I remember one of the first mobile phones I ever used being a Nokia 5110i. It was among Nokiaâ€™s earliest of devices that packed an easy to use and straightforward interface in a supremely well-built package. Since we didnâ€™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 90â€™s. Fast forward to the end of this decade and we see Nokiaâ€™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 Nokiaâ€™s engineering prowess quite well, previous models seemed to epitomize what I felt was the companyâ€™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 manufacturerâ€™s proverbial armor.