The Nokia N8 smart phone will be available to buy -- pretty much everywhere -- from 22 October.
Vodafone was joined today by O2, , T-Mobile, 3 and Virgin Mobile in making the the new Symbian 3 phone available on contract. Retailers rolling out the red carpet for it include Carphone Warehouse, Phones4u and Tesco. If you're especially keen, you can take delivery of the N8 earlier -- dispatching on 14 October -- if you choose to buy it through the Nokia online shop.
The Nokia shop is selling the N8 SIM-free for £429, which is an astonishing . Nokia also has the phone on contract from £30 a month (on O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone), but as we revealed yesterday, you can find it cheaper than that. advertised with Orange and Vodafone SIMs.
As well as running the new, the Nokia N8 has a 12-megapixel camera with a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen. It has the usual Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G and HSPA connectivity, as well as an HDMI port and the ability to film HD-quality video. It comes in black, blue, green, grey, orange and silver, although some retailers have exclusives on certain colours.
We gave the N8 a three-star review. We love the look, the touchscreen and the camera, but we're not so keen on the frustrating and confusing Symbian 3 software, and there aren't enough apps available. You've given it a user rating of five stars, showing how much love you still have for Nokia.
By 22 October, a number of new phones we've been expecting to see for ages will have come out. With Android there's the much-anticipated, while may be in stores as soon . When the month is out you'll have a helluva lot of choice if you're looking for a high-end smart phone. Which one will you go for?