Review: Nokia N8
Contacts and other negatives
I understand you dislikes on certain UI features, but some like and some don't. I like most of them.
There are some comments and disagreements I would like to share
"They are clumsy, and not as simple as those offered by others. For example, it took efforts across multiple days to even create an Ovi account."
Creating Ovi account took multiple days? Really? Never heard from anyone.
Nokia N8 has excellent and intuitive contact application that not only work as simple contact application but extends its reach to Social media. When I got my N8 I first used Mail for Exchange to synchronize my company's Exchange email, calendar and contact with my N8 (took 10 minutes including synchronize time).
Second was to use new feature and link most important contact with facebook using Contacts application. So, What did I get from that? When I want to communicate with someone, I just select her name from contact list. Then I can decide from same screen if I want to call her, send sms, call video call, send email to office address or private address, send facebook message or check her facebook status. Interesting is also that her facebook profile picture is always visible in contact application and also if you have selected that contact to favorites widget at home screens. Everything inside Contact application. Cool!
I prefer connecting people.
"The lack of native social networking applications is a severe blow"
Why is there third party social media apps if native are better? And as I said I prefer connecting people not connecting facebook and twitter separately, I want tools work with multiple services. As Symbian^3 contact is showing with Nokia Social Network app.
"I was unable to get the Exchange app to work with Gmail"
Yes, as you see it is Mail for Exchange not Gmail. It is not supposed to work with gmail.
"The one wacked-out thing is that if you want threaded messaging, you have to choose the "Conversations" inbox. The regular "Inbox" shows only in-line texts as they come. Every other smartphone platform does a better job of threaded text messaging. "
Really? That is you opinion. Some like "conversations" style and some don't. Nokia gives you make up your own damn mind. Key is choice.
"It costs a full $550. That's more than twice as much as the competition"
This same bullshit again comparing non-subsidized to subsidized price. Subsidized price tells only you first payment, it has nothing to do with how much phone really costs. Rest of phone cost will be hidden into your monthly costs and other fees. You can't be that naive.