Yesterday morning, I accompanied a friend to buy her Nokia N8 in a mall in Manila.
She said she wants a phone that can double as a digicam so I immediately suggested that she get Nokia N8. Flaunting a 12 MegaPixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens and Xenon flash, Nokia N8 - in my opinion - remains to be the best cameraphone in the planet even after a year of being in the market.
When the sales lady turned on my friend's new handset for testing, we got pleasantly surprised by what we saw on the screen;
Her Nokia N8's UI has a drop-down notifications tab, new clock widget and seven home screens. "That's definitely Nokia Belle," I told her -- to her delight, of course.
So I guess it's confirmed. Fresh shipments of Nokia N8 in the Philippines have Nokia Belle OS pre-installed. Nokia Belle, previously known as Symbian Belle, is the latest version of the Symbian^3 operating system. As previously mentioned on TechPinas, the update brings several improvements including a faster browser, a more gorgeous interface, widgets in various sizes, a drop-down notifications tab, and easier access to connectivity settings.
But if you want to see how Nokia Belle actually looks, here's my quick demo video of its UI:
Oh, and if you're wondering, my friend got her Nokia N8 unit for only Php 17,000; That's more than Php 6,000 off the phone's suggested retail price upon its release in late 2010.