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This phone is great in terms of size, palm feel and looks. The screen is large (approximately 1 1/2 inches by 3 inches) and easy to use. I have found that as the phone has ages the sensitivity of the touch screen is not quite as good but it is still perfectly functional.
I mainly got this phone as it comes with a built in 12mp camera which is absolutely brilliant as I am a random photo taker and do not want to carry a digital camera in my handbag just in case. The picture quality is fabulous and it is very easy to print you images out using a kiosk or to connect the phone to our computer and transfer your images that way.
I have found that occasionally the camera will freeze and stop working until I turn the phone off and on again but that seems to be an intermittent fault and only when I am using the camera or video settings for long periods of time.
I especially love the lock slider on the side of the phone as I can lock the phone as I talk to people thus making me unable to cut people off accidentally with my ear.
There is also a function where you can add a few quick contacts with photos on your homepage which is great especially seeing as I use this my phone in emergencies and searching through an endless phonebook is not ideal.
All in all I give this phone 2 happy thumbs up and will most likely buy another of the same model if anything ever goes wrong with this one.
If want/need a phone with basic functionality, you will have no problems with this handset whatsoever. Making calls, texts, emails and even using some of the many free internet/wifi messenger services will work well. It also boasts an 8 megapixel camera with a Zenon flash. The camera itself works excellently in normal full light settings, though fails in evening shots (even with artificial lighting) with extremely poor quality. There however is where the good points end. The handset itself runs on Symbian and as such you will have a hard time finding apps that will run on the phone. Indeed, Nokia have had to make their own store with only apps that have been dedicated to this operating software will work (though some big name apps such as whatsapp for example will work). I have experienced problems with the phone''s internal memory (which is very small and moving installed apps etc onto the phones mass memory is a nightmare) as well configuration setups for internet and wifi (many a times I have had to manually reset settings to get apps to work on wifi and not just your carrier''s internet). The home screens become cluttered very quickly with shortcuts and widgets that just do not fit or take up half a screen. The battery itself is encased within the phone and therefore any future replacements will be near impossible. This phone was obviously launched to rival the IPhone 4 and there is just no comparison. Overall, good for basic functionality, but if that is what you are looking for you can get many handsets that do just that for a much more reasonable price. Myself mainly using it for business purposes, have found it to be a nuisance as well as a liability.
Having used my Nokia N8 mobile phone for over 2 years now I have found it suits me perfectly.
If you want a phone for basic tasks such as making calls and sending texts, as well as having a great Camera that out performs almost all other camera phones since then this is a great phone to buy.
The interface is very basic, but I find this good as it is easy to use and nicely layed out.
The GPS broke on mine after a year of use so unable to use the phone now as a Sat-Nav, was unable to find much information on this fault on the internet so don't think this is a common problem.
The phone has a nice slide switch on the side of it that is perfect for when my 2 year old wants to talk to Mummy. You can call the phone number, slide the switch and this then locks the screen so he is unable to press any other buttons.
The Nokia N8 almost certainly looks the part. With a 12mp camera, a sleek body design and its price, why wouldn't you want to buy it. The memory is decent, capable of storing many, many songs and photos. The interface is also quite modern and cool. There was, however a problem experienced with the layout of your apps. When you choose to add some shortcuts to certain applications on your home pages, you can only do so in groups of 4, which is rather irritating if you were looking for just the one app to put there. The phone itself though is quite sturdy, and after having fallen on the floor numerous amounts of time, it only has an indent on the corner and a scratch on the back as any record of those falls. I feel that while the phone strives to keep the Nokia name fresh and going, the phone ultimately disappoints itself with its rather dated Symbian OS, often lagging, working slowly or completely giving up and freezing the phone during moments like when you're playing a game and you receive a call.
