Archive for September 10th, 2010
The Nokia N8 is a Smartphone of many firsts for the manufacturer. It is the first Nokia handset to run Symbian 3 operating system, a wise choice for the manufacturer’s new flagship Smartphone.
It is also the first Nokia phone to feature 12 mega pixel digital camera, which features the industry leading combination of Carl Zeiss optics and a Xenon flash.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the Nokia N8 is the stunning 12 mega pixel digital camera. It is Nokia as highest specification camera unit and includes some great features such as the high quality Carl Zeiss optics, from the renowned manufacturer of high quality camera lenses. This combines with a powerful Xenon flash resulting in superb quality images. The pixel resolution of the camera is 4000x 3000, so it can imagine the resulting images are of superb quality and detail. It is also the first Nokia Smartphone to feature the ability to shoot 720p high definition video footage. In order to enjoy the high definition footage in all its glory, a TV-out is included on the handset which allows users to connect their phone to their high definition television for using an HDMI cable.
The 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen provides tremendously vibrant and detailed display quality of on screen photos and footage thanks to the ability to display up to 16M colours within a pixel layout of 360x 640. The camera includes such features as multi-touch input method which allows pinch to zoom, an accelerometer sensor providing the ability to view content in both portrait and landscape forms, and a screen manufactured from scratch-resistant class, protecting it from everyday wear and tear.
The handset itself measures 113.5x 59.1x 12.9 mm, and weighs in at a pocket friendly 135 g. The casing is manufactured from scratch-resistant aluminium and is available in five funky and attractive colour variants, dark grey, silver white, green, blue and orange. So as well as providing a high specification Smartphone, the Nokia N8 is also a great choice for style conscious users, who are seeking a head turning fashion statement in mobile phone form.
The new Symbian 3 operating system provides users with three infinitely customizable homescreens which operate on a rolling access thanks to its accelerometer sensor meaning users don’t have to manually scroll through them. This operating system also features multitasking, which by holding down the home button displays all applications which you currently in operation.
A great range of smart features are included as standard such as a free Ovi Maps application, which functions very well as a standalone SatNav unit, as well as some impressive music player which features cover flow display and the user friendly UI. Plenty of files can be stored thanks to 16 GB of standard internal storage; however expandable storage is available in the form of a microSD card slot.
The Nokia N8 provides an exciting alternative to some of the mainstream Smartphones which are currently available. Upon its upcoming release, there is no doubt that the manufacturer’s brand new flagship Smartphone will be a big hit, with gadget fans, and style conscious users alike.
Due for release very shortly, the Nokia N8 looks set to turn a lot of heads as the new flagship handset for the manufacturer.
With a number of innovative new features including Nokia’s first 12 mega pixel camera and also the manufacturers first handset to run the Symbian 3 operating system.
The handset itself measures 113.5x 59.1x 12.9 mm whilst weighing in at 135 g. This makes it an average sized Smartphone which are certainly pocket friendly thanks to its lightweight. Its dimensions and weight also make it a comfortable handset to hold and use on the move.
The Nokia N8 offers superb quality display thanks to the 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen which boasts the ability to display up to 16M colours within a pixel setup of 360x 640. The screen is made out of scratch resistant glass which protects it from everyday wear and tear, such as being dropped, a scenario which many Smartphone users are unfortunately all too familiar with. An accelerometer sensor allows users to view pictures and video clips in both portrait and landscape forms simply by turning the phone accordingly.
A respectable 16 GB of internal storage is provided as standard which are sure to cater to the needs of most users. Should further storage be required the micro SD card slot can be utilised by installing a memory card of up to 32 GB. The internal phonebook can store a vast number of contacts and of course includes the Photocall feature.
In order to connect to cellular networks when out and about, the Nokia N8 utilises class 33 GPRS and class 33 EDGE. In areas where 3G coverage is available, speeds of up to 10.2 mega bytes per second are available thanks to HSDPA, along with HSUPA at 2 MB per second. A faster Internet connection is available however, thanks to built in Wi-Fi Technology which utilises local Wireless Networks where available. Connecting to compatible hardware devices is made simple thanks to both Bluetooth and micro USB connections which allow users to carry out a variety of different tasks.
As mentioned, a highly impressive 12 mega pixel camera is included in the Nokia N8. Thanks to its high pixel resolution of 4000x 3000 pixels coupled with features such as Carl Zeiss optics and a Xenon flash along with Autofocus, geo-tagging and face & smile detection, high quality images can be taken with the minimum effort. The Nokia N8 is also the manufacturer’s first handset to feature the ability to record 720p high definition video footage, and this is at 25 frames per second. An additional VGA video called camera is located on the front of the handset it.
As the new flagship model for the manufacturer, there is a long list of included features as you would expect. The impressive new Symbian 3 operating system allows users to customise three homescreens. The whole host of entertainment features is also included such as a versatile internal media player, stereo FM radio with RDS, and a selection of pre-installed and additional downloadable games. A TV-out allows users to connect an HDMI cable to the handset in order to view high definition footage port on the phone’s camera, and the big screen.
Thanks to its high levels of customisation, impressive multimedia features and great web browsing capabilities, Nokia has done a good job in making sure to include everything users required from a Smartphone and then some.
RIM have added a twist to there latest Curve model; being called the Curve 3G 9300, it is pretty obvious what that twist is. Where previous Curve’s were lacking the new one supplies, the 3G network coverage allows for a much smoother and faster online experience. The device has better social networking and boasts a chrome trim for additional style. The Curve 3G also boasts a digital camera, multimedia player, Bluetooth, Wi Fi and GPS.
Though the phone looks remarkably similar, if not the same as the Curve 8520 it does have a one or two aesthetic differences, the obvious one is the chrome trim on the outer casing. RIM have stuck with the optical track pad as the prime form of interface navigation and the transmissive, LCD screen has also been unchanged. The keyboard is one of the best around thanks to its individually mounted keys.
The Curve 3G has been loaded with plenty of communications options, not only do you get your basic calling and messaging features, but they have also included BBM (Blackberry Messenger) e-mail integration and compatibility for other popular IM’s (instant messengers) like Google Talk and WindowsLive. Thanks to the phones 3G band coverage, social networking plays a big part here. Dedicated applications can be used to manage your Facebook, MySpace and Twitter accounts.
Going online is a much smoother event than it is on the 8520, fast download speeds and reliable connectivity allow users to perform all there online activities quickly and efficiently. RIM has made the Curve 3G compatible with a number of Google services with YouTube being one of them. You can use the 2MP digital camera to record videos and upload them for the world to see, you can also upload content to your social networks.
The built-in GPS supports the devices Blackberry Maps feature for optimized navigation. RIM have given the Curve 3G full access to the Blackberry App World so users can enrich there collection with tons of additional, downloadable applications, apps ranging from navigational support to gaming can be added to your phones software. Users can also synchronize there Curve 3G with there computer, so the calendar, multimedia player and organiser can be managed via PC desktop.
The Blackberry Curve 3G has been pre-loaded with great multimedia support, the music player is capable of playing multiple audio formats including mp3 and wma. The video player also has multiple format capabilities which include the playback of MPEG4 and wmv files. Though the screen is obviously quite small, it does a fair enough job of smoothly displaying videos; downloaded or shot via the phones camera.
Blackberry owners will find the user interface on the Curve 3G to be very familiar territory indeed. The phones memory can be upgraded via the microSD slot, while users can enjoy the added security features which involve keyboard locking and password protection. RIM have basically re-released a glorified version the Curve 8520, but the combination of the easy usability and added 3G technology provides users with a very rich user experience.