Does the Nokia N8 excel in the under-hyped features?

Does the Nokia N8 excel in the under-hyped features?I was reading an article written by my buddy, Philip Berne, over on Phonescoop that discussed all of the over-hyped features us smartphone enthusiasts focus on a bit too much. We are into the latest tech and features while “normal” people likely do not care much about these features. Philip talks about 4G, video calls, dual-core processors, HD video recording, and NFC technology. The funny thing is when you read the section on the under-hyped features that really matter it is pretty clear that a device like the Nokia N8 is exactly what Philip should probably consider.

The under-hyped features he mentions that are important to him are call quality, a good camera (Xenon flash is mentioned), and threaded text messaging. The Nokia N8 leads the world in call quality and the best camera on any smartphone while also having a very enjoyable and functional threaded text messaging application.

Are you focused on the over-hyped features? Do you think we should stop focusing too much on technologies that won’t be applicable to the masses for 6 months to a year?

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16 Comments to Does the Nokia N8 excel in the under-hyped features?

martin
January 19, 2011

Just this: Yesterday I was in a Hotel in Austria yesterday with my N900. While I could connect to a weak open Wlan and could make phone calls, my collegues were upset because they couldn’t either both (iphone4: no calls, no wlan detected at all) or no Wlan detected (HTC Android).
Sorry but this is IMPORTANT.
On the other side all friends are continuously asking my wife to share the photos i.e. via Dropbox because the N8 is the only phone taking good enough pictures on low light conditions (what’s the case in 80% of events with collegues). It’s just crap what you get from iphones.

Kumar
January 19, 2011

Yes Mathew… consedring the price at whic Nokia N8 is slleing and the features that it has there is no ther phone in the market to beat it.

WoW you get bluetooth 3.0, HDMI output, USB on the go, AMOLED capactive with mutli touch, andoised body, gorilla glass, 12mp camera ( with a little twaek can capture RAW images), PENTAband phone, wifi with b/g/n, amazing battery life and much much more…..

I dont why ppl run behind iphone4… its a crazy wolrd. When you get very damn possible hardware in one box… you search for a better one :)

joe
January 19, 2011

Well the reason people stick to iphones and various android phones compared to nokia is the Symbian OS. The fact that nokia is not selling hot is due to its software being older than the Hindenburg. I will never go back to a nokia as my main line regardless of the quality of the build. i would pull out the 8800 BB before i whip out the n72 or n95 again. I understand that nokia does put out insane spec’s on phones and i have had my share out symbian phones so i know what i am saying. i would not say they are always better especially considering the three n95’s i had swapped due to the low pitch ringing constantly.

Mark
January 19, 2011

“Well the reason people stick to iphones and various android phones compared to nokia is the Symbian OS”

Actually it’s the AVKON UI. Common mistake to make though.

The way I see it, my N8 has excellent call quality, battery life, media functions, camera, construction, etc. It also has a slightly wonky UI and a poor default browser. Those can and will be improved by UI updates. Other phones have poor power consumption and call strength. How does one improve that?

Matt
January 19, 2011

“Over-hyped” and under-hyped” are just words that, in my opinion, are over-hyped. Nokia is still a power player in the mobile device market. We all know that. But what they excel in hardware, they definitely lack in software. I was a Nokia loyalist. At any given time, I would have about four Nokia, high end, handsets. As Mark pointed out above, the browser could be improved in an update…could be improved in an update…could be…update. How long did Nokia to update it? Is it still updated? I understand there is underlying code that has changed. But let’s stick with the UI. Going back to the N95, E71, 5800, N97. All these phones had the same browser features. There was no tabbed browsing. Rendering of pages was horrendous. When the N97 (biggest Nokia flop of my lifetime and the single handset that made me switch to Android) was rumored for release, there was also rumor of a UI overhaul and a new browser with a ton of added features. N97 makes its appearance and none of what was originally expected was there. The N8 was coming out and people cried out to Nokia. Did they get the memo? Maybe it was lost under all those TPS reports. The fact is, maybe Symbian is a better OS than all the rest. Bottom line is that customers WANT ALL the features they can get ALL the time regardless if they use them or not. For people who want the biggest, fastest smartphone on the market, additional features is bragging rights. Even if you never use NFC, you’ll at least have the ability. Even if you don’t take snapshots every day with your camera, you know that when you pull out your phone, regardless if it’s a Symbian, Android, or WP7 (iPhone omitted because I personally hate that iGnorance beacon) you’ll be able to take those pictures and know they’ll be decent. Looking into the future of what Nokia is up against is a tough one. We all know Microsoft is going to cloud computing with a bunch of other companies following. Google has integrated their services so well in Android, it might be hard to match. HP is back to the drawing board with WebOS for tablets. Apple keeps their customers at arms reach. But where is Nokia? For years, I loved their initiative to draw in customers with their services and beta applications. They listened. Now they remind me of a chicken with their head cut off. Pull it together, Nokia. I transfer about 5GB of data per month, loading page after page of the great internet on my Android. I can stack up my N1 against the N8 and browser more internet in a lot less time. Until something as simple as the browser gets fixed, I will never return to Nokia/Symbian. It took them a few years to get the keyboard on Symbian to stop taking up the entire screen. Something I remember Matthew Miller talk about, either on here, ZDNet, or Mobile Tech Roundup, regarding Twitter (if I remember correctly). It’s only a matter of time before the market evens itself back out. A few power players of manufacturers and a few power players of mobile OS’s. Maybe one day we can all look forward to buying a device with no OS, and no carrier. Then we get to pick an OS and click a button to install. Once we pick the device and OS, all that is left is choosing the carrier with the best service. The more options the consumer has to choose all of those things, the sooner device manufacturers will listen, the sooner OS writers will listen, and best of all, the sooner AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint, cover all those white spots on their network maps. We can only hope.

