Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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Member Name: topsyturvy
Advantages: good features, good price
Disadvantages: very sensitive touch pad
I have been desperately needing a new phone for a while as my last phone was a nightmare and when purchasing it the salesperson lied to me about having features it really didn't. The phone before my last phone was a Nokia and although I've been going on for ages about getting an iPhone, the cost monthly is just too high for me right now and so I looked at the other competitor phones available. I was almost tempted to go for the Samsung Galaxy II but decided against it as I do really like the Nokia layout and the N8 seemed right for me.
The phone is pretty sleek and like most touch screen phones it is a black rectangular phone. It has a big screen so that you can see everything easily and it is a sharp screen as well as it having a section on the back which is the camera and the speakers and one button on the front. It is not too heavy to hold at all, the phone is 113.5 x 59 x 12.9 mm and 135g with the battery inside it and it does come in a range of colours but I got mine in black.
At first, my main priority was to make sure that I could transfer photos from my old phone to my new phone and I wanted to make sure I wouldn't lose them. The easiest way to do this was to transfer data from my old phone to the memory card so that when I took this memory card out I could just put it into the new phone. The Nokia N8 does not come with a micro SD card but you can easily buy these and they do have a high capacity on them which is essential, especially for these smartphones.
The phone itself was nice to look at and I was ok navigating about on it because I was used to the Nokia layout previously. Nothing has really changed much on it but the camera is one of the things I am most impressed with on this, it is 12MP which is very impressive for a phone like this, almost better than a digital camera and the picture quality is great and they'd probably print out very well. You can also use the photo editor on the phone which is very easy to use to make them look better.
When you first load your sim, you will have to update date & time settings and you can change your wallpaper as well as which screen you want to be on. Also you can place your most used apps onto the screen but I find that can be very cluttered so to remove them is easy to do. In terms of getting onto the internet with this you can add bolt ons for data useage as the phone if you accidentally hit the wrong button, it can charge you quite a bit so if you can try and connect via wireless in your home to save.
The phone has very good sound on it too and it does come with earphones, I always like to add new music to my phone which can be done very easily with the USB cable. The music library is very nicely displayed and it comes with a rotating cover like iTunes does so you can roll through the songs. The sound is very good and volume is easy to adjust and it sorts it by artist and so on so you can easily use this like an mp3 player almost as it has a lot of storage space.
You can download apps for the phone but I'm not really big on doing this. I have added the Skype and Facebook apps and it is unusual using Skype on your phone but I prefer it on my laptop. Facebook app is ok but again it is more compact on the screen. The internet speed is quite good on this though and pages load up very quickly. You can watch videos on YouTube of course and BBC iPlayer if you fancy doing so.
When it comes to texting and phoning, you have a range of notification sounds to choose from and the phone is loud enough to hear. The only thing annoying when phoning is I always seem to hit the hold button with my cheek and cancel off calls as it is very sensitive. When texting you can view your messages either by conversation where it continues them in a speech bubble form with a range of emoticons or you can do it normally by viewing the inbox. Also if you want to let 'Martin' the voice stored in the phone, say it out loud for you this is quite fun too.
You have GPS on this which costs to connect to but again it is very handy if you do get lost and it is very easy to follow. I missed not having this as it is a good feature to have on your phone. Also you can buy things from the Ovi store right away if you want to get new music and so on. Bluetooth is on here which is pretty much given with all phone these days to share files with friends.
Again the phone has the option to record videos and you can also set your calendar up. If you have the phone on silent you will know you have a new message as it has a light that flickers at the bottom to make you aware. The alarm clock is also good, not the loudest I've ever had but it works on time which is the main thing.
You can set up your emails to this phone also but I don't always have it connected to the internet and don't like checking email through my phone. There are a few games, you can also play on this phone but again, I never really use them. Overall, this is the perfect phone for me, I get all of the features I want, it looks sophisticated and meets my needs and is a very good price.
For me, I got this phone with o2 so I took it on a monthly contract for £26 a month which includes 600 minutes to any phone and unlimited texting. The phone did have a data usage option but it was £5 more a month and I know I won't use it. You could get this on Pay As You Go but it is a LOT pricier carphone warehouse are doing it on Orange for £399.95 and o2 is 429.95.
The official Nokia website is http://www.nokia.co.uk
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