Nokia N8 stress test


This time, we abused the Nokia N8, one of the most widely-advertised smartphones today. The gadget runs under the Symbian-3 platform, and boasts a 12-megapixel camera with xenon flash. The phone is equipped with a large AMOLED capacitive multi-touch screen. Touch life of most resistive screens is as many as 35 000 000 times which is not durable in comparison with the touch life of the Nokia N8’s screen (200 000 000 times). Moreover, capacitive touchscreens have a multi-touch support and transmit more light from the display than the resistive touchscreens.

The Nokia N8 comes in a rich retail package. We have already witnessed the package box of this design (Pic. 1). In the box, as well as the phone itself there is a charger, a set of headphones, a case, a data cable, two microUSB to USB cables and a miniHDMI to HDMI connector (Pic. 2). The Nokia N8 has a full metal chassis. The ends of the handset are covered by plastic strips. The GSM/3G and Wi-Fi antennas are built into the top and toe of the phone (Pic. 3, 4).

We are impressed with the Nokia N8’s build quality. The handset feels very sturdy. All the keys are comfortable to use. They don’t protrude above the rest of the body. It makes an accidental press almost impossible. Two more interesting features: the full metal chassis is completely enclosed, the back panel is non-removable. So if you want to replace the battery, for example, you’ll have to disassemble the gadget. The phone is powered by a 1200 mAh LI-Ion battery, by the way. The 135 grams of weight make the Nokia N8 as hefty as the HTC Desire that we tested not very long ago.
Results

Pic. 1. Package box

Pic. 2. Accessories

Pic. 3. Nokia N8 (front panel)

Pic. 4. Nokia N8 (back panel)

1. Nokia N8 stress test. Stage 1 — Light shocks

1.1 Drop test

We started with the drop test as usual. We dropped the Nokia N8 from 1 m (3.28 ft) on the carpet and from 30 cm (11.8 inches) on the tile (video 1, 2). All in all, the phone fell for 6 times on each face, edge, and corner.

After some drops on the carpet the Nokia N8 hung (the screen became white), but we pressed the power key, rebooted the phone and continued the test. Then, the Nokia N8 rebooted itself. It happened 10–30 seconds after each fall on the carpet. However, it stayed functional. During the drops on the tile, the phone rebooted itself only once.

After the test, the handset performed fine and without any reboots. The full metal chassis sustained no damage. We did not lower the grade for the Nokia N8 since it showed good results.

Video 1. Drop on the carpet from 1 m (3.28 ft)

The grade is 30 (with 30 being the highest possible grade)

Video 2. Drop on the tile from 30 cm (11.8 inches)

The grade is 30 (with 30 being the highest possible grade)

1.2 Squeeze test

The chassis is build to withstand squeezing. But we feared that the protruding camera compartment housing the xenon flash and loudspeaker could be destroyed. The raised element on the back is made of plastic and has the aluminum cover around it.

We placed the Nokia N8 on a table and applied a 3 kg (6.6 lbs) pressure from a wooden bar above it (Pic. 5). This weight is too little to cause any visible harm. The phone successfully passed this test.

Pic. 5. The phone under the wooden bar

The grade is 24 (with 24 being the highest possible grade)

1.3 Bend test

The ability to fare bending is very important for touch screen cell phones. They can be vulnerable to bending because of their design (most of them are thin and wide).

We put the Nokia N8 onto the two planks so that each edge of the phone lies on a single plank. Then we hitched a string with 1 kg load (2.2 lbs) on top of the device. The gadget showed no sign of bend and stayed functional.

The grade is 24 (with 24 being the highest possible grade)

1.4 Durability

In this test, we placed the gadget inside a drum together with keys, pennies, and plastic balls to simulate what might be happening in a man’s pants pockets while carrying the phone. The drum was rotated for 5 minutes at the speed of 500 rpm (video 3).