Before i acquired the iphone5, i had a Nokia N8 for close to two years and thought i should share with you my experience of using it. I was very excited about this phone when it first came out in 2010 because i have been a lifelong Nokia fan. Sizewise, the phone is compact and small enough to disappear in your pocket although i preferred Samsung Galaxy S's thinnness. The 3.5'' screen to me is overcrowded with a home screen, menu screen and app screen which makes userbility cumbersome as you have to switch in between different screen modes; a time killer. Web browsing experience is a let down compared to other smart phones but it supports all the major email applications. If you are looking for a phone with seamless social media integration and web apps, the N8 is not the phone for you. However in terms of features, this is still one of the best out there. The video and picture quality is perfect and you can upload your pictures to Facebook and Twitter directly. 3D games has to be one of my favorite features on the phone. The maps are pretty good for navigation and you dont have to worry about getting lost when the phone looses connection as you can store the maps on the OVI Maps. N8 comes with 16GB internal memory which you can upgrade to 32GB through a micro SD card. I like the power adaptor with the central pin that slides in and out particularly useful if you are a frequent traveller. The headphones stream in decent music and also the built in speakers provide good audio quality. With the arrival of more advanced smartphones like iphone5, the N8 has been left behind.
I was eager to get my hands on this phone back in 2010 and I remember then I was disappointed, so much so that a month later I took out another contract to get rid of the phone. This could be partly down to me being in my mid-20's and liking the 'gadgets' that were available at the time. I was bitterly disappointed, the Symbian OS that these nokia's runs on is way behind the navigation, speed and responsiveness of any other phone at that time. The software offered through the Ovi store is quite dated as well.
On paper the phone is brilliant, i.e. WAP, HD 12mp camera, radio transmitter, document viewer, 3G calls etc however the operation of all these items is slow and is prone to just shutting down at random moments. From the web this seems to be an issue with all Symbian OS at this time.
I you want a slow responsive phone, just to make calls and to view basic web pages that there is a deal for you, if you want to be in the 21st century then choose another phone then a nokia.
Nokia has a lot to prove with the N8. Not only is it the company's latest flagship device but it's also the new poster boy for its latest iteration of the Symbian platform, Symbian^3.
The chief purpose of Symbian^3, despite what many Nokia fan-boys will say, is to bring the platform inline with what consumers now perceive as an 'operating system' per se.
Specifically, it has to try and get to a level that allows it to compete with both Android and Apple iOS, for Nokia to remain relevant amongst the newly appointed rulers of the smartphone market.
Looks wise the Nokia N8 is a fantastic looking device, with its entire body crafted from Anodized Aluminum. This gives it a solid, robust feel in the hand, which is something of a departure from Nokia's design characteristics of old.
A quick glance at the forthcoming Nokia E7 illustrates that this style is set to be something of a trend with its new high-end smartphones.
Fortunately, the aluminum unibody does not bring with it any weight issues, so on comparison the 135g N8 feels no heavier than either an iPhone 4 or BlackBerry Bold 9700 in the hand. Nevertheless it is bulkier than both the aforementioned devices, with its protruding camera lens and ever-so-slightly raised volume, phone lock and camera keys, located along the right-hand side of the device.
This one of my favourite phone, the sleek nature and durability, it has a lot of function, easy to use, downloading of any kind of games is easy, any application opens on it. It has a fast downloading speed. The picture is very clear and the battery is long lasting, when using it to play music I am assured it will definitely last.
Whether you think the Nokia N8 is great, or merely good, depends on what you are looking for in a phone. If you want all the newest and latest apps, stop now. This is not the phone for you. Nokia has a far more limited range of apps available for this phone (running on Symbian Bella) than (for example) Android, iPhone or Windows. If you want a large screen - this is not your phone either.
However if you want a compact, robust phone, with good battery life and a reasonable amount of functionality (internet, basic sat nav, and a smaller selection of apps) this this could be exactly what you are looking for.
If you also want an excellent, easy to use, high quality camera - this is the place to be. Better than the iPhone, better than the Samsung Galaxy S2, the N8 has a 12mp camera, Carl Zeiss lens and HD video. And if the N8 is a little less responsive on screen than most of its smartphone peers - you will still be able to feel superior when you download those ultra-high resolution photos and video.
The Nokia N8 can be likened to the second coming, not because it's necessarily salvation in a phone, but more so because it's taken a really, really long time to get here. Since it was officially announced back in April 2010, with leaks out in September 2009, we've all been waiting for Symbian Foundation's follow up to S60 V5, and Nokia's follow up to the Nokia N97. Finally, here it is, in all its anodised aluminium glory, with a 12MP camera with Xenon flash and an OLED screen, the new Nokia flagship phone for 2010/2011 - the Nokia N8.In the box, as well as the phone itself there is a charger, a miniHDMI to HDMI connector, two microUSB to USB cables (one female USB, one male USB), a set of headphones, a power charger and some literature on the phone.
