Nokia N8

Posted: November 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

As I have to go away for work in the next few weeks, I hoped that I could swap my rather basic Nokia 6303i Classic work phone for something a little bit more sleek. In a department full of cool tech, I was hoping for at least an older Android of some kind.

But no.

From the depths of the cupboard emerged a choice of a Nokia C7 or a Nokia N8. A quick Google revealed poorer reviews for the C7, so the N8 it is.

First impressions are good, right up until the OS loads and you're presented with Symbian….. yuck. Symbian on my 6303i is fine – it's "appropriate", it works and is usable. Symbian on a touch screen device just feels wrong.

Still the camera is exceptionally good – beats my HTC WildFire camera into the ground with a blunt lettuce! Battery life – the usual superior Nokia standard and I suspect that the GPS is actually psychic… Normally I get a GPS location with a decent view of the open sky, but this managed to get a lock standing in my kitchen!!!

I also like the ability to download entire maps to the device so i don't have to waste battery & bandwidth updating my map display as I move around. Means I've managed to download the maps for my next couple of trips already. No need to incur roaming data charges and have to sell body parts to pay them off.

So as a work phone, it does the job. It makes me wonder what Nokia could have done if they had dropped Symbian and started working with Android.

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