Nokia starts shipping N8 – Is it enough to compete?

The Nokia N8 with Symbian^3

The Nokia N8 with Symbian^3 Nokia has finally started to ship its flagship smartphone but is the N8 enough in a world full of the iPhone 4 and killer Android devices?

Don’t get me wrong, the Nokia N8 is no slouch. It has drool-worthy features like a 12-megapixel camera and pentaband radio chips. That’s really cool for U.S. users because it means the smartphone can use the 3G networks of AT&T and T-Mobile – a rarity among phones.

The Nokia N8 is nice to look at too, as it has a large capacitive touchscreen and a nice slab form factor. I’ve played with the device briefly and I believe the world’s largest handset maker has finally wrapped its brain around a smooth, multitouch interface.

“With the N8, and the new Symbian software, we are bringing a familiar, faster and more intuitive user experience to the world’s most popular smartphone platform. The Nokia N8 has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders in Nokia history and we are thrilled to start shipments of the N8, the first of Nokia’s new Symbian smartphone range,” says Jo Harlow, Senior VP at Nokia, in a prepared statement.

The Nokia N8 faced a few delays but it should be shipping out now. Why am I not optimistic about its chances? It’s the software, stupid.

The device is powered by Symbian^3 and it just isn’t on par with competitors like iOS 4.1 or Android 2.2. I found Symbian^3 to be a little slow and stagnant and the overall polish of the platform is just lacking.

That doesn’t mean that it’s not a highly-capable operating system. Symbian^3 is more than capable of browsing the web, making phone calls, getting free navigation, sending e-mails and even playing Angry Birds.

The N8 will cost at least $549 directly from the handset maker but that won’t require a long-term contract with a mobile operator. Any of you interested?

[Via Nokia]

  • Mace

    Well, 41% of world population choose currently Symbian ^1 as their smart phone OS over Android and iOS. Considering S^3 has 250 major improvements over S^1 and that N8 has 2-3 more power than old Symbian phones, it is easy to see that N8 will sell like hot cakes.

  • “The device is powered by Symbian^3 and it just isn’t on par with competitors like iOS 4.1 or Android 2.2”

    What’s not on par, care to eleborate? Oh, I see…

    “I found Symbian^3 to be a little slow and stagnant”

    When did you use it? Oh, I see…

    Does Apple pay blogs for FUD? Appearently…

  • ThisGuy

    Marin, can you stop covering stories about Nokia? Please???? I’m sick of your negative take on any and everything Nokia. Let the other bloggers write about Nokia, atleast that way the readers wont think Intomobile is some Android/Apple Fanboi website. Trust me it will be better off for everyone that way.

  • Bruce

    I’ve been a loyal Nokia N80, N95, N82 user.
    No, the N8 isn’t enough. Camera’s nice, but rest of phone is blah.
    Deciding factor for me is Nokia’s lack of support for USA customers.

    I’ll stick with my N82 (and I have an N86 8MP in reserve that my wife dumped for an iPhone).
    Unless something changes dramatically soon (real soon), my Nokia days are over.

  • Steve

    Finally, this phone looks great, and has the most complete and amazing set of hardware specs… well, except for the processor. Yes, the better power management of Symbian 3 reduces the processor requirement, but if this is supposed to the make or break phone for Nokia in it’s bid to re-enter the [western] smartphone market, there should have been a little more foresight into its development. Nokia should take not of the biggest gripes to emerge from its consumers and work on the issues in firmware updates as a matter of priority to ensure it doesn’t continue to alienate a large base of loyal fans who are starting to tire of the company’s apparent missteps. Hopefully the new CEO (coming from a company dominating the computer OS industry with an inferior product through better marketing and manufacturer licensing (bracing for the Win user backlash)) will spin some good marketing and please the Nokia crowd by doing something like the following…

    • Ensuring all user experience concerns such as lack of a QWERTY keyboard in portrait mode are addressed… (c’mon for goodness sake, the main competition offers this !! At least make it selectable !)

    • (and this one is wishful considering the processor requirements) Announcing that the N8, a phone on which Nokia’s hopes and reputation are hanging on, will be upgradeable to Symbian 4.

    The last one might not be realistic, but why hang so much on a phone with such a hardware load (and price) as this, whilst announcing that it will be the last Symbian N Series ?? And if it is the last, why make it irrelevant even prior to launch by giving it Symbian 3 a few months before Symbian 4 is supposed to be ready ?? This time frame alone should have meant a faster processor included that could facilitate it’s upgrade considering the significance attached to this phone !!!

    This shall likely do well worldwide with all of the S60 users out there, but Nokia has to start thinking ‘future’ rather that trying to patch up the ‘here and now’ !

  • Lounger666

    my is large

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