Why I’m so happy with my Nokia N8


A digression from the usual topic on Coffee…

Nowadays with all the “trendy” people raving about their iPhones and Androids, many wondered why in the world am I still going for the Nokia N8 with its Symbian OS that has no future.

Before we even go into that, there is a need to differentiate the meaning of Smartphones and Smart Phones.

Based purely on my own perception and not any authoritative view:

Smartphone = Very Internet dependent, Very Apps dependent and Very Socially focus. Almost expect live update on Facebook, Twitter, Internet news and emails all the time.

Smart Phone = An all rounder phones that works well on multiple front. A convergence of different functionality.

The Nokia N8 is a Smart Phone. While the iPhone is a Smartphone as are most Androids phone.

What the Nokia N8 can do decently well… as most Smartphones do.

  • SMS with Conversation view
  • Full Touch QWERTY keyboard (only decent while iPhone’s is great)
  • The portrait T9 predictive keyboard is very good
  • Email. I use gmail client and Mobile Documents. They are good but not great. While the Symbian Default email client is damn stupid (Cannot have options to just delete email on the phone only. When delete on the phone, that email in the server gets deleted)
  • Default browser is forgettable but with Opera Mini, it is acceptable. I only use it to surf the web when absolutely needed to find information when I don’t have access to my laptop. I can’t really find pleasure in surfing the Internet on such small screen. So what if you have a 4 inches screen. Give me my 12 inches laptop anytime. Ok, maybe I’m getting old.
  • There are decent free and paid apps for facebook and twitter. Good enough for simple usage. They are not great and not meant for those people who lived 24/7 on their facebook and twitter.
  • My favourite messenger, WhatsApp is supported and works very well.
  • It can Skype too.
  • Games. Quite a few nice games but nowhere near iPhone or Androids. But then, sigh.. how much time you wanna spent playing games on your phone. I rather reserve the battery for making phone calls.

What the Nokia N8 do very well… most likely better than most Smartphones.

  • Excellent Camera for photos and videos. Ok, some people claim it is unfair to compare the camera of N8 with other phones. But I assure you, once you have the N8, you will use the camera extensively.Why? Well, if you are a Smartphones user and spent lots of time on Social Media, then sharing photos is expected. And so many of those Smartphones cannot take those love memories of the moment that makes you proud. How many times you see people shared photos on their facebook that just spoils that lovely memories one tried to capture.And after 1 year since N8 launched, the newest Smartphones today still cannot match the N8. The closest competitor like the Samsung Galaxy S2 is also much more expensive.

    12Megapixels + Carl Zeiss lens + Xenon flash + the biggest sensor in a mobile phone. Even in pitch black room, one zap of the flash will light everything up clearly.

  • GPS and Turn-by-turn Nokia/Ovi maps that does not require Internet access to work. You can go anywhere in the world major cities and the GPS and maps work as usual. Let’s say you go to Paris or Tokyo, don’t tell me you will activate data roaming.
  • Call quality is excellent. It is a phone after all and any phone that does not have good call quality is a joke. Making phone calls is the primary function of a phone.
  • Speakers is loud and clear whether listening to songs or watching videos. It’s not stereos but I think only those newest and much more expensive phones can match.
  • USB on the go. Androids can do. Let’s all laugh at iPhone. Oh yes, if your car music player supports USB->MP3 player, it will play music via your car speakers.
  •  Works like a mobile hotspot via the Joikuspot App. I heard some trendy Smartphone cannot.
  • Works like a modem to tether Internet connection to your laptop. I heard some trendy Smartphone cannot.
  • Battery life better than most of the high end Smartphones. But to me, it is still not good enough. It should have used the same battery as the Nokia E72.
  • Oh yeah, compare to iPhone user, N8 save me at least RM500 on the price… hahaha.

There are things I’m not happy about of course. Since Nokia gave up on the future of Symbian, many service company totally ignore the thoughts of making Apps for it. One of my favourite mobile Bible app from Olive Tree is not available. Google have largely ignore Symbian.

Warning: Please note that among Nokia so called Smart Phones, N8 is the most worthwhile. I have friend using the C7 and kept complaining of lag. The N8 has one of the fastest processor in the Nokia family. Maybe the only other phone in the Nokia range worth considering is the N9.

Here are some worthwhile pictures:

In bright day light


Works like a Scanner if you need to record some documents.


Night mode


Indoor with flash


Animal looks good too.


You may think what to interesting about this photo. Well, I’m getting old. I actually cannot see the details on the sticker with information about the distributor. Take a snap and VOILA… what my eyes cannot see, my N8 can.

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3 thoughts on “Why I’m so happy with my Nokia N8

  1. Marcus Low

    Its interesting to see these points being listed out by an actual user and not a reviewer.
    Being a hobbyist photographer, i do agree that the n8 is the best mobile phone camera. Although it can’t replace a good compact like the lx5,s90/95,xz-1,g10 etc, i also don’t see why anyone with an N8 would need a small sensor compact. Its still far from a 4/3 or anywhere near entry level Dslr in terms of quality images, iso, color, speed, usage (since the sensor on the n8 is still 8-10 times smaller and hence weaker…) but for blogs and facebooks, it satisfies highly.

    I once heard an ignorant claim that n8 is like an entry level dlsr, or iphone camera is great, but i guess some ppl carry their fanboyism way beyond their head.

    Nokia should have used this similar camera in its C7,E7 but instead it went for EDOF which could not produce the document shot you shown. The N9 is just announced and the camera still does not compare with the N8.

    N8 will go into the history books as the most powerful phone camera…for a long time.

  2. 1earthadventures.com

    Haha, came to read about coffee but found the N8 article… and read it anyway.

    Even though it’s a dinosaur whose OS is about to go extinct, I have to say the N8 pictures are awesome.

    I love my HTC Desire Z to bits, but the camera requires a lot of tweaking, especially at night, with the flash, I get very inconsistent results. Right, on to the articles about coffee…

  3. kfchan Post author

    Haha.. ya.. the OS will be extinct soon. But most users of Smartphones only use theirs for maybe 2 years. As of now, all the necessary apps that makes the N8 an excellent phone is available.

    Perhaps, as of Now, the N8 as a convergence device is actually better than the HTC Desire? Just realized that the FM Transmitter works pretty well in the car. Easily play music, podcast etc over the radio without any additional gadget.

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