A two-week date with Nate

For two weeks, I will be putting a Nokia N8 mobile phone (Also commonly called: “Nate”) to the test: Will the device survive me, the very demanding user?

I will be updating this post everyday for two weeks to let you know how things are going with Nate and myself. The opinion expressed is personal and subjective. Please note that I was not paid for this review.

Do not hesitate to give me your own views about the device if you tried or have one as well as help me when I’m stuck with something since each phone has an operating logic of it’s own or even explain the weird things I experience. 🙂

05 April 2011: Day 1

I received the Nokia N8 today. Got it ready to be used.

What I liked:

  • No need to take the battery off and break a nail while trying to insert the SIM card.
  • I like the conversation log. I find that useful and helpful as well.
  • During a phone call the sound is amazingly clear.
  • The keyboard is fast and easy to use.
  • I consider the weight and size of the phone to be acceptable.
  • The screen size is just right.
  • There are 3 home screens.
  • Phone looks classy and professional.

What I did not like:

  • It was not easy to open the SIM card slot. (So much for my nail polish 😛 )
  • Slider inside is not “circular”. When I’m on the end of the list, I have to take the ladder back up to reach the first item on the same list.
  • I couldn’t preview a theme before applying its effects.
  • I couldn’t move the widgets from one home screen to another, I have to delete them and add them back again on the home screen I want.
  • I couldn’t disconnect easily from the GPRS connection.
  • I couldn’t delete an access point.
  • I couldn’t prioritize my access points the way I wanted them.
  • Screen flips vertically sometimes although I’m holding the phone horizontally.
  • After I installed Nimbuzz, the screen froze and the system restarted by itself.
  • As I was trying to check in on Foursquare, the system froze and I had to restart the phone

06 April 2011

I started to get used to the phone. I tried to make a few photos with the “Carl Zeiss Tessar 2.8/28 12 MP AF” Ccamera, calls and play around with it.

What I liked:

  • The camera produces really nice pictures.
  • It’s really easy to share/send the pictures.
  • There is a luminous signal for notifications that I failed to check on time.
  • Long battery life.

What I did not like:

  • It’s really complicated to text with one hand.
  • For a right handed person holding the device with the right hand, the natural movement to flip the phone horizontally is toward the left. For the left handed, it’s the opposite. BUT in this case, the screen won’t flip! Were the “lefties” forgotten?
  • To call a person existing on my contact list, I need to press more buttons on the Nokia N8 than on the E72 (the model I’ve been using before this review.)
  • Humm… What’s up with Foursquare? Doesn’t want to work!
  • No flashlight. (Which I use a LOT)

07 April 2011

Today, I went out and about. I used the phone to make and answer some phone calls. I noticed a that some people around also have the same model which started a conversation about the features of the phone. One lady mentioned that she found it hard to use at first and keeps on discovering “new tricks” every day.

08 April 2011 to 15 April 2011

Usage picked up. So far so good. I am using the phone and the camera regularly. No new notes to add to the previous ones.


I can say that the past 2 weeks were interesting. I was discovering a new phone. I think that Nate could be improved at bit which would be for its advantage of course. Now the ultimate questions:

  • Would I buy it? Honestly, no. My lifestyle and Nate don’t really match.
  • Would I recommend it? If you don’t mind the cons I listed, sure! 🙂


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