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Nokia N8

Review by Mobile Phones 4 Students on Thursday 25 November 2010

5 Star Rating

Nokia N8 When a manufacturer introduces a 12-MegaPixel camera into a mobile phone, it's sure to create a buzz - and that's exactly what Nokia has done with it's new N8 model which launched in October. But, will the Nokia N8 be a hit with students, or will it underline the company’s inability to compete with the likes of HTC and Apple, when it comes to smart phone development?

Well, generally speaking, the Nokia N8 has a great deal going for it on the face of things. It is the new flagship device for the company, which has been built on the newly developed Symbian^3 operating system and on top of the unbelievable camera, they've equipped the device with a huge AMOLED display (similar to the screen on the iPhone 4). Nokia has also allowed for HD video recording and included a forward facing camera for video calling – which we thought was a nice touch, and we’re sure that this service will become more and more popular, amongst other phones, as technology evolves.

  • The new Symbian^3 Operating System
  • 12 megapixel camera (Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, face recognition, Xenon flash, zoom)
  • 720p HD Video recording
  • Display: AMOLED touchscreen, 16 million colours, 640x360 pixels
  • Media Player (Dolby Digital Plus surround sound on CTV through HDMI cable)
  • FM Radio
  • aGPS and GPS navigation, with Ovi Maps (geotagging)
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS and email
  • Memory: 16GB plus microSD card slot
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5mm stereo headphone plug
  • Internet: Full web browsing, Flash Lite 4, RSS Reader
  • Size: 113.5 x 59 x 12.9mm
  • Weight: 135g
  • Talktime: 6 – 12 hours
  • Battery Standby: 400 hours

Good Points

As well as the outstanding camera, the N8 also has a newly designed web browser, which incorporates 'pinch to zoom' technology, whilst also integrating social media services and access to the Ovi Store. Whilst the Ovi Store will never reach the popularity of Apple’s App Store, it does offer a pretty good service nevertheless.

The battery life is rather good too, and the phone out-performs many of the other competing smart phones in it's class. Nokia must have worked wonders when it came to managing power consumption.

Bad Points

Whilst the AMOLED display provides a large interface for the user, and certainly helps reduce power consumption (and prolong battery life), the resolution leaves room for improvement, particularly when compared to the likes of the HTC Desire. Perhaps the next generation N8 will look to show some progression in this area.

What do we think of it?

Overall, the Nokia N8 is a pretty impressive device and is so much more than just a phone – it has so much money-saving potential. You won’t need a separate MP3 player, nor will you need to get yourself a camera for uni/college – this has it all. And as it’s available through a number of cashback offers, it won’t set you back as much as you think!

We think Nokia has done extremely well with this product, and as the new flagship device, it is certainly a good representation of what Nokia - the largest mobile company in the world - is all about.

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