My N8 with Belle has better radio performance than other brands, handles calls better than other brands, takes by far the best pictures among mobiles, records top notch video, has excellent audio and video playback, plays HD games, connects to my TV, syncs with my PC, has mass storage mode, handles USB flash drives, runs like a champ even on the 680MHz processor, has good battery life, and now has a top-notch user interface that is nothing short of amazing. Why on earth would I want anything from any other platform?
I won’t bore you with screenshots, as NgDude has already provided some in his post, Do you have the balls for Belle? She’s very sexy! (and his article was instrumental to my flashing my N8 to Belle in the first place).
What I will do is provide some more information from the official Nokia Conversations site.
Free-form, resizable, live widgets: widgets like the clock, email, music player, favourite contacts and the calendar have been redesigned and now come in five different sizes. They can also be re-sized and rearranged to create a completely personalised set of screens. There are also new ‘Toggle’ widgets for tasks like switching on Bluetooth and changing profiles.
More homescreens: with Symbian Belle the maximum number of homescreens rises from three to six, so now you can have absolutely everything close at hand.
Improved status bar: the status bar sports a modern, flat look and incorporates a pull down notifications tab that incorporates common settings and notification of incoming messages, missed calls and the rest.
Modernised navigation: the navigation and options bar at the bottom of the screen sports a modern, new look, similar to that first seen on the Nokia N9.
New apps: a new suite of powerful business apps from Microsoft includes Lync (IM for businesses, like Microsoft Communicator), Sharepoint, OneNote, Exchange ActiveSync and PowerPoint Broadcaster.
Informative lock screen: the lock screen now tells you about missed calls, messages in your inbox and more, so you can check your phone at a glance. You can now also add a coloured wallpaper to your lock screen.
NFC devices: With Symbian Belle, Near-Field Communications (NFC) is now deeply integrated into the operating system, so you can share pictures, connect with accessories, and check-in – all with just a tap.
Visual multitasking: Now you can flick between larger live images of your open apps to see what’s going on at a glance and move quickly between your apps.
To wrap up, you actually need to have a hands-on with Belle to understand how good the UI is. Having tasted Belle, there’s no way on earth that I am going back to Anna. I tried it – reflashed back to Anna – and failed. After several days, it became unbearable.
I am back to using Symbian Belle on my precious Nokia N8, and I do not seem to be able to put this flagship down any more.
Besides, I am basically a hardware keyboard person, and though I still own a Nokia E7 with one of the best hardware keyboards in the market, I have replaced it with the N8 as my daily smart device.
That is how good lady Belle is.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.