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Nokia N8 No iPhone 4 Beater: 5 main problems

Nokia has great expectations of their N8 smartphone device, but how does it truly compare to the likes of the Apple iPhone 4 — or other smartphones? The Nokia N8 has still not been released to the market yet, but from what we can tell there are a few problems.

There are certainly some great features that will help the N8 stand out, but are they enough to challenge the iPhone 4? An article written by Surojit Chatterjee on MSNBC aims to find out.

There seems to be five main issues with Nokia’s upcoming handset, these are as follows: weak processor, low memory, Symbian OS, internal battery and finally its price.

The 680MHz processor will not cut it in today’s age, most smartphones now run a 1GHz chip, the upcoming Droid 2 R2D2 Edition is rumored to come with a 1.25GHz processor — almost double that of the N8.

The two biggest issues I believe are the mobile OS, and its price. There were rumors that Nokia were considering a move to Windows Phone 7, and although there is no evidence of this — it does show the failings of Symbian. The $549 price tag could be the deciding factor on how well the N8 does, but with cheaper Android handsets on the market — things do not look that great.

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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iPhone user
iPhone user

I sat here and read through the comments on page one, the ones where there are people defending Nokia, and bashing the iPhone., pretty ignorant if you ask me. Symbian is a dated OS and the last time it was working well and performing adequately was in the Nokia N95, and its cousin the N958gb. Since then all we've seen is disappointing results. N96?N97?N97mini? And now the N8. I work in the telecommunications industry, and we get a lot of returns for this device. Not powering on properly, software freezing, applications disappearing, applications just "hang", screen flickers randomly. Customers complaining… Read more »

iPhone user
iPhone user

I sat here and read through the comments on page one, the ones where there are people defending Nokia, and bashing the iPhone., pretty ignorant if you ask me. Symbian is a dated OS and the last time it was working well and performing adequately was in the Nokia N95, and its cousin the N958gb. Since then all we've seen is disappointing results. N96?N97?N97mini? And now the N8. I work in the telecommunications industry, and we get a lot of returns for this device. Not powering on properly, software freezing, applications disappearing, applications just "hang", screen flickers randomly. Customers complaining… Read more »

Deon
Deon

The nokia N8 is crap! thats the end of the line for Nokia as far as i am concerned. I havent even had the phone for 2 months yet and it has software issues. Now i do not have a phone for 7 to 10 working days. I really had my hopes up about this phone but i am now very upset. Samsung, or Blackberry here i come.

Fok Jou Piet

Piet Jou Poes, Vok Jou and Ur Phone. Go buy some brains you dumb afrikaaner

Piet van VokDjou
Piet van VokDjou

I got me an N8 last week before flying to Bloem.
WONDERFUL PHONE.
Ya'll are just a bunch of unlucky sods. lol
all the happy blokes are off taking 12megapixels pics and recording HD clips.
wow. now i really must sell my LCD and get me a HD LED.

i love this phone
but, the 'keyboard' must be fixed, fok nee man gat!

Nora
Nora

Got N8. Always hang and after 3 days from the day that I bought it… it had gone dead. Sent to Nokia care center… they said got to change the mother boad… got problem. Now already more than a month still no stock arrived from oversea… not sure where…

bergmann
bergmann

Got N8. Took to office to charge. Charge hole blocked – cannot connect charger!! Take phgone back to MTN Souith Africa. Say about 2 weeks to make decision to exchange. Also learnt that batches of N8 are being recalled! managed to cancel contract. most problems seem to be software – I had a hardware problem. No N8 for me – Nokia rushed to get this one out. Where are they being made? In the east? Right now – better options to N8 – only give you gray hairs. All comments here are general comparisons – where are HAPPY N8 USERS?

