Nokia have been standing around for years watching the rest of the mobile world go by and create some of the most amazing phones we have laid our hands on. Then they released the N8 and everyone’s expectations shot through the roof!
We then started using the good old faithful Symbian operating system and it felt like any old Nokia. The problem with the N8 is that it’s still a Nokia with that Symbian operating system that everyone has gotten used to rather than it being easy to use.
The phone and hardware itself are pretty amazing and there are some cool features that the phone has that could potentially make it one of the best smartphones out right now.
We come back to the OS which is its weak point. Just last week a discussion was started about Symbian and why Nokia did not embrace Android which is now starting to dominate; gaining major shares of the mobile market all around the world.
Symbian is slow and seems cumbersome to use. The interface also seems old and complex to use although it is way ahead of any Nokia we have ever used which Nokia has invested well in the latest Symbian; it still leaves them trailing the iPhone 4 and many Android-based devices.
The N8 is not a total right-off though. It has a few capabilities that actually make it a better device than its competitors. The camera has been something that Nokia have always been good at and the good news is that the N8 records in high definition. Then outputting your new captured HD videos to your favourite HD display is made easy by a Mini HD port on the phone; Nokia include the Mini HD connector.
The N8 will be loved by Nokia fans but the number of the fans is dwindling at a rapid pace. Either Symbian needs to up its game or Nokia need to embrace Android; I’m hoping for the latter.