Nokia N8 in the Test

Finally, Nokia brings a Smartphone, its user interface is consistently adapted to the operation via touch screen. The N8 is the first model with the revamped Symbian 3 platform.

  1. Nokia N8 in the test
  2. The camera
  3. The Nokia Ovi store
  4. Data sheet
  5. Rating

It took you: almost four years it’s been that Apple first has been… how to create a Smartphone operating system that optimally to operate touch – now even Nokia with Symbian 3 presented a competitive platform.

Even if it added to an existing system, is not easy, that was originally designed for the control using the keyboard, to adapt to the new user interface – that has lasted too long. Microsoft has abandoned this attempt by the way now and start all over again with Windows phone 7. Nokia and RIM are, however, continuing on the evolution of their platforms have grown over many years and slowly approaching the American models of iPhone and Android. Nokia stressing that with Symbian 3 the development is not yet complete and is already working on the next version.

However this is both in portrait such as in landscape mode usable Symbian 3 a big step in the right direction. Many inconsistencies that you quickly, used for daily use of the Smartphone but not required to be, are ironed out. So simply click – to call functions through so far was partly a double clicking necessary.

Also succeeded Nokia, vigorously to purify the long option menus, also a relic of the age of the keyboard. For many operations – about the possibility to display the address of a contact on a map in the phone book – there are now special buttons. On the one hand reduce the option menus, often used functions with one click of less to reach are at the same time. Also multitouch commands, such as increasing images by spreading two fingers were Symbian so far unknown – this is now possible with the Nokia N8.

On the amount of time

In the test, the Nokia N8 responded liquid on input, even scrolling through long lists worked without any problems. Some patience is required only for functions that get their content from the Internet essentially as about the Ovi store. Total operation is significantly more fun; only here and there a few minor oddities can be found. For a search in the address book as a keyboard with letters in alphabetical order appears – that you must orient yourself once.

In addition, many programs can be still not directly terminate – to do this, you must call the options. Alternatively this can be via the Task Manager do, which is launched via a long press of the menu button the only mechanical operating element on the front. Because multitasking Symbian has always been and remains in the new version.

That the Nokia N8 is continue to use something more complex than an iPhone or an Android model not least due to the openness of the operating system. While only the synchronization with ActiveSync and thus with the Google’s own services or an Exchange Server, for example, Android of House still more possibilities are added at the Nokia N8.

So, the Smartphone on the SyncML protocol, as well as the local data synchronization itself directly to the computer. He worked in the test also with an older version of Nokia’s PC Suite. Otherwise, there’s the new Ovi suite as a free download at our site. Also, Nokia with Ovi offers also its own sync service without setting the customers on this.

Music can be played not only via wired or wireless Bluetooth stereo headset back but thanks to the integrated FM also on each radio. Photos can be – sent straight out of the camera, from the image gallery, or via the file browser either by email, MMS or Bluetooth. You can transfer pictures and videos also using the enclosed USB cable to the computer. Who appreciate this flexibility, have to live with a more complex menu.

Customize menu and start display

This flexibility also applies to the design of the menu structure. As at Symbian usual continue to each entry in the main menu at any point can be moved, in created folder. So the user with little effort can organize the functionality of smartphones that the personally important is always quickly available. The configurable start screen not least is ensured. Three screens, which it roams with a wipe on the display can be the most important functions and contacts.

Also dynamic elements, such as the Inbox, the Facebook account or even RSS feeds can be displayed, which display new messages on the home screen. Practical: These widgets that are provided via an Internet connection with news, quick and easy offline switch can be while abroad.

A few extras

With long lists of facilities you can impress anybody today, for the Smartphones of this class is supplied to close – each other. Also the Nokia N8 offers everything that suggests at the moment. The internal memory contains around 14 gigabytes and can be extended by card. The Internet is via Wi-FI, HSPA connectivity to other devices via USB or Bluetooth, which is on the Nokia N8 connected also storage media via USB.

