We’d be lying if we said Symbian phones got a whole lot of attention here at Lifehacker, but they do still represent a large chunk of the market. The new Nokia N8, which is being pushed as a serious photography device as well as an apps platform, will go on sale across all the main carriers on November 1 for an outright buy price of $749.
That price tag (which I’m sure will be supplemented by $0-upfront contract options) lines up pretty well against other recent contenders such as Windows Phone 7 and the many Android phones on the market. The 12MP camera may well appeal to serious mobile photography and video aficionados. There’s also a handful of Australia-only apps, including a Sydney Transit app which seems notable if only because there hasn’t been an official app for any other platform to cover public transport in Australia’s biggest city.
That said, we suspect it may take more than this one device for Nokia to get away from its “phones for people who don’t care about phones” image (Nick over at Gizmodo also had some reservations when he played with an early prototype). Are you tempted by the N8? Tell us in the comments.