Weíve come to take Nokia for granted in the low end or the business class but it seems it has lost the knack for killer phones, run out of royal blood. Itís up to the Nseries to fix it all up. The Nokia N8 may just turn out to be the right cure. With that kind of hardware, itís a smartphone youíd be mad to ignore. For a change we are not talking netbook-grade processing power or loads of RAM. Nokia have instead given their flagship an industry-leading camera and stuff like HDMI port and USB-On-the-Go.
The Finnish engineers often like to make a point about Symbian being the most resource-effective OS. Weíve seen it run reasonably fast indeed on even slower CPUs. This time though itís Symbian ^3, so weíll have to see it again to believe it.
Thereís certainly a lot of pressure on the Nokia N8. People are probably expecting more from it than the very guys who designed it. But the N8 was never meant to compete with the iPhone 4 or the Galaxy S. At least, thatís what Nokia will gladly have you believe.
You see, with the Nokia N8 itís not about who the competition is. Not about the business benefits of a smartphone, not about the available apps. Itís about the best camera in the business. Now, weíll have to see about that. Again.
The N8 already managed to put a dedicated digicam to shame in our recent blind test. But it will take more than that to get the thumbs up at the end of a full review. The camera is certainly impressive but itís the overall balance and bang-for-buck that count most in our books here so the N8 better have more aces up its sleeve.
Update, 08.02.2012: The Belle update arrived and we tested that too. Check out a hands-on video and our impressions on Page 12.
We pop the box open after the break.