This phone from the Nokia N-Series was created in attempt to make cameras obsolete, so that its user can take High Quality pictures even without a professional camera at hand and it has worked pretty well.In this review I'll be critically analyzing the Nokia N8 on the basis of design, build quality, functionality and pricing after which I will give a final verdict.
Design- Design wise, the Nokia N8 sports an uber cool, contemporary design with a 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen. On the front is a menu button which looks a bit out of place and there is also a dedicated two-stage camera button. Since it has a unibody construction(I have explained this term quite a few times, but still, it means that there is no back panel and the phone constitutes only one single piece), the sim card and SD card slots are located on the side of the phone. The N8 also has a mini HDMI output slot at the top. At the back of the phone is the one of a kind 12 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and a Carl Zeiss lens.
Build Quality- Nokia's standard of build quality has got a face lift with the N8. The phone is constructed from a single piece of hard, and by hard I mean very very hard anodized aluminium. Well when it comes to build quality, metal(especially hard anodized aluminium) beats all other materials such as plastic(used by Samsung) or glass(used by Apple Inc.). The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla glass(the best quality glass money can buy) which will prevent any scratches from occurring, if the phone is dropped.
Functionality- In the aspect of functionality, unfortunately, Nokia has failed to give us an optimum user experience with the N8. We don't know what it is(maybe more focus on design and build quality), but the N8 didn't live up to our expectations. Under the hood is a(this is embarrassing)...............682 MHz ARM 11 processor which could not keep up with the multi tasking, we felt it was too slow. It runs on Symbian 3 OS which is the well.........dullest(no offence Nokia) OS we have ever used. When we swiped the screen to take us to a new screen, we had to wait for about a second before the screen shifted.........quite late in the field of responsitivity. The only thing that did amaze us was the camera; the N8 is by far the most advanced camera phone in the market. We could take pictures ranging from the macro to micro scale in High Definition and there is a multitude of customizable settings which can help you take the perfect pics. You also have the Ovi store from where you can download lots of apps.
Pricing- The Nokia N8 comes with a reasonable price tag at $300(USD). For its features, we thought the price was just right for this phone.
The Verdict- Overall, with a modern design, amazing build quality and one of a kind camera, the Nokia N8 is a reasonable buy. Yes it needs a lot of improvements, such as the OS and the chipset but in this price range, you can only get phones which are specific to what they do the best. Versatile phones such as the iPhone 4s and the Samsung Galaxy SII start from $500(USD) onwards.
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