Yesterday I got chance to playing with N8 at Nokia Showroom CGC City center Branch at Doha. I have used it more than 30 minutes. So, I want to share my experience with all of you.
I have read in many forum/review about its built quality and look. I have seen many pictures and also 360 deg. view (by GSMARENA). But when I get it on my hand, really I was surprised. It feels solid like a beautifully machined piece of steel. Gaps between all physical key (Volume, camera shutter etc) and body smoothly champhared. It makes a shining appearance. As you know in back side camera part is little projected. Between body and end metallic part of the projected part there are a back layer like a gasket. May be it is made of rubber. But finishing of that part is also very good. There is a port for multiple USB connectors. But Nokia kept it open. I wish if they put some cover for it. Overall it feels smaller in hand then seen in picture.
For screen brightness and colour density, I have not felt much difference with Iphone. If compared with Galaxy S, there is difference. But I think it should not be a deal breaker. But display feels smaller than Iphone, though both are 3.5” in diagonal size. I think N8’s width dimension is smaller than Iphone. I have used it inside so, I do not have idea about sunlight legibility. I can say quality of display is sharp.
Many persons complaining about lag of changing between home screen. They should try direct taping in the bottom dot provide for changing home screen. Then it can be feel there is really no lag. Also I have not found any lag in photo gallery. Pinch to zoom also working quit well. Load of photo is also very fast. Photo surfing filling is same as Iphone. I feel music cover flow is just flying. Also I feel it is faster than Iphone. For net surfing I have used CSC’s own wifi connection. Web page is loading fast. I have tried you tube. They are taking time depends on size of the file. Falsh files are running smoothly and looking fine.
One owner of N8 made a blog of showing inability of N8. He has shown that he has recorded something and instantly he tried to play it. And his N8 is not able to do so. I have also made a movie clip and instantly try to play and it was working fine.
He has shown there is an option of activating/ selecting animated files. Taping on those file got comment “Application is not supported”. Sadly in my case I have also found the same problem.
Only Angry Bird Lite was installed in it. It is working fine. No car race type game was installed.
Sound coming from the speaker is loud and clear. If compared with 5800, both feel almost same. I have not tried with headphone. Sound recording quality also very good. While playing movie file made by me I found so may sound source which has been ignored by me in reality, means I hardly hear them.
I managed to run 12 applications simultaneously without any lag. I have seen preinstalled movie clippings. They are crystal clear.
Here maximum persons visiting are comparing touch sensitivity of N8 with Iphone. I found they are not much happy with N8’s sensitivity.
It was silver in colour and Made by Nokia.
I just use nokia n8 around 1 week ago. But find out a little bit problem. the headphone cant to detect by the phone n when using the original headphone, the sound tuneless, then exchange to other brand it can work perfect. Another thing is the hdmi cover is use plastic material n shining but easy to scratch n oso dificult to close back n fit in. N for me when i using this phone around 3 days the hdmi cover have cracking n scratching already. Dont know why nokia always using this kind of material easy to broken n not use. Actually i really like the phone design cos it look different compare with b4 the phone in market. But for this kind of problem i think mayb i wil change for other phone is better. Mayb i wil change back to iphone is better.
cleon03, 22 Oct 2010the n8 beats alot, but it lacks a fiew jabs to be the best. A 1Ghz. Processer would be perfect... moreSymbian doesn't need a 1Ghz processor cause it is a light OS based on a C++, compared to other OS that requires higher processor to run. N8's current processor is very much enough plus it includes a graphics accelerator.
a lot of improve compare to other Nokia touch screen device. good hardware built-in example camera,video, usb2go, Screen HD, etc..
battery not lasting if widgets go online,normal usage without internet will be fine. symbian OS ^3 not really make much difference, still lag of APPS and GAMES.
...this n8 wont be an iphone or android killer in OS,apps or games currently. u will so disappoint if compare apps and games to iphone or android.
for myself..as a long wait for this N8..i am so disappoint...
N8 lover, 23 Oct 2010Dear Abdulla, I guess you are not reading the comments or having a hard time understanding the... moreHi all.
I am an Engineer and i am really amused by the comments regarding the radio.Please note the frequencies used for FM Transmission,The distance from the repeater stations. Do your own research and find the relationship between the length of the antennae and frequency. You may also want to know why there are so many sector antennae for the GSM/3G spaced after a few thousand metres or less and the up-link/down link frequencies for your handset, Then you will be at a position to explain the internal aerial phenomenon and use of earphone wires as the antenna for radio. But still its possible to have an integrated antenna. Wish you the best in your research.
N8 lover, 23 Oct 2010Dear Abdulla, I guess you are not reading the comments or having a hard time understanding the... moreno, i fully understand that u can attach an internal antenna to a mobile,
but following your logic, y does the X2 have internal antenna? the X2 dosnt care about privacy? :D
im just sayin that "privacy" isnt the reason why mobile dont have internal radio antennas...
well, N8 is indeed a good phone. However, the interface seems outdated. I do hope that nokia could upgrade thier interface so that it will be more attractive !
