about the N8 for quite some time, here is your chance to find out why – and tell the world about your experiences of the most powerful smartphone Nokia has ever produced.
Most powerful smartphone from Nokia? Isn’t that the N900? Oh no wait that’s a mobile computer.
PS, you will be in full liability of the phone whilst it is in your possession. Also kinda strict – failure to return (or purchase) the N8 by 23rd November 2010 16:00 will result in disqualification and full liability of R4,799. Well that’s understandable. Sending out Nokia N8s to mostly randoms (possibly some reviewers/bloggers/trusted online personalities).
PhoneArena reviews the Nokia C7 on YouTube. Like the N8 it runs Symbian^3 so expect similar operations. The major differences though are mainly physical.
- C7 is a fingerprint magnet from glossy fascia, glossy edges and camera on the back
- Beautiful display, colours very saturated and punchy
- Similar viewing experience to N8
- Three softkeys – we really like this. One softkey isn’t as usable on S^3 than other operating systems. C7 might be much more practical alternative to day to day user who wants their phone to be a really usable phone.
- Really like C7 build quality, feels extremely solid and more streamlined than N8.
- If you can get passed the fingerprint magnet, we’d really recommend the C7
- Operation identical to N8
Videos: PhoneArena’s 2 Part review of the Nokia N8 – a good phone? Of course it is, we’d even go so far to say it’s a GR8 phone
PhoneArena reviews the N8 wondering if it lives up to all the hype.
- Design wise, N8 feels extremely solid – good weighting behind it.
- Flat top and bottom edge – we were dubious at first but it really helps when picking up the handset.
- AMOLED colours are really vibrant and pixel density is good.
- In direct sunlight it’s still perfectly usable – though gloss may prevent from watching movies.
- CAMERA – Nokia says this could double up as a compact camera replacement – let’s see if it does later on…
- Overall, we really like feel of the N8 – due to the non removable battery, Nokiia have made it more refined – feeling solid dense and secure in the process.
- S^3 doesn’t feel different enough or more to the point, LOOK different enough [oh boy here we go, ]
- Very happy with the music player – it has been rethought through. Once opened, immediately brought to artists and albums – no wading through menu as these are all available within one click from the menu.
- Album art and song integration list – really great idea – makes one handset scrolling a real pleasure
- Loudspeaker is a littlebit tinny and not good for prolonged use
- Photo viewer loads up extremely quickly. Given that these photos were taken by the 12MP camera, we’re really impressed by this.
- There’s absolutely no lag – really happy that this makes the N8 a really good photo viewer and sharer.
- Keyboard layout much improved – in portrait, half the screen is now for your message
- In landscape, keyboard is extremely usable, with a lot of superfluous icons taken away. (ODD, this is something eve Steve Litchfield has issues with)
- Video playback – thoroughly impressed with the N8’s codec support – it just works seamlessly.
- Really great, N8 can double up as a media hub through HDMI – Really is a multimedia solution for all occasions.
- [quite a big general overview on the camera.]
- Web pages loaded on N8 well, but S^3 browser quite jerky. We’re sure Nokia is going to remedy this in the future. We found ourselves switching to Opera Browser, even forgoing pinch to zoom
- USB – to go functionality is fantastic.
- Overall S^3 is a little bit of a let down, whilst it does do a good job of anything it does and doesn’t royally stuff up anywhere, design wise it’s just not pretty. [woohoo, come on style over substance]
- When iOS and Android are stealing the show are making us want to use it, Symbian is lagging behind a bit, not paying enough credence to design which to this day and age is becoming increasingly important
- N8 a good phone? Of course it is, we’ve even go so far as to say it’s a great phone.
- One of the best if not the best camera we’ve seen on a mobile phone [the latter boys]
Whilst we can argue about S^3 usability, in terms of Symbian as a whole, erm YES Symbian ARE paying attention to design of their UI. That’s why there is S^4 – but good to know that whilst achieving all the functionality through the current UI with a rating of “good job” is deemed a fail, for the intended market – this should be more than enough and the N8 will satisfy through the host of multimedia features with a decent UI that pulls it off without frustration – leading to MOST importantly, an excellent overall USER EXPERIENCE of the ENTIRE handset.
