My turn to test out my brother's dark gray N8 (ordering from newegg for him). Some random initial thoughts/questions below.
The device is normally very snappy, with smoothly animated transitions between home screens (you get 3 that you can swipe around), but it will occasionally seize up for a second or so.
I definitely hit those occasional seizing up, especially when it is doing background stuff like downloading/installing apps/contents.
It's similar to the 1st Gen iPhone in that regard, but when it's fast, feels as snappy as a 3GS.
Agree, but compared to the latest iPhone 4 and the faster Android devices sometimes the N8 feels like it can
An update to Ovi Maps (3.06) added pinch zoom to the app. Unfortunately, it also forced me to redownload all my GPS maps - the USA maps were 1.8 GB!
Question: Ovi store does not have the 3.06 beta yet, is it ok to download from betalabs? Will it properly "overwrite" the "retail" 3.04? 1.8GB is good stuff, that's what my unlimited data plan is screaming for. BTW, I was grabbing 300MB+ worth of stuff from Ovi store and the device did get a bit warm with all the radios working at full 3.5G blast. Battery also drained pretty fast. Now that I have battery monitor I can tell at what rate battery is dropping. The default meter really sucks that needs to be fixed asap.
Sadly, there is still no portrait QWERTY keyboard, even with Swype installed, although Opera Mobile (not included) very handily has its inbuilt portrait keyboard which is very similar to the iPhone's.
Coming from dumbphones with physical keys this is my first full touch phone for day-to-day use. I already knew that my touch screen typing sucks, with typos and slow speed whenever I happen to grab friend's Android/iOS/WP7 (yes, even the big screen Focus I have trouble hitting the keys) devices. It seems like I have grown really accustomed to physical keys that my thumbs always hit the screen at a rather tilted angle instead of vertically hitting the spots. This may also contribute to me missing touches from time to time. Like I did touch the glass but the button may not respond from time to time, or it did respond when I did not want to. Case in point is clicking on a selection vs flick-to-scroll in a list. Sometimes it just does not do what I wanted. May be a getting used to thing, but I felt like the Focus has a more sensitive screen. It may be the default protective screen that is affecting this?
The 3.5" with portrait qwerty may not be suitable for clumsy people like me, unless they have good predictive text. I don't even know what will happen for people with the C6-01 who have to deal with an even smaller 3.2" screen.
It can play 720p videos and supports H.264, MPEG4, VC1 and a variety of file formats (I've had success with mkv, avi, mpg, mp4 but not vob or m4v). For audio, it plays mp3, aac, ac3 and wma but not flac.
MKV and WMV files are hit and miss for me so far. I sent a bunch of files over USB-on-the-go, BT, USB mass storage and "phone device mode" (MTP?) and of them, 1 mkv played audio but not video, and 1 wmv played video but not audio. Strange. MP4 files I expect to be no problem, except may be if it has mutliple embedded streams of audio/subtitles. I will dig up some mkv's with those as well.
Tried the camera with the default protector sheet on. I thought it was clear enough to take pictures but most pictures came out foggy. Need to confirm with the thing off to see if I received a bad unit or something. No power off problems so far but I'm only 24 hours into the thing.
By far my biggest WTF complaint is Unicode characters: browser, file names and ID3 tags. Opera 10 luckily can show non-English characters (Chinese to be exact). My Sony Ericsson dumbphones can display Unicode file names a long time ago. Android has support right out of the gate. WTF this is 2010 and you still give me squares!?!?
I don't want to play tricks like flashing a different country firmware and stuff. This is actually an under-the-hood fix that needs to happen ASAP at the same time as the browser. Opera 10 is nice but no multi-touch zoom yet, so there are compromises that need to be made. For me, if this does not get fix soon it is my deal breaker and I will be forced to learn the ways of the little green dude (just like Yoda?).
Apps installed so far (in addition to all the free Tron and trailer videos I have been downloading):
- Angry Birds - reminded me of the gorilla throwing banana thing back in QBasic, but nice time killer and good battery drainer
- Tron Legacy - hard to control but it looks cool, so I guess I will learn to play with it
- Nokia Battery Monitor 1.2 - no need to sideload it for me
- Sensible Sudoku - haven't tried yet, but only the handful that is free
- UpCode - have to try it some time too
- Opera 10.1 - as above
- Speedometer - will try tomorrow when I go out on the road
- Swype - haven't hit a mistake yet, I can see it saving my a** because I suck so hard at touch screen typing
Edit: one other weird thing that I noticed: If I hit the home/menu key and bring up the "Menu" app and then hit Exit, it does not completely quit the app (shown by the task manager or Options -> Show open applications)? However, if I go Options -> Exit from within the "Menu" app it completely exits it. I understand that keeping the Menu app in the background may have its uses, but is this just some inconsistency bug or what?
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