Nokia N8, compact camera in your pocket

Nokia N8

The Nokia N8 was launched in October 2010 and it was designed as a camera phone. Actually, excepting the new Nokia 808 PureView, the N8 is the best camera phone in the world with an operating system.

It comes out of the box with Symbian^3 OS and it stayed a long time with this version of Symbian. But in April 2012 the Nokia N8 received an update to Symbian Belle Refresh. Now the N8 has a new user interface which is more intuitive than the old Symbian version. It looks a bit like the iPhone interface but not too much. Anyway the update to Belle Refresh is a big step for the N8.

The N8 has an Amoled display protected by a Gorilla Glass screen. It has 3.5 inches and it supports a resolution of 360×640 pixels with a pixel density of 210 ppi. Pixel density compensates the average resolution. The display supports multitouch and it is capacitive with 16 million colors.

Internal memory has 16GB and you can expand the storage with a microSD card up to 32GB. The phone has 256 RAM and 512 ROM. Its processor is ARM 11 at 680 MHz and the GPU is Broadcom BCM2727. This was a pretty good hardware configuration at that time, but not the configuration is the main advantage of this phone.

La pièce de résistance is the camera. It is a 12 MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens and with a sensor size of 1/1.38”. It has auto focus and Xenon flash (which is very powerful) and the main features of the camera are: face detection, geo-tagging, ND filter and many other options in the settings panel. Video recording was made at 720p and 25 fps but now after the update to Symbian Belle it can record 720p at 30 fps. Also the phone has a front VGA video call camera. The photos quality can be compared with many compact cameras.

2G  speeds are made through EDGE class 33 and 3G supports a HSDPA speed of 10.2 Mbps. Wi-Fi has b/g/n protocols and UPnP technology, blutooth is at version 3.0 with A2DP and usb connection is made by a microUSB slot.

The battery has only 1200 mAh but the hardware configuration is low and Symbian OS doesn’t eat so much battery. So the N8 has a good battery life despite its low voltage battery.

Among it features we have an anodized aluminum casing, TV-out( 720p) via HDMI with Dolby Digital Plus sound, active noise cancellation with dedicated microphone, DivX/XviD support, GPS with A-GPS and Ovi Maps support. The stereo FM radio has RDS and FM transmitter.

The N8 has reasonable dimensions if you consider its camera with the big range sensor. It has 113.5x59x12.9 mm and weighs 135g.

If you are a fan of good quality photos and you also want a smartphone, but don’t have the pretension of an Android device or any kind of sophisticated hardware, then the Nokia N8 is perfect for you. It looks great with its new UI from the freshly updated OS.

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