Ok, I've had Belle for a few weeks now and really liked it.
However, and this is a deal-breaker for me.
The pictures and videos the camera takes in low light are absolute blurry grainy garbage.
Considering the camera is why most of us bought it, don't do the update if you care about quality pics and vids.
I'm going back to Anna.
My impression--I really don't have enough pictures to back it up--is the same: low-light image quality and auto-focussing performance is just not the same as Anna.
However, I haven't been able to downgrade successfully: the recommended procedure is to flash the earliest Scandinavian "DG" firmware and once the handset has rebooted into that version, do a complete device restore and format of the built-in flash memory, after which flashing the Anna firmware of your choice should complete normally.
What happens with my device is this: the Scandinavian flashing process never completes normally, i.e. the device never switches into "Test Mode" during the flashing process and then reboots into the newly flashed firmware. It remains dark and bricked, and only a "Dead USB flashing" with the Belle firmware revives the handset and makes it function again. This downgrade procedure worked fine when I was testing Anna, so I wonder if the Nokia Belle update installed irreversible changes to the handset's bootstrapper, something that the flashing with the Scandinavian "DG" firmware can't undo. I just don't know enough.
What is your experience?
Also, it seems to me Belle uses up battery capacity more quickly than Anna in identical conditions: in my case, I don't use home screen mail or other widgets, and I have configured synchronization of mail, calendar and contacts every 30 minutes (9.00-21.00) using the built-in Google mailbox client and the Exchange ActiveSync (without syncing the mailbox of the latter--I need to use the separate Google mail client because the email address I use is not the same as my Google account login email address, and the Exchange Activesync mail client only uses the Google account login email address on sending email). Since in both cases, syncing is pushed through Nokia's mail servers and uses the Symbian notifications framework, so everything is at idle most of the time. Yet at least 25% battery is chewed up by these processes from 9.00-21.00 on an average day, even if the handset is otherwise unused. Anna was less thirsty, I think.
The big advantage for Belle is in general UI responsiveness, the updated browser and other applications (the version 2.0 Maps suite on betalabs.nokia.com is an excellent upgrade, only available for Belle users).
So I shall be continuing with Belle, but I wish the camera and battery problems were looked at by Nokia in some future Belle revision. Given that the N8 is now more-or-less history for Nokia, I've that sinking feeling...
Have you tried dabbing into custom firmware (cfw) made by the symbian community? There are different firmwares and moddings that can be done, and in your case, specifically for camera improvment. I have been using a cfw, and the battery has been super and a sigificately more ram optimization compared to offical Belle. Do a search and you'll be surprised how many different cfw are there for the n8.
At first I was the same and did not really like Belle, partly because it was such a large departure from Anna. But after a few weeks of using it, it does grow on you after you learn how to adapt to it's qirk. I don't think I'll go back to Anna now, simply because there are some nice widgets and the new Map Suits is quite nice...even though it still gives me weird routing and not really the "fastest" route...
Well, I did look at CFWs on forum.dailymobile.se but was put off by the complexity of getting the lanuages I need in the firmware (at least English, French; and German would be nice) via the customization most of the CFWs seem to require. Lots to go wrong if I don't fully understand what I'm doing... maybe you can PM me with a link to the CFW you have successfully installed.
Rogers when you will release the nokia belle update? OR you will still modified that firmware before rolling out in Canada,, pls answer back i'll appreciate it. thanks in advance.
I just install the English only version of the CFW because that is all I needed. The one I'm using is Belle Delight...the rom cooker has his own blog for this CFW, just do a search on google for the link.
He does have a team which provide translated version of his firmware, maybe take a read at that...
To Flash or to Wait.....?
My phone is of warranty - it has been over a year. Anna is great, but I want more.
Now...how to flash...YouTube clip?
go and flash it. read the instructions (many online guides if you do a search) or just watch mark guim's video on youtube.
download navifirm+ (to get the firmware) and then phoenix to actually flash it.
the process works fine. rogers is just to lazy to qualify it. that is all.
My phone is out of support by my vendor and carrier.
Neither are going to assist me to upgrade my phone, so why wouldn't I flash it?
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