Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Nokia N8 – Not That OVI Trend Worthy?

Nokia N8 is the latest offering for the N-Series fans. With this brand new phone from Nokia which is mediocre when it comes to OVI apps, will it be worthy for the competition? Let us hear from some of our friends who gave their crunchy reviews:


The phone—sorry, multimedia computer—has three homescreens, all of which can be customized with various widgets. These screens work well, load quickly, and look purdy on the N8's bright 3.5-inch OLED display. But Symbian's user interface, even in its fancy new clothes, can still be challenging. Euphemism alert! The main reason, though, that the Slashies think Nokia's latest will make nary a ripple when dropped in the US Pond, is that there are piteously few apps in the OVI store—a must in today's crazy competitive smartphone market.

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The Nokia N8, while being something of a departure from Nokia’s usual design, is still very much a ‘Nokia’ device in terms of aesthetics. The handset features a unibody design made from Anodised Aluminium, which gives it a solid, durable, feel in the hand.

The Nokia N8 also features a non-removable battery, like the iPhone, and two side slots for both your SIM and microSD cards, which are located on the device’s left side. On the right, there’s a volume rocker, lock switch and the camera activation button. The top of the device features a 3.5mm jack slot, HDMI port and the power button.


I'm just going to come right out and say it: I really dislike Symbian's typography. The boxy, small text just looks so late 1990s to me and simply isn't easy on the eyes. When Nokia announced the Symbian S^3 revamp, I had hoped for cleaner, more modern-looking typography and aesthetically-pleasing icons. S^3 more or less looks the same as the previous version with some tweaks and added features here and there. The software also felt a bit slow, but according to Nokia, these particular demo review units were loaded with preproduction software. That's a relief, seeing as both the browser and social networking client crashed on me during my hands-on time.


This could be the most capable cameraphone Nokia has ever built. Nokia N8 uses a 1/2 inch (1/1.9″) CMOS sensor 30% larger than most compact digital cameras with a maximum shutter speed of 1/1000 of a second (aperture F2.8; focal length 5.4). Video recoding can go up to 720p HD @ 25fps.

That large storage option (16GB internal + up to 32GB external) should be enough for doing all that HD video recording and large photo file size. The AMOLED capacitive touch screen should make video playback really nice and crisp although the 1200mAh battery seemed a little lacking for all that juice-guzzling features (a number of earlier Nokia handsets have 1500mAh batteries already).


The first thing you’ll notice is that the S60 operating system has been scrapped in favour of Nokia’s newest platform, Symbian^3. It’s an evolution of S60, but brings in elements of the Maemo UI so it is much more usable. We found it to be pretty stable, especially considering our N8 is a pre-production sample. Symbian^3 is very similar to other touchscreen operating systems. There are three homescreens and each can hold up to 24 widgets, bookmarks and shortcuts.
Apps are downloaded from Nokia’s Ovi Store, but it still needs a lot of work - the selection available is limited in comparison to Android, but this isn’t surprising considering Android has been around for a couple of years and the N8 is the first Symbian^3 device. Apps developed for S60 5th Edition should be compatible with Symbian^3.

Photo credits: Slashgear via Gizmodo

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