Nokia N8 final review - detailed analysis

This is already the fourth material on Nokia N8, and also, with your permission, the final one. Regular readers of our resource know everything about this device inside and out, at the same time and much earlier than everyone else. But I'll start with a few words that just need to be said in order to pour oil on the wounded souls of Nokia fans who do not have the ability to process information and draw independent conclusions, but read what is written verbatim. So here are some statements:

  • Nokia N8 is the best Symbian smartphone on the market for the first half of 2011;
  • Nokia N8 - Nokia's fastest smartphone;
  • Nokia N8 - the most stable smartphone from Nokia;
  • Nokia N8 - has an average or slightly better quality camera, the best Nokia camera;
  • Nokia N8 is the only all-metal device that has no assembly problems;
  • Nokia N8 is Nokia's cheapest flagship ever;

I will limit myself to these words, I could expand the list even more, but, apparently, this is enough. In all statements, the key phrase is that this is the best product from Nokia. This does not automatically mean that this product is the best on the market, unfortunately it used to be the same, but times change. And just a few words about the camera. Just because it's technically not the best solution doesn't mean the average user's camera won't be great. People don't compare cameras, they just pick up a phone and use it. Their previous experience and what the phone offers today are important here. In this aspect Nokia N8 is a move in the right direction. For 99 percent of users of this device, such a camera in a mobile phone is fantastic, and people will take it with a bang. And they will praise. Against the background of the fact that other Symbian^3 products are equipped with cameras without autofocus, choosing a smartphone from Nokia becomes even easier.

Positioning

Over the past year, Nokia has had serious problems in the segment of top products, which are growing like a snowball. The reason is in unsuccessful products that failed to win the love of consumers (Nokia N97, Nokia N97 Mini, Nokia X6), and those who bought them are more often dissatisfied. In an interview, Nokia Executive Vice President Anssi Vanjoki noted that sales of the Nokia N97 were strong, but the user experience with the product was not as good. In another interview, he confirmed that the company has lost the high-end smartphone segment and plans to win it back. In particular, Symbian^3 and Symbian^4 products should help with this. At the same time, the first product that should form a positive image of Nokia after a series of failures is the Nokia N8. It is the company's flagship, the first Symbian^3 product and a photographic solution as it is Nokia's first model with a 12-megapixel camera. Nokia has already invested significant funds in the promotion of this device, the volume of marketing investments will block Nokia N97 and become the most noticeable for the market as a whole.

Is this model a flagship? I have been asked this question many times, saying that this device is not a flagship, since Nokia does not position it as such, it is not the most expensive product on Symbian , and, in a word, something is not right here. The announced price of 370 euros (excluding taxes in Europe, retail in Russia is about 20,000 rubles) is by no means a top model, the price of the Nokia N97 is much higher even today, almost a year later. How can this device be a flagship?

In order not to get confused completely, let's define the word "flagship". I call a flagship a product that has the maximum sales and/or introduces users to the company, acts as its face. That is, this is a model that is the best product from the manufacturer in the middle or high price segment. It is not necessarily the most expensive product. This product is often combined with the highest cost, sometimes there are several flagships (Nokia N97, Nokia N900). In our example, Nokia N97 is both the most functional Nokia product last year and the most expensive, if we don't take into account the fashion model Arte. The Nokia N900, which creates the image of the company, but does not play any role in sales, is on the same level. An indirect sign that these products are flagships is the activity of the company in marketing and PR around these models. At the moment, Samsung has the flagship Samsung Wave (Bada), as well as Samsung Galaxy S (Android), HTC has the Desire model, Motorola has the Droid / Milestone (although there are also MOTOROI, and DROID2, and a number of other devices).

Comparison with Samsung Wave

Following this definition, Nokia N8 is chosen by Nokia as a flagship product in order to introduce the maximum number of people to the possibilities of Symbian^3, to achieve the best perception of this platform. That is, it is the focus model, which will also have the highest sales among Symbian^3 phones in 2010, as well as in the first half of 2011. Unfortunately, the company cannot migrate all its products to Symbian^3 overnight, so in 2011 we will see a mixture of different models on different OS versions. In the low price segment and partly in the middle segment, these will be models based on the fifth edition S60. At the top - models on Symbian^3 and Symbian^4, as well as a couple of models on MeeGo. Zoo, a mixture of everything and everyone. Therefore, we need one focal model that has the best market potential, its sales for Nokia (do not read as "for the market") can be maximum.

Paired models and position of Nokia in the product line. Some time ago, Nokia began to release their products in pairs, and Nokia N8 is no exception. For example, the company first launched the Nokia X6 32 GB with the Comes With Music service, and then added a 16 GB version without a music subscription, then a completely inexpensive 8 GB device. With Nokia N97 exactly the same story happened: first the flagship comes out, then the cheaper version of Nokia N97 Mini, which is more advantageous in terms of hardware, contains many fixes and is more stable. It turns out that buyers in a hurry to buy a new product are faced with the fact that they collect all the bumps, and subsequent cheaper versions come out much better. When Nokia professed the path from top to bottom (at first expensive models, then cheap ones), it looked like a mockery of buyers of expensive products. In fact, they acted as beta testers for the mass market. Starting with the Nokia N8, the path is changing, with the mass market now acting as the first wave of devices, with subsequent, more expensive models becoming more stable. More precisely, Nokia N8 is the golden mean.

For Nokia N8 there will be several variants of the device (according to my information only). Firstly, this is a model with 32 GB of memory and music service (for some countries), its cost will be about 425-450 euros. Start of sales - at the beginning of next year. Secondly, this is a cheap version of the Nokia N8, which will reduce the amount of internal memory, remove the 12-megapixel camera and call it a continuation of the "legendary" model. This device will appear in the second quarter of 2011, the cost will be about 230-240 euros (the price of N8 by that time will fall to 300-330 euros).

From this variety it is clear that among other models Nokia N8 is not the most expensive offer, that's why it is brought to the market first. This is a change in Nokia's strategy from 2009 and also early 2010.

Positioning for consumers. Considering that this model is intended to return sales to Nokia in the middle price segment among smartphones, the emphasis here is on multimedia features, in particular, an HDMI output, an updated music player, HD video playback, and camera capabilities. A kind of multimedia combine. There is practically no talk about other capabilities of the device. For conservative consumers who prefer the Nokia brand, this is a good offer, as well as the right positioning. However, for the market as a whole, this model does not offer supernatural solutions. The positioning is somewhat reminiscent of the Nokia N86, the company's first smartphone with an 8-megapixel camera. It wasn't the first to enter the market, it didn't offer the best image quality, the situation is similar with regard to Nokia N8. This model is very similar to the Nokia N86 in terms of price and positioning. They artificially try to draw more attention to it, more than is possible for such positioning.

Comparison with HTC Desire

Design, dimensions, controls

The device lies well in the hand, and the assembly is such that there are no complaints. It is a monoblock without any opening parts. To avoid backlash problems, Nokia approached the issue radically and abandoned the usual battery compartment. There are two screws at the bottom, they cover the battery connector. Indeed, it was possible to overcome all sorts of backlashes with this solution, but if you want to change the battery, you will have to find a special screwdriver for these screws (asterisk). Disassembling the phone with careless handling will void the warranty. Yes, and it’s definitely not possible to carry a second battery with you to charge the device.

In the second glance at the device, I asked myself the question of how the phone would behave when dropped. The answer was received after several months of merciless exploitation of the prototype, the commercial device lived a little less than a week in my hands. He lived well, not in the sense that he died. Looking ahead, I want to note that there are no problems with this case design, or they do not appear immediately. The device fell a dozen times, did not receive any critical damage.

The model will be supplied in five colors (different markets will have different colors, usually three colors are displayed at the beginning). Bright colors are a sign of recent times from Nokia: dark grey, silver, green, blue and orange (Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue, Orange). Each of the color schemes looks interesting.

The size of the phone is 113.5x59.12x12.9 mm, the weight is 135 grams. Not too heavy, but palpable in the hands. I like how the N8 fits in the hand, it's not small, but not too big either - the golden mean. Dimensions are quite at the level of modern devices, there are no pluses or minuses.

Comparison with HTC Desire

Comparison with Samsung Wave

Comparison with Apple iPhone4

There is a microUSB connector on the left side, it is open, there are no plugs. There are two slots above - one for a memory card, the second for a SIM card. The end caps are attached to the body, they can come off with frequent use, the design here is completely different than on other phones from Nokia. The plugs are attached to one leg. Therefore, you should handle them carefully.

On the right side - a paired volume key, a lock slider (very convenient), below - a camera shutter button. On the bottom end you can find a 2 mm charger jack, but on the top - 3.5 mm headphone jack, HDMI output, on/off button. The standard headset in the audio jack must be installed until it clicks, until the end, it must be pressed. Some people do not do this and complain that the sound goes to one channel or it is bad. Don't be afraid to plug in your headset.

Display

The screen is similar in resolution and size to other Nokia models, such as the Nokia X6. It has a resolution of 640x360 pixels, 3.5 inches, it is covered with glass (the so-called special plastic, similar to X6) and displays up to 16 million colors. The screen type is AMOLED, there is a special layer for outdoor use, it increases the readability of the screen (this is not a ClearBlack Display with a polarizing filter, as on Nokia E7 and other devices, but a prototype of this technology).

