All About Symbian - Nokia (S60) and Sony Ericsson (UIQ) smartphones unwrapped

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Old 17-11-2010, 05:56 PM
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Has anyone moved from an iPhone to the N8?

Has anyone moved from an iPhone to the N8?

I am thinking about it and I'm wondering what pros and cons others have found.

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Old 17-11-2010, 06:02 PM
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That is an interesting question, may I ask why you consider changing?

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Old 17-11-2010, 06:24 PM
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That is an interesting question, may I ask why you consider changing?

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I have a couple of reasons.

As has been pretty well reported, the iPhone is a great little Internet tablet and app platform but it sucks as a phone. Signal strength on any network is always considerably weaker than for my old N95. I'm not talking about bars on the signal meter. I am talking about clarity of calls and the ability to actually make or receive a call.

I would also like to go back to having a good camera on my phone. I have noticed that I have taken far fewer pictures in the last year whilst I have been using the iPhone.

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Old 17-11-2010, 06:32 PM
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Thank you for the explanation, I seem to hear that a lot from iPhone owners, all I can say is you wont be disappointed.
No I do not have theiPhone but a lot of friends have them.

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Old 17-11-2010, 11:29 PM
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ive been a nokia user for years back to the 6680 in terms of symbian

after the n97 i grabbed an iphone4 as i knew the selling price was good and the n8 wasnt out yet

i enjoyed my time with the iphone4 its a nice phone and does stuff well infact id go as far as too say it has the best touch screen on any device in terms of sensitivity and useabillity

the gaming is superb and game center has added to this but i found when the device wow factor wore off i was left with a phone that was good for playing games and for internet and music

the camera is terrible with fake colours and awfull flash , the connectivity terrible , the ui gets boring ie i have to hack to change themes and sms tones , itunes is ok but annoying having to use it and only being able to sync 5 pc's , annoying having apple cables like charger and tv out cable , not alot of codec support , no flash in web , weak signal in low areas

like i say i did enjoy the iphone4 for the what 3 months i had it but iam glad to have the n8 which offers alot more in terms of versatillity to a power user and even the average user

you can use the camera at night , you can connect to hd tellys , plays divx/avi etc out of box , any tv out cable works , two methods of charging one universal , usb2go , better signal , more sturdy design metal vs glass , all cables in the box for handset , fm transmitter for other peoples cars etc , bluetooth mouse and keyboard combo , 3d gaming on tv out or hdmi out , plaing sat nav directions via fm transmitter , uploading pics from camera to n8 on the fly via usb2go then emailing them there and then in the hilltops , using usb2go to copy data from the n8 to a sd card so you can free memory up on the n8 etc etc etc

the n8 does everything the iphone4 does , somethings it doesnt do as pretty but the o/s is just as functinal if not even more so as you have more options and customabillity etc and dont have to void your warranty just to install a theme apple doesnt want you to have

you can get the n8 for 330 compared to the iphone4 16gb model at about 500 thats a big price difference i pocketed a load of cash and got a great phone in the n8 which is just so much more versatile then the iphone

i had a 32gb iphone4 and got 500 for it , i got the n8 on release day and paid 430 so onl made 70s but you could easily get 400-500 for the iphone4 and get the n8 for 330 so youd make at least 70 quid and get a great handset

not everyone is the same though and we all have different tastes you may love the iphone4 and hate the n8 but its a good phone and worth checking out

i certainly havent missed it and like i say after the wow factors worn off on the iphone4 your not left with much apart from a good gaming platform and music and internet tablet type device

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Old 17-11-2010, 11:32 PM
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I own both

an iPhone 4 and an N8.

I use my N8 as my personal phone and use the iPhone for work related stuff. With a couple of exceptions.

Facebook and web browsing. the iPhone is better in both these.

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Old 17-11-2010, 11:58 PM
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plaing sat nav directions via fm transmitter
Can you explain how you achieved that please? I had been looking forward to that feature but when I tried it the phone displayed a message stating that the FM transmitter was being disabled while navigation was in use.

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Old 18-11-2010, 10:07 AM
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A friend at work switched, he wrote about it here: http://neverandforever.com/wp/chrono...view/#comments

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Old 18-11-2010, 11:13 AM
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an iPhone 4 and an N8.

I use my N8 as my personal phone and use the iPhone for work related stuff. With a couple of exceptions.

Facebook and web browsing. the iPhone is better in both these.
The iOS facebook client is by far and away the best of them all - be it Android, iOS, Symbian, WM ..... it really is slick.

The Symbian social application tries to be clever and merge Twitter and Facebook streams into one and doesn't do either particularly well.

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Old 18-11-2010, 06:36 PM
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Thanks for all the feedback.

I have been using a 3GS for about 18 months, mainly because my company only supports iphones and blackberry for calendar sync and vpn access.

Thats still going to be an issue but I'm thinking of maybe moving to an N8 and iPad. Maybe the best thing would be to get an N8 from a web store where I can return it if I can't live with the keyboard etc. I really need to try it out to see whether it will be too limiting in my company environment.

I did have a play with an iphone 4 today. Not particularly impressed. There didn't seem to be much improvement over the 3GS. The camera seemed quite quick and fairly decent under flourescent lights but I've read too much about poor colours and white balance.

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Old 18-11-2010, 06:40 PM
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Forgot to mention that I don't care at all about social networks.
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Old 19-11-2010, 01:08 PM
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Can you explain how you achieved that please? I had been looking forward to that feature but when I tried it the phone displayed a message stating that the FM transmitter was being disabled while navigation was in use.
start music via fm trasmitter then try using sat nav it should either pause your music or lower the volume of the music

i mainly use bluetooth connection for streaming so id have to double check let me know if the above doesnt work

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Old 19-11-2010, 10:42 PM
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Thanks, just tried that and the music did keep streaming via FM but the navigation instructions came from the phone speaker only. The music did fade during instructions though.

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Old 27-11-2010, 10:39 AM
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Thanks for all the comments guys.

I have decided not to switch right now but I'll be keeping my eye on what else Nokia brings out over the next 6 - 12 months.

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Old 28-11-2010, 10:21 AM
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I had an iphone 4 for one week and hated the fact that to do anything decent, I needed to jail break it. It didnt help when the phone was also SIM Locked to a different provider and had accidentally updated it to the latest firmware and baseband. Not worth the hassle.. Better off with my N8/N900/Ipod touch combo if you ask me!
 

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