Smartphone press get hands-on with the Nokia N8
There appear to be a ton of people pre-ordering the new Apple iPhone 4 today as both the Apple and AT&T online stores are having trouble processing orders. I started the process just to see what the monthly AT&T fees would be, but after the store locked up I gave up and still have no intention of buying one for myself. I already have an iPhone 3GS and rarely use it, especially since I have an iPad that I prefer to use with the large display. I am most likely getting a new Nokia E73 Mode and then have my eye on an orange or blue Nokia N8 to use with T-Mobile USA.
Several online mobile writers were given the chance to get some hands-on time with the Nokia N8 over the last couple of days so I wanted to share links to their reports for you to enjoy. I especially enjoyed the long 8 minute video that my pal Rafe recorded over on All About Symbian. Needless to say, I am VERY excited about the N8 and can’t wait for it to hit the streets.
- Rafe’s 8 minutes of Nokia N8
- Mark Guim’s hands-on and first impressions article
- Eric Zeman’s Phone Scoop post
- Sascha Segan’s PC World hands-on
- Harry McCracken’s Technologizer preview
- Noah Kravitz’s PhoneDog video preview
- Tnkgrl’s hands-on with the N8 post
- Mark Spoonauer’s Laptop Magazine first look
Anyone find any other hands-on previews from the last couple of days?
Unfortunately, I do not live in one of the areas where they were demoing the phone so I still have yet to see the N8 in person myself. It seems almost universal that people like the hardware. The Symbian folks also like the improvements in the OS, but acknowledge Symbian^3 doesn’t show major improvements over existing Symbian S60 5th or 3rd Editions. Then again, for those of us who like the existing Symbian interface this may be a good thing. For those comparing it to Android, iPhone, and webOS the interface looks to be a bit disappointing. If Symbian^3 on the N8 is better than what I have on the N97 mini or E73 Mode, then I will be a happy man since I don’t need or want my Nokia device to be an Android or iPhone smartphone.