It's strange how times change. There was a time where the best mobile phone manufacturer was undoubtedly Nokia. The phones they producted were good quality and reliable. And that's what people wanted.
But then the SmartPhone revolution came. Mobile phones nowadays are more like personal PCs that just a phone. And Nokia have fallen well behind in this market. The N8-00 is a perfect example of this...it highlights exactly what Nokia good at and shows exactly where they have gone so wrong.
So we'll start with the good points. Nokia have always made good quality models from a physical point of view and this is no exception. It has a lovely aluminium finish and is a nice shape to hold. When you hold it, it feels like a quality phone. The battery life is very good. The screen resolution is quite good. Unfortunately, this is about as far as it goes.
So the main downfall is the OS. The whole user interface is annoying and doesn't work properly. Spending 5 minutes with this phone, I got extremely annoyed by trying to hold down slide bars on the side of the screen to scroll down; on any Android or iOS device, you just swipe up or down the center of the screen which is much easier! Also, you have to double touch the menu items to get them to open...which seems pointless. The desktop widgets also leave a lot to be desired....initially there are loads of them squidged into a small space...and people may not know how to remove some of them.
Another big part of smart phone technology now is the ability to be able to download apps. iOS and Android have their own AppStore/Android MarketPlace respectively which are fairly similar and work well. Nokia has Ovi. Not only does that not work, but it is mostly more expensive than it's competitors. And people generally aren't developing for Ovi...so be prepared to be jealous when everyone else has really nice apps and you can't get them for your N8-00.
Nokia has now lost a lot of market share and I can understand why. I went from Nokia to my iPhone and I probably won't ever look back. Even if an iPhone is out of someones budget, there are so many good quality Android devices coming out from manufacturers such as ZTE and Huawei now that are really well priced that Nokia are just fighting a losing battle. They still make really good simple candybar phones, but as far as smartphones go, and in this case the N8-00, you should look elsewhere before considering this one.
I have had this phone for quite sometime now and I think its great not to big in size but not so small that you lose it all the time with its sleek black frame and large scratch proof touch screen it really does look the part, it is very easy to use and to set up.
I mainly got this phone for the 12MP camera and I was not disappointed it is by far the best camera I have had on any phone Ive ever owned and you have so many settings its just like a professional camera squeezed into a phone, the close up setting is fab for if you want to get really sharp pictures at a close distance it will show a red square when taking a photo this tells you it is not quite in focus it will turn green when it is ready which I find very helpful, you also have portrait, landscape, sport great for capturing on the move shots, night portrait, custom and automatic, the front camera I have to say is absolutely terrible, unclear and dull colouration, however, you can edit photos and this phone had a wide ranch of tools for editing from choosing the right colours, tones, sharpness, adding clip art, making people heads look like they are aliens etc its great fun and you can store so many photos which is great.
The video function is great and crystal clear HD you will be amazed at the difference compared to a normal phone, you can edit and chop any video once done so you have just how you want it.
I have five different home screens all can be customized with your own pictures or the Nokia pictures that come stored in the phone already you can also add widgets, contacts etc onto each one of these.
The touch screen can be quite tempremental at times and will decide to stick every now and then which can be rather frustrating but the screen is large and is very clear also my phone does tend to freeze which is resolved with turning it off for 5 minutes and then turning it back on not ideal but I have had the phone along time now.
The dolby sound that is built in really is amazing, you wouldnt believe a phone was capable of sounding so good its just as good as any stereo if not clearer and the sound feels like it surrounds you, every type of music sounds great on this from Drum and bass to reggae etc but beware you may blow your speakers if you have your phone too loud.
With writting messages I have to say this is the worst feature for me as the buttons for the letters are so small and situated so close together that you end up hitting the wrong letter alot of the time which is so frustrating and I have small fingers it takes forever to send a text sometimes as the signal is low or just the fact that you have to keep checking you've actually wrote the correct words.
