N8 video hands-on and more weekend use thoughts

Don’t worry Nokia Experts readers I am not going to post much on my N8 experiences over on my ZDNet site, but I do need to put some coverage up there to pay the bills 😉 I placed my first impressions over there along with the video embedded below that walks through some of my thoughts on the N8. As you can read, I think the N8 is the BEST Nokia device I have ever used. Nokia and Symbian fans finally have a device to be pleased with and feel good about for the most part. It is not perfect, but it is better than anything else we have had before.

I was worried about the possibility of memory errors, but have not experienced any issues so far and the N8 seems to be doing a great job of managing apps. I did see a funky error pop up when I switched to the camera that said the phone was going to restart, but the phone never restarted and things kept working fine.

I was also very concerned about the battery life, but after three days of use I can say that the N8 may have the best battery life of ANY new smartphone I have used in the past couple years. I have used LOTS of different smartphones and the N8 just keeps going and going and I could not have been happier.

The more I use the N8, the more excited I am about getting my own device that I can completely customize and setup knowing that it is mine to use daily. Here are some other quick thoughts that I will flush out in detail over the next week or two:

  • RF reception is outstanding and I am seeing a very strong T-Mobile 3G signal
  • Video recording is very good and I captured some fun footage of my daughter’s 11th birthday party yesterday
  • Games play quite good on the N8 as I saw with GT Racing
  • Opera Mobile looks good and I think I will make that my default browser
  • I am disappointed about the missing podcast app
  • The software keyboard is OK, but a bit frustrating that prediction is poor and there is no portrait QWERTY
  • The display looks great and touch works well
  • The hardware is simply FANTASTIC and feels awesome in my hand
  • The new Ovi Store is very good and I am buying apps from it
  • I love that smart dialing is on the dialer
  • The Calendar bites and needs work in future Symbian updates

Overall, I would not hesitate to buy the N8 if I were a Nokia fan, although the E7 with the QWERTY keyboard may also be a future purchase for me.


12 Comments to N8 video hands-on and more weekend use thoughts

October 4, 2010

How is the connection being handled? is at application level or at system level like iPhone?

El Marko
October 4, 2010

Thank you, Matthew. I’m looking forward to your additional thoughts about this device. Personally, I’m biding my time to see what issues come up, on Nokia’s user forums. And, I’m waiting until the N8’s other colors are available for order, too. As a dedicated E71 user, I’m interested in what I’m going to have to give up or what third party software I’m going to have to purchase, to use the N8 as I do my E71. For example, I use Nokia Podcasting all the time. . .

Your comment regarding Nokia’s Calendar (“it bites”) struck a nerve with me. Nokia – most smartphones, frankly – have fallen short of the mark, in my estimation, as they don’t have any concept of “category.” If users cannot categorize appointments, tasks, contacts, etc., then the phones cannot create views which exploit those categories. The devices cannot be used for “Getting Things Done” kinds of activities. That this was a feature well-integrated into the Palm OS, more than 10 years ago, really chaps my hide.

It’s even more astonishing to me that this opportunity has not been addressed by any third party developers (although SBSH is close, since they’ve hired, I think, the developer of PocketTorch’s AquaSync and AquaCalendar).

Anything you can do to continue to tweak Nokia’s nose on this point would be appreciated. In my estimation, no phone can be called “smart” without the concept of categorization, tagging, whatever you would like to call it.

Thanks again.

October 4, 2010

Thankfully, you can still sideload Podcasting. Not sure about Internet Radio, maybe you can try it for us?

Matthew Miller
October 4, 2010

I can sideload Podcasting? I never tried that before, but am off to Google to search for a .sis file now.

October 4, 2010


The old nokia app has not been written for s^3 & if i remember correct, Rafe/Steve from AAS mentioned that there were no plans to porting it since Symbian will have an Open sourced version built in from S^4.

link: http://developer.symbian.org/wiki/index.php/Podcatcher_package

Hope that helps.

October 4, 2010

I can’t wait to get my N8!

I want to get a blue one too :/ how do you feel about the colour?

Robert Najafabadi
October 5, 2010

I have a question witch new Nokia symbian phone should one buy over the other like C6 vs E7 vs N8 personally I like keyboards but I like a good camera and the best a support of apps (witch traditionally is part of N sires phones) and I want an unlocked phone because lets face it because I am on AT&T they are on going to put a good Nokia phone on their Network without fucking it up.
So with phone should I go with?

October 5, 2010

is the video editor as good as it was with nokia n95???

October 5, 2010

Have you tried out Ovi Maps on this phone yet?

John Norris
October 5, 2010

A really excellent video!! I really enjoyed this and just wanted to express my appreciation. Many thanks.

October 29, 2010

Very nice video,going in details with the new os and features,unlike many others. Thanks

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