Can u turn your flash into a flashlight with some app? i read that this toy dont come with video light so that turns hard to record in some dark scenes
Anonymous, 23 Oct 2010how long symbian takes to bring capacitive multitouch, kinetic scrolling and still web browser... moreN8 is packed with all those features.Once again get lost Apple fanboy and learn how to hold your phone properly.
DJ DR FM, 23 Oct 2010yeah your right ios and andriod are just eye candy no funtionality symbian has some problem... morehow long symbian takes to bring capacitive multitouch, kinetic scrolling and still web browser sucks till now. people carry fast smartph not slow lagging mini laptop for mobile phone
Tim, 23 Oct 2010Clint I haven't yet pulled the trigger on an N8, I'm only going what I've read in dozens of re... moreIndeed a lot of reviews have been rather harsh on Symbian^3 yet most go on to say it is a vast improvement on previous versions. Now I currently use a previous version and I think it is fine so major improvements on that must mean great.
These same reviews have said that the N8 is by far the best phone ever released by Nokia. Again this is saying a lot as they have released many exceptional phones.
My personal view is that the iPhone has ruined it for all of us. The masses are now dictating that this is the way a phone should function, due in part too the great Apple marketing machine, and the reviewers are following suit. All of a sudden it is all about user interface and simplicity... two things that really are not high on my agenda.
Don't pull that trigger just yet ;)
Clint, 23 Oct 2010Tim, I was in full agreement with you until we got to this part : "you basically have ... moreClint I haven't yet pulled the trigger on an N8, I'm only going what I've read in dozens of reviews as the main drawback. Time will tell if it is obsolete or if they actually update the OS and improve it, though recent headlines suggest they might. The quirks and bugs seem pretty well documented but perhaps they are mostly the type that don't bother most users, only those who have a grudge and must find some reason to hate the phone.
[deleted post]yeah your right
ios and andriod are just eye candy
symbian has some problems but remember that ios,andriod and win mob 7 have alot
Tim, 22 Oct 2010If you want a slick user interface and tons of apps, then obviously go Droid 2 or iPhone 4 or ... moreTim, I was in full agreement with you until we got to this part :
"you basically have to pick from an obsolete and buggy OS"
Nokia has made it clear that Symbian^3 is not obsolete and they will now be making upgrades to Symbian^3 and not releasing a Symbian^4. In fact going forward they will just refer to Symbian. Far from obsolete.
And I also beg to differ on the buggy part. The way Symbian does things may not appeal to some but I do not see it as buggy. In my experience it has always done what I require of it. Obviously you could possibly find one or two issues but this is usually true on any software on any device.
I see you did correct those comments a little by adding :
"At least if you pick the obsolete and buggy OS, there's hope that it may be updated and improved."
We need to change that from "might" to "will" though.
i m a big fan of nokia i m using nokia fones last 6years and i bought a n8 2day and dis is the best fone nokia had ever made....with great camera great touch great sound quality great resulation support ol most ol videos but only 1 thing is not dat much good dat is its OS... but u can't expect everything better on a phone.. even iphone have so many lacking, android also have so many problems...so i thing Nokia N8 is the best phone on market.....
Well said Give Steve Jobs a Blow Job!!!
GSM arena is really neutral all others are just on Apple payroll!!!
N8 real men tool!
Iphone is for my 12 yrs old Niece!
until she drops it an break!!!
The photo review was clearly fixed, or someone leaked the results. There is NO WAY that the camera on this is better than a dedicated Digi cam.
It is good though, and a worthy successor to the N82. More of the same please Nokia.
Such a shame about Symbian though. It needs retiring, or a complete overhaul from the first line of code upwards.
Got my Nokia N8 a week ago. Love it! I mean, really love IT!! Finally a phone with top camera AND real flash that creates great photos indoors and in dark settings. Connected it to my TV yesterday, and it worked flawlessly showing off photos and videos to my friends. This phone is meant for sharing moments (and connecting people). Its a big recommondation from me!
PS: Yes, the photos are the best in class, but the videos this phone creates are also breathtaking. Heres a film project using Nokia N8 only: http://vimeo.com/dragonflylove
And heres a comparison btw Nokia N8 and IPhone 4 (look how fast Nokia N8 is acting in the changing light conditions at the end, your going to love that):
Anonymous, 22 Oct 2010What "brilliant" phone features do you want?i want a ph that does wht i want when i need. connection to wifi has already been hassel in symbian.
Tim, 22 Oct 2010If you want a slick user interface and tons of apps, then obviously go Droid 2 or iPhone 4 or ... moreThat's basically it, isn't it? The hardware is all there, it's just down to the software.
And TBH considering everything that it does *out of the box*, Symbian has been and is a pretty solid offering. Clunky, sure. And with the occasional bug? Definitely annoying. But all the sheer functionality works.
