Wheez, 10 Sep 2010Hard to say, do you use navigation? N8 has it for free. Both are and will be awesome machines.... moreWith exception of the display, samsung galaxy S looks like cheap middle range phone, and not like high end device. Plastic in the back looks terrible. They should have used more quality materials (like aluminium). Do not forget that we are talking about phone whose retail price is euro 500+.
Wheez, 12 Sep 2010From my-symbian forum:
I'd say eye candy is very well balanced against performance and usab... moreMore from same place, same fella:
Well, what I can say for now is that overall quality, look&feel, build precision, materials, etc. are simply OUTSTANDING and in this regard the N8 is surely the best Nokia smartphone ever made. The all plastic N900 does not even come close in terms of build quality. It was cold outside when the courier delivered the package and when I was taking the N8 from the box when I touched it for the first time that cold metal casing was really a nice feeling. The screen is also just.... lovely and works just like what you'd expect from a capacitive multitouch display.
I must say I am also extremely (positively) surprised when it comes to performance. The device boots in less than 30 seconds (including the Nokia Hands animation) and everything works exceptionally fast. I am not exaggerating here, it is really a ROCKET.
For several days I've been also testing the Vivaz and Vivaz pro, which both have the fastest processor ever used in a Symbian phone (Cortex-A8 720 MHz), i.e. faster and more advanced than N8's ARM1176 @ 680 MHz, but compared to the N8 they feel like snails.
I've also ran some benchmarks (e.g. GLBenchmark 1.1) and while Vivaz's get results considerably better (often even twice) than e.g. the Samsung Omnia i8910 HD, the N8 in turn outperforms the Vivaz/Vivaz Pro twins in graphic performance almost TWICE. It looks that even though its processor is slower, the GPU (hardware accelerator) of the N8 is considerably faster. Vivaz has PowerVR SGX530 GPU while the N8 has Broadcom VideoCore III.
If it's that much faster than SGX530, then I wouldn't be surprised if it was offering performance similar to the SGX535 like in the iPhone 4.
Oh, and they FINALLY changed the landscape mode to ALWAYS show the virtual buttons at the BOTTOM of the screen and not on the right side (on S60 5th Edition phones it works this way only on the home screen while on all other screens the buttons are on the right, eating some 20% of screen area) so now the landscape mode offers considerably more usable screen area, i.e. full width, with only a small button bar at the bottom. Again, just as it should have been from the beginning.
The camera (both video and stills) are indeed of exceptional quality and there are also some really nice small things about it like e.g. tiny internal "cover" over the lens that opens and closes automatically as you launch or close the camera app.
Would I switch from the N900 to the N8? Most probably no. I still prefer Maemo's UI, its higher resolution screen and its openness. So as much as I am really excited about the N8, my upgrade path from the N900 will be the N9.
believe me I saw N8 tonight and my brother did,
its price was 1100$ and my brother said its 850$,
believe believe believe
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??