The protective lens glass showed good results in this test (Pic. 6). But if you look at the Nokia N8 closer, you’ll see the scuffs on the sides of the screen. They didn’t ruin the quality of the picture, though. The semi-gloss strip of metal that frames the glass front also showed scuffs and dents (Pic. 7). In some parts of the strip the gloss was completely gone off and we saw the evidence of aluminium. The sides of the handset stayed fine. The plastic strips that cover the ends of the phone turned out to be durable.

Video 3. Drum rotation

Pic. 6. Scuffs on the protective lens glass

Pic. 7. Dents and scuffs on the strip of metal that borders the glass front

The grade is 10 (with 15 being the highest possible grade)

1.5 Scratch test

In order to test the material of which the Nokia N8 is made, we scratched it with a nail fixed in a plank (video 4). The force of scratches was 100 g (0.22 lbs). Neither the screen nor the back panel showed any scratch.

Video 4. Screen scratching

The screen gets 15 points (with 15 being the highest possible grade)

1.6 High temperature

The Nokia N8’s AMOLED touchscreen has an extended temperature range which means that the screen can perform fine in extremely low and high temperatures. To find out whether it’s true or not, we placed the gadget in a metallic container 5 cm from the electric bulb (40 Wt). The bulb heated the phone for 3 min. The Nokia N8 survived such test with no problem (video 5) due to the full metal chassis that has a great heat capacity. The brightness and color quality of the display stayed excellent.

Video 5. High temperature test

The grade is 12 (with 12 being the highest possible grade)

1.7 Dust test

When we speak about reliability of electronic gadgets we mean the ability to withstand water and dust. The latter can not only make your cell phone unattractive but also spoil its hardware.

In this test, we took an enclosed tray containing dust and threw the Nokia N8 inside it. Then we made it vibrate viciously for 2 min.

As a result, we saw dust and sand in the HDMI port (Pic. 8), and in the microSD and SIM card slots (Pic. 9). Dust seeped through the plastic lids that cover the connectors. But this is all that we disliked. The keys stayed fine and performed with no squeaks. The protective lens glass didn’t let dust seep through. We easily cleaned the Nokia N8 after the test.

Pic. 8. Dust in the HDMI port

Pic. 9. Dust in the microSD and SIM card slots

The grade is 12 (with 12 being the highest possible grade)

1.8 Connectivity

There is a speculation that cell phones with metal bodies have worse reception quality than their counterparts with plastic chassis. To some extent that’s true because it’s quite difficult to build antennas in metal chassis. And the handsets with outside antennas are outdated.

Taking into consideration the results of our previous stress tests, the cell phones with metal bodies do have problems with the signal, for example, Nokia E71, Nokia 6500 slide, HTC Desire. The exception was the Apple iPhone 4 that has a very peculiar antenna design. Its antenna is built into the stainless steel band that runs around the phone.

What results will the Nokia N8 show? In order to check the reception quality of this phone we placed it inside a box. Then we foiled the box (the foil served as a shield) and made a 40×50 mm (1.57×1.97 inches) hole in it.

As you can see from video 6, the signal quality stayed perfect (100 %). The phone received all the incoming calls. The signal indicator displayed all the bars of signal strength.

Video 6. Connectivity test

The grade is 15 (with 15 being the highest possible grade)

After the 1st stage of the stress test, the Nokia N8 got 187 (with 192 being the highest possible grade)

2. Nokia N8 stress test. Stage 2 — Tough conditions

2.1 Drop test

We increased the distance of the falls. We dropped the handset from 1.5 m (4.9 ft) on the carpet and from 50 cm (1.64 ft) on the tile (video 7, 8). This time, the Nokia N8 didn’t reboot itself so frequently as in the previous drop test.

Approximately, we witnessed one reboot per 6 falls on each face, edge, and corner. The handset sustained physical damage but stayed functional. The strip of metal that frames the screen was a little bit deformed. As a result, we saw a gap between the strip and the chassis (Pic. 10). That’s the outcome of the drops on the carpet from 1.5 m (4.9 ft).

