So much has already been written about the N8's atrocious software. It's a popular (and fair) stick to beat Nokia and Symbian with. One thing that is always mentioned is how amazing the hardware is.
I disagree. The hardware is as poor as the software. I think this picture symbolises that problem.
The N8 has an HDMI port. A mini HDMI port. The image is of a full sized HDMI plug trying to fit into the mini port. It won't fit, of course. But what you can see is that there is easily enough space for Nokia to have placed a full sized port in there.
Instead, we're left in the daft situation where N8 owners have to carry around the ridiculous adapter if they want to plug their N8 into a friend's TV. Every modern TV and STB has a full sized HDMI port - virtually none have the mini version.
Someone in Nokia has thought "We need to save space!" A fine and noble thought. But one which should have been followed with the thoughts
"What are the consequences to the customer?"
"Will it cost us more to ship an adapter than to use a full sized port?"
"What will we do with the saved space?"
"Do we even need to save space?"
When is a Unibody not a Unibody?
"Look! Look! Look! We've got a unibody! We're just as cool as the iPhone," screams Nokia.
No. No you haven't, and no you aren't.
Firstly, the plastic rubbery flaps on the N8 - three of them - are all flimsy and annoyingly easy to break. This isn't a sleek and elegant design.
Secondly, the embedded battery. Having an embedded battery is great. You save space by not needing so much chunky plastic around it, and you don't need mechanical contacts inside the phone. You can use that to make a bigger battery, or a smaller lighter phone.
Nokia hasn't done that. They've just shoved a regular battery inside their phone and then sealed it. All the disadvantages of a sealed system with exactly none of the advantages.
The Devil Is In The Detail
On paper, the hardware of the N8 beats that of the iPhone. The implementation is what lets the N8 down.
I'm grateful to the friend who came round with her N8 but without her cable adaptor. I hope my snarky laughter didn't upset you too much!