Gus
January 19, 2011

So, I don’t get what you’re saying. Buy a feature phone/dumb phone instead?

Hey, my old Razr had great call quality too and my old LG Dare, a Verizon feature phone, had threaded messaging before Symbian.

Jade Bryan Jardinico
January 20, 2011

I think over-hyped are the things that companies exacerbate most, like Apple on “facetime”.

And I think under-hyped are those things that some companies needed to promote.

No offense and no pun intended or whatsoever, but most people are over-hyping these features and devices due to their lack of understanding on phones’ functionalities.

Sleeper Service
January 20, 2011

@Mark: I wouldn’t hype the “battery life” thing too much. My N8 runs Gravity and Mobile Documents, syncing periodically all day. I unplug the phone in the morning and I have to charge it every night, without fail. And when I got stuck visiting in-laws recently, I spent a good chunk of time playing games, which actually required me to borrow someone else’s charger to make it to the end of the night. If you actually use your smartphone, the battery will need daily charging no matter what brand it is. And if you’re not using your smartphone’s advanced features, then why do you have such an expensive, fancy phone?

Mark
January 21, 2011

@Sleeper Service

Yup. If you use it intensively every smartphone will exhaust its battery pretty quickly. The trouble is some smartphones exhaust their batteries quickly even if you don’t.

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Francolasalsa
January 24, 2011

Reading these comments you would think I’m on crackberry.com ! All these reasons for leaving nokia is the same reason people have left the Blackberry . Big difference though is that blackberry has already started development on their next OS and it looks like it will be a hit , Nokia looks like a stubborn mule that deserves to go under . I actually think a Nokia phone with an Anroid or WP7 OS would be a Super big hit but we all know that will never happen

gdigenis
January 24, 2011

i do agree that many features are over-hyped these days, like dual-core, face-time, nfc, etc. the funny thing is that the worst offenders lately are n8 owners. when the phone gets a poor review it is the n8 owners that start quoting zenon flash, usb on the go, hdmi out, 12mp camera, multitasking, etc, etc.

the great news is that we all have a choice on what to buy. i personally would rather have to charge my phone more often then live with the shortcomings of the n8. when i say shortcomings of the n8 i am referring to the software, everything from the ui to the ux. the things that are deal breakers for me might be perceived strengths to someone else, which is fine. we can both vote with our wallets and enjoy that device that works best for us

Noah Sumner
January 31, 2011

I will not really consider a Nokia because of these under-hyped features. I don’t care about the camera much (where the N8 obviously excels). I do care about the phone quality. I about a month ago switched from the Nokia E72 to a Samsung Galaxy S, and well… The E72 was awful calls dropped all the time etc. The Galaxy S (which isn’t perfect) at least the phone is excellent! It might be the N8 is a great device but my problem is with Nokia today it seems to be a game of roulette.

Camellion
February 2, 2011

@ Noah Sumner

N8 has the best reception and call quality that I have had on a phone. Phone calls and network reception are things that N8 definitely excels. I’d say that it’s the best one of the current generation smart phones when it comes to those things. But then again Nokia was developing gsm networks and really knows mobile communication technology, unlike for example Apple, who have trouble designing a working antenna. Besides connecting people has been Nokia’s motto for a long time.

outdated os
February 3, 2011

people who keep insisting android or wp7 on nokia phones are stupid morons, imo.

Ch.Shafique
July 18, 2011

HHHHHHHmmmmmmmmmm..OK:After reading as above i will paurchase a Nokia N8 as it has a amazing camra. after using i will write down my correct coment on it


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