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.
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
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.