The comparison you see below shows a simple thing. The detail of the images, their quality are comparable, and for the average consumer they are completely the same. It is impossible to talk about a huge advantage in picture quality from Samsung, more brightness, contrast, but not much. If you analyze the picture in detail, then the white color on Samsung is whiter, the picture is a little lighter. But these are all differences. I repeat that for an ordinary person who does not compare screens with other devices, this will be a completely adequate display, comparable to the best models on the market.

The screen fits up to 16 lines of text (not in all modes), three font sizes are supported, they are selected when setting up the phone. In the sun, the screen partially fades, but this is typical for this kind of screens.

This is one of the first Nokia products to support multi-touch (gallery, browser), you just need to move your fingers (pinch-to-zoom) to make the picture move apart. The screen is capacitive, similar in execution to that in Nokia X6 and behaves exactly the same. The sensitivity of the display in most cases does not raise any complaints, but sometimes it does not respond to pressing (a software flaw, similar to the X6). So far, Nokia has not learned how to create screens similar to those used in the Apple iPhone (for ease of use) or in the latest models from Samsung (they also achieved responsiveness when pressed, comparable to the Apple iPhone). This shortcoming is not so serious, it is small and will not be taken into account by many consumers. Again, I want to point out that this is Nokia's best screen yet, and for many, the difference in user experience will be dramatic, especially compared to previous models. Not ideal, but very good.

Total, in the bottom line - a good screen that has neither the maximum resolution nor the best color reproduction, but provides a very good, average or even slightly higher level for the end of 2010. Middle. Not maximum. The screen in the Apple iPhone 4 has a higher resolution with a comparable diagonal, the screen in the Samsung Wave is also larger in resolution and more interesting in terms of color reproduction and picture brightness. But the difference for the average buyer does not look critical, the screens look on the same level. And this is very important for Nokia.

Comparison with Apple iPhone4

Keyboard, typing

Two types of keyboard - the usual one for vertical mode (there is a T9, as in QWERTY mode), as well as a full QWERTY keyboard. Unfortunately, Nokia is very superficial about the experience of other companies that have priority in this area, such as HTC or Samsung. There is no switching to the second or third input language on the main keyboard. That is, for typing in two languages, as before, you need to enter the pop-up menu, select the language and go back. Long compared to one Jom Skin Cream push from Apple, Samsung, HTC and other companies.

The main problem is the browser, with active work in it, it can bring down the device. Or slow it down. In the rest of the pre-installed applications, everything works like clockwork, quite reliably. At the same time, I have about 5-6 applications running (camera, mail, file manager, social application) - the amount of free memory ranges from 28 to 81 MB. Strong braking of the device is not observed. I really hope that the browser will receive an update in November.

USB sticks

Included with the phone is an adapter for connecting external USB memory devices (for example, flash drives). By connecting a flash drive, you can copy data from it to internal memory, you can start playing the file, this memory is visible in the file manager as another disk. A piece that has not yet been seen in phones, causing a certain interest. In my case - theoretical. I'll try to explain.

A long time ago, in a distant galaxy, there were devices such as PDAs, and they had a USB-Host function, you could connect a camera, a USB flash drive or something else to them. But this feature never caught on, although many owners of those PDAs bragged about it and showed what they could do with their pets. Below is a link to a review of one of these PDAs.

In order to transfer files, I do not use flash drives, but a phone that has 32 GB of memory, and some of it is always available. Or, if you need to copy more data, an external hard drive. Unfortunately, you can't connect a 2.5 inch external hard drive to Nokia N8, there is not enough power. But it turned out to connect an external 3.5 disk with its own power supply from the network, it was also read. The file system limitations on the Nokia N8 are as follows - the size per file is no more than 4 GB (enough for everyone), the NTFS file system and all corresponding media are not supported.

When you connect a flash drive, all running programs stored in the shared memory (not the phone's memory) stop. After finishing work with the external flash drive and turning it off, these programs automatically start again (not all programs can save their state). Therefore, if you plan to use any programs where network connection or state saving is important, then you better install them in the phone's memory.

Battery

A BL-4D battery is used, its capacity is 1200 mAh. According to the manufacturer, with it the device is able to work up to 390 hours in standby mode, from 5.5 to 12 hours in talk mode (UMTS/GSM).

The device uses a new architecture, which, together with Symbian^3, provides increased operating time in each of the modes. So, Nokia announced the following indicators for the device:

  • Video playback up to 7 hours (I got 5.6 hours);
  • Music playback up to 50 hours (standard headphones, music on repeat - 47 hours);
  • Data transmission (Web TV) up to 3 hours 20 minutes (2 hours 15 minutes, network coverage may play a role);
  • Video recording - 3 hours 20 minutes (2 hours 10 minutes, maximum performance, screen brightness set manually);
  • Video playback via HDMI up to 6 hours (about 5.5 hours for pre-installed test files in closed loop, up to 4.5 hours for a regular movie);

I frankly like that the device works for a long time in each of the individual modes. Here Nokia engineers have done a great job, and for that they should be thanked. In the S60 market for energy saving solutions, this model clearly outperforms all other solutions. This is a big plus. For the market as a whole, these figures are by no means record-breaking, for example, Apple iPhone 4 can play video up to 10 hours, play music up to 40 hours. Comparable level if you close your eyes to another display.

The disadvantages include the fact that on average the phone still works no more than 2 days. Against the background of many competitors who live no more than one day, this is a good indicator. The energy eater is the desktop with widgets (they are gluttonous, like any data transfer, with the exception of Wi-Fi). When viewing network pages, the battery is also actively wasting. Based on the run time, it becomes clear why the frequency of the ARM11 processor is only 680 MHz, this is a compromise to achieve the longest run time. From my observation, setting the screen brightness to 70 percent reduces the battery life of my usage profile by 10 percent. When set to maximum brightness - about 20 percent.

Total phone charging time is about 2 hours.

USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

USB. In the USB settings, you can select one of 3 operating modes:

  • Data Storage (Mass Storage USB) – both the phone's memory and the memory card are visible, no drivers are required, the OS itself recognizes the phone.
  • OVI Suite - work with OVI Suite, access to all functions of the device, back up all information, and so on.
  • Printing & Media - photo printing, MTP mode.

The transfer speed is about 5.5 Mb/s. Connecting the USB cable will charge your phone.

Bluetooth. This is the first Nokia model with Bluetooth 3.0, also called High Speed. When transferring files to other devices that support this technology, Wi-Fi 802.11 n is used, and the theoretical transfer speed is about 24 Mbps. Checking the transfer of a 1 GB file from Samsung Wave S8500 to NokiaN8 and back showed a maximum speed of about 10 Mbps within three meters between devices. When transferring large files, the connection often breaks, which is not observed when transferring files from Nokia N8 to another similar device or from Samsung to Samsung. Apparently, there is some kind of incompatibility between the settings. At the same time, the transfer of large files to regular S60 smartphones also sometimes breaks (BT 3.0 is not used here).

The model supports various profiles, in particular, Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, File Transfer, Object Push, Basic Printing, SIM Access, A2DP. Working with headsets does not raise any questions, everything is ordinary.

Wi-Fi. The standard 802.11 b/g/n is supported, this is not the first device on the market with such a set of protocols. Everything works like clockwork, no issues. There is a wizard for searching Wi-Fi networks, there is also a corresponding widget (I installed it myself, it's convenient).

The phone has an HDMI Mini connector, there is also an adapter for connecting the device to a TV via HDMI. With this connection, you can see all the contents of your screen on TV, you can play music, as well as video (5 + 1 multi-channel audio is supported if the corresponding audio track is recorded in the file). The test video that comes preinstalled on the Nokia N8 shows how each of the speakers is used. He says that the sound comes from the left speaker, then from the right, and so on. In general, the quality of playback on the big screen depends solely on the quality of the original video, here the Nokia N8 acts as a file carrier, its player (up to 6 hours, I got a little less if from

Nokia N8 final review - detailed analysis

This is already the fourth material on Nokia N8, and also, with your permission, the final one. Regular readers of our resource know everything about this device inside and out, at the same time and much earlier than everyone else. But I'll start with a few words that just need to be said in order to pour oil on the wounded souls of Nokia fans who do not have the ability to process information and draw independent conclusions, but read what is written verbatim. So here are some statements:

  • Nokia N8 is the best Symbian smartphone on the market for the first half of 2011;
  • Nokia N8 - Nokia's fastest smartphone;
  • Nokia N8 - the most stable smartphone from Nokia;
  • Nokia N8 - has an average or slightly better quality camera, the best Nokia camera;
  • Nokia N8 is the only all-metal device that has no assembly problems;
  • Nokia N8 is Nokia's cheapest flagship ever;

I will limit myself to these words, I could expand the list even more, but, apparently, this is enough. In all statements, the key phrase is that this is the best product from Nokia. This does not automatically mean that this product is the best on the market, unfortunately it used to be the same, but times change. And just a few words about the camera. Just because it's technically not the best solution doesn't mean the average user's camera won't be great. People don't compare cameras, they just pick up a phone and use it. Their previous experience and what the phone offers today are important here. In this aspect Nokia N8 is a move in the right direction. For 99 percent of users of this device, such a camera in a mobile phone is fantastic, and people will take it with a bang. And they will praise. Against the background of the fact that other Symbian^3 products are equipped with cameras without autofocus, choosing a smartphone from Nokia becomes even easier.