Nokia lover
Nokia lover

I have N8 for a few month already. Although the phone rebooted by itself couple of times, e-mails are a little bit slow and don't always synchronize automatically, I still don't regret buying it. I hope with the next updates all the problems will be fixed:)

GOD'S WORD
GOD'S WORD

this site is horrible

don leonardo
don leonardo

I bought the N8 and it's dead after 3 weeks. I have it repaired in a Nokia care center and after 3days it went dead again. Unfortunately, I'm in the U.S. and the warranty of my phone is only in the Philippines. I tried to contact Nokia Phils. for a replacement but they said that they don't replace. It's very disappointing considering the fact that the phone is expensive. My advice- don't buy the N8 or you'll end up with a dead phone.

danny davidson
danny davidson

i got the new N8 on the 4 th nov, the phone would not power up, after speaking to the provider a repalcement was sent out and swapped on 8th nov, this one powerd up and sort of worked, in between screen freezing and not being able to recieve picture messages. this handset was swapped in store after a heated disscussion with customer services via phone from the store. (the guys in the shop bent over backwards to try and resolve the problem) this handset worked fine untill this afternoon when it vibrated for 3 seconds then shut down. after… Read more »

Sameer
Sameer

hiii….

i just bought nokia N8 but i m not satisfied with its performance….

its being hang many times n now its totally off from last 6 days. dont know what happen….neither being charge nor showing any power….

i think i did wrong choice…b carefull u all my frnd…

Rances
Rances

Being a deeply loyal customer and trying to give them all the benefit of the doubt they still manage to convince me that I’m wasting my time. I had a Nokia n85 for two years. Earlier this year it started giving me trouble with the screen, it would black out while the phone was still on. I heard about the N8 and became extremely excited about it. For about the last three months the only way I could use my old phone was by plugging it into the TV and using that as the monitor, but I was set on… Read more »

guest
guest

the jackass author claims that the processor isn't good enough to compete hahaha

it's a downclocked 800mhz processor. it's been brought down to 680mhz because that's optimal speed. any higher would uselessly waste battery. the iphone on the other hand needs it's 1ghz because the bulky lazy iOS isn't as efficient as symbian.

Chubby really deepthroat Jobs in this article

Herbert McGuffin
Herbert McGuffin

Why all the usual hate and anti-Apple rhetoric? It's pathetic. Apple has one way of doing things, other manufacturers have other ways. Every single one has its strengths and disadvantages. Apple locks you into their system unless unlocked – fine. Symbian (and Android) give you more 'open' ways of doing things (although this isn't the full picture) – also fine. There are many things one phone does and another one can't do. Instead of slagging off people who write things, why not present more facts and less hyperbole. Not every iPhone 4 has reception issues, in fact many don't. Many… Read more »

Drew Freyman
Drew Freyman

The author makes a comment about the 680 mhz chip on the N8 and claims that "it doesn't cut it" because competitor phones are running 1 ghz. Well, the Symbian OS is more efficient and doesn't unnecessarily consume the processor's resources. So, the N8 is able to accomplish more with its 680 mhz than either the iOS or Android can accomplish with 1 Ghz. I recently ran seven apps including the camera, photo editing, Google Maps, phone book, browser, Nimbuzz, and mail at the same time. Moreover, when I received a call, did a search for coffee shops with Google… Read more »

Bilal

this article is really just a wastage of time. How can you compare these phones without even using the phone. Atleast nokia n8 doesn’t have any reception issues. And one thing more for the idiot writter symbian^3 is very lite OS and 680 mhz is enough. Even on my nokia 5320 Xpress Music which have 369 mhz processor and just 128 mb ram can open 40 applications. Go and read something and then come and write reviews. Idiot.

Yep
Yep

Surely this phone will be sufficient for most users, especially those used to Symbian. It will impress some new folks but to really impress the smartphone crowd and entice potential first time Symbian users (if the OS survives all its supporters dropping the platform) they need to make Symbian 4 outstanding and soon. The only problem is the possibility that Nokia will not provide an S4 update for the N8, which would be really bad considering the importance placed on this phone of being Nokia’s saviour in the smartphone market. The amount of thought that went into the hardware of… Read more »

brian
brian

what a load of rubbish nokia always make common sense handsets best cameras its the only phone id change my n900 for why do apple get away with it no bluetooth no tunes unless from i tunes madness

Mike
Mike

I mistakenly bought an iPhone…sucks ass…almost every site I go to where i wanna watch a video you need Adobe Flash..and since Jobs hates Flash, I can't watch about 80% of the vidoes I want!

