First Look at the Nokia N8

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Last Monday, I received a call from Nokia West Africa. The summary was that I would be getting a Nokia N8 from them this Thursday (today). They kept their word, and I have with me now a brand new unit of the N8. My unit is greenblue. Believe me when I say that the pictures do not do this handset any justice. The greenblue unit positively makes a statement!

First Look at the Nokia N8 1

Earlier this year, I made an appeal for phone manufacturers and dealers to step up to the plate and provide Mobility Nigeria with loan devices for review. We have had CricketPDA, and now we have Nokia. Let it be on record that Nokia is the first manufacturer to do this kind of thing in this country. We hope that other manufacturers with a physical presence in Nigeria will also step up. Samsung? LG? What say ye?

First Look at the Nokia N8 2

It Gets Even Better
This has to be said. The guys at Nokia say that this unit is given to me for keeps. Yup; it is not going back. Before you go all blue with envy, the truth is its about time. Think of all the devices that I have spent hard cash purchasing for review purposes. Think of all the mobile devices (including Nokias) that have been purchased because of my reviews. Think of all the mobile devices (including Nokias) that I have given away free or at subsidised costs. Consider all that and you will agree that this has been long overdue. A Christmas present in November! Pass the thanksgiving turkey!!

Thank you, Nokia!

PS: It needs saying too that you can count on me to be as objective as I am known to be in all my reviews, this gift notwithstanding.

First Impressions
Setting up the N8 was a dream come true. Getting my contacts, mails and calendar entries on it was as simple as setting up an Exchange account with my Google Apps email and in a few moments, I was home dry. Am I impressed or what?

Of course, getting my files, documents and media on it was as simple as popping in my 8GB microSD card. It couldn’t have been simpler than that. Shame on devices without an external card slot.

Next was social networking – and that too was dead easy. Using the social networking widget, i was connected to both Facebook and Twitter in minutes. I’m now back online on the go.

I plugged the N8 to my netbook and selected USB drive mode on the device. Immediately, I could copy other files. In addition, I was prompted to install Nokia Ovi Suite. The installation file was on the device. No CD; no downloads. Excuse me, but this is what I call easy setup.

The new Symbian user interface is cool. While the icons are the same old S60 5th Edition icons, eye candy is there. It is different from how it is implemented on iOS or Android or WebOS, but it is there. I don’t have a problem with different. Plus there is haptic feedback when you touch the screen, making the touch experience much more enjoyable.

My device came with the very latest firmware, V11.012, so I was good to go right from the start.

First Look at the Nokia N8 3The sales pack contains:

  • charger
  • headset
  • manual
  • quick start guide
  • USB data cable (also for charging)
  • USB-on-the-go adapter
  • male miniHDMI to female standard HDMI adapter

That is a very complete pack.

The N8 feels solid (and cold) in the hand. That Aluminium build makes it a solid device. But it doesn’t stop with the build. The user interface is lovely too, at least I can say that of the parts that I have interacted with so far.

So far, Nokia seems to have got it right with the N8. And I haven’t even touched that 12 world-acclaimed camera yet. Nokia has succeeded in making it super easy to pick the N8 up and get going. That counts for a lot. Expect detailed review parts over the next few weeks.

Reactions welcome, please!


24 comments

  1. Wow! Good initiative from Nokia! Now i know they are ready for Nigerian market smart phone wise. So my big question is, which phone can it stand shoulder-to-shoulder with? iPhone, Galaxy S or which one? The Symbian OS, can it take on other OSs?

  2. Wao! Am i overghasted and flabberwhelmed! Excuse my French!

    Keep rendering sterling service, and sure enough, the cash (sorry phone!} will flow.

    I Just put on my green shirt, green trouser and green cap! I am in a green mood!

    More grease to your wherever!

  3. @Yomi,

    Did i hear you say its for keeps? Why should we not be green with envy. I really envy you big time.

    It all boils down to what I’ve been saying. Honesty AND dedication has won you this honour. There is more to come.

    Cheers

  4. So my big question is, which phone can it stand shoulder-to-shoulder with? iPhone, Galaxy S or which one? The Symbian OS, can it take on other OSs?

    I will have to complete my review to answer that question. This is only a first look. Watch out for the other parts coming up.

  5. This is the way it should be, manufacturers, retail chains and general stake holders should step up and provide more review units, we are glad we were able to do our little part, even though, the Nokia n8 no longer interest me, i will still be patiently waiting for the review mobility Nigeria style.

  6. hope the fact it was given to you for keeps will not affect your objective reviews. You seem to be in love @ first sight with the phone.

  7. Wow! Nokia has finally stepped up to the plate! Excellent!!

    Congratulations Yomi! all the hard work, dedication and interest in Mobility Nigeria has made others look up and see something special happening here!the site is definitely a great and valuable resource and companies like Nokia can clearly see that.

