By James Ratemo in Nairobi
Technology has revolutionalised social networking and online journalism as handheld gadgets gain prominence over laptops and PCs.
It is now easy to quickly capture compelling pictures and videos and share them quickly online.
Seemingly mobile phone manufacturers are targeting sophisticated users as can be proven from Nokia’s latest smartphone, N8 and Apple’s I-phone 4.
With the Nokia’s latest flagship smartphone users can easily create compelling content, connect to their favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and Ovi Store apps.
The N8 (formerly known as the Nokia N98) comes with a high-quality Carl-Zeiss/Tessar camera, with 12 megapixels.
The iPhone, whilst sporting a greatly improved camera aspect, only brings 5-megapixels to the table.
Nokia has its Ovi Store, which is stocked full of a lot of interesting, useful and innovative services, widgets, games and apps – such as Ovi Maps.
One user argues Apple is to apps what Google is to search and, for this reason, not even Android – can compete with the iPhone 4 on this front.
The general argument has been applications on the iPhone are far superior than those found on both Android, RIM, Windows.
The Nokia N8 camera can record in High Definition and comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and 480×800 pixels screen, which is identical to the screen of the N900.
On the other hand the iPhone 4, which has an impressive 640 x 960 pixel display, is the same size as the Nokia N8’s. Apple has also included its highly debated Retina Display technology, which experts have reported to be very impressive.
With the Nokia N8 12 MP camera for capturing photos and 720p HD video, its Carl Zeiss optics and the Xenon flash means one can take great pictures, even in low-light conditions.
Shoot HD Video with the Nokia N8
You can now shoot 720p HD video on your mobile phone, with excellent audio quality provided by two recording microphones. Complete your multimedia experience by connecting an HDMI cable direct to your home theatre system and enjoy 5.1 Dolby Surround sound.
Now available in Nokia distributor and retail outlets as well as Safaricom retail centers the gadget which is causing sensation among techies will retail at around sh42,000.
“With the N8, and the new Symbian software, we are bringing a familiar, faster and more intuitive user experience to the world’s most popular smartphone platform.The Nokia N8 has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders in Nokia history and we are thrilled to start sale of the N8 in Kenya, the first of Nokia’s new Symbian smartphone range,” said Ken Oyolla, General Manager for Nokia East and Southern Africa.
“To appeal to today’s high-end buyers, smartphones have to be enjoyable, useful and beautiful. Ease of use, excellent multimedia performance and elegant design are all essential elements of the package,” Oyolla told The Standard.
12 megapixel camera
The Nokia N8 introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras.
This means bloggers and online journalists need not have a separate cameraa for quick sharable photos.
The handset offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite.
Doubling as a portable entertainment center, people can enjoy HD quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system.
The Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic.
Additional local Web TV content is also available from the Ovi Store.
Social networking is second nature to the Nokia N8. People can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar.
Like other Nokia smartphones, the Nokia N8 comes with free Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation in more than 70 countries worldwide, with no hidden costs. The latest beta release of Ovi Maps is also available for download from Nokia Beta Labs for the Nokia N8. It features visibility to public transport in 85 cities around the world, as well as real-time traffic, safety camera alerts, visibility to parking and petrol stations, and speed limit warnings.
Powering the Nokia N8 is Symbian 3, the latest edition of the world’s most used smartphone software, which introduces several major advances, including support for gestures such as multi touch, flick scrolling and pinch-zoom.
The Nokia N8 also offers multiple, personalizable homescreens which can be loaded with apps and widgets.
The new 2D and 3D graphics architecture in the platform takes full advantage of the Nokia N8’s hardware acceleration to deliver a faster and more responsive user interface. Symbian^3 also raises the bar in performance by delivering greater memory management allowing more applications to run in parallel for a faster multi-tasking experience.
Getting Qt for Developers
The Nokia N8 is Nokia’s first device to be integrated with Qt, a software development environment that simplifies the development and makes it possible to build applications once and deploy across Symbian and other software platforms. Nokia has also made the powerful and simple to use Nokia Qt SDK available, in its initial beta, to enable developers to start realizing the potential of Qt.