Apologies guys, this post became larger than anticipated.
It arrived yesterday and I wouldn’t have known it was at the package centre but for some reason I made scenic route and was rewarded with a parcel notification.
In short – for first impression:
The X3-02 is a brilliant handset – solidly built, brushed aluminium at the back, ultra compact with a ridiculously sensitive resistive touch screen display – almost like a capacitive one. A video above and gallery is included.
Box contents include:
- Manual and Ovi Leaflets
- Stereo headset
- BL-4S 860mAh battery
- Nokia X3-02
It’s very, very slim and fits perfectly in the hand. Having the N900 as a main device, x3-02 feels like I’m just holding the N900’s battery
Below: Alphanumeric text key layout with bottom row relocated on the right hand side. It does take a bit of getting used to but that you will. There’s a dedicated music button and messaging button. Pressing the music button brings up the music player controls in ANY menu.
The screen is QVGA 2.4″ and as mentioned, the most sensitive resistive display. Due to the touch screen, there are NO navigation buttons.
The right side with Volume Keys, Lock Button and corresponding button to unlock the back cover
Two buttons either side simultaneously pressed removes the back cover for access to the battery, SIM, memory card and wrist strap.
The brushed aluminium back cover. It has two asymmetrical stubs. These are often the parts that break off first but being metal, this should be less likely to happen.
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5. General Usability
Well, I haven’t really used it yet so I can’t comment on true usability. Just some instant impressions: Menu is pretty quick, apps open pretty much instantly. I have already synced my contacts over from N97 to X3 (though initially from N900- long story. Wish contact transfer could be a more painless affair. Perhaps the centralised Ovi Account – that never worked for me). Camera very basic – no camera button. Zoom in gallery is surprisingly smooth though the photos aren’t too great (then again will have to try this outdoors at day time)
I’ll come back to this in a few days or a week. Any questions, feel free to comment below.
BTW, (Nokia N8 coming soon for testing :D)
On the weekend we saw Michael Oryl’s video review of the Nokia N8. Here’s the more detailed in depth text review from MobileBurn (USA).
Echoing IntoMobile’s sentiments, Michael agrees that the N8 has the best camera on any smartphone – the best camera phone ever.
+ve = Best camera ever, gorgeous hardware design, good battery life, great data speeds
-ve = Mediocre browser, touchscreen issues, UI feels slow at times, weak text input options
If you are a Symbian or Nokia S60 fan, your day has come. The Nokia N8 is the best Symbian device to have ever been sold. It has a great hardware design, good software capabilities, and the most usable touch interface ever offered on Symbian, thanks to the phone’s new Symbian^3 smartphone operating system.
Via MobileBurn thanks to alex68 for the heads up!
Michael Oryl, my old boss back in the days of MobileBurn foruming has taken the main seat in reviewing the Nokia N8 (and rightfully so – as it’s often someone else now doing the Nokia reviews)
- Michael seems to be unaware of the UBS-to go function, thinking the adapter was for a keyboard.
- Anodized metal, everything feels really nice on this
- doors for microSD and SIM – it’s kinda difficult to get in there without hurting yourself
- No microSD yet as the device has so much internal storage
- Really good looking package
- HDMI port cover – not a fantastic design but everything else is really quite exceptional
- Homescreen – I find the swiping doesn’t work that well, the lag behind it makes it feel off (unfortunately, the folks at Symbian designed it that way. God knows why – something to do with preventing mispress, I dunno -_-)
- AMOLED display – really nice saturated colours, deep blacks and looks pretty cool.
- A little slow to switch between portrait and landscape but not a real problem (NOT at all helped by LACK of transition to mask the lag. Good going there. Note, it is faster as pretty much everywhere else except the homescreen)
- Swiping within the widgets themselves – cool flexibility, though does sometimes make panel switching difficult – you have to swipe around that widget.
This review seems to be more like a first impressions as Michael doesn’t seem to have used it that long (which is interesting in one sense as you can see how easily Michael is navigating S^3)
Apparently this is a 3 part review but I can only see 2 videos and a sample N8 HD.
Video Sample by the N8