UPDATE 4: Nokia USA store color pre-orders available and gray now shipping
It is now nearly 3:00 pm on the East Coast of the United States and according to the banner on the Nokia USA store website pre-orders for the different color models were supposed to be up today. The banner also stated that N8 units would be shipping this week, although in small letters below this they added that dark gray units (the only ones available for pre-order) would start shipping next week. Phone calls placed to customer service are worthless because they have no clue either. The Nokia USA store would have been better off not putting up any details at all on the banner if customer service and store employees cannot even support or provide info on the banner statements.
UPDATE: I just received an email stating that my pre-order was being “prepared for shipment”. I am not sure how long this phase goes on before they ship, but if they get it out today then it looks like they meet the shipping this week plan. I suppose that makes sense since they met the Q3 shipping plan the same way, huh?
UPDATE 2: And now I see that my PayPal smartphone fund credit card has been charged the $610.98 for the N8! Yeah, it looks like I will have my dark gray one early next week so I won’t have to go without one as I send the blue eval N8 back to Nokia next Friday.
UPDATE 3: And now you can pre-order the colored ones! At this time you have to first add a dark gray one (only available) to your cart, then select cancel from the pop-up, then the color options appear (all five), then select a color one and add it to your cart. The site states the colored ones will be available in October November. I placed my orange pre-order andwill then make a decision on whether to keep the dark gray one when it arrives. I really want orange, but may just stick with the dark gray if it is attractive. Funny, the dark gray one no longer appears as an option. I will check it out when it arrives and may cancel the orange order if I like it. I really like the orange one I saw at Nokia World though.
UPDATE 4: It is now 8:00 PM Pacific Time and I just received an email that my N8 has shipped. There is no tracking info, but that might appear tomorrow. I bought the expedited shipping so imagine it should be here by Tuesday at the latest. Stay tuned for some blue vs gray N8 photos next week and several more articles.
I have just one week left with the evaluation N8 and then have to ship it back to Nokia so someone else can check it out. I was pretty confident that my own N8 would be in hand, but since the Nokia USA store seems clueless my confidence in a unit actually arriving before the end of next week is not very high.
Creating confusion with banners and ordering details is not a good way to foster enthusiasm for a device and a company that can use all the support they can get here in the US. It looked like US buyers would be one of the first to actually get their ordered devices shipped, following the early pre-order launch, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I am sorry that readers who pre-ordered them do not have them yet and am working as hard as I can to answer questions and provide you with information on functionality and performance. I have several posts, with videos, planned for next week too so stay tuned.