"We are approaching the end of this painful product transition at the high end of our product portfolio", says Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. He continues with a prediction "delivering the N8, with a high-quality user experience, will mark the beginning of our renewal. We will achieve our potential and regain high-end leadership in our industry."
We absolutely want to give Nokia the benefit of the doubt, but at the moment, this seems like a very optimistic prediction from Nokia's CEO. Although the N8 looks very interesting, it has not generated "envy" and "desire" as other recent handsets did – although there are N8 clones already. More importantly, it is powered by Symbian 3, which we consider to be out of the smartphone operating system race at this point (the N8 is the last N-Series Symbian phone). The early N8 previews were not positive.