I will start this article by quoting something that someone has said about the Nokia N8:
You get the iPhone and are immediately wowed, and with time you start to notice the shortcoming and get frustrated. On the N8 you keep liking it more, the more you use it
This has been pretty much my experience with the N8 too.
Forget everything that Nokia/Symbian haters have said and be sure to use an N8 for a significant period before you pass judgement. Excuse my language, but very soon you’ll agree that it is one helluva device.
So, what are the things that I like about the Nokia N8?
1. The Hardware
Yes; that hardware is solid and well-built. You see, hardware cannot be updated, so it better be good.
2. The User Interface
The new Symbian UI is hundreds of miles better than what s60 5th edition is. I have never owned an S60 v5 device, but my friend Dayo has and I have had plenty of time with it. As a matter of fact, we did a detailed side-by-side comparison and found the difference great indeed.
3. The 12 Megapixel Camera
This camera re-defines what the word “cameraphone” means. You don’t have a cameraphone if you don’t have an N8. Simple. Whether it is still shots or HD video, the N8 rules without controversy.
4. Battery Life
I had doubts about the N8’s non-removable 1200mAh battery. All doubts have since been discarded. Let me put it straight – the Nokia N8 is the only touchscreen smartphone that I have used in 2010 that I didn’t have to worry about the battery dying out on me mid-day. Many times, the battery pushes beyond 24 hours effortlessly.
And that is after 15-minute email syncs, Facebook and Twitter, hours of web browsing, calls, awesome 12 megapixel shots (I have gotten addicted to taking pictures now), among others.
5. The Display
Indoors, outdoors, low light, burning sunshine, the display is visible, clear and sharp. And responsive. The homescreen’s customisation works well too, turning your display into a highly informative and dashboard.
6. Ovi Store
While the Ovi Store does not have as many apps as Android or iOS, it has more than enough. But beyond that, the store works fine and looks to me like it measures up to the Android market.
7. Game On!
Oh…. Let’s start with Angry Birds, just because the world has gone Angry Birds crazy. its there and sweet. But, move over, Angry Birds, and let’s burn some rubber with Need For Speed Shift!
Gameplay is smooth and sharp. The combination of that 680 MHz processor and graphics accelerator works wonders – whatever it is that Nokia did to it. The N8 certainly does not need a 1GHz processor.
Watch out for my N8 gaming review.
8. Onboard Photo and Video Editor
Rotate, resize, crop, insert clipart, draw, add bubble text, frame, remove red eye, stamp, tune, add special effects to your images.
Make a stylish slideshow from your pictures, create a video from your video clips and photos, merge videos, add background music, text, and split your clips.
What you have here is your own mini multimedia studio.
9. Ovi Maps
Free drive and walk license. Pre-loaded maps, so you conserve network data, and more. GPS fix is fast too. Review coming up soon.
10. Google Sync via Exchange
The ability to keep my phone contacts and calendar in sync with my Google contacts and calendars is very handy.
I can leave my netbook at home and not worry about running into a client who has something on a flash drive that he wants to copy for me. The Nokia N8 handles it just fine. I call it mobile computing approaching new frontiers.
12 FM Transmitter
Being able to play my favourite music through my car speakers is just cool. Need to rock the party with a track that you have on your phone? Not a problem.
I’ll stop at 12 for now. There is much to like about the Nokia N8, and attempting to list everyone of what endears me to this device in one article might result in a burnout. Keep on the lookout for those reviews.