I would advise not to download games onto this phone it struggles with them and ends up causing your phone to freeze alot this is resolved by uninstalling the item however.
For someone who is interested in photography but cant afford the expensive camera this is absolutely brilliant I would say better as a camera than as a phone but that is the reason I brought it.
I've had this phone for little over a year now and my opinion thus far is that its a great phone. the phone boasts a 12mp camera which in my opinion can not be appreciated by viewing the photos on the phone but on higher res screens such as pc's or tv's. the phone has excellent internal memory to store all your photos which take alot of space up around 3mb each photo. the internet browser is nothing special and isnt really user friendly , it has a big screen which you can enjoy movies and photos on and play games and use applications but the feel and responsiveness of the touchscreen lets you down here and the games can not be fully enjoyed due to the lack of responsiveness of the phone. rival phones like the iphone 4 are much quicker and easier to navigate around. in conclusion i believe this phone is a excellent buy giving you a high quality camera and a hi tech phone to boot downside is the responsiveness of the touchscreen and lack of design of interface, other then that its a amazing phone and i would give this phone a 4/5.
I have a monthly mobile phone contract with Virgin Media and when my contract was last un for renewal, just over a year ago, I decided to go with the Nokia N8, I didn't have to pay anything extra on top of my usually monthly contract charges for the phone. I pay around £20 a month for unlimited texts, unlimited virgin to virgin calls, 1gb Internet and 500 mins.
Personally when looking for a new phone, the most important feature to me (besides the standard calling and texting ability of course) is to have a decent camera. I am always taking photos of my son so the fact that the N8 has a 12mp camera and hd video made my decision on which phone to choose very easy.
The Nokia N8 arrived well packaged in the box packaging that most mobile phones come in. Included in the box was the phone, a charger, headphones, USB cable an a hdmi cable (which you can use to connect to a hd tv and view your phones contents, such as photos and videos). Most phones that I have owned in the past have arrived without the battery installed but with the Nokia N8 the battery is already installed and can't actually be removed. You can hold the power button down for a few seconds to completely reset the battery, which acts the same as removing the battery.
It took me a short while to get used the N8 as it's the first Smart Phone I have owned. You can set several "desktop" screens on the phone which is very useful if you like to have lots of shortcuts, each screen can also have it's own individual wallpaper. The phone has a touchscreen, with one button the the front of the phone, a volume control button on the side of the phone, along with a camera button and a sliding switch for locking and unlocking the phone. There are also connections on the sides, top and bottom for the battery charger, USB and hdmi cables and slots for your sim card and a memory card.
As previously mentioned, you can set you many shortcuts on several desktop screens, however, when the phone is in the unlocked mode you can press the button on the bottom left hand corner of the screen for the main menu, where you can access all areas of the phone, such as applications, messages, contacts etc. There are quite a few useful shortcuts that I like to use, such as notifications, which shows if I have any messages or missed calls, an email shortcut, favourite contacts, social networks and photos. You can easily tailor the phone to your own needs and preferences.
Nokia phones come with Ovi software, which I use regularly to back up my phone, including photos, videos and contacts, you can also back up your text messages if you like to keep them. Updates are also regularly available for both the ovi software and the N8 phone. The ovi store also provides many free and paid for apps, there is a large choice but not as many available as for iPhone or android phones.
I do like this phone, I am very happy with the layout and customisation, the battery life is decent (I charge it over night every couple of days) and I have been very impressed with the camera and hd video and memory space. However, i have experienced several irritating problems with this phone, which seem to come and go with updates. For instance, my phone occasionally states I have no photo's stored, which really panicked me the first couple of times but I now know they will reappear when I restart my phone. I have also had problems where the message alert tone stopped working for a while, my notifications shortcut sometimes decides to stop letting me know I have received messages and sometimes my shortcuts won't work until I have restated my phone! For these reasons I wouldn't recommend buying this phone unless the camera feature is very important to you, for me the camera and hd video do make up for all the other little problems I have had. My Mom and one of my friends also have this phone and both have experienced similar problems.
For more information, such as technical specs visit http://www.nokia.com/gb-en/products/phone/n8-00/