The Nokia N8 has an excellent design and one of the best cameras we've seen in a smartphone; too bad it's coupled with lame software, a tiny screen, and a slow processor.

- Sean Ludwig , Laptop Magazine 

Specs summary

Screen
3.5"

The Nokia N8's screen is 3.5 inches with 360 x 640 pixels resolution.

Processor
680MHz

There is a ARM 11 680 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Symbian ^3 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 17 days standby time, 348 minutes (2G), 350 minutes (3G).


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Takes very good photos with plenty of editing options

from Digital Versus (4 years ago)

The N8 is great for multimedia, especially for taking photos. Although it has plenty of features and handy functions, the interface is still rather convoluted and isn't that easy to get the hang of. With the Anna update, Symbian has been slightly rejuvenated but it's still no real rival for the lead... More

The N8 is great for multimedia, especially for taking photos. Although it has plenty of features and handy functions, the interface is still rather convoluted and isn't that easy to get the hang of. With the Anna update, Symbian has been slightly rejuvenated but it's still no real rival for the leading OS of the moment. The Nokia N8 has no doubt arrived a little late in a market that's already jam-packed with fast, smooth and user-friendly smartphones.

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8/10

It will do very well with Nokia fans

from TechRadar (5 years ago)

The headline tech specs are wildly impressive: a 12MP camera with Xenon flash, HD video recording with superior sounds, USB on the go, HDMI output with 5.1 support as well as a glossy OLED screen are all really worth taking a look at as they all do what they say on the tin. But we'd bet a major... More

The headline tech specs are wildly impressive: a 12MP camera with Xenon flash, HD video recording with superior sounds, USB on the go, HDMI output with 5.1 support as well as a glossy OLED screen are all really worth taking a look at as they all do what they say on the tin.

But we'd bet a majority of users won't use most of these functions to their fullest on a regular basis, and would rather have a user experience than delights rather than one that's just reliable and functional.

In short, if you're a Symbian fan who loves the look of the high end specs on offer here and really feels like they could get the full use out of Symbian^3 and its excellent set of drivers and supported functions, and aren't that bothered with the speed of the UI, you'll love the Nokia N8 like it was your first born child, as it's the best Nokia device by a street at the moment.

But if you prioritise things like a speedy home screen UI, simple photo uploads to Facebook and Twitter and a top-notch internet experience over high power games and a top-end camera (as many smartphone users do these days) then make sure you have a good play with the Nokia N8 before locking yourself in for two years.

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8/10

The hardware design and capabilities are incredible and gorgeous

from Pocketnow (5 years ago)

It's been a while since I've used a Nokia device. A few years ago I had the Nokia N95 and it was a great device in many ways. Today I have been extremely impressed with the Nokia N8. The camera is great at both still photos and HD video and the software features are very powerful. Unfortunatel... More

It's been a while since I've used a Nokia device. A few years ago I had the Nokia N95 and it was a great device in many ways. Today I have been extremely impressed with the Nokia N8. The camera is great at both still photos and HD video and the software features are very powerful. Unfortunately, the software tends to be a bit buggy, slow and difficult to use. The frustration with entering text cannot be ignored. It all feels very unpolished and clumsy.

Every time I pick up the N8 I think to myself how amazing it would be if the beautifully-designed Windows Phone 7 was running on this beautifully-designed Nokia hardware. Maybe someday we'll see.

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8/10

The best mainstream phone Nokia has put forth to date

from AnandTech (5 years ago)

Symbian^3 is a definite and marked improvement over the previous Series 60 5th Edition without any doubt. With Symbian^3, Nokia has finally entered the modern smartphone market and it makes a strong showing here. There still are issues that Nokia needs to fix ASAP—the browser, mail application... More

Symbian^3 is a definite and marked improvement over the previous Series 60 5th Edition without any doubt. With Symbian^3, Nokia has finally entered the modern smartphone market and it makes a strong showing here. There still are issues that Nokia needs to fix ASAP—the browser, mail application and Ovi Store being the major ones. If Nokia executes on the continuous and ongoing incremental updates to the Symbian^3 platform that it has committed to, in a timely manner, we may finally have a Nokia device that we can recommend without any obvious compromises or flaws. And with one such update promised for the N8 sometime in Q1 2011, it may be the device to recommend, after the update.

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Even a hotshot camera can’t save the N8 from a warmed-over OS, uncharacteristically cheap build quality and slow processor

from Digital Trends (5 years ago)

We often root for the underdog, and hoped Nokia was ready to re-enter the big leagues, but the N8 isn’t the device that will help the Finnish handset maker stand up to the Android invasion or Apple’s persistent threat from the iPhone. Four years ago, the N8 would have been a game changer... More

We often root for the underdog, and hoped Nokia was ready to re-enter the big leagues, but the N8 isn’t the device that will help the Finnish handset maker stand up to the Android invasion or Apple’s persistent threat from the iPhone. Four years ago, the N8 would have been a game changer. Today, even though features like its camera are amazing, it’s still a relic of the past. At $500, it’s an expensive relic at that.

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6/10

Limitations of the software hinder the N8 to bring Nokia back to the forefront of the smartphone market

from TrustedReviews (5 years ago)

Disappointing is the word that springs to our minds the most when using, and describing the Nokia N8. It’s disappointing that Symbian^3 lacks so much in so many areas, disappointing that it has taken the N8 so long to arrive, disappointing that such beautifully constructed hardware, with such... More

Disappointing is the word that springs to our minds the most when using, and describing the Nokia N8. It’s disappointing that Symbian^3 lacks so much in so many areas, disappointing that it has taken the N8 so long to arrive, disappointing that such beautifully constructed hardware, with such well-considered specs, should be lumbered with an operating system that would have felt second-rate a year ago.

