I have had my Nokia N8 for 1 month now and just wanted to share my experience.
The day bought it I found it to be faulty, hardware issue, head phones not working and had to get it replaced, the nokia care in India took 10 days to give me a replacement. This was a huge disappointment.
Bought it and in 1 day it was gone, I was left with a 1100 model given by the priority dealer.
I had bought 2 phones for 23490 each after checking prices at 4 shops and in 5 days they reduced the price by 800 rupees per piece, this was another let down.
Have been using my N8 extensively since buying it and found it to be a good device.
Speed: for all the arguments of whether the 680 Mhz processor is enough or not, i would like to add that its slow compared to others. I donít know if it requires a heavy processor or not but the fact is that it is slow.
UI: i have always been a fan of Nokia and have used all E series models plus others; this is my first N series phone. The UI is no different and I like it. I also installed SPB shell and it made the phone blazing fast. So for the guys who donít like the default UI, check SPB Shell.
Web Browser: It is a good browser but once again the speed is the criteria and one of the biggest things is auto setting of text when zoomed, we have to scroll vertically and horizontally to read the text, it is very irritating. Expecting a fix for this, as an update
Music Player: the sound is good enough for me; radio transmitter was a very welcoming feature. The only problem is that it shows the folders on artists and not on the name of the folder. So looking for folder is tough especially when driving.
Social App: it doesnít work, stupid thing only works on WIFI network, donít know why, still trying to figure out a way.
OVI Store & Ovi Music: this is one of the best part, I love this, have got 1 year of unlimited downloads with latest music available for free, now thatís too much to give. I have got all major app from the store so no complains about less number of apps availability.
Maps: I donít use the navigation feature but had used to check some location, found Google maps to be better and faster. But sure will not be able to match the lifetime free navigation given by nokia. In nokia maps it took time to lock on to the location.
Contacts: Asusual the best amongst all ever used. Seamless and error free compatibility and syncing. Storing it online on OVI is a great great feature and very useful.
Emails: i was a BB user before i switched on to this phone, so canít compare but happy with whatever i have. No Complaints At All.
SMS: the typing is best in the world, have been very comfortable with T9 and just love it for this phone as well. As the touch sensitivity of this phone is excellent, typing is marvellous. I donít require swipe.
Camera: No need to say anything here 
Videos: one more time incomparable, runs absolutely all videos i have, so works for me. Simply mindblowing.
TV connectivity: After camera i think for me it is the best possible thing. Superb.
Other nice things: Over the air software updates, new you tube app by google, New maps, Photo Editor, Radio, Battery monitor, Angry birds, Qtorch.
Not so good things: Dictionary, Quick Office, Social Applications and SPEED.
But the fact is that this is a great device and not considering the small issues which are hopefully going to get solved in the firmware update i think ITS THE BEST AVAILABLE PHONE in the market.
Especially considering the cost, i donít think for Indian market there is anything comparable to this.
M facing problem with messages from last month, there are sent messages & messages in inbox but if open the inbox & sent, no message appears.
After restrting phone everything works correctly, i can see messages.
Is anybdy eslse facing this prblm?
Hi does anyone know when the firmware update for this phone will come out?
internet connection is working but ovi store not connecting neither does ovi music store opening !!!
Can anybody help????
no equalizer setting only im missing else too guud phone awesome very very highly recommended
Awesome......im use this 2 months..The camera quality this phone like DIGITAL CAMERA & THE VIDEO QUALITY also very attractive...
aj fr techjamaica, 16 Dec 2010Droid Rampage you will of to wait until sept-dec between those month so my thing is work with ... moreI upgrade my phone every 6 months and that time frame is perfect for my Christmas vacation next year. I might go with Android/iPhone then upgrade to MeeGo if they get their N9 on the 3rd-4th quarter. At that time I will need a strong snapper and nobody does pictures better than Nokia.
