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Nokia, Apple and a whole heap of hyperbole

Nokia, Apple and a whole heap of hyperbole

Nokia's new head of Mobile Solutions (the division of the Finnish company dedicated to smartphones and mobile computers) Anssi Vanjoki has come out fighting this week, promising "killer smartphones", "game-changing products" and the sort of "battle" that fanboys have been crying out for over the past couple of years. You could well argue that his counterpart at Nokia's Mobile Phones division has an easier job of it, taking on the more mundane grist of what's still the biggest cellphone company worldwide (and getting handset-hungry developing markets to cater to). Vanjoki gets a tired portfolio of devices with only the N8 a glimmer on the horizon (and that, a crueller person might add, runs an already tired OS) and the challenge of rivalling the best in Android, iOS and webOS in what has become perhaps the fastest changing segment in consumer electronics. That's a pretty hefty to-do list, so what should be his plan of attack, where does the N8 fit into it, and - in a week of iPhone 4 contention - what lessons could Apple be learning from the Finns' fall from grace?

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Nokia N8 first-impressions [Video]

Nokia N8 first-impressions [Video]

Nokia's N8 remains one of the more interesting smartphones of 2010, and we leapt at a chance to have an extended play with the Symbian^3 handset as it made its debut in London this morning. Toting a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen with multitouch support, 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 720p HD video recording and a Xenon flash, and a slick anodised aluminium chassis, our biggest question was whether Nokia's OS fettling had been enough to make the N8 competitive with what's an increasingly competitive smartphone market. Check out our impressions - and some hands-on video - after the cut.

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Third Nokia N8 video demo shows HDMI & Bluetooth peripheral support

Third Nokia N8 video demo shows HDMI & Bluetooth peripheral support

Nokia has posted the third and final part of their Nokia N8 video demos, and having focused last time around on media editing, this time they're looking at how you can consume multimedia.  Not only will the N8 hook up to an HDTV via its HDMI port, you can pair a Bluetooth controller - such as a keyboard or HTPC remote - so as to navigate from the couch.

Video demo after the cut

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Nokia N8 has native DivX support

Nokia N8 has native DivX support

Nokia continue to drip out new information about the Nokia N8's abilities, and after the impressive photo and video editing demonstration earlier it's now the turn of multimedia playback to briefly hog the spotlight.  According to Blog-N8.fr, a French Nokia representative confirmed that the N8 would be able to natively play DivX encoded videos, along with the H.264, MPEG4 and other formats mentioned at the handset's official launch.

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Nokia N8 video editing & photo processing gets video demo

Nokia N8 video editing & photo processing gets video demo

Nokia has released their second N8 walkthrough video - the first was an overview of Symbian^3 - and topically they're talking about on-device media editing.  Like the iPhone 4, the N8 can be used to piece together video and images on a timeline, complete with transitions and titles, while there's also an onboard photo editor app for cropping, colour adjustments and adding clipart.  Best of all, thanks to USB Host support you'll be able to hook up an external drive to easily transfer off your newly-edited content.

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Nokia N8 demo video shows evolutionary Symbian^3 OS

Nokia N8 demo video shows evolutionary Symbian^3 OS

Nokia N8 demo videos are in short supply, so we'll take anything we can get in the run-up to the smartphone's release.  Nokia Conversations have sat down senior product manager Chris Bennetts and got him to walk through the N8's UI, messaging app, browser and maps.  If there's anything we can take away it's that the Symbian^3 interface looks to be more a case of minor evolutionary tweaks rather than the groundbreaking revolution we were hoping for.

Video demo after the cut

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