What do you mean that “leak” was not intentional? Oh well, any advertising is good advertising…
So, about the N8. Color me cautiously thrilled. The short of it is that the hardware is spot on (finally), but the verdict is still out on the software (predictably). Or maybe I’m just a sucker for a nice cameraphone :)
I really hope the days of over-promising and under-delivering are over – the N97 was flawed, while the N86 and N900 both left me unsatisfied. That being said, I think Nokia is getting the message – look no further than the well rounded E72 and X6.
Third, the camera… Megapixels, schmegapixels! The N86 was rather disappointing, with only marginal real-life benefits over the phenomenal N82. Will the N8 represent Nokia’s next quantum leap in imaging?
Fourth, it’s not just about hardware, software, or even marketshare. It’s about platforms, ecosystems and mindshare. Will the N8 change Nokia’s perception amongst users and developers, especially in the US?
Time will tell. I’m definitely getting a review unit, so stay tuned. Until then, here’s my N8 score sheet:
– Oh that camera :)
– Xenon flash
– Large shutter button
– HD video recording (720p @ 25 fps)
– Penta-band 3G (850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz)
– OLED capacitive touchscreen
– Slim aluminum body
– HDMI output
– 256 MB RAM
– Multitouch support
– Affordable (€370)
– No lens protection
– Lower display resolution vs. competition (640×360 pixels)
– Slower processor vs. competition (680 MHz)
– Sealed battery
– Running Symbian^3