Pros + Great call quality for both voice and video calls.
+ Excellent signal/reception.
+ 12 MP camera with great picture quality.
+ Video recording in HD.
+ Excellent build quality.
+ GPS with Voice Guided Navigation
+ File sharing
Cons - UI is a little clunky
- Not a lot of apps
- Web browser is not good
Summary As a previous owner of other rival phones (e.g.- iPhone, Android, Blackberry), I am extremely satisfied with the overall performance of Nokia's new arrival, the N8. After a week of use, I find myself being continuously impressed and rarely disappointed. Its most stand-out feature, of course, being the beefy 12 MP Carl Zeiss camera. The capabilities and features embodied in this addition rival most stand-alone digital cameras. The editing tools and other options, via apps and widgets pertaining to the camera, just add to the already impressive capabilities of the hardware.
Also, the Cymbian^3 OS is an improvement from previous Nokia OSs and it is way ahead of its competitors in terms of stability and overall function. Most surprising is the ease at which the phone can be navigated and settings can be modified. Like with most open-source phones, every ounce of memory and seemingly limitless control is at the user's fingertips. The interface is very easy-to-use and Nokia provides many useful tips in the form of notifications, which can be disabled if necessary, to inform the user about some capabilities that may be passing them by.
Going back to hardware, the phone has a number of convenient attributes. The scratch-resistant, and nearly damage-proof, gorilla glass screen is something all phones should consider using in the future. This is one of the few phones that manages to combine durability and responsiveness, without making any sacrifices. The HDMI and mini-USB jacks are a wonderful addition as well when you consider the opportunities they provide.
I could continue to praise every little thing about this phone, but I should conclude with a few notable shortcomings. Most apparent, especially for those who previously owned an iPhone or Android phone, would be the severe lack of apps on the Ovi store. Those users interested in frivolous, time-wasting apps will not be satisfied with the currently destitute app store. Although many of the apps and widgets available are not geared toward fun as much as function, previous users of those app-rich phones might feel lost in the world of Nokia. Another downfall is the standard web browser for the N8. Its clunky, non-responsive operations seem out of place in the phone's otherwise efficient OS. Fortunately, Nokia is aware of this issue and it is something that can easily be improved via a simple update. Finally, like many phones of its kind, battery life may prove to be a hindrance. It is difficult to say that the battery life of the N8 is any worse than any of its competitors and users can easily figure out ways of improving battery life. I only note this because I have been led to believe, by several reviews, that this phone boasted an extremely long battery life, while what I am experiencing is average at best.
In closing, I can honestly say that this is the best phone that I have ever used in terms of overall capability, reliability, and durability. Those of you looking for the next big thing, deciding between the iPhone or Android, or even just looking to try something new, I implore you to give the Nokia N8 a shot. You won't be disappointed.
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Pros Firstly the outstanding quality of the N8 is the built quality. The 12MP camera takes great still and true 720p video at 25fps like most camcorders. The N8 has good signal strength and I have not had any dropped call on T-mobile. Nokia N8 is fast.
Cons The initial set up can be long if you are not used to the Symbian OS which like any smartphone OS is flexible and customisable. On removable battery at the moment the phone seems stable no issues with crashes.
Summary I really like the way the phone feels in my hand to start with. It has the killer feature of connecting the phone to my 42" HD TV and playing video recording using an HDMI cable. Symbian has lots of apps not just from the Ovi store but from all over the internet. Generally the phone is great and buying it unlocked can be a bite on the pocket you do get a 2 year warranty from Nokia.
Pros - Best cameraphone on the market - period! (www.gsmarena.com)
- Build quality and design
- USB on the Go (Transfer and play files directly from USB stick!)
- HDMI out with Divx support
- Free Ovi maps with navigation and offline use for life!
Cons OS/Symbian3 took some time to get use to (I had IPhone 3GS before), but now it works like a charm!
Summary I am a father and want to capture and share all the precious moments that happens when you least expect them! This phone is the answer to all my prayers! Was some days with fiddling around the UI (been a IPhone user for two years), but now it feels great. Tip! Get PixelPipe from the Ovi Store on your N8! Great and free application for sharing your photos and videos with YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Dropbox, and a number of other social media sharing sites! :)
Pros 12mp camera with Xenon flash
720p video recording 25fps (30fps when modded, which I've already done) and great audio recorder
FREE GPS (Yes does not need mobile internet)
16GB phone memory
Gorilla glass display
Cons Wish there are more apps.
OS is stable for the most part, but there are times where the phone restarted, happend twice.
Speaker positioning comes out from the small slit under the camera.
Summary The MAIN strength of this phone is it's camera. It has a 12mp camera with carl zeiss lens and xenon flash for low light and is capable of HD recording. You can find pictures others have taken here
...and if you want detailed comparison of other phones in it's camera useage, gsmarena has provided one here...
...There has been tons of positive reviews so I'll just include my two cents which was helpful for me :D
GPS....I have no mobile internet plan and mostly rely on the N8's GPS. To do so press the menu key, settings, Application Settings, positioning, positioning methods, and turn off Assisted GPS. You do need the internet for maps and downloading the navagation voice.
30FPS video recording and uncompressed images mod - This mod can be easily uninstalled and takes more effort in installing. The mod is a sis file and the sis file needs to be signed in order to install. Things you will need when installing is a cert, key, and an application tool that'll sign the mod.
...Anyway I'm really glad I've purchased this device. So far I haven't had any major difficulties and would recommend this to anyone wanting a great camera phone.
Pros Made from high-end parts, Carl Zeiss lens to gorilla glass. Useful apps. It's my first Nokia and using Symbian. Stylish like iPhone but smart like Android. Love the radio/FM transmitter, Bluetooth3, XenonFlash and 12mpx? Better than my digital cam.
Cons Few people have it here in the US so I don't have many people to seek advice. Other than that, LOVE this phone!
Summary I've had all kinds of phones and this does things that the others are just starting to advertise as their "new features". If you want the sleekest most beautiful phone w/amazing cam, video and all the apps, don't hesitate.