Nokia N8 review: First look

We take a look at the eagerly-anticipated Nokia N8, the Finnish manufacturer’s first smartphone to run on the brand-spanking new Symbian^3 OS.

The Nokia N8 is Nokia's most exciting handset since the introduction of the Communicator range. Moving away from Nokia's boring mid-range portfolio, the N8 definitely brings a new lease of life to the Finnish manufacturer.

The first thing you'll notice is that the S60 operating system has been scrapped in favour of Nokia's newest platform, Symbian^3. It's an evolution of S60, but brings in elements of the Maemo UI so it is much more usable. We found it to be pretty stable, especially considering our N8 is a pre-production sample. Symbian^3 is very similar to other touchscreen operating systems. There are three homescreens and each can hold up to 24 widgets, bookmarks and shortcuts.

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Apps are downloaded from Nokia's Ovi Store, but it still needs a lot of work - the selection available is limited in comparison to Android, but this isn't surprising considering Android has been around for a couple of years and the N8 is the first Symbian^3 device. Apps developed for S60 5th Edition should be compatible with Symbian^3.

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