Nokia N8 Gets Reviewed

Engadget features a lengthy review of the Nokia N8, the first in its line of smartphones powered by their very own Symbian^3 OS. Its physical features include a 3.5-inch AMOLED display with 640 x 360 resolution, a 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss autofocus lens and Xenon flash, 720p video recording, and HDMI output.

Although the phone has attractive hardware, the question that needed to be answered was whether the new mobile OS would be able to take Nokia toe to toe in the touch phone competition? The reviewer says not quite.

“Had this phone come out earlier this year, during what we might refer to as the pre-HTC EVO era, its 720p video, spectacular camera, and high-end construction would have returned Nokia to the title of smartphone leader all on their lonesome,” writes Vlad Savov.

The reviewer complains about how the user experience generated by Symbian^3 lags compared to competition, as well has the lack of a QWERTY keyboard during portrait mode, and a variety of system hiccups and prompts.

“Unfortunately, by evolving at a glacial pace, Symbian itself continues to cater specifically to a market of of individuals who were early smartphone adopters five or more years ago. That’s a market whose continued loyalty only stands to shrink, not grow. And at a time when 720p video recording is no longer novel and 3.5-inch screens are starting to look a bit on the small side, even DSLR-like image quality is not enough to justify a phone with a fantastic and thoroughly modern user experience to match,” the writer continues. Looks like we will have to see how Nokia’s MeeGo would work.

You can read the full review on the source link.

Source: Engadget

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