Nokia tries to regain lost ground with the N8
The Nokia N8: Is this Nokia’s moment of reckoning
The product page for Nokia N8 proudly greets you with the message “Its not the technology. Its what you do with it”…. Agree! My first impression of the Nokia N8 was visual (as is everyone else’s) but I found this latest Nokia Flagship to be impressive in the first sight. But that’s not enough is it? Nokia N97 also impressed, made people drool and then sank all its expectations. Getting back to N8, the specs impress… Nokia’s first 12MP, 720 dpi video recording, Dolby surround sound, HDMI and Phonebook 2.0, Conversation view for SMSs and Unified email client. Ovi Maps and Navigation are free and N8 sports the same. That’s a good first impression. The rest is the mandatory that you would expect from a high end smartphone at Euro 370. The device would start shipping in 3Q 2010. From the Nokia perspective, N8 is being pitched as a Social Networking, Gaming, HD TV out, Web TV phone and more.. (Nokia N Series “All in One” proposition)
Now this then is Nokia’s Man-of-War and this would be a pivotal device in effort to make Nokia’s high end phones credible again. Nokia has been left far behind the iPhone, Samsung, Blackberry, Sony Ericsson and even HTC in the smartphone fight. The N97 was to address all that and more but it bombed. The N900 made a splash but not the volumes.
However, one was expecting more action on the Nokia – Maemo front and this one sports a Symbian 3. Symbian 3 is evolutionary not revolutionary, but then it is a key first step if it proves reliable.
The absence (???) of the engine details in the Nokia product home page is confounding. If the web reports are to be believed this one sports a 680 MHz processor, which is not too bad, but simply put is not too great either.
Also to be kept under consideration is the fact that the iPhone 4G releases before this one. I expect the iPhone 4G to set the standards high… very high. Android is also becoming a rapidly maturing platform and the HTCs and Motorola’s new lines are coming within a good proximity of the Android. In the battle of platforms, I would still rate the iPhone and Android to be a few many notches above Symbian platform (and I would love it if Symbian 3 can prove me wrong)
The other important factor to be considered are the rapidly surging Apps market numbers. Android and iPhone are making big numbers and one hasnot heard about much about Ovi in this space. A smartphone minus smart apps is not a smart proposition.
So net of all things, Currently the N8 looks and feels good basis the features listed.. but the platform and Ovi Apps are yet to provide the edge. Nokia seems to be packing the N8 with technology and we will wait to see how it helps users do something with it in months to come.
An introductory Video On the N8:
The reviews on this product are already thumbs down basis the YouTube videos and the first viewers are already drubbing this device as being slow, clunky, aweful, dreadful, blocky, really dated, not very exciting, slow and inaccurate UI, bad touch experience. Not quite the start..eh!