Nokia N8 review

Nokia's new flagship phone arrives with an arsenal of media features

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Nokia n8 review

If there's any area that the Nokia N8 is going to excel at, it's on the camera, and thankfully, it does just that, and with aplomb.

Forget the fact you can create coffee-table books with the 12MP sensor and Carl Zeiss optics (as well as 'proper' Xenon flash) it's in the day to day picture taking we're impressed with the Nokia N8.

There are a multitude of options to play with: for instance, raising the contrast up and down, or messing with the sharpness of an image. You can also fiddle with exposure or white balance, and there are a number of scenes to play with as well, should you require an improvement in performance.

That said, we've only once ever managed to use the 'Fireworks' mode on any camera, and even then we sort of missed the main explosion. Still nice to have it there though.

Face detection is included too – it's pretty good, although when we tested it on a group of 12 people it only ever managed to find 11 at most, and that's with a lot of manipulation.

That said, it's not critical to have every face recognised, as you only need to set the focus levels accurately, and the Nokia N8 does that with veritable aplomb with pretty much any mode (although Macro mode was a bit erratic at times when trying to take an EXTREME CLOSE UP).

While we love having a dedicated camera button on the side of the phone, we were a little annoyed about how long our unit took to open the camera application up - at one time it managed to take nearly ten seconds and by that point our subject had gone.

This was due to running a couple of games in the background, and actually crashed the phone - but we doubt many people would be pushing the CPU this hard.

We would like to see the settings menu in the camera a little more compact - there are essentially two as you can mess with things like scene modes and colour from the camera mode, but you have to hit 'Options' the 'Settings' to change things like resolution and location info.

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NORMAL MODE: The N8 in automatic mode

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LANDSCAPE VIEW: Not a lot of detail is added by switching the scenes, suggesting the general mode is good enough

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CLOUDY WHITE: The white balance is set to cloudy - again, not showing a lot of difference

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HIGH EXPOSURE: When dialling up the exposure, so much more detail is shown in the foreground. Nokia's decision not to add touch-focus, where you can tap on the portion of the screen you want in focus, is obvious here as this may be the shot you'd prefer

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INDOOR: The natural mode captures images sharply despite a relative lack of light, and shots are easy to frame

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9MP MODE: Using the 9MP mode allows you to take wider shots; the macro mode used here captures detail pretty well

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HIGH CONTRAST: Upping the contrast adds a nice sheen to photos, but isn't suitable for every situation

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XENON FLASH: Working as quickly as a compact camera, the xenon flash takes decent pictures and captures the colour of the subject well

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GREAT ZOOM: Despite being a digital zoom, the clarity when magnifying the shot is awesome, a feature that's reproduced on the HD video recording too

In terms of comparison, it's hard to say that the Nokia N8 is leagues ahead of the likes of the Sony Ericsson Satio or the Samsung Pixon 12, although the overall ease of use is better with this phone than those from last year.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SAR Value1.02 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyN
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time17.83 Hour
Product ModelN8
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, REACH, ENERGY STAR
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), SMS (Short Message Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height113.5 mm
Width59 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesN
Battery Standby Time9596.16 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameN8 Smartphone
Processor Speed680 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAmbient Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Magnetometer, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number002S735
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Package Contents
  • N8 Smartphone
  • Nokia Battery BL-4D
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-179
  • Nokia Compact Travel Charger AC-15E
  • Nokia Adapter Cable for HDMI CA-156
  • Nokia Adapter Cable for USB OTG CA-157
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-701
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year