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Full Nokia 8 Review

Written by Tyler Rondman

Nokia 8 Review- Pros and Cons

Nokia has been renowned for making mobile devices over the year and has released a new Smartphone the Nokia 8. The phones packed with amazing features from a powerful chipset, dual camera, to a QHD display. The downside is it comes at a high-price and struggling to stand out with other well-known brands.

In 2017, Nokia returned to the smartphone market, where it met a rather warm reception of a whole generation of mobile users. In their other devices the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 have their advantages, but the flagship model is the Nokia 8.

The components and functionality of this device are designed to compete with the best Smartphones from Samsung, HTC, LG, and other manufacturers. At the same time, the price is slightly lower than that of other flagships, not counting in the OnePlus 5.

However, a simple list of technical characteristics cannot describe the charm of the Nokia cell phones during their heyday; the same applies to Android-Smartphones. You need to look at the design, software, and the whole picture.

Design

Nokia is known for their distinctive design and high build quality, even from the time when Apple did not release Smartphones. That’s why the Nokia 8 will be carefully studied against the backdrop of competing Smartphones.

For the most part, the Nokia 8 stands out from other brands. However, the lack of taste might find users looking elsewhere. You receive an aluminum and glass design with curved edges and barely noticeable plastic antennas from above and below.

Around the double camera is a small aluminum bezel and under the screen is the Home button with a fingerprint scanner that does not click. Net to the home button, there are the capacitive Back and Recent apps available.

When you switch from OnePlus 5 to Nokia 8, you immediately notice a fundamental similarity. There are quite a few Android Smartphones with similar looks, so it’s bad that Nokia did not make enough effort to change the looks to something new.

The Nokia 8 lies perfectly in the palm of your hand. Compared to frameless screens sold these days the appearance of this phone can be considered obsolete. The device is more similar to the products sold in 2015 than the ones sold in 2017.

The case is impressive and weighs 160 g, the thickness is 7.9 mm, but the smartphone does not look large. There is not a large screen and the case could be more compact.

You can buy the phone in two distinctive colors blue and copper. There is no dust and water protection found in the more expensive phones with an IP54 rating. Power buttons and volume control are next to each other on the right side of the phone.

They are turned away from the user’s face and easy to use. In the current state, if you want to reduce or increase the sound when watching a video or in games, the screen sometimes accidentally turns off.

The main complaint about the controls related to the fingerprint scanner. It works quickly if you put your finger correctly, but its size is too small compared to scanners on other Smartphones.

As a result, there is often a reading error, although with time users will learn to put their finger at the right angle.

Screen

Nokia took an unusual step and equipped the smartphone with a less than average screen. The standard mobile phone screen is 5.5-inches but the Nokia 8 only has a 5.3-inch one. Further, it has a large frame around the edges. This makes the phone inconvenient to use with one hand. However, it’s good to watch multimedia content and read pages of websites.

The question arises whether Quad HD resolution is required on such a screen. On the OnePlus 5, the diagonal of the screen is 5.5 inches, the resolution is 1080p, the density of the pixels noticeably smaller, but there is a big difference in the image clarity.

It’s unlikely that such a high resolution will be useful for anything other than virtual reality applications. Even a huge screen like the Samsung Galaxy S8 with a diagonal of 5.8 inches by default works at a resolution of 1080p, although Quad HD is supported.

More important is the fact that Nokia uses an LCD panel instead of OLED. This is an excellent screen, clear and bright up to 700 units. On the other hand, Nokia was known for using OLED panels in the Windows Phone. In particular, they were used in Glance screens.

Glance is a section of the screen with weak backlighting and displays basic information, such as time, date, battery level, and a number of notifications. This screen appears when the smartphone is moving.

On OLED displays, this functionality more economical, since in this technology the pixels light up only in the right places. Now the whole screen lights up, which can become interference at night, as Glance works during recharging.

Performance

There are no complaints on the specifications and speed of the Nokia 8. The device runs on the Snapdragon 835 processor, which is used in all best Android Smartphones in 2017.

