Pros +The finished quality of this product with enormous set of multimedia features
+Camera is a stunning piece of art with great accuracy and image quality.
+The world wide free unlimited navigation with voice guidance + accurate and fast GPS
Cons Browser could be a bit easier to use but it supports Youtube and Flash so its quite ok (Opera Mini is my choice). Builtin browser is expected to get major online update later on this autumn and that should address usability issues.
Summary After using N8 for few days I have fallen in love to Nokia again. Symbian ^3 is really positive surprise with usability and has got some unfair judgments from reviewers just not familiar with Symbian before. The multiple homescreens (max three pages) contain all the information I need daily with widgets and applications, no need to enter the application grid at all.
Camera starts with single click from camera key and is a really fast and accurate peace of art. Well done N8, I'll be forgetting my Canon to home intentionally quite many times from now on ;)
I'm travelling a lot world wide and I love the Ovi Maps with unlimited free navigation and voice guidance. N8 map data is efficiently compressed and downloading the maps on the go consumes only a small portion of bandwidth compared to other smartphones e.g. iPhone and Android devices, this will save me from a large phone bills when travelling. No more phone bill surprises from roaming data connections! GPS locks fast (beats my Tom Tom IQ routes device in lock speed) and seems to be very accurate.
Sound quality both with calls and with music player is very good. The music player has got great usability improvements since earlier Symbian versions and is very nice to use now - finally.
There are lots of new applications developed with Qt (qt.nokia.com) and the Qt technology seems to attrack developers very well bases on different forum and blog comments, I believe the S^3 will be getting lot of developer attention. No need to use sluggish Java applications anymore as with Android.
"Excellent!"on by travis_podol_ski