Trading it in for a Nokia!

Alex
Alex

I'd pick N8 anyday. This article is crap.

appleforlosers
appleforlosers

Another apple fanyboy with his head up steve jobs ass. Yes symbian^1 has resulted in nokia being left behind in the smart phone market the past couple of years but this phone is running the new symbin^3. Typical to write off nokia without having used the new symbian^3 what a knob.

Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky

The Symbian OS is far more efficient with regards to processor and memory usage. Without having used the device, you're unqualified- at best- to comment on the shortcomings of the processors clock speed at this time. Faster processors mean more draw on your battery. Nokia could have easily put a 1Ghz+ chip in the N8- but if it doesn't need it because the OS, while not as flashy and dumbed down as some alternatives, is technically far more advanced and efficient- why would you? Answer- so that tech writers who don't know jack about Symbian won't write the product off… Read more »

Peter Chubb
Peter Chubb

Peter Chubb you are chubb. This article is crap. The Symbian is designed to run smooth without needing a uber fast cpu. Instead of pumping Ghz into the device Nokia took time to develop the OS.

Will
Will

Pointless article. People rely on facts too much, especially journalists who know nothing about what they’re writing. Processing power doesn’t mean much, if you recall Apple computers for a while were not as powerful as PCs pushing fast hardware because their operating system ran it well. Symbian is not as intensive as Android and will run just fine at that speed, perhaps even better compared to some Android phones that are skinned. Wait til you get the phone in your hand before you write dumb reviews.

Kev
Kev

I agree with Adrian. You cannot compare if you haven’t seen it and touched it man.

Stoney
Stoney

1. Symbian currently holds the market share. As possibly their last Symbian offering, it should be a goody?
2. The iPhone also has an inaccessible battery – so no difference.
3. How can you come up with such damning conclusions without backing them up with facts?

This article talks the talk but has no substantiation whatsoever – so just looks like a poorly thought out personal opinion rather than a serious attempt at journalism.

ricegf
ricegf

"There were rumors that Nokia were considering a move to Windows Phone 7, and although there is no evidence of this – it does show the failings of Symbian." I heard a rumor that Apple would be coming out with the "iPhone7", which will also feature Windows Phone 7. There's no evidence of this, but it does show the failings of iOS. iPhone's $299 price tag plus over $100 a month plan (for unlimited voice and tethering) could be the deciding factor on how well the iPhone does, but with cheaper Android handsets and far cheaper plans on the market… Read more »

FSa
FSa

Agree 100 % with Adrian!

Richard
Richard

lol, was this article sponsored by Apple??

richie
richie

i also agree this article was a waste of time to read. symbian OS isnt a drawback unlike the iphone OS it can multitask, an ability im sure the IOS 4 still hasnt been able to properly resolve, they both share an internal battery so how is that a disadvantage, and as far as price is concerned isnt the original iphone still selling for more than the n8.
this article was written to pander to the ego of the ever "superficial" iphone crowd.

Roger Johnson
Roger Johnson

It's a shame you've published this story. The points against the N8 are total lies, and have been proven so. Read: http://mynokiablog.com/2010/09/26/rant-5-reasons-

devNull
devNull

You clearly have never tried running 2 different operating systems on the same hardware – chip speed is not the be all and end all of performance. If the N8 Symbian OS is more efficient than iOS / Android and therefore doesn't need such a fast chip to achieve the same performance, why bother sticking a massive, battery-drinking processor in there..?

Adrian
Adrian

You need to look at the phone and what it does with the hardware before comparing. That article was an absolute waste of time. One of their points was that N8 can't beat iPhone because they both have batteries that cannot be removed. How is that an argument against the N8 when the iPhone has exactly the same fault? I know it pulls readers to have such a provocative header but articles like this http://bit.ly/9qDTBz have adequately rebutted the iphone article.

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