Originally Posted by InHiding
I also tried my Nokia X3-02 with the Audio-gd Compass using the USB-OTG cable, but that doesn't work. It says the device is not supported. Looks like all Nokia USB-OTG phones do not have the same properties.
It should work I think. Even with the fiio e7/e9 on my n8 the 'device not supported' warning comes up. BUT when i've already opened the music player on the n8 (a third party one as the stock mp3 playing software sucks like no other) and then plug the fiio's in, everything is fine.
The n8 is very surprising in many respects. Good and bad. Lets stick to the best and worst parts of it
-The audio straight out of the n8's headphone output. My god, this is something to behold. It is excellent and slams the audio output from sansa fuze, cowon and ipod. Very very surprising.It powers to a high degree even akg k271's, denons and the lot. And by powers i'm not talking about giving the headphone enough volume, it's the complete energy that it gives impacting the dynamics, detail retrieval and soundstage. I think it's improved when linked to a fiio e9/e7, but I haven't done blind testing as i'll explain later..
-Platform. The SOFTWARE SUCKS. Wait, i like the browsing menu's and general layout of the phone way better than android or apple, but this software on the n8 sucks bad.
1) Video playback. Completely unnacceptable. Shockingly bad. It's a very very common problem for phones made after january 2011, almost at a 100% rate, that the n8 cannot display dark blue's/ purples correctly. It results in grain and a disgusting bleed of all colours in that shot. So bad that you might think you're watching this off a bootleg £5 ebay fake.
No one who has bought a nokia n8 in 2011 has said that they have not had this problem. My friend own's a large phone store and i managed to check his 'new stock' of n8's. All exhibited the same problem that nokia have shied away from- as they've ultimately said themselves 'there is no fix'.
And on the subject of video playback- it has a hdmi output that does work well. But it's limited by what files can work on the n8. Actually quite badly limited, similar to playing back files from a usb connected to an xbox or something. Both put to shame by the usb video playback functionality on this lg led tv.
2) Camera- it's not woeful, but it's not wonderful. I'd say it's a bit overhyped- only good is what i'd say. I mean it has no optical functions at all. No optical zoom, stabilizer or whatever. So it can't even compete with a £40 entry level compact camera. Actually, it doesn't even have a digital stabilizer, which is the bare minimum i'd say for taking camera shots. And against say my samsung galaxy ace 5mp camera phone- i'm hard pressed to find a difference in image quality. That 12mp is just a number really.
3) Music playback software. Some of the inbuilt software is decent, like the web viewer, but it doesn't hide the fact that too many of the inbuilt 'apps' sucked. Although I've managed to get replacements for a lot of them (pdf viewer, camera...), the main one remained MUSIC PLAYER. The inbuilt music player was so bad that it's just not worth talking about. You couldn't even browse folders. I've tried everything to get a decent music player, from bootleg sites to nokia's own ovi store, free, dodgey (maybe illegal), paid, whatever.
And i've found one that is usable (folder player I think it's called). It just lets you play within folders and has simple functions of repeat, shuffle and you can fill in the rest. Dissapointingly it doesn't have an inbuilt volume control feature so it relies on nokia's default volume control which is rubbish. 10 volume settings and setting 4 is too silent, 5 is way too high. The latest one I tried (£20 app) LCG jukebox or whatever it is worked for 5 miniutes brilliantly with it's separate volume control and a whole host of other features.But since then it has died. Should have read the reviews on ovi store.
So I've gotta use an external volume control physical unit (or headphones with inbuilt volume control- like the mx980). I can detect a sure impact on the SQ using something like this has, but It's okay I guess. Talking about the mx980, this combination, directly out of the n8's headphone output is an absolute killer.
Well I had this feeling before I bought it that I'm only going to use this as an mp3 player connected to my dac/amp, using it only for stationary listening- and never put a sim card in it. That's true!!
And that's the only thing i can recommend it for (it's way too bulky, heavy, lowish battery to be used portably!!)