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I remember one of the first mobile phones I ever used being a Nokia 5110i. It was among Nokia’s earliest of devices that packed an easy to use and straightforward interface in a supremely well-built package. Since we didn’t have as many phone launches each month back then as there are stars in the sky, the 5110i served me very well for more than three years without showing any signs of aging. That was in the mid to late 90’s. Fast forward to the end of this decade and we see Nokia’s current flagship, the N8-00, continuing to hold on to the Nokia tradition of building what are arguably some of the best constructed mobile devices on the market.

In many ways, with the Nokia N8-00 (referred to as the N8 from here on) it seems as though Nokia let its hardware and industrial design teams have a field day; this phone feels almost over engineered when held in your hands. While the current flagship demonstrates Nokia’s engineering prowess quite well, previous models seemed to epitomize what I felt was the company’s philosophy; build the software around the hardware. This worked just perfectly for as long as mobile phones were just that, devices used to make and receive calls and/or texts. Sometime in the last decade, Apple, Google, Palm and Microsoft redefined mobile experiences, and as a result old flaws have slowly become gaping holes in the Finnish device manufacturer’s proverbial armor.
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Even though Nokia builds solid hand phone, I find Symbian very outdated and hard to use compared to the likes of Android, Windows Mobile 7 and IOS.
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Indeed. I spent around 650 euros for a n97 when it first came out and i keep regretting it everyday. Only because of its OS. Its really, really bad..at least compared to the rest. I wish we could be able to switch OS on phones .
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If that phone had android I would have bought it, when I read a review about it a while back, I wad turned off by the os.
    
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The OS seems to be its best and worst friend.

The good end is the OS is very heavily optimized, allowing them to use a lower clocked CPU, allowing for a smaller battery for the same battery-life target.

The bad side is that the OS might not be as mature GUI-wise compared to android, and is lacking the apps.
    
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The phone looks great, but Nokia is still insisting on using Symbian which is like a huge anchor holding them back!
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i'm not a fan of Anadtech doing general tech reviews. they were better IMO when they were concentrate

and yeah, Nokia needs to drop Symbian if the want to compete with WinMo (yes, Windows Mobile Classic), WP7, iOS, and Android

it worked in 07, not now...
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Anandtech and cell phones? Really?
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It would be very stupid for Nokia to drop Symbian for numerous reasons.
They should consider a name change for Symbian in the US market after the next major upgrade. I believe that would do the trick.


They should puke out a slim mainstream (200-250€) qwerty slideout running Symbian 3.
C6-00 features, but not that crappy Symbian S60 5th OS. Less plastic and clunky look.
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Anandtech and cell phones? Really?
They have been doing the best reviews on smartphones for the better part of a year now.
    
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