Nokia knocks back N8
Delayed to tweak user experience
It's official: Nokia has delayed the release of its N8 smartphone by a month.
Originally set to ship direct from Nokia at the end of September, with operators getting the handset early in October, Nokia's UK N8 pre-order page now says the device will arrive at the "end of October".
Tweets from operator insiders and analysts, and other rumours had hinted at N8 software problems, but Nokia has only said that it is holding the handset back in order to "ensure a great user experience", according to the company, by way of Dutch-language site All About Nokia Phones.
The Pamela Anderson-promoted handset promises "flick scrolling and pinch-to-zoom, plus a faster and more responsive user interface", along with a 12Mp camera capable of recording HD video. It has HDMI output.
You can read Reg Hardware's hands-on first thoughts about the N8 here. ®
Is all this testing resulting in better products...?
No offence intended, but this post sounds like it comes from an employee Nokia.
They made a rod for their own back by announcing two dates and missing both of them.
And I really doubt Nokia do so much more thorough testing than their rivals. Their phones ship with software defects and brain dead UI decisions.
To quote satan:
Real Artists Ship.
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"It'll be mid September".
"Errr, no, early October for definite".
"No, can't make that, but we'll definitely have it ready by the end of October".
It's the N900 launch all over again. Even the promised / reneged on dates are exactly the same. My bet is that the N8 will ship from Nokia factories out to the retailers during the week commencing December 6th. There, I've said it. You can all mock me if I'm wrong, but I reserve the right to gloat insufferably if I turn out to be right.
The youtube videos show it to be shockingly awful as a phone. Even if the woman is a little erattic in her hand movements, the phone still hangs, can't cope and fails.
What we have come to expect from Nokia me thinks.
Delay + delay + delay
How can they possibly screw up this phone release any more? It's so far past the originally hoped launch date and after having a set date for a while now they push it back with only a few weeks to go. Damn Nokia, get your act together. Fast!