Eldar Murtazin of Mobile Review bashes Nokia's upcoming flagship handset
It was supposed to be Nokia's next big thing after the N97 and the N900. It could have had all the features going for it that would have made it the most desirable handset money could buy - but, Nokia has given it away and what could have been a great opportunity to reclaim the "best smartphone crown", now lies in tatters. Well, we're not saying it! In fact, the phone which we are on about hasn't even been officially announced by Nokia. We're talking about the Nokia N8, the much awaited flagship device from Nokia - the existence of which is known to all - with everyone else except Nokia acknowledging its existence.
Anyway, the usual suspect Eldar Murtazin of Mobile Review seems to have chanced upon a prototype or early build of the N8 which he reviewed extensively. If you thought, with the latest Symbian^3 OS and the new features has made the N8 drool worthy, prepare to be disappointed. Eldar has virtually lampooned Nokia and the N8 and has termed the phone to be very disappointing. The drawbacks of the phone range from not so great features and an absolutely uninspiring UI which he says is nothing but a cosmetically enhanced S60v5 UI. On the features front too, the phone is on par with existing handsets. The 12 megapixel camera, according to him, is slightly better than that the one on the Satio and the fact that it supports HD video recording doesn't turn any heads either. HD video recording has been in town for the past year or so. The phone is praised for being extremely fast - but only of you keep its memory relatively clutter free. Once you start filling those flash memory chips, the phone struggles to wade through menus. In our opinion, this bit can be fixed using a firmware update - but then, these issues should not crop up on a flagship handset, even with an early firmware.
Eldar has also said that the much touted HDMI port on the phone is virtually unusable. This is because it is not your "ordinary" port and is smaller than the usual ones and will not work with existing HDMI cables. He goes on to add that he is flabbergasted as to why Nokia has chosen this weird HDMI solution. In all, Eldar has come quite heavily on the N8. While he adds that Nokia will be able to sell the phone - thanks to its advertisement prowess, he sees this effort from a Nokia being incapable of the threat posed by newer phones based on Android and even the Bada OS which have started looking more contemporary than Symbian.