You’ve got three homescreens to play with on the Nokia N8 and these can be customised with apps, widgets, tiles, folders, shortcuts and contacts – practically anything. Doing this, thankfully, is both very simple and intuitive. You simply press down on the screen, then add or remove the widget, app or shortcut – simple.
Each Tile or Widget, take the news ones for example, displays all the information you’ll require at a glance and the animation is literally seamless, each headline melts into the next perfectly. And if that wasn't enough, there are even pictures present on some, which really does add a touch of class to an already impressive looking UI.
In terms of customisation, you can get up to 24 shortcuts on each of the homescreens – so, across the three you can potentially have 72. And with the help of the constantly improving Ovi Store, you really are spoilt for choice with apps, games, tools and widgets.
Unfortunately, adding shortcuts isn’t quite as straightforward as it is on Android. For instance, you have to first add a “Shortcuts” tile – these have four shortcut links in them – then, once the Shortcuts tile has loaded, you edit what shortcut icons appear inside it.
The built in stock Ovi applications, such as Social for example, are also worth a mention as both the Facebook and Twitter clients within it give both Android’s and RIM’s a serious run for their proverbial monies.
There’s also a video and photo editor, built-in user guides and Ovi Music among other things. And when you add the above to the constantly growing Ovi services, like Mail, Maps and Messenger, you’ve got more than enough stuff on board the N8 to keep you entertained for literally hours.
But it’s not just looks that have been improved, the email and text aspects of the Nokia N8 have been vastly rejigged as well, with the implementation of a conversational display for texts and support for multiple email clients (Windows Live, Hotmail, Yahoo, BT and Gmail etc) that you can switch between very easily. There is also a new set of filters such as dates, attachments, names et
The Nokia N8 is easily one of the most eagerly anticipated devices on the year. It has the new Symbian^3 OS, a 12-megapixel camera, an HDMI port, huge processing and graphical display power and a massively overhauled UI – basically, it’s meant to be pretty damn good.
We were lucky enough to get a pre-production handset to have a play with before the handset gets its official UK release in October. So we had to opportunity to see if the Nokia N8 was really worth all this fuss…
Obviously, there’s been a lot of hype surrounding this handset. It represents the regeneration of the Symbian platform, has oodles of features and technology packed into it and, most importantly, it is Nokia’s latest attempt to steal some of HTC’s and Apple’s thunder.
The Nokia N8, while being something of a departure from Nokia’s usual design, is still very much a ‘Nokia’ device in terms of aesthetics. The handset features a unibody design made from Anodised Aluminium, which gives it a solid, durable, feel in the hand.
Thankfully, though, this hasn’t brought any “weight issues” into play, and the Nokia N8 feels extremely light in the hand for a phone its size. For example, we compared the Nokia N8’s in-hand weight to that of the iPhone 4 and the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and really couldn’t notice any discernable difference.
The Nokia N8 also features a non-removable battery, like the iPhone, and two side slots for both your SIM and microSD cards, which are located on the device’s left side. On the right, there’s a volume rocker, lock switch and the camera activation button. The top of the device features a 3.5mm jack slot, HDMI port and the power button.
Prior to getting the N8 in, we were quite apprehensive about Symbian^3. Yes, we’d read lots of good things about it, but over the years, like many people, we’ve really fallen out of love with Symbian.
So when we booted the device up and saw what Symbian^3 looked like for the first time we were very impressed. Don’t get us wrong, it’s still very much a Symbian OS, both in terms of the way it looks and feels, it’s just received a massive overhaul and has been dragged kicking-and-screaming into the 21st Century with multiple homescreens, widgets and live tiles.
the latest leaked photo of Nokia handset without physical keys in front with qwerty keyboard compared to a Mac only because of the same color the black and silver combination. Can you get it. The color will be changed soon.
Remember prototypes always look ugly. Just look at the N8, X3-02, Nokia E7 with scratches. Right!?
Here's the real n9
-difference in camera lens
-the led flash is located in the side.
-The Nokia E7 from Negri Electronics
the led flash in the top of the lens
lambo, 20 Aug 2010I old user of nokia phones . N8 will have 2 problems . 1-it has no camera lens protect . 2- it... moreokay but most of the good features will over ride the other features. and for the price of it i will get my self a case and plus i dont plan on droping it. but thanks anyway. im guted about the speaker
I think this phone will raise the bar for smartphones. It scores all the right features and does not rely on marketing bubbles, like those good for nothing mobile phone operating systems, which the media are so desperately trying to convince us we need.
A good looking, sturdy, well built smartphone with a great camera and connectivity features. Thank you Nokia!
Wheez, 19 Aug 2010680Mhz is sufficient cos it's running on Symbian that is alot lighter than the Android and cos... moreyeah, as simple as that.. yet "they" can't understand it, they just whine and complain..
I old user of nokia phones . N8 will have 2 problems . 1-it has no camera lens protect . 2- it has mono speaker it meens low sound ~ wait the N8 .. & see . love nokia.
I CANT WAIT. before anyone slags it of every one nos the features thats why we want one. every phone on the market has its issues. i think it will be the best on the market does anyone agree
Price in Switzerland is SFR 500, which equals to USD 485 or EUR 380, delivering end of september.
Anonymous, 19 Aug 2010bluetooth v3, n wifi, free ovi maps and the fact that i can drag and drop things on to it with... moreWhat's point in talking about extra features if the basic feature itself are worst ... stupid
Aplle,Nokia,Samsung or Blackberry....The winner will be who gonna listen ti his costumers.
[deleted post]I'm a fun and longtime user of Nokia and I switched to galaxy vibrant...amazing using this phone...
I wait long for Nokia N8, but we must see it , try it and then.
Nokia give enough time to competition and stack with slow processors and symbian problems.
Try a galaxy's smartphone and you gonna see.
Before I was hating samsung design and particular standards but now, they make nice devices.
has 12MP with xenon flash
Dolby sorround in tv out not in speaker phone
Has low 685processor
[deleted post]bluetooth v3, n wifi, free ovi maps and the fact that i can drag and drop things on to it without the need for itunes. all sounds pretty good to me.
[deleted post]It's a bad place to ask, cos most people here are most interested in the N8, personally N8 fits me the best, so I'm getting that.
It might be different for you. Just look for videos in youtube and try to make up your mind. Remember though that most videos about the N8 are like 2 months old and are showing an early prototype build of the phone and Symbian^3, try looking for the newer videos in the N8s case or the watch the old ones knowing that it works faster than in the videos.
Anonymous, 19 Aug 2010I think sonyericsons satios degine is too much parfect then this...........but the facility of... moreI don't really agree about the Cookie Pep thing. They don't really share any more similarities in their looks than any other smartphone out there.
Not to mention that there arn't all that many ways to make a device like that look different from the rest.
very close to 4 million.
It will have more and more after release.
wellcome back Nokia, xenon blic finally
I think sonyericsons satios degine is too much parfect then this...........but the facility of nokia symbian vs3os is nt suitable on this costly set......that is the point which disapointed me on the other hand...it also stole the desgine of lg cooki pep...i think u all also agreed with me