It is a fast yet energy-efficient device coping with all tasks without problems, including a large number of pixels on a Quad HD screen. Furthermore, it has 4 GB of RAM.

Almost all the flagships on Android this year have similar characteristics, so nothing new here. In any case, the absence of slowdowns and delays is good news.

Modern 3D games, like Gear.Club and Guns of Boom work without problems, as well as 2D games like ReRunners. It can be noted that during games a single speaker at the base of the case can be accidentally blocked by your hand.

The device does not get too hot and the energy-efficient processor has a copper cooling tube with a graphite sheath that distributes heat to the cabinet.

Software

Some users have been waiting for more than a year, for Nokia to bring out a new release. Several years ago, the company opted for the Microsoft with a Windows Phone system and tried to make it the 3rd major player in the mobile market. This decision the company regrets until today and now you see Android Smartphones from Nokia making its way into the market.

The phones equipped with Android 7.1.1 software a standard Google application for working with e-mail, calendar, messages and dialing of phone numbers.

The disadvantage of this approach is it makes the phone feel too standard or faceless. As already mentioned above, the appearance of the device is the same as older versions available.

However, there are always those who prefer a clean and functional user interface instead of bizarre widgets and strange redesigned menus. This is what a pure Android does.

The user gets a familiar notification menu, which pops up from the top; the multitasking menu in the usual place, the list of applications opens with a gesture from the bottom up on the home screen. Google Now is to the left of the home screen; Google Assistant opens by clicking the Home button for a long time.

However, Nokia added the Glance screen, as well as Wallpaper and Support applications.

Among a large number of pre-installed applications, there is a streaming music service Deezer, eBay, and Amazon Prime Now. All of them can be deleted if needed.

For a week of use, the Smartphone had to be rebooted once after the system crashed, but the rest of the time it worked stable and smooth.

Another strange abnormality was the display on the Gmail application icon 280 of unread messages; although, in reality, they were not there. For sure, this error will be fixed in the software update.

Cameras

Before Nokia left the smartphone market a few years ago, it released devices with some of the best cameras. This happened in those years when Apple only learned to make similar devices.

Thus, the expectations from the Nokia 8 cameras were high. Although Carl Zeiss optics is used here, on previous successful Nokia Smartphones, it is unlikely that Nokia 8 cameras will be the same.

There is a double rear camera with a resolution of 13 megapixels, which removes well-balanced photos, but it does not reach the best capturing found in previous models. For example, autofocus works quite slowly and unreliable. As a result, you often have to click on the desired object manually. With the shooting of close objects, there are no problems.

Battery Use

With such a bright screen with loads of pixels, it is hardly worth waiting for recordings on the duration of battery life. Despite this, Nokia 8 shows a good result.

With a small to medium loads, like phone calls, e-mail, and text messaging, browsing the site, shooting photos, the device only discharged up to 68% from 9 am to almost midnight.

The next day, the phone held out until 3:30 pm, at which point the charge level was 24%. Obviously, even with a heavy load, the smartphone can work without problems throughout the day.

With 20 minutes of intense gaming, playing Guns of Boom reduced the level of charge by 5%. The device supports fast charging via a USB-C interface. Per hour, the smartphone charges up to 86%.

Should you buy the Nokia 8?

The Nokia 8 is a quality 1st attempt for the Finnish manufacturer to return to the mobile device market. It uses the fastest processor, has a solid metal design, a clear screen with a diagonal of 5.3 inches, and a close version of the Android. The camera, when properly used, is capable of producing good photographs.

However, the smartphone does not stand out as anything special. Its design can be described as typical, the screen does not belong to the frameless category, and does not use OLED. The camera does not always work well and there is a problem with focusing and exposure.

The positive side is the phone is cheaper than other flagship Smartphones available. However, OnePlus 5 is even cheaper.

Pros

  • Outstanding design
  • Has a dual-sensor rear camera
  • Amazing QHD display

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not waterproof
  • Small sized fingerprint scanner

About the author

Tyler Rondman

When he isn't enjoying the beautiful Northwest outdoors, you can find Tyler on business and tech sites, writing about the latest news, analyzing trends, and generally making the Internet a more interesting place.