Attention Nokia Lovers! N8 Giveaway Is Here!
By: Jenna Gonzalez (Editor In Chief) & Tony Novoa (Contributing Editor)
Staff Note: Oct 18, 2010 One sweet dozen Nokia N8′s just landed in our office today! So yes, the Nokia N8 giveaway is officially under way! Some of you have already commented below from when we announced the coming giveaway, which is awesome. For those who haven’t yet, we will be giving away 1 uber-sexy Nokia N8 every week starting Tuesday, Oct 19. As with all our contests, we will be using our trusty randomizer to pick one winner each week from the comments section. Only one comment per person, per IP Address will count each week but you can submit one comment every week (the counter resets and previous week’s entries will be discarded)
One Nokia N8 (color of our choosing) will be awarded each week on the following dates: Oct 19 (winner from this date will be chosen from the comments accumulated since we announced it a month ago), Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16, Nov 23, Nov 30 & Dec 7.
That’s only 8 you say. Well, if you happen to have Twitter and/or Facebook, we will be awarding the remaining 4 through that.
Twitter: You MUST be following @myrealitytech on Twitter to qualify! Simply retweet this contest as many times as you like (there’s a retweet button on top of the page) and we will pick 2 lucky people from Twitter to win their very own Nokia N8 on Nov 2 & Nov 9.
Facebook: You MUST be a Facebook fan to qualify! All you need to do (super easy) is share the contest on your Facebook page as many times as you like. On Nov 16 & 23, two very lucky people from Facebook will get their very own $550 Nokia N8!
Rules: Since these babies are Unlocked, the contest is open WORLDWIDE to persons 18 yrs of age and older! If you are under the age of 18, you must provide proof that you asked a parent/guardian to enter for you. Contestants MUST be subscribed to our e-newsletter in order to qualify. If you don’t already know how, there’s an email-subscription box on the top right-hand side of each page. Make sure to go back to your email and verify. What’s a subscription? You get an email notification of every new article and contest giveaway we have. That’s it. No spam, no sales, no nothing. It pays to know!
Each winner is responsible for providing us with their accurate shipping information & identity. We will NOT tolerate any cheating of any kind (e.g. multiple entries from different accounts on one IP Address) and as such, we reserve the absolute right to disqualify any winner who is found to to be guilty of cheating in any way. We love to give away tons of cool prizes on MRT, but we hate cheaters! So let’s be fair ok. So are you ready to play? Good luck!
Despite the fact that Nokia isn’t as popular in North America as it is with the rest of the world, we here at MRT are definitely big fans of the bestselling mobile brand in the globe. Since the announcement of the N8, we’ve had the opportunity to research and finally tinker with the metal clad beauty… and my goodness it is a beautiful piece of work! Which is why we have already pre-ordered a dozen of these puppies to be given away to our loyal fans!
Lately, rumors abound about when the Nokia N8 (featuring the latest Symbian OS) will actually be available. The latest buzz is that its release, originally expected to be slated for September, is now more likely to be in October. So what’s the real scoop anyway? Well, Nokia seems to be holding up release of the N8 until the end of October in order to ensure a better user experience, creating a bit of discomfort on the web. However, we understand why releases are sometimes delayed. Besides, if a delay leads to a better working product, why not excercise a bit of patience?
Because we like to focus on the positive here at MRT, let’s take a moment to review the N8 specs and a how they compare to several competitors.
Color & Build: The Nokia N8 is housed in an anodized aluminum body. It also comes in a variety of colors: silver white, dark grey, orange, blue and green. While most competitors come in black, it’s always refreshing to see a phone come in a multitude of choices. The iPhone 4 will eventually be available in white. We’re still waiting to get our hands on that one.
Screen: The N8 sports a 3.5 inch, 640 x 360 pixel AMOLED display. The iPhone 4 is roughly the same size as the N8 although they are dwarfed by the larger 3.7″ Motorola Droid and the 4″ Samsung Galaxy (Epic, Fascinate, Vibrant and Captivate) screens.
Camera: The N8 includes a 12 megapixel camera with xenon flash, Carl Zeiss optics as well as face recognition software. But that’s not all… throw in 3x video zoom, 2x still picture zoom and a secondary camera for video calls and you’ve got a legitimate competitor. The N8 also includes photo editor software and automatic photo and video Geotagging. By comparison, Apple iPhone 4, Samsung Fascinate and Epic each have a 5-megapixel camera while Droid X comes in at 8-megapixels. Not that megapixels really matter. After all, it’s the photo quality that really makes a mark, and so far, tests have shown that the N8 really hits the spot on photography.
Memory: The N8 is delivered with 16GB internal memory but a hot-swappable memory card can increase capacity to a sweet 32GB. In contrast, the iPhone 4 can be purchased with 16 or 32 GB, but it is not swappable. Once again, not an issue but some finicky people do like their options (we geeks being part of that group).
Operating System: Symbian 3 OS features HDMI support that allows you to connect to a TV and watch 1080P, HD quality without a Blu-Ray player. A new 2D & 3D graphics architecture for a faster and more responsive user interface. One click connectivity, multiple homescreens, single-tap interaction, multitouch & gestures.
Other Features: Capacitive AMOLED touchscreen, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support, DolbyDigital Plus sound, Pentaband 3.5G Radio, beautiful anodized aluminum body, Bluetooth 3.0, FM radio, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, ambient light detector, short range FM transmitter, high-speed micro USB connector, flash Lite 4.0, unified email client, Integrated GPS and video calling just to mention a few.
Weight: The N8 weighs in at 4.8 ounces including the battery. In contrast, the iPhone 4 also weighs in at 4.8 ounces, Verizon’s Galaxy series Fascinate comes in at 4.1 ounces, Motorola’s Droid X is 5.5 ounces and HTC EVO 4G tips the scales at 6 ounces.
Battery: The N8 provides 720 minutes of talk time and 390 standby hours. Quite excellent.
Network: The unlocked N8 is supported by AT&T and T-Mobile 3G in the US.
US Price: $549, without a service commitment. Nokia phones are typically unsubsidiez by carriers, which explains the price. Another great reason to enter our giveaway!
Availability: End of October. Shipping is extra.
Currently, Tony & I are arguing over which color we like best. He’s all for dark gray (such a guy) while I’m loving the spicy orange. So are you as excited as we are? Sound off, share your comments and tell us why this sweet phone would make a welcome addition to your communication arsenal. After all, we’ll be giving away 12 of these! Don’t forget to follow @MyRealityTech on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates about all our giveaways and contests since we will also be giving away a couple of Nokia N8′s through these sites only!
Want to know more? Please visit: NokiaUsa.com