Nokia’s reputation as a leader in the smartphone market has been under increasing pressure in recent years and to fix this, Nokia has gone back to the drawing board to bring out the new Nokia N8. The Nokia N8 features a new Operating System and a huge amount of high-end tech packed under the hood.
N8’s software has been improved and Symbian v3 has built on the previous iterations of the OS as it has been on the likes of the Nokia X6 and Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. It also adds in an improved UI, multiple home screens and widgets.
The new N8 offers a full metal chassis with characteristic anodized scratchproof paint to give the phone a really high end feel. It has a 12MP camera with Xenon flash bolted on the back. It fits in the hand well enough by having the dimensions of 113.5 x 59 x 12.9 mm., which don’t rival the likes of the iPhone 4, and the Samsung Galaxy S.
The Nokia N8 also does not have a removable battery as the full metal chassis is completely enclosed. Unless you have a very particular screwdriver, you are not getting access to replace any innards.
Nokia N8 has put two hinged gates on the side, which give access to the microSD card and the SIM card slots. Both are notably quite hard to pull open which isn’t a bad thing as you’re probably not going to be opening them very often and clicking cards in is very tricky especially if you don’t have long fingernails.
Nokia N8 continues the higher-end feel with the 3.5-inch capacitive OLED screen really colour. In addition, the minimalistic design employs only one functional-looking button on the front while avoiding the extra soft keys Nokia has implemented over many years.
The camera key is housed at the right-hand side of the phone, which staggers press levels to allow you to only push it down partway for autofocus. A volume key with raised buttons is also based on this side although they are fairly apart from each other. There is also a slider switch on this side of the Nokia N8which enables physical unlocking, although many phone users prefer the on-screen lock where a short tap unlocks the phone and works far more easily and effectively.
The left-hand side of the Nokia N8 is sleeker with only the mentioned gates for microSD and SIM, as well as the uncovered microUSB slot, which may agitate those who are used to their Nokia phones having a gate on top to prevent dust from creeping in.
The top of the N8 has the power switch (also used to quickly change profiles), the 3.5mm headphone jack and a mini HD port,
The bottom houses the standard 2mm ‘new Nokia charger’ port which initially seems like an odd choice when you can also charge through the microUSB port too.
In the N8 sales box, there is a slim line Nokia pin charger, a HDMI to mini HDMI adaptor, decent earbuds with an inline remote and a USB lead with an adaptor to attach hard drives on the go.