Review of Nokia N8


The Nokia has announced the release of the next generation power mobile, the Nokia N8. It will be released in the month of October 2010. The N8 will be the last N series handset to use the Symbian version 3 user operating system. It is a powerful handset that packs a number of exciting features. With the N97 and X6 models Nokia was not able to compete with the performance of the famous iPhone and Android handsets. But the N8 is expected to use higher end features that might attract the attention of the users. It is just like the other Nokia N series handsets were the user interface and the software lacks improvement.

Features

The N8 has a capacitive touch screen that measures 3.5 inches. It has a resolution of 360×640 pixels and supports 16 million colors. This display makes use of the AMOLED technology. It employs the Symbian version 3 operating system, a 680 MHz ARM 11 processor and a 3D graphics hardware accelerator. It sports a 12 megapixel primary camera with auto focus and Xenon flash. The camera can capture images with a maximum resolution of 4000×3000 pixels and 720 pixel high definition videos with a frame rate of 25 fps. There is a secondary camera at the front with VGA resolution to support video calling feature. It has in internal memory of 16 GB.  There is a micro SD card slot that can support expandable memory cards up to 32 GB, a 3.5 mm audio jack, a micro USB 2.0 port that is used for both data transfer as well as charging and an HDMI port.

The N8 supports class 33 GSM, class 33 EDGE, 3G HSDPA of 10.2 Mbps, 3G HSUPA of 2 Mbps, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP technology and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with UPnP technology. There is a built in Stereo FM with RDS and FM transmitter. It also supports GPS with A-GPS and Ovi Maps application. There is a standard 1200 mAh lithium ion battery that is estimated to provide a life of 5.5 hours of talk time, 400 hours of stand by time and 50 hours of music play. It has a HTML browser with Flash Lite 4.0 support and applications like face recognition and digital compass. The handset supports instant messaging and threaded view of SMS along with RSS feeds support.

Design

The N8 measures 113.5×59.1×12.9 mm in dimension and 135 grams in weight. The handset comes in five different colors such as Black, Silver, Orange, Green and Blue. It has an anodized aluminum casing on the exterior.  This material is scratch proof and the design has rounded corners for comfortable usage. There is no removable battery as the battery cover is screwed tightly. The SIM card and the SD card are accessed through the separate doors on the side. The device looks sleek even without the removable battery.

The 3.5 inch touch screen display is also scratch resistant and it supports both multi touch inputs as well as handwriting recognition. Being capacitive in nature, it is highly responsive. There is a proximity sensor to turn off the display automatically and an accelerometer sensor to rotate the user interface to the landscape mode. The camera key, screen lock or unlock slider and the volume rocker are on the right side of the handset while the SIM card and memory card slots and the charging port are on the left side. The back side of the handset has the camera lens along with the xenon flash and the speaker grill. The HDMI port and the 3.5 mm audio jack are on the top.

Interface

The Symbian version 3 operating system is used by the N8. In fact, this is the first handset to use the interface. There was lot of expectations that the version 3 will differ much when compared to the version 1 which was used to a greater extent. But the latest version is similar to the version 1 and the only point is that it has a new build to it. There are 3 different home screens that can be customized using widgets. There are circular shaped indicators at the bottom of the screen and they indicate the user on which screen they are working on. The main menu has a grid layout that can be navigated easily with smooth transition effects.

Performance

It has a wonderful camera with 12 megapixel resolution and xenon flash. None of the other smartphones have this kind of a higher end camera. It has options that are present on digital cameras and takes exceptional photos. It can capture high definition videos even under low light. The capacitive display is good with excellent responsiveness  The N8 has excellent battery life of 5.5 hours of talk time, 50 hours of music play and 400 hours of stand by time. The HTML browser used in the handset has Flash Lite 4.0 support. It costs about $480.

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