Positioning

Over the past year, Nokia has had serious problems in the segment of top products, which are growing like a snowball. The reason is in unsuccessful products that failed to win the love of consumers (Nokia N97, Nokia N97 Mini, Nokia X6), and those who bought them are more often dissatisfied. In an interview, Nokia Executive Vice President Anssi Vanjoki noted that sales of the Nokia N97 were strong, but the user experience with the product was not as good. In another interview, he confirmed that the company has lost the high-end smartphone segment and plans to win it back. In particular, Symbian^3 and Symbian^4 products should help with this. At the same time, the first product that should form a positive image of Nokia after a series of failures is the Nokia N8. It is the company's flagship, the first Symbian^3 product and a photographic solution as it is Nokia's first model with a 12-megapixel camera. Nokia has already invested significant funds in the promotion of this device, the volume of marketing investments will block Nokia N97 and become the most noticeable for the market as a whole.

Is this model a flagship? I have been asked this question many times, saying that this device is not a flagship, since Nokia does not position it as such, it is not the most expensive product on Symbian , and, in a word, something is not right here. The announced price of 370 euros (excluding taxes in Europe, retail in Russia is about 20,000 rubles) is by no means a top model, the price of the Nokia N97 is much higher even today, almost a year later. How can this device be a flagship?

In order not to get confused completely, let's define the word "flagship". I call a flagship a product that has the maximum sales and/or introduces users to the company, acts as its face. That is, this is a model that is the best product from the manufacturer in the middle or high price segment. It is not necessarily the most expensive product. This product is often combined with the highest cost, sometimes there are several flagships (Nokia N97, Nokia N900). In our example, Nokia N97 is both the most functional Nokia product last year and the most expensive, if we don't take into account the fashion model Arte. The Nokia N900, which creates the image of the company, but does not play any role in sales, is on the same level. An indirect sign that these products are flagships is the activity of the company in marketing and PR around these models. At the moment, Samsung has the flagship Samsung Wave (Bada), as well as Samsung Galaxy S (Android), HTC has the Desire model, Motorola has the Droid / Milestone (although there are also MOTOROI, and DROID2, and a number of other devices).

Comparison with Samsung Wave

Following this definition, Nokia N8 is chosen by Nokia as a flagship product in order to introduce the maximum number of people to the possibilities of Symbian^3, to achieve the best perception of this platform. That is, it is the focus model, which will also have the highest sales among Symbian^3 phones in 2010, as well as in the first half of 2011. Unfortunately, the company cannot migrate all its products to Symbian^3 overnight, so in 2011 we will see a mixture of different models on different OS versions. In the low price segment and partly in the middle segment, these will be models based on the fifth edition S60. At the top - models on Symbian^3 and Symbian^4, as well as a couple of models on MeeGo. Zoo, a mixture of everything and everyone. Therefore, we need one focal model that has the best market potential, its sales for Nokia (do not read as "for the market") can be maximum.

Paired models and position of Nokia in the product line. Some time ago, Nokia began to release their products in pairs, and Nokia N8 is no exception. For example, the company first launched the Nokia X6 32 GB with the Comes With Music service, and then added a 16 GB version without a music subscription, then a completely inexpensive 8 GB device. With Nokia N97 exactly the same story happened: first the flagship comes out, then the cheaper version of Nokia N97 Mini, which is more advantageous in terms of hardware, contains many fixes and is more stable. It turns out that buyers in a hurry to buy a new product are faced with the fact that they collect all the bumps, and subsequent cheaper versions come out much better. When Nokia professed the path from top to bottom (at first expensive models, then cheap ones), it looked like a mockery of buyers of expensive products. In fact, they acted as beta testers for the mass market. Starting with the Nokia N8, the path is changing, with the mass market now acting as the first wave of devices, with subsequent, more expensive models becoming more stable. More precisely, Nokia N8 is the golden mean.

For Nokia N8 there will be several variants of the device (according to my information only). Firstly, this is a model with 32 GB of memory and music service (for some countries), its cost will be about 425-450 euros. Start of sales - at the beginning of next year. Secondly, this is a cheap version of the Nokia N8, which will reduce the amount of internal memory, remove the 12-megapixel camera and call it a continuation of the "legendary" model. This device will appear in the second quarter of 2011, the cost will be about 230-240 euros (the price of N8 by that time will fall to 300-330 euros).

From this variety it is clear that among other models Nokia N8 is not the most expensive offer, that's why it is brought to the market first. This is a change in Nokia's strategy from 2009 and also early 2010.

Positioning for consumers. Considering that this model is intended to return sales to Nokia in the middle price segment among smartphones, the emphasis here is on multimedia features, in particular, an HDMI output, an updated music player, HD video playback, and camera capabilities. A kind of multimedia combine. There is practically no talk about other capabilities of the device. For conservative consumers who prefer the Nokia brand, this is a good offer, as well as the right positioning. However, for the market as a whole, this model does not offer supernatural solutions. The positioning is somewhat reminiscent of the Nokia N86, the company's first smartphone with an 8-megapixel camera. It wasn't the first to enter the market, it didn't offer the best picture quality, the situation is similar with regard to Nokia N8. This model is very similar to the Nokia N86 in terms of price and positioning. They artificially try to draw more attention to it, more than is possible for such positioning.

There are already several models with 12-megapixel cameras on the market, they are not in great demand, and this is not due to the cost, but to the lack of need for such solutions (for the mass consumer). People prefer a combination of features, not just a good camera. Such models have been on the market for about a year. Therefore, Nokia enters the segment where the cream has already been skimmed off, and cannot ask for the maximum price for its solution. This also explains the decision to launch the Nokia N8 at a low cost.

Real positioning. Replacing top Nokia models, for example, Nokia X6. This model is not a replacement for keyboard solutions for obvious reasons. Those who need a keyboard should wait for the N8 analogue with one. When comparing Nokia X6 and Nokia N8, we see that this is a breakthrough for Nokia, the user experience remains comparable, but the speed and stability increase, plus a number of additional nice features appear. We can also say that this device can act as a replacement for Nokia 5800 for those who purchased this model at the beginning of sales. This is a solution for Nokia brand fans who have no experience in using other operating systems and platforms. For such buyers, this device is a good option, offering a number of improvements over previous models. This is an evolutionary development of Nokia's touchscreen phone idea. But within the market, this model does not offer a new user experience, it performs at a lower level than the solutions of other companies, it does not have a unique offer. Why this is so, let's see in the reasoning below. I hope that a detailed analysis of each of the functions will allow you to come to independent conclusions about the phone.

Comparison with HTC Desire

Design, dimensions, controls

The device lies well in the hand, and the assembly is such that there are no complaints. It is a monoblock without any opening parts. To avoid backlash problems, Nokia approached the issue radically and abandoned the usual battery compartment. There are two screws at the bottom, they cover the battery connector. Indeed, it was possible to overcome all sorts of backlashes with this solution, but if you want to change the battery, you will have to find a special screwdriver for these screws (asterisk). Disassembling the phone with careless handling will void the warranty. Yes, and it’s definitely not possible to carry a second battery with you to charge the device.

In the second glance at the device, I asked myself the question of how the phone would behave when dropped. The answer was received after several months of merciless exploitation of the prototype, the commercial device lived a little less than a week in my hands. He lived well, not in the sense that he died. Looking ahead, I want to note that there are no problems with this case design, or they do not appear immediately. The device fell a dozen times, did not receive any critical damage.

The model will be supplied in five colors (different markets will have different colors, usually three colors are displayed at the beginning). Bright colors are a sign of recent times from Nokia: dark grey, silver, green, blue and orange (Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue, Orange). Each of the color schemes looks interesting.

The size of the phone is 113.5x59.12x12.9 mm, the weight is 135 grams. Not too heavy, but palpable in the hands. I like the way the N8 fits in the hand, it's not small, but not too big either - the sweet spot. Dimensions are quite at the level of modern devices, there are no pluses or minuses.

Comparison with HTC Desire

Comparison with Samsung Wave

Comparison with Apple iPhone4

There is a microUSB connector on the left side, it is open, there are no plugs. There are two slots above - one for a memory card, the second for a SIM card. The end caps are attached to the body, they can come off with frequent use, the design here is completely different than on other phones from Nokia. The plugs are attached to one leg. Therefore, you should handle them carefully.

On the right side - a paired volume key, a lock slider (very convenient), below - a camera shutter button. On the bottom end you can find a 2 mm charger jack, but on the top - 3.5 mm headphone jack, HDMI output, on/off button. The standard headset in the audio jack must be installed until it clicks, until the end, it must be pressed. Some people do not do this and complain that the sound goes to one channel or it is bad. Don't be afraid to plug in your headset.

Display

The screen is similar in resolution and size to other Nokia models, such as the Nokia X6. It has a resolution of 640x360 pixels, 3.5 inches, it is covered with glass (the so-called special plastic, similar to X6) and displays up to 16 million colors. The screen type is AMOLED, there is a special layer for outdoor use, it increases the readability of the screen (this is not a ClearBlack Display with a polarizing filter, as on Nokia E7 and other devices, but a prototype of this technology).

