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Nokia Keeps Its Word – The N8 Is Now Shipping: Some Deliveries Before The Weekend

After weeks of speculation, the controversy over the N8’s arrival has finally been settled. The Nokia N8 is now shipping from Nokia factories in Finland and China and what’s more some lucky folks who pre-ordered their N8’s will even be getting them before the weekend!

The N8 is Nokia’s most pre-ordered device till date and this means that those of you who pre-ordered late, might have to wait a week or more for the devices to reach your door. If you are in India, my educated guess is that the N8 should be in stores by the end of the first week of October and certainly by the 10th, well in time to cash in on the Diwali and Dussehra festival season. You can also pre-book your N8 here.

A look inside the factories that produce the N8 is always welcome and Nokia Conversations has very kindly published pictures of the first batch of devices leaving Nokia’s factories in China. Enjoy.

Nokia Keeps Its Word - The N8 Is Now Shipping: Some Deliveries Before The Weekend
Nokia Keeps Its Word - The N8 Is Now Shipping: Some Deliveries Before The Weekend
Nokia Keeps Its Word - The N8 Is Now Shipping: Some Deliveries Before The Weekend
Nokia Keeps Its Word - The N8 Is Now Shipping: Some Deliveries Before The Weekend
Nokia Keeps Its Word - The N8 Is Now Shipping: Some Deliveries Before The Weekend
vNokia Keeps Its Word - The N8 Is Now Shipping: Some Deliveries Before The Weekend
Nokia Keeps Its Word - The N8 Is Now Shipping: Some Deliveries Before The Weekend
Nokia Keeps Its Word - The N8 Is Now Shipping: Some Deliveries Before The Weekend
Nokia Keeps Its Word - The N8 Is Now Shipping: Some Deliveries Before The Weekend

I have my eyes on the Black/Dark Grey N8, you?

The Nokia N8 Stars In Probably The Coolest Unboxing Of Our Time

The Nokia N8 Stars In Probably The Coolest Unboxing Of Our TimeI have already brought you some delicious unboxing pictures of the Nokia N8, but whatever you have seen until now pales in comparison to what Nokia have done here. They’ve made a super interactive N8 unboxing that features Brenda, Suzy (who claims she’s hot! & I don’t disagree at all!) and Ryan to unbox the Blue, Dark Grey and Green N8 in what is a first of its kind video.

You can pick an unboxer of your choice and they then go onto unbox the N8 in their own style and have different options to go into the detailed functionality. I suggest watching all versions as they not only are entertaining but so well executed that I virtually guarantee that you will want a N8 once you are done watching them.

But if that wasn’t cool enough, Nokia also got Ryan to send me a personal message about the Nokia N8 unboxing video. Thanks a ton guys!

What do I make of this unboxing? I doubt anyone will want to watch the usual blogger unboxings anymore! But on a more serious note, its great to see Nokia come out with such an aggressive campaign, a couple of notches over the N900 version. The N8 story should be loud, brash and even abrasive. Nokia has to once again become that cool, talked about company and videos with Pamela Anderson and unboxings such as the above are certainly the way to go.

Credit where its due – Nokia Marketing, you guys deserve a pat on the back for this one. Really. Oh, just one more thing, make sure pre-orders are a go everwhere you want to sell this thing. People will want one.

Debate: Symbian’s UI Consistency Is Good – The Geeks May Hate It, But The Average Joe Loves It

For the last two years, the world (?) has been going on about how the Symbian UI is old, clunky and must go. It must be written again from ground up if Symbian has to have any chance. At any rate, these rants have managed to dent Symbian’s brand name by a huge margin and affect Nokia’s fortunes adversely.

So much so that even supporters of the OS, were taken in by the storm and only a very few loyalists remain. The good thing is that even the loyalists are not fanboys per-se, but people who would like to see the OS improve and mature into a world class OS that it is. Anyway, that’s not why I am writing this post.

Debate: Symbian's UI Consistency Is Good - The Geeks May Hate It, But The Average Joe Loves It

Yesterday, I was out with friends and since they know I would probably be rocking the latest and greatest device of the time, my phone is generally passed around and comments made on it. I happened to be using the Samsung Galaxy S, a phone that I really like, I might add. I was sure they would be taken in by the huge gorgeous screen, ‘modern’ UI, the amazing size and weight and would come out impressed.

