NOKIA N8 DETAILS
Nokia N8 is new mobile phone from Nokia. It is the last Symbian mobile phone from nokia. Nokia company always develop its product to maintain their rating. Nokia N8 is the special mobile phone from Nokia which many new features and the design more interesting than the product before. Below are the specifications of Nokia N8 :
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100|
|Status||Available. Released 2010, October|
|Dimensions||113.5 x 59.1 x 12.9 mm, 86 cc|
|Type||AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||360 x 640 pixels, 3.5 inches (~210 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|3,5 mm jack||Yes,|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 32GB, buy memory|
|Internal||16 GB storage, 256MB RAM, 512 MB ROM|
|Speed||HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2.0 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, UPnP technology|
|Bloetooth||Yes, v3.0 with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support|
|Primary||12 MP, 4000×3000 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Xenon flash,|
|Features||1/1.83” sensor size, ND filter, geo-tagging, face detection|
|Video||Yes, 720p@25fps (720p@30fps via an update),|
|Secondary||VGA videocall camera|
|OS||Symbian^3 OS, upgradable to Nokia Belle|
|CPU||680 MHz ARM 11|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Adobe Flash Lite|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS; FM transmitter|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps 3.0|
|Java||Yes, MIDP 2.1|
|Colors||Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue, Orange, Pink, Bronze|
|– TV-out (720p video) via HDMI with Dolby Digital Plus sound
– Anodized aluminum casing
– Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
– MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
– DivX/XviD/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Voice command/dial
– Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
– Video/photo editor
– Predictive text input
|Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4D)|
|Stand-by||Up to 390 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 12 h (2G) / Up to 5 h 50 min (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 50 h|
|SAR US||1.09 W/kg (head) 0.85 W/kg (body)|
|SAR EU||1.02 W/kg (head)|
The Nokia N8 is a Symbian smartphone of the Nokia N series and Nokia’s flagship device of 2010. It was released on 23 September 2010 at the Nokia Online Store before being released in markets around the world on 1 October 2010. The N8 features a 12 megapixel camera, a pentaband 3.5G radio and image-based gesture recognition. Among the connectivity features are an HDMI output, USB On-The-Go, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
Nokia N8 has dual charging options.It requires either a standard-pin Nokia charger or a ‘flat pin’ “micro”-USB charger. When connected to a computer or any other electronic device the aforementioned ‘flat pin’ “micro”-USB connection will also charge the device. Nokia recommends that users only use Nokia specific chargers though the device gets charged with any “micro”-USB chargers.
The Nokia N8’s battery is not easily removable or replaceable, which may inconvenience the user in case the device “freezes” or “bricks”. Although this procedure is not endorsed by Nokia, it is widely reported on the web that the battery actually is replaceable by loosening two screws 3 turns(no need to fully remove) at the lower end of both sides of the phone. Alternatively, in case the phone freezes, users needing to temporarily cut power should keep the power button on the top side pressed for about 8 seconds, which will be followed by the phone vibrating 3 times and will power off and this will reboot the device. In case this still didn’t work it means the device probably “bricked”, necessitating the user to let the batteries run out before recharging the phone, or to manually remove the battery (not endorsed by Nokia) or to turn the device in at one of the Nokia Care Centres for repairs (as endorsed by Nokia).
An update has been released through Nokia’s betalabs channel that enables 30 fps videos as well as continuous autofocus (albeit only in close-up mode). The camera UI has received a facelift as well. The update is expected to be available via official channels after the Belle update.
The video-capturing feature is complemented by the HDMI port located on the top side of the phone.
Nokia and the Symbian Foundation have been met with a unique challenge: the platform has needed to evolve in ways that prevent it from breaking many years of architectural compatibility.
Looking at the spec sheet, the N8 is notable not just for its epic camera hardware, but also for the fact that it becomes the first Symbian 3-based device to hit the market. Of course, Nokia and the Symbian Foundation have been met with a unique challenge that Android and iOS really have not thus far: the platform has needed to evolve in ways that prevent it from breaking many years of architectural compatibility. A very real example of that comes in the form of Avkon, Symbian’s UI framework, a framework that has existed since Series 60’s creation in 2002; odds are many of your old non-touch S60 applications don’t work on S60 5th Edition or Symbian, but the fact that any of them do is a testament to the fact that Avkon soldiers on just as it did back in the pre-5800 days. For devs, Avkon’s relative stability has made it easier to develop Symbian apps with some assurance that they’ll work for years to come — an important point for attracting high-quality software to the platform.
