In the limited time at the Nokia N8 preview in Delhi, one of the things I wanted to do with the N8 was shoot a hands on video documenting my experience playing with the device for the first time. The idea behind this was to give you an idea of how the device will feel to you when you get it.
But to make things even better and add a whole lot of perspective I and ‘teh’ Clinton Jeff from ZOMGitscj teamed up to not only bring you our initial reactions but also chit chat along the way. The video was incredible fun to shoot and we shot over 25 minutes without realizing it and had to virtually asked to stop. Today I give you part one of our joint hands on.
Nokia India has very kindly invited me to an exclusive preview of the Nokia N8, a device I have been wanting to get my hands on for a very long time. To say that I am excited is an understatement, for the the simple reason that the N8 brings functionality that I have wanted to ages. USB on-the-go and support for a bluetooth mouse in addition to all the other awesome functionality such as HD video capture, 12 MP stills, capacitive multitouch OLED display and I could go on.
So I will be going to New Delhi, come Friday to put the N8 through its paces and go over it with a fine tooth comb. If you have anything questions, or things I must check out, do let me know and I will be sure to get you answers.
Fortunately, by this time the N8 firmware should have also reached a certain level of maturity and we will get a good idea of what thinks will be like when it launches in late September.
We’ve lately been getting our N8 fix pretty regularly and the latest video to show up is that of the N8’s multitasking abilities. The device features a completely new visual task manager which gives you an actual preview of the current state of the application right from the task manager’s thumbnails.
If you have a number of apps open, it may be a little more time consuming to switch between applications because you might have to scroll a little to find the app you are looking for, but I have got to say it looks much nicer this way.
The above video shows 15 apps open at the same time on the N8 and it handles that pretty well. The panning and zoom in Ovi Maps is fast, images in the photos app load quickly (although they don’t like 12MP shots from the camera), the app switching is painless and the kinetic scrolling in the task manager is smooth. In the real world you hardly have more than 5 apps open, so the N8’s RAM should prove be enough.
All these demoes/videos of the N8 make me want it even more, from the looks of things the N8 is shaping up to be quite the device to look out for. Now if Nokia can just get it out soon.
In what is the most comprehensive look at the N8 so far, Nokia Conversations has published a video in which Chris Bennetts, Senior Project Manager at Nokia sits down with the Nokia N8 and shows off its smarts.
“Nokia N8’s homescreen, demonstrating the customisable abilities of the handset, true multitasking that makes running multiple apps a breeze, the lighting-fast onscreen keyboard, email and messaging, internet and browser capabilities and finally maps and navigation.
Some aspects of the device look pretty different from S^1, so I think that should make a lot of people happy. Plus the homescreens look great and I am pretty happy with the nifty speed with which the N8 seems to work. Coverflow also looked nice. They have promised a part 2 and 3 of this video next week and I can’t wait for it.