Nokia N8 Delayed for US Customers Until the End of October

 

The new Nokia N8 might be shipping, but customers in the United States are in for a rude surprise. The N8 won’t be available until the end of October here in the States. Nokia might still be holding the title of the most used smartphone in the world, but its market share in the US is quite small compared to the iPhone, BlackBerry and the rapidly gaining Android OS based smartphones. This month delay sure doesn’t help Nokia out.

Here is an overview of what the N8 packs:

  • 3.5” screen at 640 x 360 pixels with AMOLED technology
  • 4.47” x 2.32” x 0.51” (HxWxD)
  • 4.76 oz
  • b/g/n Wi-Fi support
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • FM Radio and transmitter
  • microUSB
  • HDMI output
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • microSD support
  • A-GPS
  • 12 MP camera with flash and auto focus
  • 720p HD video recording
  • $549 price tag through Nokia

Phew, Nokia is packing a lot into such a small phone. The big question is, does anyone want a smartphone from Nokia? This smartphone might have some of the best hardware available, including a gorgeous camera, but the truth of the matter is, it is still a Nokia. That means the user interface just isn’t what smartphone users in the US have come to expect. Basically, if you’re used to Android OS, iOS or BlackBerry OS, you’ll be disappointed. The N8 is like a feature phone on steroids. If it ran Android this would be a dream phone, but unfortunately, it doesn’t. Maybe Nokia will wake up one day and realize that its US based customers expect an operating system, not a set of features hastily thrown together that remind them of the early 2000s.

Are you going to be getting one of these? Even the clunky operating system can’t put a dent in the fact that the N8 is gorgeous, fast and fun. The Nokia faithful will love it, but if you use your smartphone for apps and social networking, then you might want to use one for a little bit before you make a decision.

Let me know what you think of the N8 in the comments and let’s hope it ships here sooner than expected. Is Nokia intentionally trying to dig its own grave?

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