Nokia N8 has started shipping

30 Sep 2010

Nokia’s N8 has started shipping, with the company saying that customers who pre-ordered the model online and from Nokia stores will receive it first.

Last week, the company said it needed to delay it for a few weeks in order “to do some final amends.”

It is the first of a series of Nokia smartphones based on their Symbian platform.

The 20-year-old OS has been put under pressure from the iPhone’s iOS. It also is up against the Android operating system, which has seen an almost 900pc growth in one year.

Analysts have seen the N8 as Nokia’s first handset to challenge Apple’s landmark product.

The N8 features multitasking capabilities, allowing users to run multiple apps at the same time and switch between them with ease.

It is equipped with a 12MP camera and users can edit photos and videos on-screen.

It also has a real glass 3.5-inch AMOLED display and the device can be plugged into a home entertainment centre to watch HD quality movies.

It also has access to its Ovi app store and comes with Ovi Maps free.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years