Of the four new Symbian devices, the Nokia C6-01 is likely to be the handset that sells in the greatest volume. This little smartphone packs almost as much power as its larger cousins, while delivering it in a much smarter (dare I say more feminine) style than the 'hard' look of the Nokia N8. And while the Symbian OS is largely identical to that in the other recently released handsets, the C6-01 has a different target audience for its software and hardware. So how does the hardware stand up in the first part of my Nokia C6-01 review.
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Continuing our definitive review of the Nokia N8 (see also part 1 (hardware), part 2 (camera), part 3 (multimedia and games), part 4 (email, web, connectivity) and part 5 (real world, performance, application set, homescreens)), I look specifically at some of the cutting edge technology that makes the Nokia N8 (and its sister devices, such as the E7 and C7) stand out in today's smartphone world. Read on for part 6 of my N8 review.
A week or two ago, Rafe brought us his first impressions of the Nokia C7, concluding that the core distinguishing factor between C7 and N8 is the camera, in that if you didn't need the N8's monster 12 megapixel/Xenon camera module then the C7 was a better bet for most people. It therefore makes sense to look straight away at the camera features of the C7 itself - are they good enough for you and will the limitations of the C7's snaps ultimately disappoint? Read on for part 2 of our Nokia C7 coverage....
In part 5 of our Nokia N8 review, I look at the device's speed, responding to criticism of the speed of some common operations, at the N8's application set, at Symbian^3 additions such as the contact quick dialler and extended homescreen, at User Interface quirks that remain, and at general compatibility. See also part 1 (hardware), part 2 (camera), part 3 (multimedia and games) and part 4 (email, web, connectivity) of our definitive N8 review, plus my head to head comparison with an Android camera-centric flagship.
Two weeks on from availability of the Nokia N8, its sleeker, smaller and cheaper sister device, the C7, appears in retail packaging - and I've been putting it through its paces. Rather than diving into a full, exhaustive review part (we're still wading through N8 material), I've opted to bring you my first impressions, based on a few days with the C7, and tentatively suggest that, camera aside, with its appealing design, removable battery and slimmer form factor, it's possibly the better device of the two. Read on...
In part 4 of our Nokia N8 review, I look at the email system, messaging improvements and the new multi-touch-aware version of Web in the launch firmware. Importantly, I also look in detail at the various methods of text input and correction, essential to efficient use of these applications. See also part 1 (hardware), part 2 (camera) and part 3 (multimedia and games) of our definitive N8 review.
In part 2 of our Nokia N8 review, I looked in detail at its camera and camcorder functions, loving the raw capture but bemoaning shortcomings in the supporting software. But what about media that you bring in from outside? Videos, music, streaming media, action games - can the N8 complete with the iPhones, Android phones and personal media players on the market? And how useful are the extras, the onboard video and photo editors?
Following the text-heavy part 1 of our Nokia N8 review, here's part 2, concentrating on the biggest Unique Selling Point of the device - it's 12 megapixel camera and 720p camcorder functions. Comparing it to previous Nokia camera phone champions, the N82 and N86 8MP, plus a run in with the only Xenon-equipped phone in the Android world, I put the N8's optics and sensor through their paces and deliver a verdict: is it as good as most people say it is? Were my worries over the unprotected camera glass justified? And what about usability?
The retail version of the Nokia N8 (and first retail firmware) is finally here and I have been exploring it intensively over the last few days. Read on for what I liked (and didn't like) about the N8 hardware and overall interface. With Symbian^3 under the hood, as well as a truck load of Nokia-written additions, there's a lot to explore though, and this is is just part 1 of a multi-part review. Watch this space for much, much more on the Nokia N8, as the vanguard of a new range of smartphones from Nokia as well as being a camera phone extraordinaire....
Nokia's mission for the forward-facing, messaging-centric QWERTY market (think Blackberry)? Take the best selling E71/E63/E72 concept, interpret it in 2010 design language, beef up the internals and try to sell it for as low a price as possible while making as few compromises as possible. The result is the E5, announced way back in April but, surprisingly, not available until now.