I have to admit that Apple's approach does have its appeal: simply exclude a feature 'till it can be easily handled by the hardware and dressed in a slick UI. Fortunately for me, Nokia takes the opposite approach: chuck the features in and make 'em work. Users who want the features will know about them when they buy the phone; others will be pleasantly surprised when they discover just what their handset is capable of.
If you want a slick user interface and tons of apps, then obviously go Droid 2 or iPhone 4 or similar phones. For those who want a solid camera with a real flash, a phone that doesn't scratch and crack easily, one that gets good reception and call quality, one that can easily switch from AT&T and still get 3G on T-mobile, one that has native voice-guided GPS that doesn't need a cellular signal, one that easily allows your notebook to tether without outrageous monthly fees and one that has the latest bluetooth, USB and HDMI for connectivity, then you get the Nokia N8 because no Apple or Android product can touch all those features. Most other phones are lucky to match a few of them. Too bad one phone doesn't do it all, but for now you basically have to pick from an obsolete and buggy OS or a phone that has vastly inferior hardware features. At least if you pick the obsolete and buggy OS, there's hope that it may be updated and improved. There's no upgrade path for missing hardware features. Thanks for the great review, one of the most detailed I've seen and also one of the least biased (either for or against Nokia).
ALonZo, 21 Oct 2010Oh dear. GSMArena, hats off for providing a proper, unbiased review of this phone.
Ok the N... moreHa ha ha another comedian.
What exactly is wrong with the N8 as a phone? When I read the review it seemed to say it did most things well (call reception great, speaker sound for music playing great, GPS great with free navigation, pentaband connectivity exceptional etc etc etc) so I really am interested in hearing why it is only "Ok'ish" as a phone?
I assume you are once basing this vastly inaccurate conclusion on the fact that it does not have as many pretty animations in the UI, or that you are something required to press one button more than you do on an iPhone, or is it all just based on the garbage you have been reading on Americanised websites?
WOW! Nokia makes there future plans more apparent and in doing so are sure to silence a number of critics of Symbian^3 and Symbian as a whole being a dead OS! I can only laugh at the naysayers... ha ha ha ha!
"The planned and future development of the higher layers of Symbian OS itself will also rely heavily on Qt; Nokia says this will "allow a continuous improvement of the Symbian experience" and, critically, will be compatible with the existing Symbian^3 platform and devices. This will mean that existing Symbian^3 devices will be included in future updates and will receive many of the user experience and application improvements planned for Symbian^4. Going forward, Nokia will simply refer to the platform as 'Symbian', without any version specifics."
For Better battery life do the following:
Always charge the battery fully.
• Activate power saving mode. Press the power key, and select Activate power
saving. The device settings, such as Network mode and the screen saver, are
optimised. To deactivate power saving mode, press the power key, and select
Deactivate power saving.
• Set your device to retrieve mail less frequently. Select Menu > Applications >
Mail > Settings, your mailbox, and Synchronisation > Retrieval frequency. If
you have additional mailboxes, you may need to set the retrieval frequency
separately for each mailbox.
• Mute unnecessary tones, such as key tones.
• Use wired headphones, rather than the loudspeaker.
• Deactivate the background animation effects. Select Menu > Settings and
Themes > General > Options > Theme effects > Off.
• Deactivate the Big clock screen saver. Select Menu > Settings and Themes >
Screen saver > None.
• Activate a dark theme. Select Menu > Settings and Themes > General.
• Change the length of the time-out period after which the device display switches
off. Select Menu > Settings and Phone > Display > Light time-out. To adjust the
light sensor that observes lighting conditions and adjusts the display brightness, in
the display settings, select Light sensor.
• If the signal strength of the cellular network varies in your area, it increases the
demand on battery power.
• If the network mode is set to use both GSM and 3G (dual mode) networks, the device
searches for the 3G network. To set your device to use only the GSM network, select
Menu > Settings and Connectivity > Network > Network mode > GSM.
• Deactivate Bluetooth when not needed. Select Menu > Settings and
Connectivity > Bluetooth > Bluetooth > Off.
• Stop your device from scanning for available WLANs in the background. Select
Menu > Settings and Connectivity > WLAN > Options > Settings > Show
WLAN availability > Never.
• When connecting to the internet, use a WLAN connection, rather than a packet data
(GPRS or 3G) connection.
• Set the packet data connection to be established only when needed. Select
Menu > Settings and Connectivity > Admin. settings > Packet data > Packet
data connection > When needed
Oh dear. GSMArena, hats off for providing a proper, unbiased review of this phone.
Ok the N8 is a predominately a great camera with a ok'ish phone. Nokia are more concerned about making the best camera than providing an overall excellent handset. There is nothing that makes me want to buy this handset over any iPhone or Android handset. Id rather buy a camera on its own if its so important, rather than pay nearly £500 for a camera with not so brilliant phone features.
Nokia need to decide if they want to make cameras or phones.