My wife looks at the latest and greatest smartphones, Nokia N8 is her choice
I wanted to share a short story with you about my wife and her recent experiences with smartphones and my Nokia N8. I think all of you here reading Nokia Experts will appreciate the ending too.
Once upon a time my wife saw all of excellent smartphones I had in my collection and switched to a T-Mobile Dash. She used three of these over the next couple of years, she drops her phones a lot, and was fairly pleased with the ability to smart filter her contacts and have access to a QWERTY keyboard. She also learned about text messaging from me and my girls and seemed to be quite a fan of QWERTY devices.
The last Dash died and she said she wanted something more durable with a QWERTY keyboard. I gave her my Nokia E71 and she was happy again. She used the E71 for over a year, but then kept finding the need to take pictures and video of our girls on the go without having to remember to always carry a camera. She tried the E71 camera, but is not happy with it. I let her use the E73 Mode for a bit, but for some reason calls kept dropping for her with this device and I am not sure it was the Bluetooth headset connection or what. It really didn’t matter though because she wasn’t happy and did not want to take the time to troubleshoot it.
I bought my dark gray N8 back in early October and have been using it to capture some great photos and videos of my girls playing sports, dressing up for the dance, and more. My wife enjoyed seeing all of these great camera shots and videos and I could see the look of envy in her eyes.
After a few years of my prompting, my wife finally decided she wanted to jump on the wireless data bandwagon so she could check her email, upload photos to Facebook, find things on the Internet on the go and more. I wrote a book on Windows Phone 7 so she had the chance to play the Flowerz game on one of my evaluation devices and was hooked. She almost had so much fun with it that she wanted to buy a phone that had it on there. We have been T-Mobile customers for about 9 years and when they launched their myTouch 4G in four colors we went to the store to compare that, the HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 device, the BlackBerry Bold 9700, and some other new Android devices. We walked out of the store with the myTouch 4G in white for her and a purple/plum one for me because the 5 megapixel camera and video capability actually were quite good.
After a week of using Android, my wife decided the constant notifications, limited battery life, involved management of apps and syncing functions, and overall experience just wasn’t for her. I just returned both of the myTouch 4G units this weekend.
As I just wrote, my orange Nokia N8 arrived last Friday. My wife saw it and said it was a beautiful device. She then said she wanted a Nokia N8 because she found that making phone calls and having the best camera with her at all times was her priority. I told her not to be too quick to jump on the device just because the camera so I popped her SIM from the E71 she went back to into the dark gray Nokia N8 and asked her to use it all weekend. She is a Party Lite consultant and had four shows this weekend so I showed her the basics of the N8, including how to put in an address and use Ovi Maps.
My wife came to me after her shows with a look of excitement on her face and said she wanted her own Nokia N8 and preferred the blue or even green one so she could more easily find it in her purse or around the house. She LOVED Ovi Maps and said it was even better than the navigation in her Acura. She took photos at her shows and all the guests were impressed with the quality and the Nokia N8. She is used to using the Symbian OS and likes the smart dialing functionality, excellent phone call reception, quality, and controls, and the fact that she can do it all with such a beautiful piece of hardware. She became hooked on Swype on the myTouch 4G and is very excited to see it running on the Nokia N8. Her first comment though was that she wanted a portrait Swype or QWERTY keyboard ASAP!
I am now on the hunt for a blue Nokia N8 for my wife as they appear to be difficult to find here in the US. Amazon and other retailers have silver, gray and green. The Nokia USA store won’t work for me so I can’t get a blue one from them either. An online buddy may just be making a swap with me though and helping me get a blue one soon. I know as my middle daughter makes the varsity basketball team that my wife will want to capture those moments on the court and will be using the blue Nokia N8 a lot. I am excited to see what my wife thinks of the N8 over time and find it interesting that she chose this device after I gave her hands-on options with Windows Phone 7 and Android.