Droid Rampage you will of to wait until sept-dec between those month so my thing is work with the phone with durability built and has much more feature basic fm radio penta band 3g any network.
i dont of to spell lt out for you
if you mod your phone and f@@k it up your are on your own.
majority of whose phone that stop working in my opinion is person who modded there phone
Anonymous, 16 Dec 2010if i will buy this and then they will release a dual core phone then n8 will be out of the fad... moreThat's the exact same reason I'm not jumping on the N8 or the Nexus S. I have yet to see MeeGo and I do hope that the dual cores gets on the market really soon.
i have a n8 tips
when you installed any application you must reboot for the apps work proper if you this after any installation you won't have any problems
i mine for 2 day now no problem so far.
the symbian 3 is almost flawless just few bugs here there still better android 2.1 and 2.2 with flash among other feature
Really sorry to hear such stories of N8 dying. Mine is working fine and I love it very much. Maybe Nokia sould look into recalling the defective batch rather than wait for people face the frustration. Even the best car makers have done it.
if i will buy this and then they will release a dual core phone then n8 will be out of the fad in months time.
brynn, 15 Dec 2010@sea-breeze, ive had 3 n8 and just underwhelmed altho some say i could have had bad units..I l... more@brynn
hey brynn how r ya .. me too really remember ur name from a while ago !! hi ! sorry to hear about faulty n8s u've got , i heard some faulty units where in the market and thats sad .. mine for my good luck was good and wasn't one of them! ., hanged 2 or 3 times cuz of the 3rd party app. not compatible with new symbia^3 ,its really annoying the size of the HD video that file is 225mb! u can download it at the link posted...
the wave is really a great pretty slim fone i love its touck and sleek style but the only problem for me was the led flash , although its a good function for night videos but for still imaging at night is not that good .. the galaxyS am not yet into androids not mature enough i think the samsung wave is way better more stylish and hyper i really wanna get myself a one before its discont.
hahhahaaa about the car brakes :-))) i was trying it for one of ma friends and uploaded for him i wasn't satisfied with it cuz it lacks ABS but fair for its price.
so i think u may pick another Good N8 ... cuz mine really didn't show the memory full or out of memory issues maybe it was 3rd party appl. cuz this bug.. as fring or whatapps or blacklist ..maybe am not sure
if u r not into imaging stick with the wave .. if u need the extra xenon flash go for the n8 ... by the way the USB on the Go feature isn't that good as they claim .., not all devices are recognized by the n8 ... my kingston 8gb pen drive (flash stick-thumb disk!) didn't recognized while the sandisk works flawlessly .., and its annoying carrying the cable all the time with you...,
anyway i luv photography so am with the N8 for a while .. the big sensor with the xenon gives brilliant results .., watch those pics of mine on
@sea-breeze, ive had 3 n8 and just underwhelmed altho some say i could have had bad units..I love sammy wave because it has concert sound setting which gives nightclub sound,plus battery,screen,audio etc.
I may try another n8 i just miss led flash for night video and concert surround setting.The n8 trouble i had was out of memory errors playing back hd video thru tele..The video was not random its was taken with the n8..Surely tho i could get a usb led light(usb OTG) and use that as video light??
I am not going with Android tho its all over place and bad at battery management,,you seen new nexus its worse than nexus 1 and here in uk carfone want 549GBP for it.The n8 blows it away for nearly half the price.
Ohh and SGS records in silly .3gp format and has poor batterry and no led but has concert setting.May get n8 or c7,mmmmm think i will sleep on it..I do respect your opinions due to earlier posts on gsm forums.
sea-breeze, 15 Dec 2010this might give u the taste of the best camphone in the world !!!
Great Video in Disque !
... moreFantastic video,i have some with sammy wave but distortion in sound is bad due to bass tones at the rave i went to,...
It took a while to watch cause obviously hd is taking 60-80MB per video and my connection is 8Mb/s supposidly "huh" more like 1b/s .They are really going to have to reinvent the web cause with everything going hi-def i am sure you will agree its failing under heavy bandwidth now being used..Anyway love that big brake test in hyundai car at 100?per hour,hee in uk its miles per hour.
I think looking at your vids your a bit hyper like me ,i love real ultra low bass ,cars locking wheels and mad things or MAYBE your sane and misread things.
I remember you from an earlier forum cause sea-breeze is noticeable nickname.Cheers BRYNN