It's still kind of freaking us out that Nokia chose aesthetics over maximum functionality
by putting the N8's
battery out of the user's reach -- but is it really? The Nokia Blog
has scored a customer service manual showing the step-by-step process for replacing the battery, and as long as you've got access to a size 4 Torx+ screwdriver and a little patience, you should be able to pull it off. Turns out the battery is just a plain old BL-4D, the same kind of pack used in the E5
and N97 Mini
-- so if you're upgrading, you might even already have a spare lying around by the time you buy your N8. All things considered, it looks like this is no more difficult than swapping out an iPhone 4's cell -- and let's be honest, it's going to be a heck of a lot easier to come across a BL-4D for the average mortal.