From my-symbian forum:
I'd say eye candy is very well balanced against performance and usability. Transitions and effects are very subtle, yet still noticeable. And they're REALLY fast, well, at least on a "fresh" device that's not stuffed too much. I got the device three days later than promised and had to send it back today, so I only had three days to play with it, way too little to draw any final conclusions on how it will behave with lots of software installed, or how battery will perform in normal daily use, etc. I didn't have enough time to even just test how the Power Saving Mode improves battery life. But such a 'fresh' device performed EXCEPTIONALLY well. I'm still wondering how the N8 with a 680 MHz ARM11 can be that much faster than e.g. Vivaz with 720 MHz OMAP3...
I was promised that I will get another, almost final unit in a week or so, and for longer testing, so based on it I will be able to talk about all the details.
Back to eye candy, the UI looks much more elegant. All the changes are actually quite small and subtle, but maybe that's why I like them. Users don't have to learn the UI from the scratch, it's just that certain annoying things have been fixed and the UI got a face lifting. Transitions, fades etc. were 100% smooth and - as I wrote - very subtle, which means short/quick. This way, while making the UI look nicer, they do not slow it down unnecessarily.
Kinetic scrolling is supported everywhere, in all applications, system screens, image viewer, web browser, etc. And it is 100% smooth, too. Scrolling between pictures in the gallery is simply superb, just what you'd expect. Definitely not worse than on the iPhone.
Kinetic scrolling in the web browser is also nice, however some 'heavy' pages with large flash content tend to lag a bit, i.e. they start scrolling with some slight delay, but the actual scrolling is smooth, too. Lightweight pages scroll instantly. So I guess it's flash that affects the performance.
Pinch-to-zoom also works really nicely, both for images and web pages. There's really nothing to complain about in this regard.
Does the audio player contain the 'cover flow' type display of album covers that was demonstrated in the s^3 preview video?
Yes. Please see the screenshot below. It looks and works really great and smooth, too.
The impression I got regarding the eyecandy is that Nokia finally hired someone with GOOD TASTE to tune it. Subtle and quick transitions, really nice scrolling, and even the vibrator tuned for very nice and gentle feeback when you touch the screen. It is still the S60 platform and it couldn't magically turn into something completely different, so e.g. the built-in applications like Calendar or email client are still the same and may be too simple for more demanding users, but the overall user experience has really improved A LOT.
If Maemo/Meego didn't exist and I had to choose a new smartphone, I'd happily get the N8. I just wish it had a WVGA screen. nHD on 3.5" looks a little bit too pixelized, and the icons could be a bit smaller, too.
ravi, 12 Sep 2010Does Nokia N8 support google talk, skype...??? RegardsYeah it does !
husi, 12 Sep 2010At first I thought its Nokia's upcoming X5-01, but its not o.OMystery :)
Anonymous, 12 Sep 2010isn t it the same as the x5??Maybe X5's prototype, but definitely not any prototype version of n8 :|
AMANITA, 12 Sep 2010It is N8 !Lol you are biggest lover of N8 ;) I'm saying about the device upon the N8 box.. See again..
Niraj, 12 Sep 2010Thanks.. Just saw it.. Please try this link http://twitpic.com/2i4igl/full At first I thought its Nokia's upcoming X5-01, but its not o.O
Niraj, 12 Sep 2010Thanks.. Just saw it.. Please try this link http://twitpic.com/2i4igl/full It is N8 !
Niraj, 12 Sep 2010Thanks.. Just saw it.. Please try this link http://twitpic.com/2i4igl/full isn t it the same as the x5??
Niraj, 12 Sep 2010Thanks.. Just saw it.. Please try this link http://twitpic.com/2i4igl/full yeah it really looks like a nokia mini phone!!
Anonymous, 12 Sep 2010Niraj the link is not workingThanks.. Just saw it.. Please try this link http://twitpic.com/2i4igl/full
Hi guys.. Whats going on?!!
Lol too many haters are still here.. I guess they are frustrate due to so much daily interest..
Btw anybody know is this is upcoming mini Nokia device upon the N8 box in this picture http://s3.amazonaws.com/twitpic/photos/full/151375989.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=0ZRYP5X5F6FSMBCCSE82&Expires=1284281791&Signature=sreuNHv3H1OUXKrI5ORxL94TuY4%3D
Clearly it is not SE X10 mini and by judging from the picture it has something 2.6'' tft diplay and seems like it is running s40 or symbian.. Anyone has clue??
Hi, I love Nokia products......I've N97 and E72 but still I want this N8. Comparing the two mentioned, the E series beat N with battery strength and compact design......and this makes me feel that the N8 is gonna be better......the camera, USB on the go, thin and Just my type of a phone. I have big trouble with N97 but somehow I'm not mad with it. Bye.
Christi, 12 Sep 2010NOKIA rulz....blackbit$% i$it ericcrap and motogay are all crapy phones.....NOKIA is the true ... moreI have to agree with you referring nokia as the 'true phone manufacturer' they don't just innovate, they also keep the essentials, and try to make them better. They sell phones, with extra features, unlike other company who sell gadgets, processors and screens, with extra phone functionality only if you hold the thing with your right hand. But lets not talk about them, they are happy with their choice and so we are.
NOKIA rulz....blackbit$% i$it ericcrap and motogay are all crapy phones.....NOKIA is the true phone manufacturer.