Nokia N8 UI shots
That’s not to say Nokia’s been standing still. The company has been slowly preparing itself, its users, and its developers for a clean break from Avkon to Qt starting with Symbian and MeeGo, and to make that transition a smoother one, preview implementations of the Qt framework have been available for quite some time both on S60 5th Edition and on Maemo. In other words, Nokia has given devs plenty of time to wake up, convert their wares to Qt, and deploy them right now — no need to wait for the first Symbian devices to come out in 2011 and go through several weeks of panic as customers realize that none of their prized apps will install. The N8 supports Qt out of the box.
More recently, Nokia has all but solved those shortcomings with Ovi Store, and we found Ovi Store 2.0 — the new version that ships with the N8 — particularly pleasant to use. Actually, back up: it doesn’t ship with the N8. There are a few hooks in the operating system (looking for more UI themes online, for instance) that will prompt you to visit a site where you can download the Ovi Store installer, but it’s not in ROM. That’s a problem that RIM has had prior to BlackBerry 6, but they’ve now corrected it — it’s mandated that all BlackBerry 6 devices ship with App World pre-installed, the company tells us — and we’d recommend Nokia does the same. This is how consumers expect to get their mobile apps now, and there’s simply no reason for Nokia to pretend that there might be a scenario where you don’t want it. It’s fine that Nokia still allows you to install your own .sisx files if you’re into that sort of thing — in fact, that flexibility is one of the platform’s big advantages — but the only way for Ovi Store (and other Ovi components, for that matter) to achieve success is through ubiquity. Nokia’s got a massive installed base and is selling literally hundreds of thousands of new phones each day … it makes no sense for Ovi Store not to be instantly available on every one of them — the ones running Series 40 and Symbian, anyway.
Of bigger concern, though, is that once you get the Store installed, it’s a little light on big names. Don’t get us wrong — it’s far better than the early days when paid wallpapers and themes outnumbered actual apps by a wide margin, but there are still glaring holes in the inventory that would make it difficult or impossible to beef up a seasoned Android or iOS user’s N8 with enough functionality to match what he’d had before (or even come close). Easy example: where’s the official Twitter app? Yes, Gravity is quite good, but we dare you to find another modern smartphone platform where you need to pay $10 for a kick-ass Twitter client. Another example: Facebook’s in the Ovi Store, but it’s not showing up for the N8 at the moment for some reason … and regardless, it’s not a true native client, but a somewhat wonkier web runtime. Google services are weak too — the Gmail app is a barebones Java client (if you’ve used the BlackBerry app, you’ve got an idea of what that’s like), the Google Maps app is optimized for the 5800 (there are several places where it asks you to press the nonexistent Send button) and lacks multitouch capability, and if you’re a Google Voice user, you’re pretty much out of luck … we were able to track down a year-old Python-based third party client with mixed reviews, but nothing even close to an official app. You might also miss major streaming services like Pandora and Slacker.
Considering that Symbian still commands the largest installed base globally of any smartphone platform, you might say it’s really strange the Ovi Store doesn’t get far more respect from the big names. It’s pure conjecture on our part, but we think there are a few reasons for it. The root cause is likely the legacy we’ve mentioned — as a smartphone platform, Symbian is relatively ancient, and its users and developers are still acclimatizing themselves to the brave new world where both free and paid apps flow like water through a well controlled central source. Secondly, Symbian’s in a transitional phase right now where developers need to support both touchscreen and non-touchscreen form factors, which essentially means two entirely different user experiences and twice the design work. Thirdly, Nokia’s global dominance might actually be working against it here — localizing apps to the countless markets where Nokia does business can be a huge pain, and outside North America, Nokia’s market share is so well distributed that you have little option but to take on the challenge (an interesting side effect of that: many of the reviews we saw in the Ovi Store were in languages other than English).
For entertainment, you’ve got the all-important Angry Birds, and Electronic Arts has made a big commitment to the platform with key titles like The Sims 3 and Need for Speed.
The browser is a mixed bag. Many folks will recall that Nokia was one of the first companies to really deeply embrace WebKit on mobile; in fact, in its early days, it was usually regarded as the best web experience you could get on a phone. Problem is, Nokia failed to iterate the browser to keep up with the times, and not much has changed with the N8 (your first clue is that the UI is largely carried over from S60 5th Edition). Symbian adds low-level support for multitouch, and the browser is the biggest beneficiary of that; we’re happy to report that both pinch- and double tap-to-zoom work really well — they’re generally smooth and fast. Scrolling is inertial and pretty well calibrated, but it tended to get jerky when rendering complicated desktop-optimized elements (think engadget.com). Like Nokias before it, the N8 features built-in Flash Lite, which rendered both embedded ads and movies with aplomb. We’re sure they were to blame for some of the jerkiness when navigating sites, but when playing YouTube videos from within YouTube’s site, everything came through smoothly.
