Nokia N8: Polish Review

ExtraGSM Team  |  July 26 2010  |   Comments 0

User Interface

The Nokia N8 is the first device on the market to use the new Symbian^3 OS, and we had high hopes for it being a real departure from the much-used Symbian^1 version.

Sadly, that isn't the case - but it should be remembered that this is very much a new build. Still, we were hoping for more than something that looked like an (admittedly good) refresh from the interface used on the N97.

The widgets are back in full force, the menu screen looks the same, and while there are three home screens, the whole experience bounced and juddered when attempting to scroll through.

Again, remember, not final build - but we really hope Nokia gets this element fixed before the impending Q3 UK release date.

One area we don't think will be overhauled enough will be the internet browser on the Nokia N8 - it reeks of older Nokias, like that used on the X6 or 5800. It seems to be data hungry and a little slow - nothing like the speed of the iPhone 4 or HTC Desire to which we've become accustomed.

Things just seemed to lag and need loads of data to happen - we're not sure why, but it seems that the N8 web browser just isn't as well optimised.

However, there are some neat features - the task manager, which is accessed through a long-press of the home button at the bottom of the phone.

You get large panels showing what's happening in any given program, and a simple tap of the 'x' in the top right hand corner shuts it down - much simpler and more effective than other models.

Battery life is also likely to be a worry, as it's only 1200mAh - nearly 20% less than most other smartphones on the market, and this looks like it's going to be a power-hoover.

We would have preferred some extra width and a bigger battery, if we're honest; we weren't all crying into our cornflakes when we had slightly thicker phones, were we?

We're excited to see whether this phone is a media marvel but nothing else when it's announced, or whether Nokia is true to its word and is going to make this phone perfect before it finally unveils it to the public.

We hope it's the latter, as this could be a real winner for those that have grown up with Nokia phones and like the simplicity - however, if it gets it wrong it's a long old wait until Symbian^4 or MeeGo show up to hopefully save the day

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