It’s been a long road, but Nokia’s N8 handset is now available in the UK. The device can be had from free on from all major networks starting at £25 a month, or can be had for £429 SIM-free in stores.
Among its many features, it offers a 12-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss Lens, autofocus, and Xenon flash, is capable of 720p video capture, and has an HDMI output. The 3.5in display has 640 x 360 resolution, and has 16GB of memory built-in with an microSD card slot available for more. It’s also available in a range of colours, - black, silver, orange, blue, and green, though the latter is exclusive to Vodafone.
As its new flagship handset analysts have placed a lot of pressure on the device to kick-start Nokia’s resurgence in the high-end smartphone market. Nokia has been under pressure for some time from the popularity of Apple and Android handsets, and the firm now has a resurgent Windows Phone 7 to deal with too. Indeed, Microsoft has revamped its OS to such a degree that even renowned Apple evangelist Stephen Fry was full of praise for the revised OS. Early reviews suggest that while the N8 is indeed a feature fest of impressive hardware, the decision to go with a revised Symbian^3, wasn’t necessarily the wisest choice, so it will be interesting to see how the N8, and Nokia itself, fare over the coming months.