So, there were many comparisons on various screen resources of Nokia N8 and other devices, we cannot avoid this comparison. I’ll make a reservation right away that I chose the best screens (that is, Samsung Wave - the same diagonal, as well as Samsung Galaxy - a larger diagonal, both SuperAMOLED). In the sun, the behavior of the screens of all companies is approximately the same, which can already be considered an advantage for Nokia. The second point - the quality of the picture in the room in most cases, is quite comparable for all three devices. With one caveat - in Nokia there is no manual adjustment of the screen brightness, only from an external sensor (all Samsung devices have both a sensor and manual brightness selection). In Nokia N8, you can choose the screen brightness for the sensor, set the maximum value, but you cannot influence how it will work at a certain point in time. For example, when you enter a dark room, you will see that the N8 has dimmed its screen. Such a system was used on a number of models before the N8, and did not receive any particular complaints.

The comparison you see below shows a simple thing. The detail of the images, their quality are comparable, and for the average consumer they are completely the same. It is impossible to talk about a huge advantage in picture quality from Samsung, more brightness, contrast, but not much. If you analyze the picture in detail, then the white color on Samsung is whiter, the picture is a little lighter. But these are all differences. I repeat that for an ordinary person who does not compare screens with other devices, this will be a completely adequate display, comparable to the best models on the market.

The screen fits up to 16 lines of text (not in all modes), three font sizes are supported, they are selected when setting up the phone. In the sun, the screen partially fades, but this is typical for this kind of screens.

This is one of the first Nokia products to support multi-touch (gallery, browser), you just need to move your fingers (pinch-to-zoom) to make the picture move apart. The screen is capacitive, similar in execution to that in Nokia X6 and behaves exactly the same. The sensitivity of the display in most cases does not raise any complaints, but sometimes it does not respond to pressing (a software flaw, similar to the X6). So far, Nokia has not learned how to create screens similar to those used in the Apple iPhone (for ease of use) or in the latest models from Samsung (they also achieved responsiveness when pressed, comparable to the Apple iPhone). This shortcoming is not so serious, it is small and will not be taken into account by many consumers. Again, I want to point out that this is Nokia's best screen yet, and for many, the difference in user experience will be dramatic, especially compared to previous models. Not ideal, but very good.

Total, in the bottom line - a good screen that has neither the maximum resolution nor the best color reproduction, but provides a very good, average or even slightly higher level for the end of 2010. Middle. Not maximum. The screen in the Apple iPhone 4 has a higher resolution with a comparable diagonal, the screen in the Samsung Wave is also larger in resolution and more interesting in terms of color reproduction and picture brightness. But the difference for the average buyer does not look critical, the screens look on the same level. And this is very important for Nokia.

Comparison with Apple iPhone4

Keyboard, typing

Two types of keyboard - the usual one for vertical mode (there is a T9, as in QWERTY mode), as well as a full QWERTY keyboard. Unfortunately, Nokia is very superficial about the experience of other companies that have priority in this area, such as HTC or Samsung. There is no switching to the second or third input language on the main keyboard. That is, for typing in two languages, as before, you need to enter the pop-up menu, select the language and go back. Long compared to one Jom Skin Cream push from Apple, Samsung, HTC and other companies.

Another minus is the lack of additional characters on the main keyboard (there is only a dot and a comma). While in all companies, one way or another, these signs are placed on the main screen (for example, in Bada this is pressing the space bar, the signs appear in sequence, or you can quickly select the one you need by clicking on the screen).

Again, I will make a reservation that this shortcoming is not critical, we see it in many touchscreen phones from Nokia, but it simply affects the usability of the product, which we have not thought about in this aspect.

The first commercial firmwares do not have Swype, it is possible that this input technology will be added in future updates. You can install Swype yourself, but it will only work for English and only in landscape orientation.

Memory, memory cards

The phone's memory is 175 MB, it is dedicated to regular applications or your data. Built-in memory 16 GB, plus microSD memory cards up to 32 GB.

The amount of RAM in the phone is 256 MB (in the same Nokia N97 Mini it is 128 MB). For Nokia, this is a giant leap forward, which should have meant an increase in the stability of the device and speed. With speed, this is true, but with stability, everything is not so cloudless. I will make a reservation that it is better than on other devices of the company, but by no means as good as it should be.

The main problem is the browser, with active work in it, it can bring down the device. Or slow it down. In the rest of the pre-installed applications, everything works like clockwork, quite reliably. At the same time, I have about 5-6 applications running (camera, mail, file manager, social application) - the amount of free memory ranges from 28 to 81 MB. Strong braking of the device is not observed. I really hope that the browser will receive an update in November.

USB sticks

Included with the phone is an adapter for connecting external USB memory devices (for example, flash drives). By connecting a flash drive, you can copy data from it to internal memory, you can start playing the file, this memory is visible in the file manager as another disk. A piece that has not yet been seen in phones, causing a certain interest. In my case - theoretical. I'll try to explain.

A long time ago, in a distant galaxy, there were devices such as PDAs, and they had a USB-Host function, you could connect a camera, a USB flash drive or something else to them. But this feature never caught on, although many owners of those PDAs bragged about it and showed what they could do with their pets. Below is a link to a review of one of these PDAs.

In order to transfer files, I do not use flash drives, but a phone that has 32 GB of memory, and some of it is always available. Or, if you need to copy more data, an external hard drive. Unfortunately, you can't connect a 2.5 inch external hard drive to Nokia N8, there is not enough power. But it turned out to connect an external 3.5 disk with its own power supply from the network, it was also read. The file system limitations on the Nokia N8 are as follows - the size per file is no more than 4 GB (enough for everyone), the NTFS file system and all corresponding media are not supported.

When you connect a flash drive, all running programs stored in the shared memory (not the phone's memory) stop. After finishing work with the external flash drive and turning it off, these programs automatically start again (not all programs can save their state). Therefore, if you plan to use any programs where network connection or state saving is important, then you better install them in the phone's memory.

Battery

A BL-4D battery is used, its capacity is 1200 mAh. According to the manufacturer, with it the device is able to work up to 390 hours in standby mode, from 5.5 to 12 hours in talk mode (UMTS/GSM).

The device uses a new architecture, which, together with Symbian^3, provides increased operating time in each of the modes. So, Nokia announced the following indicators for the device:

  • Video playback up to 7 hours (I got 5.6 hours);
  • Music playback up to 50 hours (standard headphones, music on repeat - 47 hours);
  • Data transmission (Web TV) up to 3 hours 20 minutes (2 hours 15 minutes, network coverage may play a role);
  • Video recording - 3 hours 20 minutes (2 hours 10 minutes, maximum performance, screen brightness set manually);
  • Video playback via HDMI up to 6 hours (about 5.5 hours for pre-installed test files in closed loop, up to 4.5 hours for a regular movie);

I frankly like that the device works for a long time in each of the individual modes. Here Nokia engineers have done a great job, and for that they should be thanked. In the S60 market for energy saving solutions, this model clearly outperforms all other solutions. This is a big plus. For the market as a whole, these figures are by no means record-breaking, for example, Apple iPhone 4 can play video up to 10 hours, play music up to 40 hours. Comparable level if you close your eyes to another display.

The disadvantages include the fact that on average the phone still works no more than 2 days. Against the background of many competitors who live no more than one day, this is a good indicator. The energy eater is the desktop with widgets (they are gluttonous, like any data transfer, with the exception of Wi-Fi). When viewing network pages, the battery is also actively wasting. Based on the run time, it becomes clear why the frequency of the ARM11 processor is only 680 MHz, this is a compromise to achieve the longest run time. From my observation, setting the screen brightness to 70 percent reduces the battery life of my usage profile by 10 percent. When set to maximum brightness - about 20 percent.

Total phone charging time is about 2 hours.

USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

USB. In the USB settings, you can select one of 3 operating modes:

  • Data Storage (Mass Storage USB) – both the phone's memory and the memory card are visible, no drivers are required, the OS itself recognizes the phone.
  • OVI Suite - work with OVI Suite, access to all functions of the device, back up all information, and so on.
  • Printing & Media - photo printing, MTP mode.

The transfer speed is about 5.5 Mb/s. Connecting the USB cable will charge your phone.

Bluetooth. This is the first Nokia model with Bluetooth 3.0, also called High Speed. When transferring files to other devices that support this technology, Wi-Fi 802.11 n is used, and the theoretical transfer speed is about 24 Mbps. Checking the transfer of a 1 GB file from Samsung Wave S8500 to NokiaN8 and back showed a maximum speed of about 10 Mbps within three meters between devices. When transferring large files, the connection often breaks, which is not observed when transferring files from Nokia N8 to another similar device or from Samsung to Samsung. Apparently, there is some kind of incompatibility between the settings. At the same time, the transfer of large files to regular S60 smartphones also sometimes breaks (BT 3.0 is not used here).

The model supports various profiles, in particular, Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, File Transfer, Object Push, Basic Printing, SIM Access, A2DP. Working with headsets does not raise any questions, everything is ordinary.

Wi-Fi. The standard 802.11 b/g/n is supported, this is not the first device on the market with such a set of protocols. Everything works like clockwork, no issues. There is a wizard for searching Wi-Fi networks, there is also a corresponding widget (I installed it myself, it's convenient).