A GPS receiver is also on board, and Nokia has installed of course its free navigation solution of Ovi maps. She navigated to, no matter whether you are in the car or on foot, there is a night mode and displays striking buildings as a 3-D graphics on request. The maps can be comfortably played through the machine on the N8. The currently required maps on the device are available, you can therefore navigate onboard – without a data connection -. The Nokia N8 if necessary repeated just missing cards via the network. As a special extra, Nokia has beefed up the maps application with third-party content. So also the Guide Michelin and the HRS Hotel search can be found here as well as a weather forecast.

In addition also the FM radio, as well as direct access include the music player with Coverflow display to the Nokia’s own Ovi music doors continue to standard features at Nokia. In Office a PDF reader and Quickoffice can be found next to a program for compressing files to edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files.

Access to Facebook and Twitter

Newly gotten is the menu item “Social networks” at the N8. The application provides direct access to Facebook and Twitter; more communities are not supported at the moment. From the application status updates and photos can be publish or call the camera for a snapshot and of course comment on posts of other users.

Aluminium housing in bright colours

It is packaged in a chic, superbly, this somewhat technical-looking aluminium housing which exists in black or silver, but also in bright colours. That the side buttons is minimal wobble, does not interfere with the handling. The battery is firmly installed, giving the case a compact appearance. Who but often must work in continuous operation with two batteries, can do nothing with the Nokia N8.

The front is dominated by a bright, high-contrast AMOLED display that can be still easy to read even from oblique angles and is protected by a scratch-resistant glass. The resolution is 360 x 640 pixels, which provides a detailed representation; with the iPhone 4 can’t match the display however.

Good sound, small battery

The subjective impression confirmed in the laboratory: the sound on the phone is good reception towards very naturally and on top of that so loud that one can talk in slightly louder surroundings. The transmission and reception quality is good, if also not above average; in urban areas, there were no problems during the test. Only the battery may be slightly larger: almost 1200 mAh of energy storage supplies. Thus 2:57 hours can be good without interruption on the Nokia N8 play around before a socket is required. In the test the Nokia N8 in moderate use lasted one or two days, in more intensive use it must recharge like other smartphones in the evening. We hold: with Symbian 3 Nokia has arrived again at the level of current smartphones.

The 12-megapixel sensor delivers images that print in the format 50 x 40 cm leave without having the image must be digitally enlarged. This may occasionally use some, but do it in everyday life but mostly smaller resolutions. The Nokia N8 seems to compress the images while vigorously, even 12-megapixel images take only 1.5 MB of memory. However, should a resolution of 3 Megapixels are sufficient for most occasions. If you like it but slightly larger, can raise the resolution of 9 megapixels.

Test were going to see no major differences to the 12-megapixel photos. The high resolution so not necessarily is the strength of the camera. The reliable autofocus and xenon flash, which makes possible even ordinary shots even in low light conditions are much more important for the practicality. A preflash prevents the typical red-eye in portraits and can be directly activated. In the test, the Nokia N8 provides color-accurate images with good resolution.

You can see details in darker areas. Of course, this work also here the best in good light. The Flash in use, is a noise is evident at high magnification. Overall, these recordings succeed without having the Flash the colors strongly distorted.

The operation is not a problem. The camera starts right on the housing via a special button and is ready after just under two seconds. Digital cameras are often much faster here, but two seconds are still common on Smartphones. The autofocus is also controlled via the wide camera button, to trigger the button is pressed down then. While you must take into account only a low shutter lag.

The camera offers a well functioning automatic operation. Who but like to experimented, can play with colour, light sensitivity, contrast, sharpness or exposure and save them as separate recording session. This is useful because the camera with every reboot on the default settings will be reset. In addition to the self definable, there are more modes like about the sport mode for moving subjects.

You can be getting caught up, naturally also with the video function, which provides HD resolution with a refresh rate of 25 frames per second with 1280 x 720 pixels. Thus the camera of panning too fast can follow without having the image displays artifacts or distorted, the sound is surprisingly good. The high-resolution video images are however memory intensive: every second film requires approximately 1 MB.

