Today was all about the Nokia N8, but before we get to the details, some good news first. The PR 1.0 for the N8 is final and now its only a question of getting the device to the market, Nokia said Q3 and it looks like they will ship the N8 before the end of this month for sure.
I have just got back from ‘An Evening With Ovi’, a successor in spirit to an event called ‘An Evening With S60’ if you remember. It was basically an informal aggregation of Nokia people and some of the folks who have flown in for Nokia World tomorrow. There was a ton of N8 chatter, some demoes and even interviews. I also played with production software on the Nokia N8 and it feels pretty good from the brief time I spent with the device. The capacitive screen along with the new Symbian ^3 is makes the N8 a pleasure to use as compared to, say the N97 experience. A lot of people on first glance see the homescreen and say its the same old deal, but if you dig in deeper, its way better.
Anyway, back to bits from the evening. Here a few pictures to give a better idea of what was happening. You may recognize some Nokia people from the Ovi Blog, who all were taking about the various facets of the N8 and Ovi in general. We saw a clip of Tron playing in HD over HDMI, some beautiful photos the N8 took, some briallant video from concerts and so on. Stuff the keeping amazing you when you consider that its all coming from a tiny phone.
- Kick starting with a general N8 talk.
- Surya talking about Ovi Maps. (Looks like we’ll see something new with Ovi Maps tomorrow).
- Chat about Music and how Nokia’s working with local people around the world to get the best music in. How music is social and finishing with a few music apps like Gig Finder, Shazaam and so on.
- The Ovi Blog team, Saara and Pino.
Last, but certainly not the least – here’s a picture of the N8 homescreen on a large TV via HDMI and the good part is that it doesn’t look pixelated and horribly scaled up at all. It is pretty crisp, a far cry from the TV-out we’ve seen on older Nokia devices.
One more thing before I wrap up, I also caught some gaming action on the Nokia N8, its sweet. The video’s uploading to YouTube right now, check back soon for the post.
[Update – NFS Shift on the Nokia N8]