So on being asked, I immediately whipped out the Galaxy S, unlocked it and handed it over. It was back in my hands in a hardly a minute. Why you ask?

The reason was simple, he fiddled with the homescreen a little bit, tried to go into the apps and was probably thrown back by the sheer number of them I had. Ten seconds of poking here and there and his decision was made. The Galaxy S was not for him, it was simply too complicated.

For the vast majority of The Handheld Blog readers, that’s unfathomable. How could he not wrap his mind around something so easy and natural? But for a large chunk of the population that IS the case. For them the mobile is not nearly as important as it is for some of us. Its not as if they do not want Facebook, Email and apps in general, they really do, but they couldn’t be bothered spending time and energy fussing over these things. Whether we admit it or not, we’ve all seen it with friends and family.

This brings me to the debate, Symbian ^3 looks just like the old Symbian experience, but is that a bad thing after all? Lets look at it from my friend’s example. He’s looking to update from his N95 8GB which has served him well. Despite Symbian’s hidden shortcuts and folders, even he probably knows them inside out by now. The N8 comes along and he’s still at home with the UI and thus the phone. Isn’t that a win for Nokia?

Thoughts?

Initial Impressions Of The Nokia N8: Raw Potential

Nokia has a lot riding on the N8, not only is its market share in jeopardy but perhaps more importantly its down in the mindshare and brand perception department. The idea that Nokia can no longer make a decent high-end smartphone, fuelled by the media is causing serious damage to its reputation. While this is not the case in countries like India, the fact that they were late to the dual SIM party has not helped things. Nokia hopes that the N8 will mark the start of that turn around, and in this post I examine if that is a relevant possibility.

Initial Impressions Of The Nokia N8

First things first, my initial impressions are based on a proto N8 running the pre PR 1.0 v11.004 firmware so things might change (hopefully for the better) by the time it hits stores. As soon as you pickup the N8, you get a feel of premium. The build quality is nothing short of excellent and the whole metal finish really stands out. All the different N8 colours pop out and each has the power to attract a hoard of fans. As I saw for myself, the anodized aluminum construction is also highly scratch resistant, you can take a pen and scratch it without there being even a simple mark caused and if you like taking care of your phone, this is very heartening to see.

Initial Impressions Of The Nokia N8

Our preview had started off with a demo of the Nokia N8 playing a 720P action clip, broadcast via HDMI with Dolby surround sound. Needless to say, its an incredible experience and you cannot help but marvel at how such a tiny thing could be powering such great entertainment. How often you use this functionality in real life is up for debate, but the day you do the N8 will feel worth it.

I was also very keen on seeing the N8’s USB on-the-go performance as this is something I have craved for a long time and it did not disappoint. Once connected, the flash drive/external hard drive/another phone behaves as if the data were residing inside the N8 and you can copy, send, playback everything without any fuss. Infact, our N8 video demo clip was probably being played off a USB stick which was connected to the Nokia N8.

Initial Impressions Of The Nokia N8

Moving onto the N8’s OLED capacitive display. It is by far the best screen that Nokia’s shipped and coupled with the fact that it just need a finger touch for navigation, the whole Symbian ^3 experience becomes much better. Sunlight visibility is not a huge problem and you should be able to get along fine if you pump up the brightness.

Initial Impressions Of The Nokia N8

Since the N8 also uses a faster processor and a dedicated GPU, application opening and performance is also much better than current Nokia devices and this is indeed very welcome. I wouldn’t say that everything was flying but it was much faster. (Please keep in mind that these impressions are based of a play with a proto, so things will probably get even better by the time the N8 ships).

Another thing that helps the N8 experience is the contextual menus that pop-up on a long press. This eliminates the need to go through menus and makes get navigation around the UI much faster and pleasing. The phone also features a new Nokia Messaging client which is a marked improvement over the current version. The N8 also packs a new social network client simply called ‘Social’ and it integrates both Facebook and Twitter, there is a homescreen widget too. The Ovi Store app has also been worked upon and ensures a much better experience.

