Here's a quick hit summary of the Nokia N8, with my fairly simple recommendation. Although the price is good, there are no BUY signs.
- Screen quality and resolution is beautiful
- Touch mechanic has been vastly improved
- Don't have to remove battery to change SIM
- HDMI out rocks the house (although I never have had the inclination to plug my phone in to watch HD content on the LCD screen!)
- Now has Foursquare
- Comes with 6 months free music
- Battery life is pathetic, in one case it ran out overnight. This probably has something to do with the widgets that run in the background, but I shouldn't have to fiddle to get a day's battery life out of my phone. Even with everything switched off - getting 12 hours was a good day.
- Software is really buggy, multiple crashes from multiple places.
- Symbian just isn't designed for touch, so I found myself needing to push extra buttons and go through extra steps to complete menial tasks. Just getting the on screen keyboard to come up is a step I don't want. Managing email in the gMail app is now a pain in the ass, and the web version doesn't have the touch interface that iPhone and Android has.
- Another example of the UI / UX issues. Making a phone call: push phone button, push address book, find the number, then rechoose the "make a call button", then confirm the call. Sigh.
- No threaded view that I could find for the native mail app.
- Software is oh, so, slow.
- The native FaceBook Widget, meant to display updates to the home screen (and most likely vampiring my battery life) says everything happened 3 hours ago.
And that's really the clincher. Everything happened 3 hours ago. Nokia has been behind the clock for a while, even though their hardware choice is usually pretty spiffy. Let's hope the new CEO shakes things up. They have 2 billion customers. For now...
(Pic from www.smartphoneenvy.com)