Video 7. Drop on the carpet from 1.5 m (4.9 ft)

Video 8. Drop on the tile from 50 cm (1.64 ft)

Pic. 10. Gap between the chassis and the strip of metal

The grade for the drop on the carpet is 20 (with 30 being the highest possible grade)
The grade for the drop on the tile is 30 (with 30 being the highest possible grade)

2.2 Squeeze test

We increased the applied pressure to 10 kg (22 lbs). The phone showed no damage. The protruding camera compartment on the back stayed safe.

The grade is 24 (with 24 being the highest possible grade)

2.3 Bend test

The weight of the load was increased to 5 kg (11 pounds). As you can see from picture 11, the full metal chassis showed no sign of bend.

Pic. 11. The Nokia N8 showed no sign of bend

The grade is 24 (with 24 being the highest possible grade)

2.4 Durability

We continued making the Nokia N8 look older and unattractive. This time, we placed it inside the drum for 10 min.

As a result, we saw the new scuffs and dents on both faces and especially on the plastic strips that cover the sides of the phone (Pic. 12). The chassis is made of aluminium which is a soft, malleable and very durable metal.  However, the handset sustained some dents made by the keys and coins (Pic. 13).

We must notice that the durability test was performed after the water test (2.8). The immersion in water rendered the Nokia N8 useless. If the phone wouldn’t have been broken, it would have got 10 points (with 15 being the highest possible grade) in the durability test.

Pic. 12. Scratches on the corners of the phone

Pic. 13. Back panel after the durability test

The grade is 0 (with 15 being the highest possible grade). The test was performed when the gadget had already been damaged by water.

2.5 Scratch test

At the 2nd stage of this experiment, we scratched the Nokia N8 at the force of 300 g (0.66 lbs). The result was the same as in the previous scratch test. The phone showed no scratches at all.

The screen gets 15 points (with 15 being the highest possible grade)
The back cover gets 15 points (with 15 being the highest possible grade)

2.6 Freeze test

The Nokia N8 performs fine in cold weather. The AMOLED multi-touch screen stays functional even in extremely low temperatures. The higher capacity battery doesn’t deplete fast in adverse conditions.

We checked the performance of the Nokia N8 in -15 – -20 °C (+5 – -4 °F). We placed it in a freezer for 2 hours. The phone was left in speaking mode during that time.

Then we took the phone out and examined it (video 9). The battery stayed almost full. The capacity of the battery went down only by 1 bar. The touchscreen performed perfectly. The brightness and color quality of the display stayed excellent. After the test we dried the gadget and examined it once again. The Nokia N8 stayed functional.

Video 9. Freeze test

The grade is 18 (with 18 being the highest possible grade)

2.7 High temperature

This test wasn’t performed because the Nokia N8 was damaged by water.

The grade is 0 (with 12 being the highest possible grade)

2.8 Immersion in water

It’s time we tested the water resistance of the Nokia N8. Actually, we dunked the phone under distilled water for 1 second (video 10).

The touchscreen malfunctioned after this test. But we dried it off with a washcloth and it performed fine again. Water penetrated in the USB port because it is exposed (Pic. 14). But the HDMI port, microSD and SIM card slots (Pic. 15) stayed dry (the plastic lid didn’t let water seep through).

After the water test, we dried the Nokia N8 with warm air for an hour. When we pressed the power key the phone didn’t switch on.  Simply speaking, the water rendered the Nokia N8 useless. We thought that the gadget would restore its performance after a longer period of air drying. But nothing changed. The phone didn’t work and showed no reaction when we plugged the charger. In our opinion, the non user-removable battery was the main cause of the problem. We didn’t manage to repair the Nokia N8. It must be noticed that this is the first case when a cell phone is broken by 1 second immersion in water.

In order to know what happened with the circuit board after the water test, read “3.13. Disassembling”.