Ali Abdulla, 23 Oct 2010nope, the reason radio works via headphones, is coz the headphones acts as antenna.. thats it ... moreDear Abdulla, I guess you are not reading the comments or having a hard time understanding them. Do you know that it is very easy to attach a built-in antenna to a mobile? (for your info, check Nokia X2) But then why do you think they made it like this, that the headphone have to be the antenna? The mobile phone companies CAN attach a built-in antenna but they don't do that to make you give privacy to other people. I just said that. Please try to understand what people are saying, then rush for a comment/reply. Take care.
N8 lover, 23 Oct 2010Hey guys, hope you are doing well. I am lying in my bed cause I'm having fever. But yet had to... morenope, the reason radio works via headphones, is coz the headphones acts as antenna.. thats it , thats the only reason :D... and if u like you can connect headphones, and open radio, and switch it to loudspeaker mode...but u still need the headphones connected, coz thats where the antenna is..
as for laptops loudspeakers.. laptops dont have huge subs, because of the relative smaller space, and to lessen costs.. however, there are still some laptops with LOUD speakers, AND clear too... expensive Multimedia ones... watching a movie with such laptops is an average experience.
RK, 23 Oct 2010MK,The name of your website?I recomend u to buy em oficialy, if u ve enough mony..not 4rm my site
Hey guys, hope you are doing well. I am lying in my bed cause I'm having fever. But yet had to write here cause some of the people here are boasting out about some stupid topics.
The reason N8 (and most of other phones) doesn't play the radio without the headphone because there is a reason. Suppose you are travelling in a bus (along with other people you might not know). You feel like listening to the radio (but maybe others don't feel like listening to ANYTHING, they feel like sleeping). If you switch on your radio, then you plug in the headphone & listen to it yourself. How many of us will attach a headphone & listen to the radio loud? I know I won't. This is the same reason the phones (also the laptops) don't have the speaker so loud. If you wanna listen to music or radio, just put in a headphone & listen to it.
To that matter, the same reason makes the camera sound (even if you change your profile to silent/meeting). People love to have privacy, but little they care about other peoples' privacy. People like to boast about their gadgets. That is why the FCC rules are there to make your phone produce a sound (and/or lid a light) when you take a picture (even if you attach a headphone or make the profile silent) and make the loud speaker NOT LOUD ENOUGH to make sure you don't disturb others.
Anyway, take care.
Shine, 23 Oct 2010As comparing Wid iPhone 4 Nokia n8 stands no where! Iphone 4 is only for entertainment and displaying, N8 is a real smartphone for smart people. Just compare the specs of N8 & Iphone4 plus the price ratio. Don't believe in the bloggers and reviewers specially those from the US that says Iphone4 is the best smartphone, they are part of the marketing payroll of Apple that is why Apple products are very expensive. You can check to sites like gsmarena where the common people and the real users are giving comments and ratings.
The hdmi cover is made of plastic and its surface is shiny and scratchable, very stupid of nokia
someone please give some pressure to skype, force them to make a version for symbian 3,
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aileen, 23 Oct 2010i got my n8 now i bought it 23,699php nokia megamall, may i know what kind of amoled used in t... moreJust understand and learn the specs of your new phone. It has light detector so it will automatically adjust the right brightness to your environment. Screen is an amoled LCD but a gorilla glass which is almost scratch proof (you can put it in your pocket together with the keys, coins, or even swiss knife without getting scratch on the screen). It has the best "real time" touch experience so far. It's camera is the best for today's smartphones with carl zeiss optic and Xenon flash unlike others using only LED flash (Xenon flash is far better than LED flash just learn to setup your phone's camera). I was very much satisfied with my previous 5MP N82 phone with a Xenon flash viewing in my large LCD TV and N8 is better with 12MP. And don't forget the new breakthrough in smartphone feature of your N8, YOU CAN NOW COPY FILES FROM A USB FLASH DRIVE directly to your mobile without a need for a PC or laptop.
aileen, 23 Oct 2010i got my n8 now i bought it 23,699php nokia megamall, may i know what kind of amoled used in t... moreN8 has 2nd generation AMOLED(not "super amoled, yet not 1st generation AMOLED either)
anywayz, it has an anti-reflection layer... so it should be alot better under the sun, compared to regular AMOLED screens(nexus one for example)
shubham , 23 Oct 2010Got this phone and man this phone is miinnnddddd bloowwiing.just having fun with n8-one of the... morePlease tell me the truth it is really worth to buy n8 i am planning to get now
Got this phone and man this phone is miinnnddddd bloowwiing.just having fun with n8-one of the best phone of the nokia with symbania 3.man i just love it..............................
aileen, 23 Oct 2010i got my n8 now i bought it 23,699php nokia megamall, may i know what kind of amoled used in t... moreWhen you are out-side, the AMOLED will not give as bright as the LCD.
But you should get clear picture. Better check with The agent you bought from.
i got my n8 now i bought it 23,699php nokia megamall, may i know what kind of amoled used in this device? bec. my previous phone is samsung jet it has amoled. but my question is why n8 is not brigther than samsung jet both it has amoled resolution. im confused about
Lcd amoled. i could not feel amoled to my new nokia n8, camera is very sad i mean is not very brighter. it just look compress photos not good. camera captured is super compress not so good. :-(