has been going through quite a bit of change over the past year, and we've been following the company through their ups and downs. Nokia has been known as the world dominating leader of cell phones ever since GSM standard started. Period. The problem is that now Nokia has a lot of challengers in the Smartphone arena and they really have up until recently failed to deliver a solid Smartphone.
We were originally slated to review the Nokia N8 many months ago, but the truth is the phone besides the camera was a heaping pile of junk. I spent an entire month trying to get the phone to work right. There were a whole host of issues, some of which I even tried to reach out to customer service about but it was clear that they were all software issues. I decided to put the phone down for a month and pick it back up again and install some updates, notably Symbian
Anna (the much needed update to Symbian^3).
The original review was going to write along the lines of... the Nokia N8
is a great camera, but really fails as a Smartphone or even just a phone. The main problems that we encountered in our testing were that the overall UI was sluggish and unresponsive, simple slide gestures simply didn't register or if they did with considerable lag. This was further amplified when trying to make or receive calls where the device would not pick up phone calls even after multiple presses. It also didn't like to register key presses until they had almost all been pressed and they would flood in all at once. Yet another issue was that the device could not update the Ovi Store which is Nokia's app marketplace which meant that we couldn't get the latest and greatest apps. After multiple hard resets and troubleshooting nothing seemed to help.
That was all before the Symbian Anna update
Now, the Nokia N8 is a fully functional phone that also has a great repository of apps and is extremely responsive. Its really amazing to see how it feels like an entirely different phone after simply applying an update. This update also enabled us to update the Ovi Store which gave us access to the plethora of Nokia apps available to Symbian^3 users. The truth is that the Nokia N8 was a very buggy phone, but now, even with what is considered to be an archaic OS it is a very fun phone to use.
The Symbian Anna update to Symbian^3 is really a combination of Symbian^3 and the remnants of what is known as Meego. If you look at the Nokia N8, you'll see a lot of pointers to Meego and the OS really feels like a different phone. This also enables you to use Swype for Symbian
on the phone and makes texting and writing emails a breeze.
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