Sunday, May 02, 2010

Nokia N8: First Impression

The news surrounding the recently confirmed Nokia N8 mobile computer has been spreading like a wildfire, and while at first I was a bit disappointed in everything from the look of the device itself to the lackluster look of Symban^3 screenshots. I didn't want to be too quick to judge a device (as I did with the N97), so I waited. And I waited, and I waited until I began to see the true potential of the N8 unveil itself through images and videos. Then I saw the amazing images and video captured with the device itself (wow!). But still I waited, and the news began to reach the many sites and blogs I subscribe to via my RSS reader. The thoughts and opinions pushed and pulled at the Nokia N8 in ways I have not seen in a very long time.

The wait is over. My thoughts on the potential of the Nokia N8 grew from one of disappointment to one of sheer excitement. The Nokia N8 is the big bad wolf from the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The remarkable 12MP camera that can also capture HD video (all the better to see with my dear...). The nearly impossible to believe peta-band radio to make this the first real "world phone" from Nokia (all the better to hear with my dear...). The quick and nimble Symbian^3 powering the fast CPU and utilising the nice amount of memory of the device (all the better to run with my dear...). With so much going on into one device, and so much hype growing around it, I think the biggest teeth the Nokia N8 will show its price. €370 before taxes (all the better to eat you up with my dear!).

So, while the Nokia N8 is the start of the next generation of mobile computers, and my adoration of the device has grown since the web caught the first glimpses of what would be the N8, it may not be my next mobile device. Not because I don't want one, but because I know there will inevitably be a Nokia N9 not far behind it, as well as the firs MeeGo device from Nokia coming soon. It will likely be a showdown between those two for the thrown that the Nokia N97 currently sits. With that said, I'm really excited about the Nokia N8 and what it could do for Nokia and the world of mobile. I certainly look forward to lots of nicely taken 12MP photos and HD videos uploaded to the various video streaming sites.

It's finally time when power, portability, and affordability come together to push the mobile future forward with much force. It's a good time to save toward a new mobile computer.


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