Had To Be Said: The N8 Is Awesome

It is after a long time that I am really getting excited about a Nokia Symbian device. Infact, the N8 is the new N95 for me. You look at the hardware and you fall for it, but what is making me really happy is the software that’s bringing something new to the table. This is my second post on the same subject in a short while so you can tell I am excited.

Had To Be Said: The N8 Is Awesome

Infact, with the N8 Nokia’s truly stepped into the portable computer market. A netbook allows you to browse the web, chat, do a bit of office work, watch a movie and the like. The N8 also lets you do all of that but with the ability to use a HDTV and is no where the size of a netbook. You can even plug a USB thumb drive into it for moving data across. But what really makes my day is the fact that it even supports the use of a BT Mouse and Keyboard at the same time and what is even more awesome is the fact that the support for the mouse is pretty extensive. It works throughout the device be it the music player, the homescreen, office apps and it can pretty much replace your finger. A right click on the mouse brings you to the homescreen and you can even scroll lists on the phone with the mouse’s scroll wheel.

Senario: You have the N8 plugged in to an HDTV via HDMI and have a 720P movie downloading from ‘Ovi Movies’. You push that to the background and connect a BT Mouse and Keyboard to you can go sit down on the couch. Then you browse the web, (which is turning out to be very convenient because of the mouse support) and suddenly realize that you have a reply to send, so you type in a quick email, pickup the attachment from the pen drive that’s connected to the N8 and fire it off. Meanwhile the movie which you had sent to the background has completed downloading, you hit play right from the couch. If that is not awesome, tell me what is?

The movie here could easily have come from the flash drive or your favourite torrent. You could also have edited a word document, or some video with the N8’s inbuilt video editor or a thousand things developers can think of.

My friend Michael Hell was able to capture a video showing the BT Mouse and Keyboard in action, have a look for yourself.


9 thoughts on “Had To Be Said: The N8 Is Awesome”

  1. External bluetooth keyboard and mouse are useless features in my opinion. I would rather prefer using a netbook if I have to do more tasks.

  2. The N8 cannot replace a netbook, but it can definitely fill in and that’s what I like about it. I know this is something I won’t use everyday, but the odd day that I do, it’ll be pretty cool.

  3. I would like to know the chances to find such features in the very first MeeGo device…

    720p hdmi, mouse, responsive ui, ovi maps, etc.

  4. Hi,
    What about connecting real USB keyboard and mouse? Maybe new symbain kernel will have support for USB hub.
    Finger crossed :-).

    Cheers all.

  5. n8 cant fill the gap nor any symbian3 products…the processor which is behind the scenario is the same old one used in n97 only with a increament of 248 mhz speed which isnt enough for this sort of luxary.wait for the meego to arrive..or should i say listen to the amazing stories of n8 and feel for the real thing to happen in n9..

  6. Looks like Iphone 4 is plagued with basic design flaws. Nokia and other smartphone manufacturers have a great chance to capture the market if they could quickly come up with a competiting device.

    1) High Res 4 inch plus display
    2) An excellent web browsing capability is worth thousand applications
    3) Devices with and Without a keyboard
    4) Rock solid OS
    5) No Compromise in basic phone functionalities like phone reception, voice quality and GPS
    6) Hi-res camera etc
    7) Test, test, test. No half baked, partially tested features

  7. Forgot to add – Performance – An adequate processor, not just a sufficient one, enabling to write complex business and entertainment apps for the device.

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