The phone has an HDMI Mini connector, there is also an adapter for connecting the device to a TV via HDMI. With this connection, you can see all the contents of your screen on TV, you can play music, as well as video (5 + 1 multi-channel audio is supported if the corresponding audio track is recorded in the file). The test video that comes preinstalled on the Nokia N8 shows how each of the speakers is used. He says that the sound comes from the left speaker, then from the right, and so on. In general, the quality of playback on the big screen depends solely on the quality of the original video, here the Nokia N8 acts as a file carrier, its player (up to 6 hours, I got a little less if from

Nokia N8 final review - detailed analysis

This is already the fourth material on Nokia N8, and also, with your permission, the final one. Regular readers of our resource know everything about this device inside and out, at the same time and much earlier than everyone else. But I'll start with a few words that just need to be said in order to pour oil on the wounded souls of Nokia fans who do not have the ability to process information and draw independent conclusions, but read what is written verbatim. So here are some statements:

  • Nokia N8 is the best Symbian smartphone on the market for the first half of 2011;
  • Nokia N8 - Nokia's fastest smartphone;
  • Nokia N8 - the most stable smartphone from Nokia;
  • Nokia N8 - has an average or slightly better quality camera, the best Nokia camera;
  • Nokia N8 is the only all-metal device that has no assembly problems;
  • Nokia N8 is Nokia's cheapest flagship ever;

I will limit myself to these words, I could expand the list even more, but, apparently, this is enough. In all statements, the key phrase is that this is the best product from Nokia. This does not automatically mean that this product is the best on the market, unfortunately it used to be the same, but times change. And just a few words about the camera. Just because it's technically not the best solution doesn't mean the average user's camera won't be great. People don't compare cameras, they just pick up a phone and use it. Their previous experience and what the phone offers today are important here. In this aspect Nokia N8 is a move in the right direction. For 99 percent of users of this device, such a camera in a mobile phone is fantastic, and people will take it with a bang. And they will praise. Against the background of the fact that other Symbian^3 products are equipped with cameras without autofocus, choosing a smartphone from Nokia becomes even easier.

Positioning

Over the past year, Nokia has had serious problems in the segment of top products, which are growing like a snowball. The reason is in unsuccessful products that failed to win the love of consumers (Nokia N97, Nokia N97 Mini, Nokia X6), and those who bought them are more often dissatisfied. In an interview, Nokia Executive Vice President Anssi Vanjoki noted that sales of the Nokia N97 were strong, but the user experience with the product was not as good. In another interview, he confirmed that the company has lost the high-end smartphone segment and plans to win it back. In particular, Symbian^3 and Symbian^4 products should help with this. At the same time, the first product that should form a positive image of Nokia after a series of failures is the Nokia N8. It is the company's flagship, the first Symbian^3 product and a photographic solution as it is Nokia's first model with a 12-megapixel camera. Nokia has already invested significant funds in the promotion of this device, the volume of marketing investments will block Nokia N97 and become the most noticeable for the market as a whole.

Is this model a flagship? I have been asked this question many times, saying that this device is not a flagship, since Nokia does not position it as such, it is not the most expensive product on Symbian , and, in a word, something is not right here. The announced price of 370 euros (excluding taxes in Europe, retail in Russia is about 20,000 rubles) is by no means a top model, the price of the Nokia N97 is much higher even today, almost a year later. How can this device be a flagship?

In order not to get confused completely, let's define the word "flagship". I call a flagship a product that has the maximum sales and/or introduces users to the company, acts as its face. That is, this is a model that is the best product from the manufacturer in the middle or high price segment. It is not necessarily the most expensive product. This product is often combined with the highest cost, sometimes there are several flagships (Nokia N97, Nokia N900). In our example, Nokia N97 is both the most functional Nokia product last year and the most expensive, if we don't take into account the fashion model Arte. The Nokia N900, which creates the image of the company, but does not play any role in sales, is on the same level. An indirect sign that these products are flagships is the activity of the company in marketing and PR around these models. At the moment, Samsung has the flagship Samsung Wave (Bada), as well as Samsung Galaxy S (Android), HTC has the Desire model, Motorola has the Droid / Milestone (although there are also MOTOROI, and DROID2, and a number of other devices).

Comparison with Samsung Wave

Following this definition, Nokia N8 is chosen by Nokia as a flagship product in order to introduce the maximum number of people to the possibilities of Symbian^3, to achieve the best perception of this platform. That is, it is the focus model, which will also have the highest sales among Symbian^3 phones in 2010, as well as in the first half of 2011. Unfortunately, the company cannot migrate all its products to Symbian^3 overnight, so in 2011 we will see a mixture of different models on different OS versions. In the low price segment and partly in the middle segment, these will be models based on the fifth edition S60. At the top - models on Symbian^3 and Symbian^4, as well as a couple of models on MeeGo. Zoo, a mixture of everything and everyone. Therefore, we need one focal model that has the best market potential, its sales for Nokia (do not read as "for the market") can be maximum.

Paired models and position of Nokia in the product line. Some time ago, Nokia began to release their products in pairs, and Nokia N8 is no exception. For example, the company first launched the Nokia X6 32 GB with the Comes With Music service, and then added a 16 GB version without a music subscription, then a completely inexpensive 8 GB device. With Nokia N97 exactly the same story happened: first the flagship comes out, then the cheaper version of Nokia N97 Mini, which is more advantageous in terms of hardware, contains many fixes and is more stable. It turns out that buyers in a hurry to buy a new product are faced with the fact that they collect all the bumps, and subsequent cheaper versions come out much better. When Nokia professed the path from top to bottom (at first expensive models, then cheap ones), it looked like a mockery of buyers of expensive products. In fact, they acted as beta testers for the mass market. Starting with the Nokia N8, the path is changing, with the mass market now acting as the first wave of devices, with subsequent, more expensive models becoming more stable. More precisely, Nokia N8 is the golden mean.

For Nokia N8 there will be several variants of the device (according to my information only). Firstly, this is a model with 32 GB of memory and music service (for some countries), its cost will be about 425-450 euros. Start of sales - at the beginning of next year. Secondly, this is a cheap version of the Nokia N8, which will reduce the amount of internal memory, remove the 12-megapixel camera and call it a continuation of the "legendary" model. This device will appear in the second quarter of 2011, the cost will be about 230-240 euros (the price of N8 by that time will fall to 300-330 euros).

From this variety it is clear that among other models Nokia N8 is not the most expensive offer, that's why it is brought to the market first. This is a change in Nokia's strategy from 2009 and also early 2010.

Positioning for consumers. Considering that this model is intended to return sales to Nokia in the middle price segment among smartphones, the emphasis here is on multimedia features, in particular, an HDMI output, an updated music player, HD video playback, and camera capabilities. A kind of multimedia combine. There is practically no talk about other capabilities of the device. For conservative consumers who prefer the Nokia brand, this is a good offer, as well as the right positioning. However, for the market as a whole, this model does not offer supernatural solutions. The positioning is somewhat reminiscent of the Nokia N86, the company's first smartphone with an 8-megapixel camera. It wasn't the first to enter the market, it didn't offer the best picture quality, the situation is similar with regard to Nokia N8. This model is very similar to the Nokia N86 in terms of price and positioning. They artificially try to draw more attention to it, more than is possible for such positioning.

There are already several models with 12-megapixel cameras on the market, they are not in great demand, and this is not due to the cost, but to the lack of need for such solutions (for the mass consumer). People prefer a combination of features, not just a good camera. Such models have been on the market for about a year. Therefore, Nokia enters the segment where the cream has already been skimmed off, and cannot ask for the maximum price for its solution. This also explains the decision to launch the Nokia N8 at a low cost.

Real positioning. Replacing top Nokia models, for example, Nokia X6. This model is not a replacement for keyboard solutions for obvious reasons. Those who need a keyboard should wait for the N8 analogue with one. When comparing Nokia X6 and Nokia N8, we see that this is a breakthrough for Nokia, the user experience remains comparable, but the speed and stability increase, plus a number of additional nice features appear. We can also say that this device can act as a replacement for Nokia 5800 for those who purchased this model at the beginning of sales. This is a solution for Nokia brand fans who have no experience in using other operating systems and platforms. For such buyers, this device is a good option, offering a number of improvements over previous models. This is an evolutionary development of Nokia's touchscreen phone idea. But within the market, this model does not offer a new user experience, it performs at a lower level than the solutions of other companies, it does not have a unique offer. Why this is so, let's see in the reasoning below. I hope that a detailed analysis of each of the functions will allow you to come to independent conclusions about the phone.

Comparison with HTC Desire

Design, dimensions, controls

The device lies well in the hand, and the assembly is such that there are no complaints. It is a monoblock without any opening parts. To avoid backlash problems, Nokia approached the issue radically and abandoned the usual battery compartment. There are two screws at the bottom, they cover the battery connector. Indeed, it was possible to overcome all sorts of backlashes with this solution, but if you want to change the battery, you will have to find a special screwdriver for these screws (asterisk). Disassembling the phone with careless handling will void the warranty. Yes, and it’s definitely not possible to carry a second battery with you to charge the device.

In the second glance at the device, I asked myself the question of how the phone would behave when dropped. The answer was received after several months of merciless exploitation of the prototype, the commercial device lived a little less than a week in my hands. He lived well, not in the sense that he died. Looking ahead, I want to note that there are no problems with this case design, or they do not appear immediately. The device fell a dozen times, did not receive any critical damage.

The model will be supplied in five colors (different markets will have different colors, usually three colors are displayed at the beginning). Bright colors are a sign of recent times from Nokia: dark grey, silver, green, blue and orange (Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue, Orange). Each of the color schemes looks interesting.

