Pros Sleek and sturdy. The camera and video features are the best i've seen of any phone. The touchscreen keyboard also has the best response / accuracy. Coming from iPhone as well, i've noticed the music setup is just as solid.
Cons The way the flash of the camera sticks out a little from the body.
Summary I've had it for about 3 days now and so far am a huge fan. Half my family has droids and I had iPhones for 3 years. This was a welcome and refreshing upgrade. The maps, music, camera, and video features are very solid and the phone just looks great.
"Android vs N8"on by ANDROIDfever
Pros N8 has it all.
12 MP Camera,FREE Voice navigation of the entire world,FM transmitter,USB on the go,HDMI,Audio control on HEADPHONE,AWESOME resale value,Nokia STORE has all d great major APPS available on ANDROID BUT Android doesn't hav what NOKIA Has
Cons Frankly speaking i Dont find any cons in this Legendary Phone,i dont want over 1 million apps on my N8 i dont even need any 1000 apps.,i just want the best apps and N8 has it all ON NOKIA STORE.
Summary basically i loved my android phones until i had an N8 in my palms..
android has done well in games but almost all games are available for N8 also..
i dont want to use a 4. INCH OR 5 INCH phone.,god it looks like holding an old-school calculator..hahaha..3.5 inch of N8 is the best size.,said by gsmarena.com
Pros Call Quality, 12 MP Camera, HD Recording/Playback, MP3 up to 320 kbps, HDMI, Bluetooth 3.0, Accelerometer, Free GPS, Multitasking, Unlocked
Cons Too Few Video Playback Formats, Only 3 Home Screens, Relatively Few Apps (But Getting Better)
Summary Priority #1 for me is great call quality. The N8 offers the best call quality I have ever heard on a cell. Next, I wanted a good camera. The 12 MP with Carl Zeiss lens is better than any cell camera out there, and better than anything on the horizon. Plus, the Xenon flash is better than LED.
Photo and video editing features are included, but I don't use them. I do enjoy the pinch to zoom, which works flawlessly. The HDMI output is also great. And while the video playback is 720p, 30 fps, video recording is at 720p, 25 fps. That will be improved in a July update.
I wanted a 4" screen. Anything bigger makes the phone cumbersome for me. The N8 screen is 3.5", but the colors are vibrant. The screen is easy to read, even in sunlight. The gorilla glass and aluminum casing keep it from getting damaged.
The biggest downside for me is the number of video formats the N8 plays. It plays avi and mp4 files, but I'm disappointed it doesn't play mpg and mkv files. I have a video converter, but the converter route is inconvenient. Music sounds good, great over headphones, and plays up to 320 kbps. A big advantage for me is Bluetooth 3.0, which allows me to wirelessly transfer files between my computer and N8.
The N8 is Feature-Rich. Features include an FM Radio, FM transmitter (play music on your car speakers), free GPS, and more. The Accelerometer and 3D graphics let me play games other phones can't. Although the N8 has only 256 MB of RAM, the N8 offers true multitasking. I have run over a half-dozen apps simultaneously with no problem, and it's easy to switch between apps or close running apps.
I've heard five knocks on the N8. First, the web browser is below average. True, but Opera is a pretty good browser, and it's a free download. Second, the Symbian operating system requires more taps to do some things, and some tasks are hard to find in a layer of menus. Also true. But Symbian 3 is a lot easier to use than previous Symbian versions, and after some practice, getting things done becomes second-nature. Third, there are relatively few apps available compared to the Android and iOS markets. True again. But the N8 comes with a lot of apps preinstalled (Quickoffice, Dictionary, YouTube, etc), and I've downloaded over forty apps on my own. I've gotten almost everything I could want. It's well and good if 100,000 apps are available, but I don't need 100,000 apps. Besides, more apps are being added regularly. Nokia is the biggest phone manufacturer in the world, and the N8 is one of their premier models (if not THE premier Nokia model). Fourth, the keyboard isn't the greatest. I downloaded Swype at no charge. People that type a lot will find Swype to be a major improvement. Fifth, only three home screens are available. That's enough for me, but a fourth would have been nice. For some, three home screens may fall short.
I've read negative comments about the N8, and almost didn't buy this phone. After owning the N8 for three months, I think that those reviewers either bought a lemon, bought an early-manufactured phone where issues have been fixed with over-the-air upgrades, installed non-compatible apps, or some people may simply be incompetent. This is a great phone!
I decided to get an unlocked phone because I was tired of pre-installed bloatware. With the N8, I do the customizing. I don't have to worry about useless apps, some of which trick you into buying something unless you opt-out. The N8 was the best unlocked phone I could find. Also, with the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger, I didn't want to be locked into a two-year contract. There are too may question marks on the horizon. In addition, Symbian doesn't have a "kill switch" capability for the provider to delete apps, which is found on Apple, Android, and Microsoft Cell phones.
When compared to the iPhone4, Atrix, Thunderbolt, etc, each phone has its advantages. Other phones would be the best choice for some people, especially if they need 4G. The N8, with 3.5G, is the best choice for me.
"Died, dead."on by ccjmd
Pros Great potential. Good apps. Love the camera.
Cons Died three times and finally couldn't get it back. Serviced at Nokia but it died again and won't turn on. Nokia customer service was sluggish. They know there is a problem with this phone.
Summary I'm hugely disappointed.
Pros Good quality calls and Ovi applications.
Cons Freeze during certain times and hard to predict when the next.
Summary We were driving up the ramp on the highway. My son who just got his driver license listened attentively to the Nokia N8 driving home built-in map guidance. Up on the ramp, N8 stated saying to take a right turn now. Then on another ramp, it says to make a u-turn now! How ridiculous especially when the freeway was built nearly 2 years ago. My son almost had an accident because of his frantic search for the turns as there was some cars alongside. Worse is there is no way one can alert the makers of this phone or get an effective reply to personally update the map like some Garmin or dedicated gps devices can.
(Note: there is an all new update, this month though but unfortunately after wasting five hours + connected to nokia ovi website for a new map application including world maps update, it turned out that the problem remains!) Don't trust ovi maps at all! The Hd videos is actually good although not as good as a dedicated HD camcorder. The still camera is horrible.
Key inputs is quite good.
My N8 has had some trouble in starting a few times but not as much recently. Not sure what to think anymore! I just wish Nokia Care servicing people were more helpful as they have turned out to be not as knowledgeable as I hoped for and plead ignorant most of the time.