Both photos and videos you can edit directly with the N8. From photos, you can create backed slide shows with music, freely cut videos and put together. All content you can email or MMS send, upload to Internet services such as Facebook or simply transferred via Bluetooth or cable to the computer. To the vacation photos on the TV to watch, can the images on the Nokia N8 remain – because Nokia’s new litter has an HDMI output, the standard HDMI cable can be added via a supplied adapter.

Nokia offers the possibility to pay for the purchase of games or additional software from the mobile phone bill. So come all those in the enjoyment of apps that do not have credit card. Also, Nokia has sharply revised its software store. The categories with which the content in the store are catalogued, so far via a tab at the top of the display were accessible, they appear now open in list form.

The point of “Programs” is in turn divided into ten sub-categories. In the area of “Business”, about 60 applications found at the time of the test. That is still quite clear given the wealth of Apple app stores and some things will fit also not quite in the respective category. However, the most important applications are usually duplicated. And on top of that much in the delivery condition is installed already.

For editing Office documents can be found such as QuickOffice in the menu. Those who are only interested in free software in the store, can show only free programs. The installation is performed with just a few clicks. The application ends up “Programs” in the menu and can be moved from there to anywhere.

Technical data and test results

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Operating system Symbian OS 3
Processor / clock speed (MHz) ARM 11 / K.a.. / 680
internal memory (MB) 13500
Memory card slot MicroSD
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch / /
Battery type / variable Li-ion /.
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable Stereo headset /.
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car /
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE / / / K.a..
HSDPA / HSUPA 10 / 2.0
Wi-FI standard 802.11b / g / n
Bluetooth…
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP / /
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP / /
… SIM access, phone book / HID / /
USB type / storage / charging / /
DISPLAY
Type / size (inch) OLED / 3.5
Resolution (pixels) 360 x 640
Number of colors 16.7 m
PHONE FUNCTION
Call list / language selection /
Brokering
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert > 6 /. /
Handsfree / mute /
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML / / /
SMS / MMS /
PIM
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact) 7 / 3 / 3
Image / notes field / date of birth / /
Appointment management
Day / week / month view / /
weekly / annual events /
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac /
Notes: Outlook-sync
ToDo-list
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit /
Consider Excel / edit /
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo / /
BROWSER
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting / / /
Flash / https / home / Favorites K.a.. /. / /
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / /
Video player / full screen display /
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / /
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel) 12
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS /
Navi-software / onboard / offboard Ovi maps /. /
Navi / route planner Full version /.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions in mm 114 x 59 x 16
Weight (grams) 134
MEASURED VALUES
Endurance D power (hours) 9:03 am
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours) 10:15 am
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours) 2:27
type. Endurance (hours) 2:57
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer) 0.79 / 1,020
TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100) sufficient 56
Endurance talk (35) 21
Persistence display mode (65) 35
FACILITIES (170) satisfying 122
System (15) 7
Scope of delivery (10) 3
Display (40) 25
Connectivity (15) 11
Phone features (10) 10
Messaging (15) 14
PIM (15) 14
Office (5) 5
Web browser (15) 9
Camera (15) 13
Music and video (10) 6
Navigation (5) 5
HANDLING (140) well 109
Ease of handling 36
User interface 49
Processing quality 24
MEASUREMENTS (90) good 70
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30) 22
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30) 20
Acoustic measurements send (15) 14
Acoustic measurements receiving (15) 14
tested in issue: 12/10

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100) sufficient 56
Endurance talk (35) 21
Persistence display mode (65) 35
FACILITIES (170) satisfying 122
System (15) 7
Scope of delivery (10) 3
Display (40) 25
Connectivity (15) 11
Phone features (10) 10
Messaging (15) 14
PIM (15) 14
Office (5) 5
Web browser (15) 9
Camera (15) 13
Music and video (10) 6
Navigation (5) 5
HANDLING (140) well 109
Ease of handling 36
User interface 49
Processing quality 24
MEASUREMENTS (90) good 70
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30) 22
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30) 20
Acoustic measurements send (15) 14
Acoustic measurements receiving (15) 14
tested in issue: 12/10