The size of the phone is 113.5x59.12x12.9 mm, the weight is 135 grams. Not too heavy, but palpable in the hands. I like how the N8 fits in the hand, it's not small, but not too big either - the golden mean. Dimensions are quite at the level of modern devices, there are no pluses or minuses.

Comparison with HTC Desire

Comparison with Samsung Wave

Comparison with Apple iPhone4

There is a microUSB connector on the left side, it is open, there are no plugs. There are two slots above - one for a memory card, the second for a SIM card. The end caps are attached to the body, they can come off with frequent use, the design here is completely different than on other phones from Nokia. The plugs are attached to one leg. Therefore, you should handle them carefully.

On the right side - a paired volume key, a lock slider (very convenient), below - a camera shutter button. On the bottom end you can find a 2 mm charger jack, but on the top - 3.5 mm headphone jack, HDMI output, on/off button. The standard headset in the audio jack must be installed until it clicks, until the end, it must be pressed. Some people do not do this and complain that the sound goes to one channel or that it is bad. Don't be afraid to plug in your headset.

Display

The screen is similar in resolution and size to other Nokia models, such as the Nokia X6. It has a resolution of 640x360 pixels, 3.5 inches, it is covered with glass (the so-called special plastic, similar to X6) and displays up to 16 million colors. The screen type is AMOLED, there is a special layer for outdoor use, it increases the readability of the screen (this is not a ClearBlack Display with a polarizing filter, as on Nokia E7 and other devices, but a prototype of this technology).

So, there were many comparisons on various screen resources of Nokia N8 and other devices, we cannot avoid this comparison. I’ll make a reservation right away that I chose the best screens (that is, Samsung Wave - the same diagonal, as well as Samsung Galaxy - a larger diagonal, both SuperAMOLED). In the sun, the behavior of the screens of all companies is approximately the same, which can already be considered an advantage for Nokia. The second point - the quality of the picture in the room in most cases, is quite comparable for all three devices. With one caveat - in Nokia there is no manual adjustment of the screen brightness, only from an external sensor (all Samsung devices have both a sensor and manual brightness selection). In Nokia N8, you can choose the screen brightness for the sensor, set the maximum value, but you cannot influence how it will work at a certain point in time. For example, when you enter a dark room, you will see that the N8 has dimmed its screen. Such a system was used on a number of models before the N8, and did not receive any particular complaints.

The comparison you see below shows a simple thing. The detail of the images, their quality are comparable, and for the average consumer they are completely the same. It is impossible to talk about a huge advantage in picture quality from Samsung, more brightness, contrast, but not much. If you analyze the picture in detail, then the white color on Samsung is whiter, the picture is a little lighter. But these are all differences. I repeat that for an ordinary person who does not compare screens with other devices, this will be a completely adequate display, comparable to the best models on the market.

The screen fits up to 16 lines of text (not in all modes), three font sizes are supported, they are selected when setting up the phone. In the sun, the screen partially fades, but this is typical for this kind of screens.

This is one of the first Nokia products to support multi-touch (gallery, browser), you just need to move your fingers (pinch-to-zoom) to make the picture move apart. The screen is capacitive, similar in execution to that in Nokia X6 and behaves exactly the same. The sensitivity of the display in most cases does not raise any complaints, but sometimes it does not respond to pressing (a software flaw, similar to the X6). So far, Nokia has not learned how to create screens similar to those used in the Apple iPhone (for ease of use) or in the latest models from Samsung (they also achieved responsiveness when pressed, comparable to the Apple iPhone). This shortcoming is not so serious, it is small and will not be taken into account by many consumers. Again, I want to point out that this is Nokia's best screen yet, and for many, the difference in user experience will be dramatic, especially compared to previous models. Not ideal, but very good.

Total, in the bottom line - a good screen that has neither the maximum resolution nor the best color reproduction, but provides a very good, average or even slightly higher level for the end of 2010. Middle. Not maximum. The screen in the Apple iPhone 4 has a higher resolution with a comparable diagonal, the screen in the Samsung Wave is also larger in resolution and more interesting in terms of color reproduction and picture brightness. But the difference for the average buyer does not look critical, the screens look on the same level. And this is very important for Nokia.

Comparison with Apple iPhone4

Keyboard, typing

Two types of keyboard - the usual one for vertical mode (there is a T9, as in QWERTY mode), as well as a full QWERTY keyboard. Unfortunately, Nokia is very superficial about the experience of other companies that have priority in this area, such as HTC or Samsung. There is no switching to the second or third input language on the main keyboard. That is, for typing in two languages, as before, you need to enter the pop-up menu, select the language and go back. Long compared to one Jom Skin Cream push from Apple, Samsung, HTC and other companies.

Another minus is the lack of additional characters on the main keyboard (there is only a dot and a comma). While in all companies, one way or another, these signs are placed on the main screen (for example, in Bada this is pressing the space bar, the signs appear in sequence, or you can quickly select the one you need by clicking on the screen).

Again, I will make a reservation that this shortcoming is not critical, we see it in many touchscreen phones from Nokia, but it simply affects the usability of the product, which we have not thought about in this aspect.

The first commercial firmwares do not have Swype, it is possible that this input technology will be added in future updates. You can install Swype yourself, but it will only work for English and only in landscape orientation.

Memory, memory cards

The memory in the phone is 175 MB, it is allocated to regular applications or your data. Built-in memory 16 GB, plus microSD memory cards up to 32 GB.

The amount of RAM in the phone is 256 MB (in the same Nokia N97 Mini it is 128 MB). For Nokia, this is a giant leap forward, which should have meant an increase in the stability of the device and speed. With speed, this is true, but with stability, everything is not so cloudless. I will make a reservation that it is better than on other devices of the company, but by no means as good as it should be.

The main problem is the browser, with active work in it, it can bring down the device. Or slow it down. In the rest of the pre-installed applications, everything works like clockwork, quite reliably. At the same time, I have about 5-6 applications running (camera, mail, file manager, social application) - the amount of free memory ranges from 28 to 81 MB. Strong braking of the device is not observed. I really hope that the browser will receive an update in November.

USB sticks

Included with the phone is an adapter for connecting external USB memory devices (for example, flash drives). By connecting a flash drive, you can copy data from it to internal memory, you can start playing the file, this memory is visible in the file manager as another disk. A piece that has not yet been seen in phones, causing a certain interest. In my case - theoretical. I'll try to explain.

A long time ago, in a distant galaxy, there were devices such as PDAs, and they had a USB-Host function, you could connect a camera, a USB flash drive or something else to them. But this feature never caught on, although many owners of those PDAs bragged about it and showed what they could do with their pets. Below is a link to a review of one of these PDAs.

In order to transfer files, I do not use flash drives, but a phone that has 32 GB of memory, and some of it is always available. Or, if you need to copy more data, an external hard drive. Unfortunately, you can't connect a 2.5 inch external hard drive to Nokia N8, there is not enough power. But it turned out to connect an external 3.5 disk with its own power supply from the network, it was also read. The file system limitations on the Nokia N8 are as follows - the size per file is no more than 4 GB (enough for everyone), the NTFS file system and all corresponding media are not supported.

When you connect a flash drive, all running programs stored in the shared memory (not the phone's memory) stop. After finishing work with the external flash drive and turning it off, these programs automatically start again (not all programs can save their state). Therefore, if you plan to use any programs where network connection or state saving is important, then you better install them in the phone's memory.

Battery

A BL-4D battery is used, its capacity is 1200 mAh. According to the manufacturer, with it the device is able to work up to 390 hours in standby mode, from 5.5 to 12 hours in talk mode (UMTS/GSM).

The device uses a new architecture, which, together with Symbian^3, provides increased operating time in each of the modes. So, Nokia announced the following indicators for the device:

  • Video playback up to 7 hours (I got 5.6 hours);
  • Music playback up to 50 hours (standard headphones, music on repeat - 47 hours);
  • Data transmission (Web TV) up to 3 hours 20 minutes (2 hours 15 minutes, network coverage may play a role);
  • Video recording - 3 hours 20 minutes (2 hours 10 minutes, maximum performance, screen brightness set manually);
  • Video playback via HDMI up to 6 hours (about 5.5 hours for pre-installed test files in closed loop, up to 4.5 hours for a regular movie);

I frankly like that the device works for a long time in each of the individual modes. Here Nokia engineers have done a great job, and for that they should be thanked. In the S60 market for energy saving solutions, this model clearly outperforms all other solutions. This is a big plus. For the market as a whole, these figures are by no means record-breaking, for example, Apple iPhone 4 can play video up to 10 hours, play music up to 40 hours. Comparable level if you close your eyes to another display.

The disadvantages include the fact that on average the phone still works no more than 2 days. Against the background of many competitors who live no more than one day, this is a good indicator. The energy eater is the desktop with widgets (they are gluttonous, like any data transfer, with the exception of Wi-Fi). When viewing network pages, the battery is also actively wasting. Based on the run time, it becomes clear why the frequency of the ARM11 processor is only 680 MHz, this is a compromise to achieve the longest run time. From my observation, setting the screen brightness to 70 percent reduces the battery life of my usage profile by 10 percent. When set to maximum brightness - about 20 percent.

Total phone charging time is about 2 hours.

USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

USB. In the USB settings, you can select one of 3 operating modes:

  • Data Storage (Mass Storage USB) – both the phone's memory and the memory card are visible, no drivers are required, the OS itself recognizes the phone.
  • OVI Suite - work with OVI Suite, access to all functions of the device, back up all information, and so on.
  • Printing & Media - photo printing, MTP mode.

