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Good: Capacitive touch screen, camera, USB OTG, HDMI, S^3, Maps, open platform
Bad: Social integration
Anyone who has ever used a Symbian phone, would be pleasantly surprised with N8.
Ux is pretty awesome even though it may not be right up there with the eye candy phones running iOS and Android. But then as long as S^3 is functional enough to expose the tremendous capability of this device, atleast to me it doesnt make a difference. N8 does have a very functional UI which is highly customizable, so users are generally gonna like it.
For Nokia, this is definitely a step in right direction and hopefully S^4 will silence the stupid american tech writers who only long for a jazzy UI and dont care two hoots abt the functionality as such.
This is a fully loaded smartphone and NO other phone comes even close to this one. Comparing this to iPhone and saying its not as usable is something i would expect it from a layman, but certainly CNet seems to have found a new low in tech reporting.
I completely agree with Mark Anderson above when he says your review doesnt cover any of the important stuff - UI speed, call quality, GPU performance etc etc.
So either you are grossly incompetent or have rushed out a review just for the heck of it.
For the record - Just to check the GPU performance and CPU loading(coz many stupid people out there keep referring to the N8's 'low' CPU) i installed NFS(from Ovi store). Its a full fledged NFS version for Symbian phones and the experience was amazing !!
Then to load it even more, i ran the following apps in the background - camera, MFE, browser, messaging and couple of other apps, while i played NFS. There was NO lag or deterioration of experience.
Make an iPhone or Android phone do that !!!
Good: Best camera, most complete features on a phone (HDMI, USB OTG, 5 band HSDPA), widgets, solid construction
Bad: Does not have Flash 10 (yet), browser slower than competition, needs more apps
Comment: I wonder how could CNET rate Nokia X6 better than N8 ... can't see any reason why X6 is better, the evolution from X6 is huge (double memory, faster processor, graphic acceleration, much better camera with xenon, much better construction, much better operating system with widgets, three home screens, virtual memory, better multi-tasking, pinch to zoom, etc). Even the entry price of X6 was not very different from the entry price of N8.
It may not be the fastest phone, nor the easiest to use or prettiest, it does not have the most applications, but in my opinion it's the best all around phone
Bad: OS is getting old (but still quite useable).
Comment: Nokia continue to lose traction while this continues. Pretty sure they won't end up like Palm, but their long standing good rep has taking a hammering recently. Partly due to stuck in the past thinking at HQ, and partly due to the people wealding the hammers!
Nokia might be taking in water, but please will you tech blogs quit putting your foot on their head and holding them under. Give them time to get a breath, you may still be surprised.
FWIW. not a Finnish Fanboi. i8910 owner as i didn't think their hardware was up to snuff last year. But found out the hard way how important it is to have a company stand behind their product (thanks for F all, Samsung!) the way Nokia do. If it wasn't for custom roms i'd have been really p***** off.
Good: Besides the ultimate camera optics, the connectivity, both physical (HDMI+Usb) and network (3G, Wifi) work very well
Bad: Native browser is weak, even though supports Flash 10
Comment: Hardware is really sturby and the little rough surface of aluminium casing makes holding the phone in your hand easy. The screen is also very clear and black is really black now. At first glance, S^3 looks almost like S60 5th (N97), but after a moment you start noticing all the little changes here and there. And not all of them are so little really. After downloading the new themes with new icons, from Software Update, the UI started to look really nice. I also like how the homescreen now works and you can have up to 18 widgets in homescreen.
New Ovi Store also works smoothly now and you can download simultaneously several apps and it does everything in background while you can browse for more. Also downloaded over 70 apps from Ovi Store and enjoyed most of them, though there is still space for more applications. I recommend following apps: QTorch, Panorama Camera, Alien Pinball, Need For Speed Shift, Solitaire Touch, Resistors Touch, Photo Browser, Minesweeper, ScreenSnap, 5001 Amazing Facts and some little RSS reader Widgets for homscreen. And you can of course download other applications from Internet where ever you find applications.
Web browser is the weak link, but there is a rumor that new version of browser is coming up with a face lift. The browser gets the job done though and you can even use Pinch-zoom, but "opening new tab" -feature is totally missing. But luckily there are several browsers available for S^3, like Bolt Browser, Opera Mini, Skyfire and Opera Mobile. I recommend the latter, since the UI is fast, fluent and yet it shows all the webpages correctly without any compression (unless you set it on).
Camera is excellent and I can honestly say that I don't need my digital camera anymore. But maybe even more impressive was the video quality; even video recording at dim conditions with very little light still looks really nice. Just check youtube for videos and I'm sure you'are impressed about the quality. Not to mention the pictures taken in dark with real Xenon-flash. Carl Zeiss optics also have wide lens, which means that you have more wider view in your photos without any walking backwards.
And other new little feature is WebTV, which makes possible to watch video streams with your device. Videos plays nicely, if you have good network bandwidth. And Nokia is also bringing out new headphones with in-build TV antenna, so you can watch Mobile TV (DVB-H) by using the headset.
Good: Responsive touch screen,12mp camera, real video calls and no call drops
Bad: nothing's bad,when u look a product which makes u want it not by wishing it to happen
Comment: I was not a fan of nokia nor apple, but I've found ppl so stupid dat they r thinking nokia to have d way of android or iOS,but it is ridiculous, why do u need it? whatever u say they won't change it, too. It is a bit funny that they give verdict and stupid comments, if you want it juz want it for what it is,not wet dreaming of you about N to bcome what you think of. Good preview.
But with iphone 4's weak led flash and drop calls, I am starting to hate it,cos it can't even handle my gf's call frim other country. Bye ip4,i mah go some other phs.
Good: Nice format, familiar to Symbian users, good camera
Bad: S^3 is a step in the right direction but needs work.
Comment: A fairish review. I doubt that the OS is going to be an issue to anyone who has a S^1 phone as the solution to all your niggles (the e-mail aside, not sure about that one) are common knowledge. Oh yeah, I'd point out the menu can go in list or grid and that you can customise it pretty much as you want. But then you know that... don't you?
But... there's a few things missing...
Firstly, these minor annoyances aside - and some of them just seem to be things that happen once (setting up e-mail, social apps) - how was the UI? Was it fast? How did it handle the browser?
Also what about games? How was the GPU's performance here? Oh and battery life, that's important too, isn't it?
Also call quality? Is it any good? Does it matter how you hold it? How was the music player? Did it sync OK with Ovi or Media Player or whatever other music player you use?
What about the SMS threading? Is that any good? Does the email viewer look better in HTML?
If I was begin cynical I would think you just rushed out a review on the first day you got the unit? I mean obviously not because that would make you the worst kind of incompetent amateurs.
All the same I think I'll try it myself. No offense.
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