Symbian^3-Based Nokia N8 Gets Reviewed

Fails to impress

The launch of Nokia's first Symbian^3 handset has been pushed back to the third quarter of the ongoing year, yet the first review of the device was already published on the Web. The long rumored Nokia N8 should land on the market both with the new flavor of the Symbian OS, as well as with a 12-megapixel photo snapper, becoming the first Nokia handset to sport such a high-quality camera.

While various telecoms and retail partners had the chance to take a look at the new device, end users will still have to wait a little longer before it hits the shelves. However,’s Eldar Murtazin managed to grab one unit of Nokia N8 and to give it a spin. A series of specs on the Nokia N8 were unveiled as well, along with photos of that user interface the device should land on the market with.

Some of the specs of Nokia N8 include multi-touch support on its glass covered display (the touchscreen is said to be similar with the one on Nokia X6), the 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens, flash and HD video recording at 720p, along with an HDMI output (incompatible with the standard cable). The phone can perform quite fast, it seems, though it doesn't include applications, and its speed might decrease as soon as various software solutions are pre-loaded on it.

According to Eldar Murtazin, while the device might seem appealing on the hardware part, the Symbian^3 platform fails to impress. Overall, the operating system doesn't seem to have changed from the older S60, even if it has been polished. Of course, the handset was running under an early version of the OS, and not the final flavor, which should land on the market later this year, but things do not sound too good, one should agree. Here's what Eldar states (via UnwiredView):

“I get a feeling that Nokia is living in some wonderland, where people are buying it’s products in droves. But this is not the case. And as a flagship product, Nokia N8 looks not just bleak, but as something incomprehensible. With the help of advertising, they will get people’s attention, start selling and will sell quite a few of them. Just to scare more people away from Nokia brand. A feeling is that there are some competitor moles working at Nokia, sabotaging the work. Purposefully destroying Nokia brand step by step. I can not find any other explanation for current events…”

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