If you’ve never used an iPhone, Windows Phone 7, or Android handset, don’t think you will and won’t be stuck watching users constantly, by all means go into a shop and try out a Nokia N8 – the hardware may well win you over, it’s that well made. But if you’re likely to be in a position to compare it to another smartphone platform, you’d have to be crazy to consider Symbian^3, and therefore the Nokia N8, as an alternative.

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7/10

It will have no appeal to U.S. consumers

from BGR (5 years ago)

We are fairly sure that outside the U.S. this device will be the best-selling Symbian set Nokia’s ever made. Those who are used to (or actually like) the ebb and flow of Symbian will see the device as a true high-end handset and a successor to their current phone. However, as we said before, w... More

We are fairly sure that outside the U.S. this device will be the best-selling Symbian set Nokia’s ever made. Those who are used to (or actually like) the ebb and flow of Symbian will see the device as a true high-end handset and a successor to their current phone. However, as we said before, we’re a U.S.-based blog and our reviews compare like devices, at like price points, that are available in the U.S. market. Taking all that into account, the N8, at $549, is a disappointment. It pains us to see Nokia spend time, money, and talent on a device that we can guarantee will have no appeal to U.S. consumers.

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Clunky software and frustrating user interface

from PCWorld (5 years ago)

It's not all bad news: the preloaded Ovi Maps application includes a lifetime, free subscription to full turn-by-turn navigation, which is a nice feature considering you have to pay up to $100 for the same service on the iPhone and other smartphones. The upgraded music player is slicker than ever an... More

It's not all bad news: the preloaded Ovi Maps application includes a lifetime, free subscription to full turn-by-turn navigation, which is a nice feature considering you have to pay up to $100 for the same service on the iPhone and other smartphones. The upgraded music player is slicker than ever and displays albums in a similar "cover flow" style to the iPhone. The N8 handles multimedia better than a lot of smartphones we've tested, with sound quality a particular highlight, along with the range of file formats supported. But the entire user experience of the Nokia N8 ultimately leaves a sour taste in your mouth. The N8 is packed to brim with features and has the best camera we've ever seen on a smartphone, but this isn't enough to compete with slick and easy-to-use competitors. And that is truly a shame.

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5.6/10

An excellent design with one of the best cameras in a smartphone

from Laptop Magazine (5 years ago)

Too bad it's coupled with lame software, a tiny screen, and a slow processor. If Nokia had completely reworked the Symbian OS with a real makeover instead of an barely noticeable upgrade, the N8 could really shine. But it's hard to justify its $549 price when all you're getting is a very good camera... More

Too bad it's coupled with lame software, a tiny screen, and a slow processor. If Nokia had completely reworked the Symbian OS with a real makeover instead of an barely noticeable upgrade, the N8 could really shine. But it's hard to justify its $549 price when all you're getting is a very good camera. AT&T customers would be better off with the iPhone, and on T-Mobile, we'd recommend the Samsung Vibrant. These devices all run fast, have good cameras, and support tons of applications that can broaden what the devices can do, whether it's to play games, communicate with friends, or find the best places to eat.

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6/10

A multimedia powerhouse

from PhoneArena (5 years ago)

The Nokia N8 has a lot going for it. It is a multimedia powerhouse, packing a 12MP camera with a huge sensor, Carl-Zeiss lens, and a powerful Xenon flash. The Finnish handset also adds other notable virtues, that the iPhone 4 doesn't have, namely the ability to play almost any HD video file on a big... More

The Nokia N8 has a lot going for it. It is a multimedia powerhouse, packing a 12MP camera with a huge sensor, Carl-Zeiss lens, and a powerful Xenon flash. The Finnish handset also adds other notable virtues, that the iPhone 4 doesn't have, namely the ability to play almost any HD video file on a big screen via HDMI-out, with 5.1 channel surround sound. It also offers USB-on-the-go, an FM transmitter, removable storage, and free lifetime navigation that works offline in most countries. This feature set will be enough for many, especially Nokia fans and photographers, to pick it over the iPhone 4.

The Apple iPhone 4, on the other hand, also has a great camera, and the interface, like everything else on the phone, is very easy to learn and a pleasure to use right off the bat, compared to the functional, but more convoluted ways of Symbian^3. In the end, we have to say that it is not possible to leave out the App Store when comparing the iPhone 4 to another handset, just because it exists. It is rather hard to part with the comfort of your iPhone applications once you are sucked into that ecosystem, and Nokia cannot yet replicate that in the hotch-potch Ovi Store.

If we leave the App Store out (and we shouldn't), we have to admit that Nokia has created a real multimedia Swiss Army Knife with the N8, by including some functions that the iPhone 4 doesn't have (FM transmitter, USB-on-the-go, HDMI-out). However, as the financial results of Nokia and Apple show, fighting with hardware means you have already lost the battle.

Nokia N8 has very compelling extra features, but with the the Retina Display and the fast A4 chipset, the iPhone 4 already has some of the best hardware out there. On top of that, it is all crammed in the thinnest smartphone on the market, made of designer-grade materials. It also allows you to run some of the slickest programs ever made for a phone. And it is exactly the software, i.e. the overall people-friendly experience that matters most, and that's where Nokia has to play catch up now.

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