UPDATE: N8 IS NOT being returned as others show their stuff
As I have written here in various posts, there is a lot to like about the Nokia N8, primarily the camera. However, there are a couple other devices I have been using lately that trump the N8 and combined with some other issues I am returning the dark gray N8. That is if I can EVER get through the STUPID Nokia USA hold music (now going on 20 minutes on hold).
UPDATE: Not so fast, I just followed up after spending several more hours with the Nokia N8 and I CANNOT GIVE IT UP!
For one thing, Gmail through Nokia Messaging is a major failure and won’t keep my inbox synced so I am forced to read things multiple times to clear it on the device and elsewhere. Email is also a broken experience with email from different services appearing in large fonts or small fonts with a very inconsistent experience.
Fonts throughout the OS are not good, especially when you look side-by-side with a new Windows Phone 7 or Android device. Sorry Nokia, in this day and age you have to be better for me to spend so much money on a device.
The keyboard situation is not good. While the landscape keyboard can be made to work fairly well, I hate the experience of leaving an app to enter text and the multiple taps required to enter a simply text message.
The web browser was fine in 2006, but is not good in 2010 and almost 2011. Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 browsers all easily trump the N8. I know there is an update coming sometime and maybe I will check it out when sometime arrives.
I love the hardware, the camera, threaded text messaging and the ability to support services like Zune and Amazon. The N8 is still the best piece of Nokia hardware I have tried and the OS is good for Symbian fans, but as a writer for ZDNet I have had the chance to try too many other new mobile platforms that are better and this has colored my opinion of the N8. If I lived only in the world of Symbian I would definitely keep the N8, but I don’t so I am not.
I plan to give the WP7 HD7 or Android G2 a try and there is the chance that I might be back with an orange N8 or something. I think the E7 or maybe the rumored N9 MeeGo device may be more convincing at bringing a new Nokia device in my hand though, but we will have to wait and see.