    I for one am very happy to see so many positive things springing up and it looks like
    we have a lot to look forward to in the near future.

    I am sure it’s a great feeling to hold that N8 in your hand and say *hey everything I do here is appreciated and recognized*

    Here’s wishing you many more-

    *but it doesn’t have a QWERTY keyboard*

    *Symbian no way! for now*

    *this battery life is terrible why now? N900 lol*

    Cheers to you and your team Yomi, Well done!!

  8. @keweno: You won’t have to lose sleep over objectivity from my end. I live and breathe that very thing 🙂

    Well, the N8 does look good, but what is really winning me over (or causing me to fall in love) is how easy it was to set up. Remember the hell I went through with setting up the N900? The N8 is a breath of fresh air in that regards.

  9. This is solid. This is great and I believe a harbinger of more great things to come.

    Eldar Murtazin APPRAISAL of the N8 was dismal, but lots of other tech site and blog criticized his review for being too critical, not objective enough and perhaps tainted (?biased). And he didn’t consider that he what he was reviewing was not the final unit. THe Engadget review of the N8 phone fared better.

    So, after going through all these N8 reviews, I can’t wait to get my hands figuratively on the Nokia N8. I mean I would rather relish a brand new critical and unbiased review from Mobility Nigeria. What makes this review so revitalizing is that it is coming from Naija, our own very soil. And your review would be more characteristic and down-to-earth if you compare it with that of GSM-arena for instance.

  10. Yomi, What you’ve said so far has actually gotten my head swimming! The N8 from this First look appears to be an all rounder and at the same time, a behemoth to comprehend. All the features and “eyecandiness” you mentioned is what I see and love in a phone! If you recall I wrote something on the Nokia N8 before. I believe it can hold its head with other touchscreen handsets like androids and iOS!

    The packaging is extensive. I should declare that no any other manufacturers so much in their sales pack!

    The N8 is definitely a Phone to BEAT! ANd it is a MUST buy for me!!!

    I must confess, the Nokia N8 has made a believer out of me. Nokia sales and profit now has no where else to go but UP!!!!

  11. The Nokia N8 to me is already an all rounder, and when you compare it to other phones please do a cost comparison too.

    I say well done to Yomi and his Team.

  12. @Yomi, I completely agree with you that it’s about time. This is well deserved. Congrats.

    Also, I am not surprised that Nokia is making history in this regard. Guess this is part of what makes them the market leader. Hope this will not be the end.

    In the mean time, I’ll be eagerly looking forward to a full and well rounded review of the Nokia N8 from Mobinaija as this will be important in deciding whether or not to get this device.

  13. Big ups to Nokia for being the first phone manufacturer to do this(give out a phone for review) in Nigeria. Yomi, I cant wait for the review proper to start.

  14. @karmawa regarding the physical keyboard i think there’s a nokia E7 around the corner
    @yomi whats the price tag? oh this is out of context but do u hv BB bold 9780 n price plz
    keep up the good work

  15. You got an N8? Cool! These guys (Nokia) sure know marketing. I can’t wait for the reviews. The usb-on-the-go, the video camera (I wonder why Nokia beat Sony-Ericsson to it) etc. Please, also put the 680MHz to the test. (I wonder why they didn’t make it 1Ghz). Looking forward to your review.

  16. This is definitely my best device in the market, a 12mp camera with xenon flash, and a host of other hardware features it’s the top dog right now

  17. How did I miss this? This is a welcome development from Nokia, and I think other phone manufacturers with presence in Nigeria should tag along as you mentioned.

    The feature-packed Nokia N8 has set a standard for others to follow….it’s really a portable entertainment centre.

    But just like @Possicon asked; can the Nokia N8 stand tall with the iPhone or Galaxy S? Time will tell…

    Good work Yomi… I envy you. I eagerly look forward to the complete review.

  18. Yomi! huh! huh! huh! shukran shukran,jamil jiddan (Arabic:thanks! thank you,very beautiful)

    you have earned your General! yes you are now fit to bear the rank of a four star battle tested general in this terrain.Nokia,gave you a smartphone, N8 specie! for keeps!

    For earning this honor I shall support you by buying this N8 from you and you alone, I am already saving for galaxy s,but of recent I noticed a detail thats important to us here in the third world-photography on mobile devices.can you imagine that the galaxy s has no camera flash(oyo for them), so N8 beats the galaxy s on this.

    What do you need a 1g herz processor for. nokia is smart, they know that, effectively a program(available current programs) can run effectively on a 500Mherz processors.so no need to waste resources.

    I personally hated nokia before last year-because they never repected Nigeria and Nigferians, upon all the patronage(there is no home in this country that you would not find a nokia phone. But now i see they are listening to us .we will help them stay number one for the next 10 years.

    yomi, very soon we will tell them what kind of custom phones they should make specifically for omo nijas!
    carry go for full down to earth review

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