Nokia N8

AKA: Nokia N98, N8-00, Vasco

Available at: Rogers

7.0/10 AVG.
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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 
Laptop Magazine

Specs summary


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


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


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

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.
16 GB

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


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

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Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)

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


It will do very well with Nokia fans

from TechRadar (4 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 hardware design and capabilities are incredible and gorgeous

from Pocketnow (4 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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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