Nokia N8 live Q&A, today on Oa.

You’re looking at Nokia’s just-announced flagship handset for 2010 — the N8. For more info see the live Q&A (or transcript thereof after the fact) below.

Ricky Cadden — aka The Symbian Guru — has posted a great rundown of its features. Some highlights:

  • It operates on WCDMA 850, 900, 1700,1900 and 2100MHz – making this (I think) the world’s first five-band 3G handset.
  • WiFi on 802.11 B, G and N bands – another first for mobiles?
  • A wide-angle 28mm F2.8 Carl Zeiss lens for 12-megapixel stills and HD video at 720p/25fps (also features HDMI-out).

So what does 720p/25fps HD video shot on a camera phone look like? Here’s your answer:

Not too shabby, huh?

Here’s what else I’m digging about the new N8 :

  • It’s a big, sturdy slab – I’m hot and cold on touch-screens but I do like my mobiles to have as few moving parts as possible.
  • Despite the absence of a physical qwerty keyboard the N8 reminds me a lot of my sorely-missed Fido hiptop – and that’s not a bad thing…
  • The available colour options – especially orange, but maybe that’s just me. 😎

And what I don’t:

Earlier today there was a virtual Q&A with Fone Arena and other blogs — here’s what Nokia had to say about it:

About the battery, we wanted to create a robust, one-piece device that feels good in the hand, therefore the integrated battery that can not be replaced by the user.

Sorry, I don’t buy it. Nokia’s current designs are plenty robust. I think they’re testing the waters with this cost-saving “feature” and deserve to be roundly criticized for it.

As was recently the case with another forthcoming mobile device sporting a non-removable battery, a prototype of the N8 found its way into the hands of the infamous Eldar Murtazin, who deemed it an embarrassment to Nokia. I’m not sure if I’d agree, but  I do have some questions about the latest version of Nokia’s recently open-sourced mobile OS. No, not Maemo — that other one.

I’ll be participating in a second live Q&A, scheduled to start at 6pm GMT and embedded below. If there’s anything you’d like me to ask on your behalf send me a message via or Twitter, or leave a comment below.

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