The one thing that disappointed on the Nokia N8 was its Web Browser, it is 2010 and you still cannot open a new window manually. In this time and age, that’s just not on. The browser UI has been worked a little to allow for better utilisation of space but at the end of the day, even with work arounds it doesn’t match up to the competition; although it has its strengths in support for flash content and pinch to zoom. I was told that the Nokia N8 browser would be getting an upgrade later this year and I hope it brings the new Qt browser that Nokia is rumoured to be working upon rather than just more tweaks to the current version.

Coming to the N8’s mainstay, its 12 Megapixel Camera. The camera UI is new and the time from pressing the camera button to the N8 taking the shot is under 5 seconds. The time between shots is also barely a couple of seconds and this makes the camera experience very pleasing. You have already seen a bunch of Nokia N8 camera samples and it does not disappoint at all. The video capture is carried out at 25 frames a second and anything further than about 60 cm remains in focus using the N8’s new  hyper-focal distance system that Nokia has implemented. The feedback from the N8’s camera button is wonderful, it is perhaps the best physical button I have come across. I have no doubt that the N8 will be the best camera phone in the market by a wide margin once it goes on sale.

Initial Impressions Of The Nokia N8

Coming to the N8’s loudspeaker. It’s a mono speaker located under the Xenon flash on the back and thus liable to be muffled when the phone is kept on its back. As far as its ‘loud’ quotient goes, it just about manages to come close to say the Nokia N900 or N97 but doesn’t quite match up to the 5800 Xpress Music. But since I was testing it in a noisy environment, I will reserve final judgment till I play with the final version.

I see a lot of good things in the N8, Divx playback, capacitive display, multitouch, the freshness of Symbian ^3, USB on-the-go, HDMI out, Dolby 5.1 and of course the camera. The N8 even with proto software seemed stable enough and if Nokia can release it with a rock stable firmware I can see the N8 flying of the shelves.

The number one reason people are doubting their N8 purchase is because they are not sure if it will get Symbian ^4, my personal belief is that it won’t. However, if Nokia can make a public announcement promising an update to the browser and pledging to support the OS, it will greatly help the market sentiment. The perception that Symbian ^3 is a transitory and will become irrelevant, must go.

The Nokia N8 is well and truly shaping up to be a long awaited success for Nokia, time and again they have resisted from calling it a high-end flagship and if they can stick to the price that it was announced at, we might truly have a winner in our hands. At the current stage I will have to give the N8 a 8/10 but if the browser gets updated and we get Swype for text entry, that score will easily rise to 9.5/10 for me.

If you are looking for more N8 coverage, we have already brought you unboxing pictures, a large gallery of the different colours of the Nokia N8 along with comparison shots with different devices. There are two 10 minute videos of a hands on play with the N8 as well, part one and part two.

Have any questions, please let me know in the comments section below.

The Handheld Blog & ZOMGitscj Hands On With The Nokia N8

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.

Have fun and make sure you let us know what you thought of the video. Part 2 will be online soon, so make sure you have subscribed and are following us on Twitter. Here is more of our Nokia N8 coverage.

Major props to Nokia India for organizing this N8 preview.

Unboxing The Nokia N8

At the Delhi preview of the Nokia N8, I got hold of a Nokia N8 in what will be its retail packaging and did what everyone is dying to do, unbox it. The contents of the box will vary from region to region with Asia most likely to get a stylus as well. The device will come with a HDMI converter and a microUSB to USB jack for USB on-the-go functionality around the world in addition to the usual Nokia accessories like the charger, headphones and so on.

So without further adieu, here are one of the first unboxing pictures of the Nokia N8 in the world, specially for the readers of The Handheld Blog. Click on the image to enlarge.

As you can see, the box itself is pretty thin and there is minimal use of colours to keep with Nokia’s aim of staying green. Coming soon is our awesome Nokia N8 gallery and to wet your appetite, here is a small teaser.

The Nokia N8 Colours

We also have a detailed video overview of the N8 in the pipeline, so stay tuned and make sure you have subscribed to our feed and are keeping an eye out on Twitter as well.