Nokia N8 Review: Director Of Photography

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We’ve come to hold Nokia for granted in the low discontinue or the business class but it seems it has lost the knack for killer phones, run out of royal blood. It’s up to the Nseries to fix it all up. The Nokia N8 may just turn out to be the correct cure. With that kind of hardware, it’s a smartphone you’d be mad to ignore. For a change we are not talking netbook-grade processing power or loads of RAM. Nokia have instead given their flagship an industry-leading capturing camera and stuff like HDMI port and USB-On-the-Go.

Nokia N8 official photos

The Finnish engineers often like to create a point about Symbian being the most resource-effective OS. We’ve seen it run reasonably quick indeed on even slower CPUs. This time though it’s Symbian ^3, so we’ll have to see it again to believe it.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • Penta-band 3G with 10.2 Mbps HSDPA and 2 Mbps HSUPA support
  • Sleek anodized aluminum unibody
  • 3.5" 16M-color AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) capacitive touchclassy screen of 640 x 360 pixel resolution
  • 12 megapixel autofocus capturing camera with xenon flash and 720p@25fps video recording
  • Camera features: large 1/1.83” capturing camera sensor, mechanical shutter, ND filter, geo-tagging, face detection
  • Symbian^3 Operating System (OS)
  • 680 Mega Hertz (MHz) ARM 11 Central Processing Units (CPU) and 256 Mega Bytes (MB) Random-Access Memory (RAM)
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11 b/g/n
  • microHDMI port for 720p TV-out functionality
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS support and free lifetime voice-guided navigation
  • Digital compass
  • 16GB on-board storage, expandable through the microSD card slot
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic

  • DivX and XviD video support
  • Built-in accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo Frequency Modulation (FM) Radio with RDS, Frequency Modulation (FM) transmitter
  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port with Universal Serial Bus (USB) On-the-go support
  • Flash and Java support for the web browser
  • Stereo Bluetooth 3.0
  • Nice audio reproduction quality
  • Smart and voice dialing
  • Scratch resistant Gorilla glass display

Main disadvantages

  • Symbian^3 is still behind Android and iOS usability standards
  • No video light
  • Camera interface is decidedly outdated
  • Relatively limited 3rd party software availability
  • No office document editing (without a paid upgrade)
  • Video player has some issues
  • Battery life is not on par with best in the business
  • Battery is not user-replaceable

There’s certainly a lot of pressure on the Nokia N8. People are probably expecting more from it than the very guys who designed it. But the N8 was never meant to compete with the iPhone 4 or the Galaxy S. At least, that’s what Nokia will gladly have you believe.

You see, with the Nokia N8 it’s not about who the competition is. Not about the business benefits of a smartphone, not about the available apps. It’s about the best capturing camera in the business. Now, we’ll have to see about that. Again.

Nokia N8 at ours

The N8 already managed to put a dedicated digicam to shame in our recent blind test. But it will hold more than that to acquire the thumbs up at the discontinue of a full review. The capturing camera is certainly impressive but it’s the overall balance and bang-for-buck that count most in our books here so the N8 better have more aces up its sleeve.

Update, 24.08.2011: We updated the phone to Symbian Anna - check out our impressions on Page 10. We installed the capturing camera update too, our analysis and recent video samples on Page 11.

Update, 08.02.2012: The Belle update arrived and we tested that too. Check out a hands-on video and our impressions on Page 12.

We pop the box open after the break.



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