Video: Nokia N8 Unboxing and First Impressions

Nokia (s nok) may still sell the most handsets worldwide, but the company’s phone portfolio is under attack from Apple (s aapl), Google (s goog), Research In Motion (s rimm) and a host of others. After many years of using the Symbian S60 interface, Nokia is fighting back with new handsets running atop the Symbian^3 platform, which is optimized for touchscreen displays. The Nokia N8 is the first of four new phones to use Symbian^3, and although the phone was introduced in April, it just arrived for review. Here’s a brief unboxing to show what’s included with the N8, which is available in the U.S. for $549 for use on either T-Mobile’s or AT&T’s (s t) network.

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Our detailed, full review of the phone and software will follow in the near future, but as far as the hardware goes, the N8 is likely the best phone Nokia has ever built. The aluminum device is well constructed and solidly made, even if some of the specifications lag behind current high-end smartphones from other manufacturers. There’s little doubt that the 12 megapixel camera sensor paired with Carl Zeiss optics make the N8 a contender to replace a point-and-shoot camera. However, as shown in the video, some initial quirks may limit Nokia’s ultimate success with the N8.

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