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Jan
2011

Nokia N8 review

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Written by Vedran Dakic   

If you take a look at some facts - N8 seems like a "let's try it one more time"-phone by Nokia. Apple gained huge ground in the smartphone market, Android-based phones are eating up marketshare as well so this might be like a last valid attempt by Nokia before trying to do some huge changes. It's ased on Symbian, it has a very nice and crisp 3.5" 640x360 AMOLED screen, very nice design and two cameras. But is that really enough to compete against iPhones and Android-based phones?


@WORK

First thing that you will notice about this phone is its screen. It's really sharp with very good contrast, it's a pleasure to use inside and very good to use "on the outside". The OS can take care of the display via light-sensor and - in general - it does a very good job with it. At first, you might feel that it's a bit odd to have a button where it is with a couple of additional buttons at the edge of the phone (volume up and down and phone lock), but it's actually quite a good layout. Apart from the fact that the whole operation can get a big confusing as the lock button is just a bit too close. It doesn't have to be on the other side of the phone like some Blackberries have, but it would be good to have some more space. Phone is pretty snappy and responsive, but we still feel that Desire and a host of other mobile phones have quite significant speed advantage. As a phone, we have no complaints - no dropped calls, very good reception.

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@CONNECTIVITY

As you'd expect, this thing has everything - 2G, 3G, HSDPA (up to 10.2Mbps) and HSUPA (up to 2Mbps), WiFi 802.11 (n-compatible), Bluetooth 3.0, mini-HDMI so you can connect it to your TV set and try to use it as a HTPC-alike device (which it does pretty well), and a micro-USB connector (it can charge the phone). You can use it as your modem to connect to the 'net, if you want to (by using Ovi suite on Windows or without any additional software on OSX).

@BATTERY

Battery is Li-Ion 1200mAh, with specified max talk time 720min/350min and standby time 390h/400h (GSM/WCDMA). We were actually surprised that talk time is pretty close to that in real-life applications - we measured some 260 minutes before our test came to a halt. Browsing times are a lot smaller, but we have a general feeling that something's wrong with the browser (Opera), not the phone itself. We'll try to look into that and let you know.


@CONCLUSION

There are some things about this phone that are just superb - like a  stunning camera (12MP on the rear), which really makes it worthwhile if you take a lot of pictures. And the picture quality is good, as you'd expect. The problem is - Nokia is late to the party, it has a sub-par touchscreen-based experience for the user, batteries that could be better (where are the 1500mAh batteries?) and a platform that's going nowhere if they do something in a month or two. Build quality is really good and it's a good package, but it's just - behind. We really hope that Nokia can do better then this, and soon...

 

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