The transfer speed is about 5.5 Mb/s. Connecting the USB cable will charge your phone.

Bluetooth. This is the first Nokia model with Bluetooth 3.0, also called High Speed. When transferring files to other devices that support this technology, Wi-Fi 802.11 n is used, and the theoretical transfer speed is about 24 Mbps. Checking the transfer of a 1 GB file from Samsung Wave S8500 to NokiaN8 and back showed a maximum speed of about 10 Mbps within three meters between devices. When transferring large files, the connection often breaks, which is not observed when transferring files from Nokia N8 to another similar device or from Samsung to Samsung. Apparently, there is some kind of incompatibility between the settings. At the same time, the transfer of large files to regular S60 smartphones also sometimes breaks (BT 3.0 is not used here).

The model supports various profiles, in particular, Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, File Transfer, Object Push, Basic Printing, SIM Access, A2DP. Working with headsets does not raise any questions, everything is ordinary.

Wi-Fi. The standard 802.11 b/g/n is supported, this is not the first device on the market with such a set of protocols. Everything works like clockwork, no issues. There is a wizard for searching Wi-Fi networks, there is also a corresponding widget (I installed it myself, it's convenient).

The phone has an HDMI Mini connector, there is also an adapter for connecting the device to a TV via HDMI. With this connection, you can see all the contents of your screen on TV, you can play music, as well as video (5 + 1 multi-channel audio is supported if the corresponding audio track is recorded in the file). The test video that comes preinstalled on the Nokia N8 shows how each of the speakers is used. He says that the sound comes from the left speaker, then from the right, and so on. In general, the quality of playback on the big screen depends solely on the quality of the original video, here the Nokia N8 acts as a file carrier, its player (up to 6 hours, I got a little less if from

Nokia N8 final review - detailed analysis

Positioning

Over the past year, Nokia has had serious problems in the segment of top products, which are growing like a snowball. The reason is in unsuccessful products that failed to win the love of consumers (Nokia N97, Nokia N97 Mini, Nokia X6), and those who bought them are more often dissatisfied. In an interview, Nokia Executive Vice President Anssi Vanjoki noted that sales of the Nokia N97 were strong, but the user experience with the product was not as good. In another interview, he confirmed that the company has lost the high-end smartphone segment and plans to win it back. In particular, Symbian^3 and Symbian^4 products should help with this. At the same time, the first product that should form a positive image of Nokia after a series of failures is the Nokia N8. It is the company's flagship, the first Symbian^3 product and a photographic solution as it is Nokia's first model with a 12-megapixel camera. Nokia has already invested significant funds in the promotion of this device, the volume of marketing investments will block Nokia N97 and become the most noticeable for the market as a whole.

Is this model a flagship? I have been asked this question many times, saying that this device is not a flagship, since Nokia does not position it like that, it is not the most expensive product on Symbian, and, in a word, something is wrong here. The announced price of 370 euros (excluding taxes in Europe, retail in Russia is about 20,000 rubles) is by no means a top model, the price of the Nokia N97 is much higher even today, almost a year later. How can this device be a flagship?

In order not to get confused completely, let's define the word "flagship". I call a flagship a product that has the maximum sales and/or introduces users to the company, acts as its face. That is, this is a model that is the best product from the manufacturer in the middle or high price segment. It is not necessarily the most expensive product. This product is often combined with the highest cost, sometimes there are several flagships (Nokia N97, Nokia N900). In our example, Nokia N97 is both the most functional Nokia product last year and the most expensive, if we don't take into account the fashion model Arte. The Nokia N900, which creates the image of the company, but does not play any role in sales, is on the same level. An indirect sign that these products are flagships is the activity of the company in marketing and PR around these models. At the moment, Samsung has the flagship Samsung Wave (Bada), as well as Samsung Galaxy S (Android), HTC has the Desire model, Motorola has the Droid / Milestone (although there are also MOTOROI, and DROID2, and a number of other devices).

Comparison with Samsung Wave

Following this definition, Nokia N8 is chosen by Nokia as a flagship product in order to introduce the maximum number of people to the possibilities of Symbian^3, to achieve the best perception of this platform. That is, it is the focus model, which will also have the highest sales among Symbian^3 phones in 2010, as well as in the first half of 2011. Unfortunately, the company cannot migrate all its products to Symbian^3 overnight, so in 2011 we will see a mixture of different models on different OS versions. In the low price segment and partly in the middle segment, these will be models based on the fifth edition S60. At the top - models on Symbian^3 and Symbian^4, as well as a couple of models on MeeGo. Zoo, a mixture of everything and everyone. Therefore, we need one focal model that has the best market potential, its sales for Nokia (do not read as "for the market") can be maximum.

Paired models and position of Nokia in the product line. Some time ago, Nokia began to release their products in pairs, and Nokia N8 is no exception. For example, the company first launched the Nokia X6 32 GB with the Comes With Music service, and then added a 16 GB version without a music subscription, then a completely inexpensive 8 GB device. With Nokia N97 exactly the same story happened: first the flagship comes out, then the cheaper version of Nokia N97 Mini, which is more advantageous in terms of hardware, contains many fixes and is more stable.It turns out that buyers in a hurry to buy a new product are faced with the fact that they collect all the bumps, and subsequent cheaper versions come out much better. When Nokia professed the path from top to bottom (at first expensive models, then cheap ones), it looked like a mockery of buyers of expensive products. In fact, they acted as beta testers for the mass market. Starting with the Nokia N8, the path is changing, with the mass market now acting as the first wave of devices, with subsequent, more expensive models becoming more stable. More precisely, Nokia N8 is the golden mean.

There are already several models with 12-megapixel cameras on the market, they are not in great demand, and this is not due to the cost, but to the lack of need for such solutions (for the mass consumer). People prefer a combination of features, not just a good camera. Such models have been on the market for about a year. Therefore, Nokia enters the segment where the cream has already been skimmed off, and cannot ask for the maximum price for its solution. This also explains the decision to launch the Nokia N8 at a low cost.

Real positioning. Replacing top Nokia models, for example, Nokia X6. This model is not a replacement for keyboard solutions for obvious reasons. Those who need a keyboard should wait for the N8 analogue with one. When comparing Nokia X6 and Nokia N8, we see that this is a breakthrough for Nokia, the user experience remains comparable, but the speed and stability increase, plus a number of additional nice features appear. We can also say that this device can act as a replacement for Nokia 5800 for those who purchased this model at the beginning of sales. This is a solution for Nokia brand fans who have no experience in using other operating systems and platforms. For such buyers, this device is a good option, offering a number of improvements over previous models. This is an evolutionary development of Nokia's touchscreen phone idea. But within the market, this model does not offer a new user experience, it performs at a lower level than the solutions of other companies, it does not have a unique offer. Why this is so, let's see in the reasoning below. I hope that a detailed analysis of each of the functions will allow you to come to independent conclusions about the phone.

Comparison with HTC Desire

Design, dimensions, controls

The device lies well in the hand, and the assembly is such that there are no complaints. It is a monoblock without any opening parts. To avoid backlash problems, Nokia approached the issue radically and abandoned the usual battery compartment. There are two screws at the bottom, they cover the battery connector. Indeed, it was possible to overcome all sorts of backlashes with this solution, but if you want to change the battery, you will have to find a special screwdriver for these screws (asterisk). Disassembling the phone with careless handling will void the warranty. Yes, and it’s definitely not possible to carry a second battery with you to charge the device.

In the second glance at the device, I asked myself the question of how the phone would behave when dropped. The answer was received after several months of merciless exploitation of the prototype, the commercial device lived a little less than a week in my hands. He lived well, not in the sense that he died. Looking ahead, I want to note that there are no problems with this case design, or they do not appear immediately. The device fell a dozen times, did not receive any critical damage.

The model will be supplied in five colors (different markets will have different colors, usually three colors are displayed at the beginning). Bright colors are a sign of recent times from Nokia: dark grey, silver, green, blue and orange (Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue, Orange). Each of the color schemes looks interesting.

The size of the phone is 113.5x59.12x12.9 mm, the weight is 135 grams. Not too heavy, but palpable in the hands. I like how the N8 fits in the hand, it's not small, but not too big either - the golden mean. Dimensions are quite at the level of modern devices, there are no pluses or minuses.

Comparison with HTC Desire

Comparison with Samsung Wave

Comparison with Apple iPhone4

There is a microUSB connector on the left side, it is open, there are no plugs. There are two slots above - one for a memory card, the second for a SIM card. The end caps are attached to the body, they can come off with frequent use, the design here is completely different than on other phones from Nokia. The plugs are attached to one leg. Therefore, you should handle them carefully.

On the right side - a paired volume key, a lock slider (very convenient), below - a camera shutter button. On the bottom end you can find a 2 mm charger jack, but on the top - 3.5 mm headphone jack, HDMI output, on/off button. The standard headset in the audio jack must be installed until it clicks, until the end, it must be pressed. Some people do not do this and complain that the sound goes to one channel or it is bad. Don't be afraid to plug in your headset.

