I got the Nokia N8 on the whim of the moment. I had seen YouTube video reviews and also read reviews of the phone. I

6 days with Nokia N8 and 5 days with Blackberry Bold 2

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I got the Nokia N8 on the whim of the moment. I had seen YouTube video reviews and also read reviews of the phone. I was particularly interested in its multimedia features, especially video and camera performance. The social networking integration it has was also something that I was looking forward to, alongside email, USB on the go and so on, you know.

I got it and set it up. My e-mail: I downloaded my contacts from Ovi by Nokia (my previous device was a Nokia E71). My high moment of the Nokia N8 was when we were at the Underground event which held at The Rehab at Ajose Adeogun on Victoria Island. I took pictures, danced with the phone and recorded some video as well. I was also able to share the pictures via Facebook and Twitter in realtime. For me, what I need a phone to do is to help me integrate effectively with the big three in social media: Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter.

I was able to enjoy using Twitter and Facebook more by installing and using a third party application called Snaptu (m.snaptu.com on mobile or snaptu.com on web)

The touch screen key pad
It was my first experience with touch screen. I would often make mistakes while entering text on the N8. It was excruciatingly painful, but I had to set myself on a new learning curve.

What else did I enjoy about the Nokia N8? Hmmmmhhhh! Yesssss! Yessss!!! The native browser, the one that came with the phone, is rich and can allow you to open multiple pages. There’s this thing I could do with the phone again; put my thumb and index finger on the screen annnddd enlarge (It’s called pinch to zoom – Editor). That was awesome.

The Battery could not handle my demands for calls, data and multimedia combined. One week later, I had to let it go annnddddd welcome….. Blackbery 9700 Bold 2.

BlackBerry Bold 2

Today marks my 5th day with the Blackberry phone. I am having my needs met with the Blackberry. For me, I think that the point to note when you need to get a mobile phone is to consider the specific functionality that suits your work and personal needs.

When my friends saw it on my Facebook page, that I now use a Blackberry Bold, they were aghast and wanted to know what was wrong with me.

The blackberry device is doing the following well for me:

  • Email Push
  • Social media integration: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Blackberry Messenger and lots more. There is always one application or the other that is available for Blackberry by third party application developers. This is plus the excellent applications developed by RIM themselves
  • Multitasking: I do not have to close a mail that I am reading in order to go to Twitter or Facebook (which I use a lot to engage with audiences), although you cannot view multiple websites at a time. The graphical display of the web pages is very poor. *eww*

The funny thing is, I do not intend to make voice call with the Blackberry. For voice calls, I use a Nokia C3.

There it is – a summary of my experiences with the two devices. If you were asked to choose between the Nokia N8 and the Blackberry 9700 Bold 2, which one would you choose?

If you own a Blackberry, what are the unique features that make you love it? We will love to hear from you. Please use the comment box below.

PS: for Nimbuzz and Snaptu lovers, I just heard that those two applications work on Blackberry too. I will be trying them out and sharing my adventurre with you. Am sure I will be having this blackberry for a long time. But sha! The browser is not cooooool. I am out!

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  1. Sick. I just feel uncomfortable. Choosing a blackberry over a Nokia N8? The ultimate device? Dunno.

  2. @afewgoodmen allow me to define the ultimate device as the one that meets your specific mobile needs period. If you do not have multimedia needs, then the N8 is not the device for you. On the other hand, if you like to both consume and create multimedia, then the N8 is just the device you need.

  3. Afewgoodmen

    I appreciate your comment, *Sick* that is how you would feel if you pick a blackberry bold 2 over a nokiaN8. As much as that is the view you share along with many of the people who would be reading this article. permit me to ask you a few queations:

    * What should your typical choice phone be capable of?
    * What features of the nokiaN8 would make you pick it as your choice?
    * if you happen to be a team leader of a sales team and they ask you the best solution to deploy for the team that would help them communicate with each other easily, would you choose the n8 or the bold 2?

    what would it be?

  4. The only tangible reason that’ll make a person choose a bold or any blackberry product over an N8 is the unlimited download data plan provided to blackberry users by network providers. The N8 outshines the Bold 2, 3, 4….or even 10 in all ways.

  5. Jesse, My typical phone is a smartphone that is typified like the Nokia n8. or maYBE THE IPHONE 4. The features of the N8 that endears me to it are the new and improved user interface, the touch-screen only input, the multi-media monster capabilities inclusive of the superb camera, HD video recording, USB-To-Go, And then ability to install third party applications that can match or at least approximate the PUSH AND BBM functionalities of the much hallowed blackberry.

