Been using the Nokia 8 some time now and from being an owner of all their models the 3,5 and 6 it has impressed me in every respect which of course one would expect being their flagship but the Nokia 6 is not too far behind either and for its price it perhaps might be a better buy for some and that build quality the 6 has is simply great.

When it comes to performance and multitasking the Nokia 8 simply reigns champion here I spend alot of time on the phone and this is what I need, a fluid fast switch between apps etc with no lag that is present on some of the cheaper models but that is expected. The camera also shines here which is what one would expect and even the cameras on the 3,5 and 6 where pretty good but again the camera on the 8 excells in every aspect.

 

 

Build quality is again a winner though the only caveat is the slippery back but this is now common with most phones but of course we can finally get cases for the Nokia 8 including Original ones which can let you still see the device and check out the cases we have reviewed on site there is quite a few.

The Nokia 8 undergoes a rigorous 40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing to ensure its distinctive design pairs flawlessly with the polished aluminium unibody. The ultimate in seamless unibody construction, Nokia 8 is designed to nestle perfectly in the palm of your hand.

For most though people remember Nokia for the build quality and camera and during the Windows Phone era it was all about the camera forgetting other important aspects that did work but we can leave aside the apps and updates.Build quality is important devices such as the Lumia 925,1020 and 1520 where great and these also had great cameras and quite powerful devices in the day but the talk was the camera,the camera on the Nokia 8 is excellent but there is alot more to the NOKIA 8 than the camera and I think we should move on from comparisons to phones that are now obsolete including the failed lumia 950 they are no longer relevent, Nokia is now running Android its got a good camera and good support behind it and fast updates,something Lumia and Windows Phone never had yet the evangelists keep crying about it claiming two year old devices are still relevent,, Wake up call,… They are not..

 

I Love how the phone looks to begin with,especially the rear with a signature look, its different and it stands out,people ask what phone am I using though those that know me always know I have been a Nokia fan but when I am out and about taking snaps it seems to catch peoples eye for some odd reason and plenty have never even known Nokia is not back in the game but many do know too. For those whom are familiar with the new Nokia range they will notice a familiar design language which is carried through the 4 devices in our market and they all complement each other well and unlike the Samsung and Huawei devices they dont look the identical on the shops display.

 

The specs on the camera are not shy either though we have a dual set up I am not one to use the mono effects I am a point and shoot this is what I need and what I get with the phone.  Primary camera 13 MP (Colour + OIS) + 13 MP (Mono), 1.12um, f/2.0, 76.9˚, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash Front-facing camera 13 MP PDAF, 1.12um, f/2.0,  78.4˚, display flash. There is plenty of settings to toy with for the true camera enthusiast which I would be but not to a huge extent.

ZEISS OPTICS – The Nokia 8 features a 13 MP dual image-fusion rear camera with both colour and monochrome sensors, plus a wide-angle 13 MP phase detection auto-focus front camera. Both front and rear cameras are equipped with ZEISS optics, meaning every snapshot moment becomes a story worth sharing.

Lets not forget the DUAL SIGHT mode or better known as Bothie. What has happened to the hype here,this was one of the features I tested at the London Launch and I have not seen anyone here use it yet its a good idea that allows people to see your face on a setting you are looking at getting the reaction which can be shared with FACEBOOK LIVE or you can simply snap and save and share via a social media chanell of your choice,this needs to be looked into some more I think.

 

Anyway moving on to how well the camera performs it is really good in any situation I am not one of those that spend the entire day posting photos of food and selfies to my social chanells but anything I did consider a good shot will the rest goes on my blog for product images,they will be on Instagram or my personal Facebook page or TBI facebook where they belong which also an unboxing video can be seen here shot entirely on the NOKIA 8 its really good quality and the sound reproduction is great due to the 4K Nokia OZO spacial 360 surround audio.

For general use and me being a poweruser I am impressed overall it has handled any task and is excellent in multitasking which is important, I have had two random reboots since I began using the device which is not bad considered the work load I put on my phones between social imaging and using multiple apps and of course the wordpress on Android which is pretty good and stable.

On the odd occasion I have had a similar issue which I found on the Nokia 3 and 5 which I have mentioned before and thats non repsonsiveness from the touch screen, ie tapping an app for example and nothing happens I find this odd across three devices but a simple hit on the power key fixes on a fresh attempt.

Battery life on the Nokia 8 is good but for your average user not constantly on your phone like me being a poweruser. However the fast charge is fast and will get you out of a hole in no time, I did find a few apps causing severe battery drain and one such app was avast anti virus, I just use this sometimes as a safety aspect but had to remove the app because it destroyed my battery which was odd because it worked fine on other devices.

  • Precision machined from a single block of 6000 series aluminum
  • Polished mirror finish
  • 13 MP front and rear cameras with ZEISS optics
  • Bright 5.3” 2K polarized display, protected by sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5

 

Inside
  • Pure, secure and up-to-date Android Nougat with regular updates
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 mobile Mobile Platform designed for excellent battery life and improved superior graphics performance
  • Nokia OZO spatial 360° audio
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • Loads of space with 64 GB mass storage and MicroSD card support up to 256 GB

There is plenty of power in the Nokia 8 and its priced well now going up against new devices such as One Plus and so on, For me as it stands today Its my daily driver and I have brought myself back to carrying just ONE phone rather than two which can be annoying but it sometimes something I need to do between work and leisure. At times I did have myself using both the Nokia 5 and 8 together.

 

Other than tasks on the phone I played alot of VR and this did make the phone heat up notabley which was expected but like anything else I do its not brief with my phone its intense use and it handled it all well despite the hot to touch element which made me put the device down just for more a safety perspective. If you like VR the Nokia 8 can handle it many people have asked about the Nokia 8 and VR its an Android its no different than any other Android and handled anything I threw at it here it is an enjoyable experience I have also test it with the ZEISS VR ONE PLUS headset and both complement each other well..

SEE OUR ZEISS VR ONE PLUS HEADSET REVIEW 

The Nokia 8 has been dissed by some and some might think I am a bit biased being a long time Nokia fan and collector  but from using countless phones over any given 12 months this is up there with the big boys at less the cost I am not saying it is the best out there though for the price, you cant go wrong,Incidently enough there is now phones that are almost as good coming in cheaper these days which is a trend and another trend being phones costing over a 1000 euros which is rediculous you dont need to spend that much to get what they offer. One thing HMD need to do is keep their prices right at launch and think about how they release things and not follow Microsofts footsteps with certain markets getting a good slice of the pie before others this is not the way to goand it can already be argued they have done this with certain models.

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Another thing needs to be noted  is the availability of cases on launch not months later,again this has been a failure which could be a nice revenue stream for HMD but this happens with other manufacturers too so perhaps throw a case in with a new purchase on a new device would be one way of winning people this has been getting more common these days and something to digest, And finally something that I always have been vocal about and I have said this to the team when I met them in London and Dublin DITCH THE CARRIER EXCLUSIVES..

The only minor thing that pissed me off was the letter “A” fell out of my Nokia 8 before i even unboxed the dam thing but it has somehow managed to stay in but given I keep a case on it there has been reports of letters randomly falling out of some devices but this is mainly cosmetic but it matters to people who really like a brand and chose to use them just like I do all my Nokia devices today.

Any other questions please feel free to ask..

Written by Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Part time actor and security professional and brutally honest when it comes to opinions.