Display

The screen is similar in resolution and size to other Nokia models, such as the Nokia X6. It has a resolution of 640x360 pixels, 3.5 inches, it is covered with glass (the so-called special plastic, similar to X6) and displays up to 16 million colors. The screen type is AMOLED, there is a special layer for outdoor use, it increases the readability of the screen (this is not a ClearBlack Display with a polarizing filter, as on Nokia E7 and other devices, but a prototype of this technology).

So, there were many comparisons on various screen resources of Nokia N8 and other devices, we cannot avoid this comparison. I’ll make a reservation right away that I chose the best screens (that is, Samsung Wave - the same diagonal, as well as Samsung Galaxy - a larger diagonal, both SuperAMOLED). In the sun, the behavior of the screens of all companies is approximately the same, which can already be considered an advantage for Nokia. The second point - the quality of the picture in the room in most cases, is quite comparable for all three devices.With one caveat - in Nokia there is no manual adjustment of the screen brightness, only from an external sensor (all Samsung devices have both a sensor and manual brightness selection). In Nokia N8, you can choose the screen brightness for the sensor, set the maximum value, but you cannot influence how it will work at a certain point in time. For example, when you enter a dark room, you will see that the N8 has dimmed its screen. Such a system was used on a number of models before the N8, and did not receive any particular complaints.

The comparison you see below shows a simple thing. The detail of the images, their quality are comparable, and for the average consumer they are completely the same. It is impossible to talk about a huge advantage in picture quality from Samsung, more brightness, contrast, but not much. If you analyze the picture in detail, then the white color on Samsung is whiter, the picture is a little lighter. But these are all differences. I repeat that for an ordinary person who does not compare screens with other devices, this will be a completely adequate display, comparable to the best models on the market.

The screen fits up to 16 lines of text (not in all modes), three font sizes are supported, they are selected when setting up the phone. In the sun, the screen partially fades, but this is typical for this kind of screens.

This is one of the first Nokia products to support multi-touch (gallery, browser), you just need to move your fingers (pinch-to-zoom) to make the picture move apart. The screen is capacitive, similar in execution to that in Nokia X6 and behaves exactly the same. The sensitivity of the display in most cases does not raise any complaints, but sometimes it does not respond to pressing (a software flaw, similar to the X6). So far, Nokia has not learned how to create screens similar to those used in the Apple iPhone (for ease of use) or in the latest models from Samsung (they also achieved responsiveness when pressed, comparable to the Apple iPhone). This shortcoming is not so serious, it is small and will not be taken into account by many consumers. Again, I want to point out that this is Nokia's best screen yet, and for many, the difference in user experience will be dramatic, especially compared to previous models. Not ideal, but very good.

Total, in the bottom line - a good screen that has neither the maximum resolution nor the best color reproduction, but provides a very good, average or even slightly higher level for the end of 2010. Middle. Not maximum. The screen in the Apple iPhone 4 has a higher resolution with a comparable diagonal, the screen in the Samsung Wave is also larger in resolution and more interesting in terms of color reproduction and picture brightness. But the difference for the average buyer does not look critical, the screens look on the same level. And this is very important for Nokia.

Comparison with Apple iPhone4

Keyboard, typing

Two types of keyboard - the usual one for vertical mode (there is a T9, as in QWERTY mode), as well as a full QWERTY keyboard. Unfortunately, Nokia is very superficial about the experience of other companies that have priority in this area, such as HTC or Samsung. There is no switching to the second or third input language on the main keyboard. That is, for typing in two languages, as before, you need to enter the pop-up menu, select the language and go back. Long time compared to one Jom Skin Cream with Apple, Samsung, HTC and other companies.

Two types of keyboard - normal for vertical mode (there is a T9, as in QWERTY mode), as well as a full QWERTY keyboard. Unfortunately, Nokia is very superficial about the experience of other companies that have priority in this area, such as HTC or Samsung. There is no switching to the second or third input language on the main keyboard. That is, for typing in two languages, as before, you need to enter the pop-up menu, select the language and go back. Long compared to one Jom Skin Cream Jom Skin Cream pushing from Apple, Samsung, HTC and other companies.

Another minus is the lack of additional characters on the main keyboard (there is only a dot and a comma). While in all companies, one way or another, these signs are placed on the main screen (for example, in Bada this is pressing the space bar, the signs appear in sequence, or you can quickly select the one you need by clicking on the screen).

Again, I will make a reservation that this shortcoming is not critical, we see it in many touchscreen phones from Nokia, but it simply affects the usability of the product, which we have not thought about in this aspect.

The first commercial firmwares do not have Swype, it is possible that this input technology will be added in future updates. You can install Swype yourself, but it will only work for English and only in landscape orientation.

Memory, memory cards

The phone's memory is 175 MB, it is dedicated to regular applications or your data. Built-in memory 16 GB, plus microSD memory cards up to 32 GB.

The amount of RAM in the phone is 256 MB (in the same Nokia N97 Mini it is 128 MB). For Nokia, this is a giant leap forward, which should have meant an increase in the stability of the device and speed. With speed, this is true, but with stability, everything is not so cloudless. I will make a reservation that it is better than on other devices of the company, but by no means as good as it should be.

The main problem is the browser, with active work in it, it can bring down the device. Or slow it down. In the rest of the pre-installed applications, everything works like clockwork, quite reliably. At the same time, I have about 5-6 applications running (camera, mail, file manager, social application) - the amount of free memory ranges from 28 to 81 MB. Strong braking of the device is not observed. I really hope that the browser will receive an update in November.

USB sticks

Included with the phone is an adapter for connecting external USB memory devices (for example, flash drives). By connecting a flash drive, you can copy data from it to internal memory, you can start playing the file, this memory is visible in the file manager as another disk. A piece that has not yet been seen in phones, causing a certain interest. In my case - theoretical. I'll try to explain.

A long time ago, in a distant galaxy, there were devices such as PDAs, and they had a USB-Host function, you could connect a camera, a USB flash drive or something else to them. But this feature never caught on, although many owners of those PDAs bragged about it and showed what they could do with their pets. Below is a link to a review of one of these PDAs.

In order to transfer files, I do not use flash drives, but a phone that has 32 GB of memory, and some of it is always available. Or, if you need to copy more data, an external hard drive. Unfortunately, you can't connect a 2.5 inch external hard drive to Nokia N8, there is not enough power. But it turned out to connect an external 3.5 disk with its own power supply from the network, it was also read. The file system limitations on the Nokia N8 are as follows - the size per file is no more than 4 GB (enough for everyone), the NTFS file system and all corresponding media are not supported.

When you connect a flash drive, all running programs stored in the shared memory (not the phone's memory) stop. After finishing work with the external flash drive and turning it off, these programs automatically start again (not all programs can save their state). Therefore, if you plan to use any programs where network connection or state saving is important, then you better install them in the phone's memory.

Battery

A BL-4D battery is used, its capacity is 1200 mAh. According to the manufacturer, with it the device is able to work up to 390 hours in standby mode, from 5.5 to 12 hours in talk mode (UMTS/GSM).

The device uses a new architecture, which, together with Symbian^3, provides increased operating time in each of the modes. So, Nokia announced the following indicators for the device:

  • Video playback up to 7 hours (I got 5.6 hours);
  • Music playback up to 50 hours (standard headphones, music on repeat - 47 hours);
  • Data transmission (Web TV) up to 3 hours 20 minutes (2 hours 15 minutes, network coverage may play a role);
  • Video recording - 3 hours 20 minutes (2 hours 10 minutes, maximum performance, screen brightness set manually);
  • Video playback via HDMI up to 6 hours (about 5.5 hours for pre-installed test files in closed loop, up to 4.5 hours for a regular movie);

I frankly like that the device works for a long time in each of the individual modes. Here Nokia engineers have done a great job, and for that they should be thanked. In the S60 market for energy saving solutions, this model clearly outperforms all other solutions. This is a big plus. For the market as a whole, these figures are by no means record-breaking, for example, Apple iPhone 4 can play video up to 10 hours, play music up to 40 hours. Comparable level if you close your eyes to another display.

The disadvantages include the fact that on average the phone still works no more than 2 days. Against the background of many competitors who live no more than one day, this is a good indicator. The energy eater is the desktop with widgets (they are gluttonous, like any data transfer, with the exception of Wi-Fi). When viewing network pages, the battery is also actively wasting. Based on the run time, it becomes clear why the frequency of the ARM11 processor is only 680 MHz, this is a compromise to achieve the longest run time. From my observation, setting the screen brightness to 70 percent reduces the battery life of my usage profile by 10 percent. When set to maximum brightness - about 20 percent.

The model supports various profiles, in particular, Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, File Transfer, Object Push, Basic Printing, SIM Access, A2DP. Working with headsets does not raise any questions, everything is ordinary.

Wi-Fi. The standard 802.11 b/g/n is supported, this is not the first device on the market with such a set of protocols. Everything works like clockwork, no issues. There is a wizard for searching Wi-Fi networks, there is also a corresponding widget (I installed it myself, it's convenient).

The phone has an HDMI Mini connector, there is also an adapter for connecting the device to a TV via HDMI. With this connection, you can see all the contents of your screen on TV, you can play music, as well as video (5 + 1 multi-channel audio is supported if the corresponding audio track is recorded in the file). The test video that comes preinstalled on the Nokia N8 shows how each of the speakers is used. He says that the sound comes from the left speaker, then from the right, and so on. In general, the quality of playback on the big screen depends solely on the quality of the original video, here the Nokia N8 acts as a file carrier, its player (up to 6 hours, I got a little less if from