    My Symbian phone 5230, has SYSTEM 7 for instance with obvious pushing of E-mail PROPERTIES.

    My iOS (iphone) device has PUSH functionalities out of the box too. Twitter, facebook, Email messages and other third party apps’ messages gets pushed too.

    then concerning BBM, there are other instant messaging appS in other mobile Oses or third party THAT IS analogous. Examples include Pingchat, Kik, yahoo Messenger, Skype, and of course others i mightn’t know of.

    Now, concerning your final question about being a Team leader in a sales Team, the blackberry becomes the obvious choice IF you do not put the 3000 Naira a month blackberry data services into consideration. Both devices are equally as expensive as each other. The N8 is also capable of instant messaging and push messaging depends on what you look at. And what third party app you wish to conjure out!

    And if my imaginary sales agents also want to be more productive and need to prepare microsoft power slides/Excel, microsoft word documents and even needs to post on web blogs and create some multimedia videos or pictures for distribution on the internet! Which is the obvious choice if you take all these holistically? Especially when you know that you can connect a Bluetooth keyboard to the n8. Not sure of a USB Keyboard. but i know Yomi connected a mouse to his N8 and it worked!

    I am sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that if you give me the most expensive Blackberry phone; the blackberry torch and a Nokia n8 to choose from, then i would absolutely choose the N8!

  6. My brother has a BB Bold 9700. He was excited when he bought it. Two months later he got bored with the phone. I bought a Nokia N8 and he decided to sell his phone. The BB is a good phone but boring.

  7. I think Bolt browser for blackberry is a very good alternative to RIM’s native browser. There’s even a plugin to make it act as the default browser on the device. Give it a try. Cheers!

  8. I think Bolt browser for blackberry is a very good alternative to RIM’s native browser.

    Blackberry lovers should upgrade to a version 6 device. The new Webkit browser is many times better than the old browser that Blackberry was known for.

    We have a review article on the new Blackberry browser coming up shortly.

  9. Yomi, how is the upgrade to blackberryOS 6.0 done? I read on wikipedia that RIM always ensures all BB models support the latest OS release, but leaves it to networks and carriers to provide OTA update. Is there another way to do it?

  10. Spacyzuma,

    To upgrade, you will need to install an run your BB Desktop Manager. The application will connect to RIM’s servers to check for available updates. You can also download them directly from the Blackberry website and you can select the upgrade file from your PC using the Desktop manager.

    Note that only the following existing devices qualify for a version 6 upgrade:

    1. Bold 9700
    2. Bold 9650
    3. Pearl 3G

  11. biola129,

    Using an app such as Swype could save you stress when crunching out text on ur N8.

    Interesting, but I have tried out Swype on the N8 several times and I keep having to disable it. I much prefer the built-in onscreen keyboard to Swype. Best of all, give me my good old hardware QWERTY keyboard. Like the superb one on the N900 😉

  12. Yomi, gettin used to a new app might take some time… As a first timer, drawing out words was like a child’s play & I spelled out the word as I tried to scribble it on the screen but i’m quite used to it now.
    Swyping in landscape could be distressing on a large screen also.
    Yeah, a hardware QWERTY does it perfectly.

  13. The BB is a good phone but boring.

    Try a BB device running version 6 OS. The difference is like that between night and day. Everything looks much better.

    Having played with version 6 OS, I could NEVER be at home with a device running an older version ever again.

  14. The BlackBerry was not meant for everyone neither was the N8. As Jesse rightly mentioned “the ultimate device as the
    one that meets your specific mobile needs”

    If you have deep pockets, you can get the best of both worlds.

  15. Keweno Isibor,

    you are so onPoint. That would have been my wish too. I would love to keep my nokiaN8 and still own the blackberry bold too. In fact I am missing the nokiaN8 now.

    Work demands I use the blackberry more. It is a matter of pruning my choice to one. (the nokiaC3 I use as an accompany device does not multi-task, as such does not fill my need)

    I might be getting the NokiaN8 back soon.

    Mainwhile, I am going to upgrade the firmware from Version 5 to Version 6. hopefully I will be sharing it here too.

    (back to my post on whatsApp Messanger, check it out later)


    Well, hope you get it back.

    I will be getting a Blackberry Curve 3G which is upgradeable to version 6.

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