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Good: Camera, hardware.
Bad: All the rest
Comment: Even though new OS update to Symbian Belle has fixed some problems (like full support to visualize Asian characters is now included) and some new features were added (i.e.more home screens can be added now) I totally agree with the final sentence of the review, N8 is not a recommendable mobile.
One thing that wasn't mentioned on the review, is the incredible amount of time the N8 takes to start up. I honestly haven't measured, but it must be like 1 or 1 minute and a half! It's really annoying taking into account that the mobile constantly freezes and has to be hard-restarted.
I love Nokia, but I am pretty sure this is the last one I've bought.
Comment: I was (now past tense) one of those die hard Nokia phones ever since mobiles began Nokia were my chosen brand, but no more. This was a very expensive disaster.
the phone is only compatible with the ovi store apps which provide a dreadful selection and do not compete on any level with i phone or android market.
The phone was painful to use, simple things like sending a text did not even work in a user friendly way. Using the internet, forget it painfully slow.
crashed so many times i lost count and lost lots of my photo's apps etc.
It continously broke down and finally died after only 10 months and 4 repairs. It mysteriously died due to alleged water damaged it had not been near a drop of water??? and of course this was not covered under warranty.
I'm still angry......
Comment: i will be receiving my 3rd n8 tomorrow due to the last 2 breaking down, keep freezing, running slow, and not being able to switch it off when it freezes having to wait till the battery died before i could use it again, i will not be getting another nokia after this one, i think a lot of the problems started with the phone after downloading the bella soft where i won't be downloading it on the n8 that arrives tomorrow
Good: the 12 Megapixel camera
Bad: Just about everything else !!!
Comment: I have now had this Nokia N8 (supposed) "smartphone" for just about 1 year. Other than the camera, it's the pits !!! It's also finally having to be returned to the supplier for repair as I'm getting the message "Phone start-up failed. Contact your retailer." Nokia's Symbian operating system is simply dreadful. It's so slow that a Calendar edit takes well over three minutes to complete. It's easier to wait until I'm home, change the entry on Outlook and then run the Nokia PC Suite synchronisation. Normal start-up (when it actually achieves it) usually takes between three to five minutes to complete and beware, don't try to do anything else before it completes or the phone will just stop i.e., in computer terms, it hangs !!! The only resolution when that occurs is to switch it off and start all over again. I can't wait for my contract period to end to get any other smartphone that actually works.
AVOID THIS DISASTER OF A PRODUCT AT ALL COSTS !!!
Good: new os (as good as android), excelent camera , great screen , great hd games , good apps available , great connectivity , fm transmitter , ect.....
Bad: maximum zoom on photo viewer is poor ,
Comment: do not be discouraged by the editors review , when it came the n8 was admittedly limitted by the tedieus symbian 3 butwith the belle update it is a whole new phone! found it very hard to fault and based on ui alone it could rival android (obviusly it wont because no new symbian phone will come out :( ) great phone
Good: pictures / gps
Bad: Nokia's service policy
Comment: After 1.5 years of use, N8 stopped working without warning, lost all my freshly taken pictures. Nokia care center asked more money than the cost of a second unit. The worse is they had an issue with the N8 regarding sudden death, I feel very bad as a customer.
Conclusion: byebye Nokia, never again, worse still, they now use Windows on their new units.. I wonder how long it takes for the first feared "blue screen" to appear... Why didn't they go for Android?
Good: camera, design
Bad: too many to list
Comment: I have always owned Nokia phones so thought this would be the ideal smartphone - WRONG, it is the most frustrating phone, just to delete messages or emails takes 3 steps! I have put up with it for 2 weeks, it is now going back and I have got the Samsung Galaxy S2. Do not go anywhere near the N8, three of my colleagues got one at the same time, they have all been returned too!
Bad: It is hard to use.
Comment: I love Nokia it is the only reason I got the phone but I had to go back to my blackberry it is just easier to use.
Bad: Just about every thing else!
Comment: O yes i do own this phone :( I have used a mobile phone for around fifteen years. And have never had a problem before. Until i used this phone. Everything is annoying! The catch to the side is ment to close and lock it. But always seems to catch on everything and open itself up again! And as for texting.....frustrating is an understatement! How do bloke with big fingers manage??? Maybe i just have sausage fingers :o...I'm just waiting for the month i can change it!
Good: Excellent Battery life, great map App, superb Camera, Bright Screen, very welcome physical camera button, great sound, large Installed memory, build quality
Bad: a tad too large
Comment: This is my first "smart" phone. I was skeptical at first having tried android phones (HTC, Samsung) and actually preferred my "dumb" SE 995.
However, after a period of familiarisation I have come to recognise the benefits of smart phones and now I love this Nokia.
There is a recurring theme from those who dislike this phone, and that is the operating system. On advice I upgraded immediately to the Anna version, and found it perfectly user friendly. I downloaded the opera browser, which is very clear and easy to use, and much better than the stock browser (the lack of an obvious "back" button on the stock browser is annoying to say the least!). And for those who still say that android rules,,,, there is now a way to have your cake (battery life, amoled screen, great camera, Nokia build quality etc.) and also eat it in the form of the free "Voyager" download which runs the symbian software as an exact copy of the android system. It looks (to me) identical to the android versions I have seen on the HTC desire and Samsung galaxy, but without the cheap plasticky feel, with the bonus of a great camera and superb battery life.
personally I have put the widget handy so I can switch between the two, because I think that symbian does some things better than android and vice versa.
However if you are a dyed in the wool android fan, and want a superbly featured phone then surprisingly this Symbian flavoured Nokia could be the ideal phone for you!
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