Nokia 8 design and display
At first glance, there is nothing attractive on the Nokia 8, especially from scratch. It has a fairly standard design, with the 5.3-inch screen dominating most of the front and thin edges, but visible to the left and right. Below the screen is the oval start button with an integrated fingerprint scanner flanked by the “Capacitive Back” and “Recent” buttons on each side. On the screen is a headset with a selfie camera on the left and a Nokia logo on the right. The bottom end of the Nokia 8 has the USB 3.1 Gen-1 Type C connector, a microphone, and the mono speaker, while the 3.5mm audio connector is on top. The SIM / microSD tray is on the left side and the volume controls and power button are on the right side.
Turn the phone over and things will be a little more interesting. The upper third contains the dual camera module and the two LEDs in the middle, separated by the ZEISS mark. All of this is on a small glass “island” surrounded by an oval metal ring that photographs the Nokia 8’s small camera on the back. Another Nokia logo adorns the center of the back of the phone, and there are a lot of normative texts, label on our review unit. The antenna bands above and below fit very well to the rest of the phone.
The body of the Nokia 8 is made from 6000 series aluminum and is available in polished copper and bright copper, as well as tempered blue and tempered steel. We have to try dull surfaces for long periods for our review and find the general feeling, and we end up being a notch on top of other devices in this price segment. We criticized OnePlus 5 for its uninspired design in our review, and now, just in terms of design, it feels extremely old-fashioned compared to the Nokia 8.
The Nokia 8 has a 5.3-inch IPH-QHD LCD screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, which may not seem “edge-to-edge”, but against the best in the world Business is where it counts. The screen has accurate color reproduction and can be very bright when needed, which means that the phone is not a problem in direct sunlight. HMD Global also used Gorilla Glass 5 for protection.
In the Nokia 8 retail box, you get a 12.5W charger, a USB Type-A to Type-C cable, 3.5mm earphones, a SIM eject tool, and the user guide.
Build : The design language is reminiscent of the Nokia of yore and, like it, this thing is built like a tank. I have dropped it over 15 times so far on all kinds of surfaces and it has nothing but a couple of near-invisible dents.
Display Even though it’s LCD, it’s a great panel with excellent viewing angles and good outdoor visibility and colors. No concern for blue-shift, image retention, or burn-in like on many AMOLED displays.
Software : The Android experience is fluid on the Nokia 8 with no discernible bloat. If you like stock Android, this adheres to it almost to the letter.
Speed : The Nokia 8 is fast and I have yet to experience any hiccups or slow-downs.
HMD’s update promise HMD has been issuing security updates for its lineup rather frequently and quickly, and has finished beta testing Android 8.0 Oreo for the Nokia 8.
Well-rounded Top of the line processor, large internal storage, MicroSD, NFC, USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, headphone jack… the Nokia 8 doesn’t skimp on the specs.
The Nokia 8 comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and is powered by a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM, which provid enough power for even graphics- and memory-intensive games and apps. Day to day use was no problem with the device opening and running apps with ease.
What delighted me when I first used it was discovering that it had 64GB of storage, which is ample in today’s standards. I could make do with at least 32GB, but who wouldn’t want more storage? There’s also a microSD slot so you can add up to 256GB more storage if needed, but the 64GB on board is not bad at all and is more than enough for most users.
Nokia says its new Android devices are always clean, secure and up to date. One week before I returned to my review unit, I received a notification that the Android 8.0 Oreo update was already available for the Nokia 8, so Nokia’s claim seems to be true.
Audiophiles will be pleased to hear that the Nokia 8 is equipped with excellent clear-cut headphones, though it often seems that it tends a bit towards the media. In general, the sound is optimal and the headphones are of high quality. This is a welcome addition, especially considering the somewhat weak and solid Nokia 8 speaker. The sound of the speakers is not terrible, but suffice to say that you will not hear your Spotify playlists through them.
Nokia was the first company to introduce OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for smartphone cameras with the Lumia 920. This is the Nokia 8 of course equipped. In addition, HMD retained the optical association of Zeiss. The phone does not leave the latest trend of the double lens camera. The Nokia 8 features a 13 megapixel RGB sensor and another 13 megapixel monochrome sensor. The last capture depth for the bokeh effect. It can also be used to make artistic monochrome photographs. The reversing camera has a dual-tone flash. I prefer not to use the flash because it flattens a photo.
As mentioned earlier, HMD has made changes to Android. An exception is the application of the camera. The custom interface provides access to Auto, Manual and Bokeh modes. Although it offers many possibilities, the presentation is not so good. I would like to see the intuitive user interface of the Nokia Lumia Camera on this device. Lenovo has already done that in the HMD.
In terms of quality, the Nokia 8 makes good photos in daylight. You have many details in a photo. The colors look natural. Thanks to OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), the camera works well in low light conditions. But do not expect it to be exceptionally good, like the Galaxy S8. It’s also not very fast in low light conditions. Probably because it uses the slow shutter to capture more light. In good light conditions, the bokeh effect works wonders. You may be mistaken if you believe that depth of field accuracy has been achieved with a DSLR camera.
The selfie camera is good too. This 13 megapixel module is the same as the main camera in most scenarios. The only thing missing is OIS for obvious reasons. The very interesting dual-sight camera mode is interesting. It allows the simultaneous detection of the front and rear cameras. It is ideal for narcissistic people who like to keep their face in every picture. The resource works as promised. But it takes a while to get used to making these shots.
The Nokia 8 records 4K video at 30fps. Of course, you can go with more conventional Full HD or HD mode to go easy on storage. The resulting clips offer steady and smooth framerate. More importantly, OIS does a great job at stabilising the videos.
Nokia’s OZO technology deploys an array of microphones to capture spatial audio. To experience that you need compatible earphones though. The Dual Sigh feature also works in video mode. It is a neat tool for video bloggers.
Average battery life
The Nokia 8 packs in a 3090mAh battery. On a single charge, it easily takes you through a day. backed by Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3 technology, the battery takes slightly over an hour to get fully charged.
Before buying the Nokia 8, it was years ago that I used Android as a daily driver. A custom ROM with ICS on my Galaxy S3 was the last, then I switched to LG G2, G3, G4 and S7 Edge. I had a Nexus 7 tab (2013) and I used a Nexus 5X to test things for Android Police, but they were never my daily controllers. That said, I know the merits of OEM masks, and I like them a lot, but in Nokia 8 I did not miss much.
Stock Android has grown a lot and it has been more than refreshing to return to a simple experience that is clear on what the manufacturer believes you want rather than what you really want. (Thanks, Samsung, but I do not want to disable 1 hour S-Planner or Microsoft Office or Skype or Facebook or all the other stuff you put in my throat.) I already have at least Gboard and Google Calendar Any Android phone installed I have in stock it is so nice that it is the default setting of the Nokia 8. The Nokia 8 is in its current state and with an average price of $ 400 to $ 500, it is a solid medium range supplier. The hardware and software of the camera are the main drawbacks, and the lack of waterproof design and a bit outdated makes it a point among other flagships. But it’s still a great smartphone and one that brings joy every day. Get a case first, I ask you.