CNET is available in the following editions:
Read our full review
Add your review
Good: Camera and Video
Bad: Getting onto anything , Face book , Emails, . Preferred my E71
Comment: Have downloaded my music off Windows Media Player. 400+ songs, Synched for 10 mins, all downloaded, not one will play. Anyone ???
Good: It looks nice.
Bad: It constantly freezes
Comment: This phone is fine if you do not mind rebooting several times a day, then reconfiguring your home screen. I hate this piece of junk.
Comment: Brilliant phone! Don't listen to the whingeing of some of the so-called 'Experts' on here.
Try the phone out for yourself, make your own mind up and I'm sure you'll be as happy with the N8 as I am. I found it very easy to use and thus far have had no problems.
Good: The Camera
Bad: Everything else
Comment: I was so dissappointed with this phone. The user interface was terrible, even setting an alarm was a bit of a hassle. After 2 weeks, I sold on Ebay and bought a Nokia N900.
The N900 is in a completely different league! Its as if they are made by two completely different companies. The N900 is the best phone I have ever used. Simply awesome!
Good: 12mp camera, hdmi and usb on the go, fm transmitter, gps, looks, call quality,
Bad: Nothing that concerns me
Comment: Had n97 mini and iphone3gs before thios and I can honestly say it kills both hands down. The quality of the pictures and video are just unbelievable, crystal clear and vivid. It has an fm transmitter so can connect to any fm reciever so is great for in the car, or the workshop or in the home or caravan or........... Hdmi capabilities means we cam hook it up to hd tv and play 720p films. It actually records it's own films better that commercial ones. Gps is now able in offline mode thanks to built in gps chip.
All in all a truly amazing piece of hardware!
Good: Looks, Call quality, camera, battery lifetime
Bad: Sometimes the software feel slow
Comment: An amazing phone, I didnÂ´t have any expectation but now Im very happy .
Good: Camera, the box was nice.
Bad: Pretty much everything.
Comment: Was quite happy when I first got this after using a really crappy phone for ages, the camera was great but then it all went downhill. The social network app was complete rubbish and I have only used it a couple of times, the lack of apps is a shame and the battery life is rubbish. I think the quickes It has gone from fully charged to dead is 5 hours. I do recall that it used to give multiple low battery warnings, but now it just dies.
After reading about the tough outer shell I though this was a good idea for me as I am quite clumsy and good at breaking things. But the case scratches so easily and I made the stupid mistake of putting it in my pocket with a few coins and got a nice big chip in the screen.
Fortunately though, my phone decided to sworn off and wouldn't turn back on. So I took it to the store which I got it from and explaining to someone over the phone that I can't take the battery out and put it back in, they sent me a shiny new one without scratches.
But on the plus side, it does make phone calls. With HD voice, whatever that is, can't say I have noticed a difference. It also sends text messages but unfortunately that is a long process. So as a phone it is pretty good, As a camera it is good but as an overall user friendly device it is pretty poor.
Good: Of course its 12 megapixel camera along with its body
Bad: OS sucks to some people, though, since it's still "traditional" like other Nokia phones. Fewer apps than Android and iOS, and also fewer games
Comment: Although I don't have it, I want it anyway. I tend to focus on hardware rather than software
Good: great battery life, email client, video playback support, great call quality, maps
Bad: UI, especially buttons as said in review
Comment: maps better than google maps on iphone. and it is a whole navigation suite. very well done. works offline.
lack of games may be a problem for some.
UI still sucks. But, if you can live with some of the quirks, you will love this. Btw, I am coming from an iphone4 and the call quality and drop rate are making me move.
I would really love for nokia to have extended symbian life by another 2 yrs because at the current states, this beats android hands down. i've had an android phone in the process and you need to run a separate process killer because even legitimate processes used to start back ip after you closed them.
the haptic feedback (as said above) is a mess. I love the fact that you can turn off internet for the widgets alone. I made the move because of the phone part of iphone being worthless. Otherwise, I would still choose an iphone over this. May be webOS if they ever get their hardware right.
right now very happy with n8.
Good: Camera, HDMI, Call quality, Speaker quality, Earphones quality, Symbian OS, Battery life, Radio transmitter, USB-on-the-go
Bad: Built-in web browser
Comment: One of the most underrated smartphones on the market, possibly because reviewers can't see past the not-so-elegant UI and 680MHz CPU. In truth, Symbian is a beautifully functional OS that simply works - even with a last-generation CPU. I sold off my HTC Desire HD to get this mainly because the HTC had unacceptable battery life. Even with a smaller battery, the N8 beats the Desire HD flat out. The N8 also has vastly better call quality, speaker quality and sound recording quality amongst other technical aspects.
On the other hand, the built-in web browser is below-par. Just download Opera Mobile and you've got one of the best smartphones available today.
Log in with your CNET UK or Facebook account to post a user review, or click Join to create an account
Please log in, register or login with Facebook to add a review or comment
Ask your Facebook friends and Twitter followers if you should buy the Nokia N8
More Mobile Phones in Crave
About CBS Interactive
Copyright © 2014 CBS Interactive Limited. All rights reserved.