With Nokia’s new N8 smartphone starting to find its way to eager customers, the much anticipated device has a massive hill to climb. We always knew that the N8 was a very important development for Nokia, but this latest phone has a lot of weight on it’s shoulders. And quite broad shoulders they are on first impressions.
It seems that the N8 needs to succeed in its hardware, software and the apps available, according to a report by Bloomberg. It has been said that while it achieves the first and even the third part of the criteria, the second slips down the line. Symbian^3 is an updated version of Nokia‘s software that has been around for a few years now. But updated doesn’t necessarily cut it within today’s smartphone crowd.
One of the issues is that some of the tasks that you ask it to perform can be made rather long winded, such as replying to an e-mail. Another problem is with the text messaging or e-mail sending, if holding the phone in the upright position the keypad reverts to numeric telephone-style. This means that to type for example the letter “s” you will have to tap the “7” four times. If you cannot get on with this antiquated style you will have to hold the device on it’s side to activate the QWERTY keyboard.
For its faults the N8 does have a very impressive camera, excellent resolution, autofocus, built-in face-detection technology and an excellent 2X digital zoom. Able to capture 720p video and replay on a HD TV via HDMI, the only criticism is the 3.5-inch screen.
So as the world starts to take possession of Nokia’s latest smartphone, do we think it can match the hugely popular offerings from Apple, Motorola, HTC and Samsung? Unfortunately we think not. Although this is definately an impressive and stylish phone, perhaps the current market place is filled with devices that are just that bit better. Anyway this is just opinion, if you have placed your order for the N8 and are waiting for delivery why don’t you tell us what made you choose a Nokia? To find out more on this log onto Bloomberg