Nokia N8 – very first impressions

Nokia N8 – very first impressions

Summary: I'm at a mobile conference right now, listening to talk about value chains and the like. However, I just got my hands — very briefly — on a Nokia N8.

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I'm at a mobile conference right now, listening to talk about value chains and the like. However, I just got my hands — very briefly — on a Nokia N8.

The N8 will be the first Nokia smartphone to carry Symbian^3, the first open-sourced version of the venerable mobile operating system. S^3 will also be the last version of Symbian to use the OS's familiar interface, with a complete refresh due for S^4.

Sadly, I didn't get to play with the interface — what I had my 30 seconds with was apparently running prototype firmware, and I wasn't allowed to do much more than handle the hardware. First impression: the N8 is lighter than it looks; thankfully not in a cheap, hollow way (sorry to say it, as I know it was popular, but I'm thinking of the N95 here).

The design, which is quite a departure for Nokia, works very nicely. The device looks different from anything else on the market, with its tapered, sawn-off ends. In a way, partly due to its thickness proportionate to its other dimensions, it looks very slightly like an iPhone in a trendy case. It sits well in the hand. The screen (on which I saw little more than a clock) looks fine — I'm certainly glad to see Nokia move towards credible devices with capacitive touchscreens.

And that's all I can tell you for now — sorry, not a lot, I know. But my brief encounter with the N8 has certainly piqued my interest in this device. Let's see what the open-source Symbian is like in practice, but the phone's certainly a looker on the outside.

Topic: Telcos

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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  • if you think the N95 felt cheap; im concerned about how the N8 actually feels
    stylinred