Video 10. Immersion in water for 1 second

Pic. 14. The USB port got wet

Pic. 15. The microSD and SIM card slots stayed dry

The grade is 0 (with 30 being the highest possible grade)

2.9 Dust test

We increased the time of this test to 5 min. The result was not very much different from that in the 1st stage. We saw more dust in the HDMI port and in the seams around the protruding camera compartment. We easily cleaned the Nokia N8 and it showed no evidence of dust. If the phone wouldn’t have been broken, it would have got 12 points (with 12 being the highest possible grade).

Pic. 16. Dust in the HDMI port

The grade is 0 (with 12 being the highest possible grade). The test was performed when the Nokia N8 had already been damaged by water.

2.10 Connectivity

We reduced the signal by placing the Nokia N8 in the box with a smaller hole: 20 x 20 mm (0,787×0,787 inches). Though the signal strength fell by 1–3 points the phone received all the incoming calls (video 11). The maximum signal strength is displayed by 7 bars of the signal indicator.

We should notice again that we performed the three stages of the connectivity test in the very beginning because they don’t cause any damage. That’s why we take into consideration the results of these tests.

Video 11. Connectivity test

The grade is 15 (with 15 being the highest possible grade)

After the 2nd stage of the stress test, the Nokia N8 got 161 (with 240 being the highest possible grade)

3. Nokia N8 stress test. Stage 3 — The toughest conditions

3.1 Drop test

The test was not performed because the phone was broken.

The grade for the drop on the carpet is 0 (with 30 being the highest possible grade)
The grade for the drop on the tile is 0 (with 30 being the highest possible grade)

3.2 Squeeze test

The applied pressure was increased to 20 kg (44 lbs). The protruding camera compartment sustained no damage. The chassis showed no sign of deformation. If the phone wouldn’t have been broken, it would have got 24 points (with 24 being the highest possible grade).

The grade is 0 (with 24 being the highest possible grade). The test was performed when the gadget had already been damaged by water.

3.3 Bend test

The bend test was not performed. The phone was broken and this could affect the results of the test.

The grade is 0 (with 24 being the highest possible grade)

3.4 Durability

We placed the Nokia N8 inside the drum for the third time and rotated it for 20 min. This made the phone look much older and unattractive. Compared to the previous durability tests, the gadget sustained more damage (Pic. 17). We saw lots of scuffs on the strip that borders the screen. The other parts of the phone suffered less. However, the plastic strips and the aluminium back panel sustained many dents (Pic. 18).

In this test, we found out that the plastic strips on the ends of the Nokia N8 are coated with paint. The scuffs on the corners of the phone made the plastic visible under the coat of paint. The minor scratches on the protective lens glass didn’t ruin the quality of the picture (Pic. 19). The screen stayed attractive. Actually we could count all the scratches on our fingers.

If the phone wouldn’t have been broken, it would have got 10 points (with 15 being the highest possible grade).

Pic. 17. Scratches on the front panel

Pic. 18. Scratches on the rear panel

Pic. 19. Scuffs on the screen

The grade is 0 (with 15 being the highest possible grade)

3.5 Scratch test

This time, we increased the force of scratches to 600 g (1.322 lbs). But the screen sustained no scratch. The nail inflicted only a minor scratch on the back panel. However, this scratch was so small that we were able to see it only in the bright lights (video 12).

Video 12. Back panel scratching

10 points for the screen (with 15 being the highest possible grade)
10 points for the back cover (with 15 being the highest possible grade)

3.6 High temperature

The test was not performed because the phone was broken.

The grade is 0 (with 12 being the highest possible grade)

3.7 Immersion in water

The test was not performed because the phone was broken.

The grade is 0 (with 30 being the highest possible grade)

3.8 Immersion in beer

The test was not performed because the phone was broken.

The grade is 0 (with 9 being the highest possible grade)

3.9 Dust test

We threw the Nokia N8 inside the enclosed tray containing dust and made it vibrate viciously for 10 minutes.

