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July 20, 2010

Nokia N8

The Nokia N8 is a new breed of Nokia device. It’s a true mobile entertainment system and it has a brand-new OS to boot. Grabbing the headlines – along with the handset – is the Symbian^3 OS, and boy does the Nokia N8 show it off. On the device there’s a choice of three fully customisable homescreens, improved gestures, new cover flow for music, streamlined menus and support for HD recording. But it’s not just the OS that has us salivating over the Nokia N8.


Where do we start? There’s the 12-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, the ability to record high definition videos along with the ability to edit them on the move, the Dolby surround sound tech and the dedicated Web TV application.

Have we forgotten anything? Oh, how about the HDMI connector, 3.5-inch HD capacitive touchscreen, 16GB of built-in storage that’s expandable to 48GB with a microSD card, free walk and drive navigation, and that’s all just under the hood.

Not to be outdone by its innards, the Nokia N8’s case is carved from a single piece of anodised aluminium and looks glorious decked in one of five eye-catching colours.

If you only do one thing

Become a movie star. With the Nokia N8’s HD video smarts you’ll be making your own motion pictures in no time. We’ve already caught a glimpse of the phone in action with the sample video and we’ve caught up with the man behind the lens, Damian Dinning to find out how to capture the best videos. So, get your clipper board out and…action!


Flummoxed by HDMI? Here are a few pointers to help clear things up:

  • HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface.
  • It’s a single cable that combines uncompressed 100 per cent digital HD video and audio signals for pure connection that can deliver true surround sound.
  • The first HDMI cable was deigned on December 10th 2002 by the HDMI group and by September 2003 over 40 products had been released with HDMI inputs.
  • The advantage of HDMI over analogue and video-out is three fold:
  • Ease-of-use: HDMI combines video and multi-channel audio into a single cable;
  • Intelligence: HDMI supports two-way communication between the video source (mobile phone) and the TV;
  • Less clutter: Just plug the one cable in and you’re ready for high-definition movie watching.