The Ultimate Test – Nokia N8, USB Hard Disk, USB Keyboard, Bluetooth Mouse, & Full HD Monitor

I have been using the Nokia N8 for a while now, and it is still my opinion that it is the most capable smartphone in existence today. yes; its UI is not at the top of the tree, but in everything else put together, it blows away the competition.

While there are nthose living in denial and trying to remove Symbian from the list of smartphone operating systems, anyone who really has used the N8 knows that’s the joke of the century.

Over at Mobile Industry Review, Momchil put the N8 to the ultimate test – he basically setup the N8 as the hub of a home entertainment system, hooking it up with a USB Hard Disk, USB Keyboard, Bluetooth Mouse, & Full HD Monitor.

The Ultimate Test - Nokia N8, USB Hard Disk, USB Keyboard, Bluetooth Mouse, & Full HD Monitor 1

From the demo:

It works!!! The Nokia N8 really did it! We have a USB keyboard, Bluetooth Mouse, Full HD Video file copied from a USB Hard Drive, Full HD Monitor and a JBL Audio system connected to the Nokia N8 Simultaneously!!!

I can’t express my feelings right now… This device is really, really powerful. In addition it didn’t heat up at all while playing in HD and the battery was charging at the same time too!

WELL DONE NOKIA, I am truly impressed!!!

Basically, the N8 served as the CPU of this home media centre, and didn’t skip a beat doing it. That combination of functionalities makes the N8 one of the closest smartphones to a true PC. Need a bigger display? Hook it up to a HD monitor. Need to use files on a USB device? Hook it up via USB-on-the-go.

While these features are not things that are needed day-to-day, I can tell you that having them available has saved my skin a couple of times when all else failed. The N8 has saved the day again and again.

Now, can someone try the above with any other smartphone outside of the Symbian ecosystem and get back to me?

Source: Nokia N8 – the Ultimate Test

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20 comments

  1. Now, can someone try the above with any other smartphone outside of the Symbian ecosystem and get back to me?

    @Yomi, don’t bother. You and I know that it is not going to happen.

  2. “Now, can someone try theabove with any other smartphone outside of the Symbian ecosystem and get back to me?”
    Haha, Oga!

    Thought ANY phone with USB-on-the-go and HDMI (or tv-out) could do this?

    Maybe not as mellifluously, granted.

    Is this not more of hardware (rather than software- OS) prowess?

    1. Thought ANY phone with USB-on-the-go and HDMI (or tv-out) could do this?

      They should be able to do it. It is why I asked that people try it out and get back to me. Even then, I don’t know of any phones outside of the Symbian ecosystem (loosely used to include S40 and Maemo/MeeGo) that have USB-on-the-go.

      Is this not more of hardware (rather than software- OS) prowess?

      It is actually both. An example: Blackberry and iOS devices have Bluetooth hardware, but not the software prowess to handle file transfers in the ubiquitous way that Symbian devices do. The hardware may be there but be limited by the software.

      The N8’s software maximises the features and functionalities used in the “ultimate test” above.

  3. I’v been doing this with my N8 since December. I so love viewing my captured photos/recorded videos on my lcd through hdmi cable.. Also copy movies from my friends hard drive and go home hook the tv and I’m on.. Not forgetin gaming on the N8 through hdmi… Awesome! This phone has really saved me from boredom … My room is now like Dexter’s lab thanks to the N8 !

  4. Even in 2011.

    N8 remains the Best Multimedia Device money can buy.

    o yeah thats why I am saving like hell to get my N8 +
    I just wonder why there is so much hatred for symbian

  5. Sorry for being a killjoy here.

    USB-on-the-go, though cool, isn’t a very compelling feature for me on a smartphone.perhaps for some geeks, it is a must-have. But I wouldn’t seriously consider it!

    HDMI OUTPUT isn’t a new thing. Phones like the iphone4 can handle it with the proper accessory.

    As per controlling your multimedia devices remotely, airplay and wifi apps from the apple apps store can do it.

    All in all, I do not want to break this party but say things as they are.

    1. Ovhumuahwe,

      You are not being a kill-joy in any way. You really haven’t addressed the issue – take any other non-Nokia smartphone and try to use it this way…

      Others have one or more of the individual features. No others combine them in the smart way that the N8 does. That’s really the point – and a significant one. The N8 is ahead of any other device in this respect. That’s saying things as they are.

  6. And by the Way , connecting your keyboard via a USB Nokia adapter doesn’t say anything. Or does it?

    A Bluetooth or wifi keyboard can also do the work equally as good with lots of other phones; iOS and android inclusive!

  7. We all know, nobody does it better.

    Straight from the box, with all the accessories and even without an internet connection; You get all those stuffs connected on N8.

  8. Wow I knew the n8 had these features but I never looked at it this way the n8 is definitely the best in this area. Symbian^3 was a very big improvement from the previous s60 v5 which was nokiass first touchscreen os let’s give symbian^3 a chance.

  9. Here noise making is not a talent,go and try it with steve jobs 4,and see how the pseudo cpu of the iphone will fry like potatoe chips.The poser yomi asked is still not being answered

  10. Thats cool… I’m very sure, the owner of this gadget in my country (Indonesia) never try to use this amazing feature!!! A hub of entertainment system!!! Wow, I’m very impressed

    1. Btw, is it easy to connect the bluetooth mouse to N8?
    2. Have you try at E7 (using it as hub entertainment system too)?

    1. sorry, addition
      3. how if I change the USB keyboard to external hardisk (FAT32) and then stream playing the HD movie from it, can it work too? For example, I don’t have enough phone memory to store the HD movie, but I still want to use it as a “hub of entertainment system”

    2. just_t_n,

      Welcome to Nigeria 😉

      Btw, is it easy to connect the bluetooth mouse to N8?

      Very easy. It is plug and play.

      Have you try at E7 (using it as hub entertainment system too)?

      Not yet, but I have an E7 here and will see if I have the time to give it a go. However, other reviews say that the E7 has improved USB-on-the-Go functionality, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

  11. Two months after the publication of the original article above, the just announced Samsung Galaxy S II is packing USB-on-the-go and TV out. This should hopefully mean that we have at least one device outside of the Symbian platform that should be able to pull this stunt off.

    Yes; the Galaxy S II will run Android v2.3.

    Kudos, Samsung!

  12. The Samsung Galaxy S11 is sure viable in the Android world.

    The Apple iPad 2 also has some skills iro the above, it has HDMI mirroring.

    I love to see the Nokia E7 do this but my question is, how do I charge the device simultaneously like it is done above when all these are connected?, because the E7 does not have default Nokia charging port, it uses mini usb for charging.

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