After this test we saw a lot of small grains of dust in the microSD and SIM card slots (Pic. 20). The lid that covers these slots let dust seep through. Much dust penetrated the loudspeaker grill (Pic. 21) and made it deform and sag inside.

If the phone wouldn’t have been broken, it would have got 12 points (with 12 being the highest possible grade).

Pic. 20. Dust in the microSD and SIM card slots

Pic. 21. Dust under the loudspeaker grill

The grade is 0 (with 12 being the highest possible grade).

The test was performed when the phone had already been broken.

3.10 The keyboard

We have no information about the performance of the keyboard because the Nokia N8 was broken. So we can’t make any judgements about this.

The grade is 0 (with 15 being the highest possible grade)

3.11 Connectivity

At the 3rd stage of the connectivity test we placed the Nokia N8 in the box with a 15×15 mm (0,59×0,59 inches) hole. The signal was reduced to three points (video 13) and the phone didn’t receive any of the incoming calls that we made. We heard: “The subscriber is out of the coverage”.

Video 13. Connectivity test

The grade is 5 (with 15 being the highest possible grade)

3.12 Short circuit and overcharge

The tests were not performed because the phone was broken.

For the ability to fare a short circuit the battery charger gets 0 (with 15 being the highest possible grade)

For the ability to fare a short circuit the battery gets 0 (with 15 being the highest possible grade)

For the ability to fare increase/decrease in charging voltage the Nokia N8 gets 0 (with 15 being the highest possible grade)

For the ability to fare power supply increase the Nokia N8 gets 0 (with 15 being the highest possible grade)

3.13 Disassembling

As you remember, the water test rendered the Nokia N8 useless. We disassembled the phone in order to check the quality of the build and to repair it (Pic. 22).

We saw the rust spots on the circuit board. That was the evidence of water (Pic. 23, 24). Evidently, the non user-removable battery worsened the situation.

The build quality is fine. We removed the screws on the back panel and took the battery out. The antenna responsible for the Wi-Fi is built into the top of the phone. The antenna responsible for the GSM/3G is in the toe of the phone. All the elements of the gadget can be easily removed except the battery.

The circuit board contains two microphones used for noise reduction. The front side of the board contains a lot of elements but their areal density is small. Most of the front side of the board is protected by metal shield.

Pic. 22. The Nokia N8 disassembled

Pic. 23. The circuit board (the rust spots are marked with red color)

Pic. 24. Rust spots on the display connector

The grade is 15 (with 15 being the highest possible grade)

After the 3rd stage of the stress test, the Nokia N8 got 65 points (with 351 being the highest possible grade)


Conclusion:
The Nokia N8 was damaged by water in the middle of the series of the torture tests. So we can’t compare this gadget with the other cell phones. However, we have our own opinion about this device.

At the very beginning of the stress tests the phone showed bad results. The first thing we should mention is the drop test. The Nokia N8 rebooted itself and malfunctioned even after the falls from small distances.

Secondly, the handset is not water resistant at all. The non user-removable battery is one of the main disadvantages of the phone.

The Nokia N8’s signal is also poor. That was the first case when a cell phone didn’t receive any of the incoming calls at the 3rd stage of the connectivity test.

However, we can say that it’s a ruggedized device, to some extent. Compared to the other cell phones that we abused, the full-metal chassis and the screen of the Nokia N8 didn’t show much damage and stayed attractive after the series of the dust and durability tests. The phone sustained few scratches and scuffs. Most of them were minor and almost invisible.

The scratch test didn’t inflict any damage on the rugged hardware (the back panel and the screen). The Nokia N8 performed perfectly in cold weather due to the AMOLED multi-touch screen and the higher capacity battery. But the full metal chassis is vulnerable to cold temperatures. By the way, if you are gloved you’ll feel it uncomfortable to operate the touchscreen.