The browser is one of the places where the N8 is definitely bumping up against the raw limits of its ‘mature’ processor.
Fundamentally, the N8’s browser seems better-equipped to handle mobile-optimized sites than desktop ones. Of course, the same could be said of every phone, regardless of platform, memory, or processor — but nowadays, Android, iOS, webOS, and Windows Phone 7 can all generally render them with reasonable performance and offer decent tools for navigating, whereas the N8 is really pretty bad at it. It repeatedly crashed loading engadget.com for us (though the mobile version worked fine, thank goodness), regularly ground to a halt while scrolling, and didn’t look as good, largely because text isn’t anti-aliased regardless of size or style. As far as we can tell, the browser is one of the places where the N8 is definitely bumping up against the raw limits of its “mature” processor — it might not be possible to eke enough juice out of it to make a mobile browsing experience that can hang with the best at this point.
As media goes, neither the photo nor video viewing apps are terribly notable in their functionality — they simply get the job done without much flair. It’d be great if Nokia had some sort of native movie rental / purchase ecosystem, because the app provides a link to go straight into the video section of the Ovi Store … but alas, it’s all indie content of unknown quality (some paid, some free). As for DivX, the official DivX Mobile Player for S60 5th Edition kept producing “general errors” when we tried to play video, but it’s all good: all the sample DivX media we had on hand played without drama through the N8’s built-in player, proving once and for all that Nokia has thrown a DivX codec in here. Great for the HDMI out, right? The photos app has a slideshow mode, but otherwise, there’s not much to note — you can send shots via MMS, email, or Bluetooth, arrange them by album, tag them, or export them for editing (more on that in a bit).
All in all, there’s no mind-blowing functionality here, but it gets the job done admirably.
The music app appears designed to show off some of Symbian’s upgraded graphics capabilities with a slick three-dimensional (if not overtly CoverFlow-like) album cover viewer that automatically engages when you rotate the N8 into landscape. You can select from a handful of preselected equalizer modes from inside the app, toggle the FM transmitter at a frequency of your choosing, and export songs straight to ringtones — a drop-dead obvious trick that the iPhone should’ve learned eons ago. All in all, there’s no mind-blowing functionality here, but it gets the job done admirably — and the N8’s sound, as we’ve already said, is superb both on headphones and through the powerful, resonant loudspeaker.
We’d mentioned the photo editing app before, and this is one of the neat ways that the N8 differentiates itself: it ships with really capable photo-editing capabilities in ROM. The photo editor — which is a separate app entirely from the photo gallery — lets you rotate, resize, crop, and adjust colors, saturation, contrast, and so on. You can also draw, add fake photo frames, make red-eye adjustments, and apply basic filters like sepia, charcoal, emboss, vignette, and the like, and you’ve also got a handful of optical effects like pincushion. It’s relatively fast, efficient, and usable, and we can safely say you won’t feel the need to buy any other photo editing suite for the phone.
The video editing app isn’t quite as awesome. We found it tended to bog down a lot, and as far as we can tell, there’s no way to save projects — it’s a one-and-done sort of operation. You can intermix photos and video clips on your phone with audio tracks to make new videos and add text captions (in the trademark Nokia font, of course), but we came away feeling like this one probably wouldn’t get too much use unless you were desperate to throw something slick together for an MMS.
Many of the remaining apps that ship with the N8 are carryovers from phones gone by — so rather than look at those, let’s talk a bit about some of the OS services that affect you system-wide. First off, they keyboard remains a huge sticking point for us, just as it has been in S60 5th Edition devices of old. The biggest issue is that there’s no QWERTY keyboard in portrait mode — your choices are triple-tap or T9, just as they were in your phone from eight years ago. It’s only when you change to landscape that you get full QWERTY. Predictive text in landscape is off by default, but we found that we did better with it on. Thing is, there doesn’t seem to be a way to get the phone to replace your typing with the top suggestion when you press spacebar — you have to manually select it, which we found slowed us down a ton. Sometimes you just have to trust the prediction, and Nokia doesn’t seem to be willing to let you do that. Perhaps our biggest keyboard beef, however, is the fact that Symbian^3 still doesn’t let you see any UI while the keyboard’s in use — regardless of whether you’re in portrait or landscape, it completely covers the display with a full-screen keyboard and input box. That can be especially disorienting on websites when you’re not certain you’ve tapped in the right textbox.
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