The Nokia N8 appeared to be a failure even before it got officially announced, but after it’s announcement pretty much everyone realized that the N8 was all the opposite: it is probably the most exciting device that Nokia has announced in ages. I mean, from what the videos show, Symbian^3 looks pretty interesting, and the N8’s hardware could be compared to ANY device out there without a problem. Here are the five reasons why I am getting a Nokia N8:
– I love the aluminium monoblock body, the Nokia N8 is a very well built device, probably more solid than the iPhone itself. I love the design and color too; I really want to get it in Orange… I am kind of bored with the silver/black colors of every smartphone out there.
– Symbian^3 looks promising: Some new things on Symbian^3 are: threaded SMS, totally-redone E-Mail client, good looking interface with transitions up to 60fps, visual taskbar to multitask Maemo-Style, annoying S60 prompts are eliminated, and the whole redesign from S^1 is a good thing.
– I can plug an USB in it!: Probably the first phone to allow this, I can just plug any thumbdrive and USB stick to my N8, of course I will need an adapter but it comes in the box.
– 3.5” nHD OLED capacitive screen: I promised myself I wouldn’t get a phone without an AMOLED screen after using the Nexus One, the colors are so beautiful.. The resistive screens on Nokia phones were also annoying me, luckily the N8 has a solid capacitive screen.
-Fast processor: Finally a decently clocked processor at 680mHz with OpenGLS 2.0 graphics accelerator, I won’t have to wait two seconds like on my N97 to start scrolling the Apps menu.
-(Extra Point): The ”HD Superpowers” of the N8 are not on my list because I rarely take pictures, but they are a nice feature to have on vacations.
Sure, the N8 is great, but when are we getting it and how much are we paying for it? I really wanted to have the N8 for summer vacations, but looks like I won’t. The Nokia N8 release date will be somewhere between July and September, a long time from now. It is rumored that the release date for the N8 will be around the first week of June according to the graph below (Nokia N8 from O2). However, with the ”weeks” of delay announced by Nokia, it will be probably in mid-July or even the end of July that the N8 will get released. The good thing, is that no matter where you are you will have 3G as soon as the N8 is released since it’s penta-3G bands cover the whole world pretty much. So no wait for the Nokia N8 NAM! This one works everywhere.
The price of the Nokia N8 is easier to find out. Nokia announced 370EUR, which will come down to more or less 450USD. Prices that Nokia gives in EUR almost always come down when they come to the US, plus, Amazon and Dell offer pretty good discounts. All we have to wait is for Nokia to release the N8, which they won’t rush into doing. All I can say, is: Nokia, good job! Now S^3 better be as slick as we all imagine…