The Nokia eight ($699.00 at Amazon.com) is not disappointing as a result of it is a dangerous cellphone. Really, it is dependable, highly effective and has a pointy, stunning display. What makes it disappointing is that as the primary high-end Nokia cellphone to ever run Android — one thing Nokia telephones have solely accomplished for the reason that Nokia 6 and its ilk have been introduced this previous March — it fails to match the intense Android handsets of the day.
The Nokia eight is “good,” however it does not beat the curved-screen, water resistant Galaxy S8 ($745.11 at Amazon Market) on design and specs, and it could actually’t beat the regular OnePlus 5 ($629.89 at Amazon.com) on worth. Nor does it have the LG G6 ($549.95 at Amazon Market) or V30’s whisper-slim bezels and full-face display. It does embrace two cameras on the again, which take first rate pictures in monochrome and coloration, however photographs do not surpass different dual-camera telephones in high quality. That leaves the Nokia eight as a middle-of-the highway Android gadget with a mismatched price ticket that is too excessive for what you actually get.
This cellphone is okay, however forgettable. And that is an unlimited let-down for a once-loved model making an attempt to make a comeback. What the Nokia eight wanted was to dazzle.
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Bodily, the Nokia eight seems to be dated, not an elite 2017 mannequin that’ll maintain its enchantment for the subsequent 12 months or extra. The matte metallic again feels good to carry however it’s immediately forgettable. It will not flip heads once you whip it out on the prepare. It seems to be similar to the less expensive Nokia 5, and that is an issue.
There is a extremely polished blue or copper model, both of which I vastly choose to the matte model and advocate discovering, in the event you can — at the moment not one of the UK cellphone networks are providing the polished variations. The Nokia eight is splashproof however not waterproof (one thing that is widespread on high-end telephones such because the S8 and iPhones), eradicating one more compelling cause to spend your cash. Whilst you’re most likely secure taking a fast name in mild rain, a spilled drink will doubtless spell catastrophe for the Nokia eight.
I might be extra forgiving if Nokia was fiercely undercutting its rivals on worth. However at £499 within the UK (which converts to $675 or AU$840, though US and Australian availability is but to be introduced) it is truly solely marginally cheaper than the Galaxy S8, one of the crucial luxurious, high-performance telephones in the marketplace.
Within the energy stakes, this cellphone can maintain its personal in opposition to the massive boys. At its core is a top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM — in our benchmark assessments it simply matched the S8, HTC U11 ($649.00 at Amazon.com) and OnePlus 5. You may discover buttery-smooth navigation and apps that load shortly. It dealt with each sport I threw its method.
The show’s 2,560×1,440-pixel decision makes textual content and pictures look pin sharp. Battery life is stable as effectively, reaching round 17 hours on our video rundown check. That places it alongside the S8 and OnePlus 5 and much above the HTC U11, which solely managed 13 hours. I comfortably acquired a day of use, although in the event you’re a heavy consumer you will nonetheless need to give it a full cost every evening.