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iPhone 3GS Rival Alert : Nokia N8 Down To £180

Online retailer Expansys has discounted the Nokia N8 smartphone by more than 50 per cent from £400 to £180, a price that includes free shipping.

The catch though is that the phone is locked to 3 Mobile, although the N8 is said to be easily unlocked (opens in new tab).

One of the main features of the N8 is its 12-megapixel camera. It is not only the highest pixel count on any camera on the market but it has the more than decent Carl Zeiss optics, a Xenon flash and is one of the fastest around (bar the iPhone 4S).

The rest of the features are rather uninspiring although Nokia has managed to tweak the Symbian^3 OS to excel on low performance hardware.

There's a Broadcom ARM11-based SoC clocked at 680MHz, 256MB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 3.5-inch 640x360 pixel AMOLED screen, a 1200mAh battery that provides up to 12 hours talk time, HD recording capabilities, an HDMI and USB port, free voice-guided navigation, a microSD card slot, Dolby Digital Sound and an aluminium body that's a step above what you'd be expecting from phones within this budget range.

It has to be said though that there are better phones - like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play - available for less and with a more powerful hardware configuration. That said, if you're after a smartphone with a stunning camera, then you can't go wrong with the N8.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.