To cut a long story short, we have to say that the Nokia N8 is a failure of the Finnish manufacturer. This is an attractive, powerful and fully functional smartphone. But what’s the use of that if the lightest possible shocks make the phone malfunction? Not speaking about the immersion in water.

Here’s how the phone looks like after all the tests (Pic. 24, 25, video 14).

Video 14. Here’s how the phone looks like after all the tests

Pic. 25. The front panel of the phone after the test

Pic. 26. The back panel of the phone after the test

All in all, the Nokia N8 gains 413 points (with 783 being the highest possible grade).
Based on a 100-rating scale, the Nokia N8 gets 53 points.



P.S. Some days after this review the Symbian Foundation announced that it would transition to «a legal entity responsible for licensing software and other intellectual property, with no operational responsibilities or staff». Taking into consideration the earlier resignation of Symbian Foundation Executive Director Lee Williams and the rejection of Symbian by Samsung, something really goes wrong. Moreover, compared to its competitors, the Nokia flagship has a less powerful processor. So the results of the stress tests are objective. Is it time for Nokia to transition from Connecting People to Thinking people?

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Comments (21)

  1. Aleza wrote::

    I am happy that i made a correct choice of the mobile phone , i m no more worried about scratches , the biggest problem is scratches due to keys in my pocket with mobile N* .

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  2. Ammar :) wrote::

    I have this phone. I just bought it 2 days ago. It is very powerful, and intelligent. It is actually to good to be thrown away if you have it. Camera is like OMG. I will never drop it :D

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  3. smallnad wrote::

    I’ve made my own test. My n8 felt under the wheel of going car. As a result – I had to change the broken screen. But it works cool – no signs of reboot or freezing system. You can close your laughable laboratory. Your methods are very distantive from everyday life and real science.

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  4. bvn@gh.t wrote::

    this was the worst test ever!!!
    shame on you

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  5. steve wrote::

    More biased press for the Apple Iphone and anti N8 Nokia bashing here it seems..

    I quote…”The 135 grams of weight make the Nokia N8 as hefty as the HTC Desire that we tested not very long ago”

    The Iphone 4 is actually 137 grams making it heavier then both the N8 and the Desire..and yet there is no negative implication that the phone is hefty!

    They managed in part 3 to not get a signal with the phone in a small box covered in tin foil. Fair enough..but what

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  6. steve wrote::

    More biased press for the Apple Iphone and anti N8 Nokia bashing here it seems..

    I quote…”The 135 grams of weight make the Nokia N8 as hefty as the HTC Desire that we tested not very long ago”

    The Iphone 4 is actually 137 grams making it heavier then both the N8 and the Desire..and yet there is no negative implication that the phone is hefty!

    They managed in part 3 to not get a signal with the phone in a small box covered in tin foil. Fair enough..but in a real life situation what would you rather have? A phone that cant get a signal in a box covered in tin foil or a phone that drops your signal/call when you actually hold it??? As in the well known issue with the Iphone 4. A balanced journalistic approach might have considered these facts before giving the iphone4 94 marks or whatever it was and the 53 for the N8!

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  7. Janne wrote::

    My N8 has never rebooted from being droped from over 1 meter (3 feet) on either wood, nor stone floor.. Guess im lucky ;)
    Still nice test-series you got on this site, will save a bookmark !

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  8. Dpac wrote::

    The test is unfair in my opinion. For example, the Squeeze test and Bend test both prove the strength of the device’s body. You should be giving full points for the N8 to withstand those tests and many other tests too. Instead you give it a 0 because the phone was broken? The point of the test is whether it can withstand the squeeze or the bend. Not if it withstands while it was broken or not.

    The overall rating gives a very false impression on the device.

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  9. Jack wrote::

    Wow!!

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  10. Standard User wrote::

    How about iphone4? after same test, how long it works after this test?

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  11. John Front wrote::

    Hi I’m just wondering, after the drum tests…was the camera lens scratched at all???

    those tests seem pretty viscious lol

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  12. David wrote::

    Hey this is wrong as i have by mistake dropped my Nokia N8 in water inside a tub for 2-3 sec and nothing has happened to it. Also I have also done a dust test and it also passed successfully. Please take a new handset and try as must be a handset problem. Thanks for the tests.

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  13. Jilani wrote::

    now i regret that i didn’t see the review b4 i bought N8. accidentally my N8 has immersed into water for 2/3 seconds and it’s not responding anymore. even though i switched it off immediately. damn i’ve lost it!!

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  14. jc.blake@bigpond.net wrote::

    Within a month of buying a Nokia N8 the bottom casing of the phone is beginning to come away from the rest of the machine. After viewing all this, I must say that it is a fault with the phone. Is it?

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  15. jiujiui wrote::

    You should make “water test” last. Most gadgets will not survive immersion and thus other test cannot be done and the result of whole test is not objective.

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  16. Klax wrote::

    i had a can of coke leak in my bag today and my n8 copped it, it reboots and runs for awhile but the touch screen no longer responds, which means i cant do jack with it. i cant even shut it down, it just reboots over and over…so annoyed, what an expensive lump of plastic

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  17. watertest wrote::

    I find the results of 2.8 contradictory:
    1. “The touchscreen malfunctioned after this test. But we dried it off with a washcloth and it performed fine again” => Phone was working after it was exposed to water
    2. “After the water test, we dried the Nokia N8 with warm air for an hour. When we pressed the power key the phone didn’t switch on” => Phone did not work after it was exposed to water.
    Which one is the right one?

    I got a different result in my personal water test. My phone fell into the toilet (before, not after…), 1 second exposure or so. Not distilled water precisely but clean enough (remember it was before, not after…).
    a) The phone was on when it fell in the water. It was still on when I rescued it. I switched it off. I dried it with toilet paper and a cloth.
    b) I switched it on one hour later. It switched on fine, but the touch screen was not responding. Impossible to get into the phone as SIM PIN could not be introduced.
    c) I switched it on again 2 hours later. Same behaviour. Switched it off. I repeated every other other. I left the phone by the window so it would be exposed to the open air.
    d) I switched it on again after it had been some time by the window. The touch screen started responding shyly, although not enough so I could introduce all the numbers of the PIN. But it was a good sign.
    e) I left the phone the whole night in a box with some silica gel bags (the bags that come in the pockets of new clothes and bags).
    f) I switched the phone on the next morning. It was responding. Everything was working.

    It has been 5 months since. The phone is still working perfectly.

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  18. yabai.youth wrote::

    For a truly accurate, scientific test that is most able to represent the reality of the N8s– or any devices– build quality, tests need to be conducted as to eliminate the possibility of random variables interfering with the outcome. Each phone should undergo one trial, and the trials should be repeated numerous times on different devices; then the results averaged out. I understand this is extremly costly, however I think it is misleading to announce a phone as “good” or “bad” based on the results of a single phone.

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  19. Paula wrote::

    My nokia n8 was dropped into a cup of tea for approx 2 seconds and even though it initially worked after I dried it in a bag of rice, it now no longer works at all. Also, I dropped the phone onto a ceramic tile floor from a distance of approx 2 feet and the screen cracked. Useless phone, I would not buy this phone again!

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  20. HAMED wrote::

    Hi YOUR TEST IS GOOD ALL TEST confident me
    but water test fray me what i do when my cell phone
    drop in water
    do i press power key for 8 second my phone save
    or i ignore my phone all test is good and phone
    endurance is grate but you must think about water
    what we do immediately

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  21. Michaelk wrote::

    I have had 2 Nokia N8 phones and both have had catastrophic failures with water damage. One was dropped into water, the other dropped onto wet grass. I have had nokia phones for years and never had any problems, pull the battery out and put them in the oven at 50 degress celcius for a couple of hours. This you cannot do due to the inbuilt battery. Failure Nokia.

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