Nokia 8 review: Is there a point in buying a Nokia if it has no Snake?

Jan 31, 2018 AT 05:02 AM | BY LifeBanter


okia return to the smartphone arena has risky been in part overshadowed by the revival of the Nokia 3310. The return of the icon of the 2000’s, earlier this year, has generated so much hype that the technical achievements of its new range of smartphones might be compromised.

Nevertheless, the Nokia 8 is the device in charge of returning the name of finland to the center of the mobile phone market. It is the first flagship Nokia in HMD World, the Finnish company that now licenses the brand, and wants to regain the land today claimed by the likes of Apple and Samsung.

HMD has sought to bring a bit of fun from the original 3310 in its heavy flagship, claiming it is the first phone to allow users to take a “bothie” – broadcast live video from its cameras front and rear. The features of the mark as the buzzer and start-up of noise are included, but unfortunately, there is no version of Snake built in.

But a name will only get you so far, so, the Nokia 8 good enough to compete in the already saturated Android market?

The new Nokia

The Nokia brand generates instant nostalgia for the 100 million or so, who owned the original Nokia 3310, released in 2000. The sole brick phone became a legend for his weeks-long battery life and almost unbreakable body.

But as the decade has progressed and the market has been disrupted by the Apple iPhone in 2007, Nokia started losing ground. Nokia chose to work with Windows rather than move to Google’s burgeoning Android software.

It has never quite worked and with huge losses in its smartphone business was sold to Microsoft, Samsung, and was able to angle the Android market. With Microsoft moving away from its Windows Mobile software, HEADSET World, was formed in 2015 by former Nokia executives, the repurchase of the licence to make Nokia phones from Microsoft in 2016.

From these messy origin comes from the rebirth of the Nokia mobile brand. HEADPHONES developed the new Nokia 3310, a phone based on Nokia’s old success story. But this and the other devices do not have enough for a brand with lots of pedigree. The Nokia 8 is HMD attempt to finally start Nokia in the smartphone age.

The design and the screen

With the Nokia 8, HMD has adopted a simple, balanced design, nothing flashy, a safe first effort in many ways. There is no design of the screen or facial recognition, for example.

With a 5.3-inch screen of the phone feels large, but doesn’t really offer the kind of screen space on the top of the range appliances. In the UK, users have only been able to choose between Steel and Tempered Blue as the main colors. There is also a Copper version which is not yet available here.

The blue is attractive in a subtle game of and the back cover is nice to hold, but looks and feels very similar to its much less expensive cousin, the £159 Nokia 5.

The back of the phone, however, looks better. The vertical camera is of a design different from what we have seen on most Android models, and the aluminum edge of the camera is the most polished part of his look.

The screen itself is a 2K resolution and incredibly clear, although not significantly better than its competitors, it is brighter than some rivals at this price point.

His “Look”, which lights up to indicate the time and the details such as unread messages or missed calls when you pick up the phone, is useful. However, it turns on automatically when the phone is charging, which is irritating if you want to charge the phone for the night.

Fingerprint Scanner

There is, however, a major problem with the design that makes the general use of the Nokia 8 delicate. The fingerprint scanner is one of the least useful that I have found on flagship phones. The front placement is better than on most rear-mounted devices, but the scanner is frankly too small and too often failed to respond to my touch.

Compared to other flagships Android it felt slow, which is a disappointment given that many other fingerprint readers are now at the speed of lightning.


The Nokia 8 comes with a dual-lens 13MP rear camera, made by the German partner, Carl Zeiss. The camera is not bad: the light is captured well in black and white and photos are a professional quality, but at certain moments, the camera can focus a little too slowly

It can reach a depth or bokeh effect, where the background is blurred and the main details like the faces highlighted, this is not a brilliant implementation, often losing details. It has a 13MP front shooter for selfies.


“Be less selfie. More bothie” is the line of HELMETS has chosen to partner with the new Nokia 8. The technology allows users to easily take a double selfie and standard image using the camera of the smart-phone or live stream “bothie” of Facebook.

But the cringeworthy term does not feel likely to take off, despite the advertising campaigns. HMD says that the phone has been “designed with content creators in mind”, but an analysis of Twitter and Facebook feeds for #bothie land pitifully little results, and a few YouTubers seem to have taken to using the dissemination of the technique.

It is also difficult to use, and the awkward cut in the middle of the screen can lead to a spliced faces.

The Performance and the software

Where the Nokia 8 excel is in its performance at all levels. Its operating system is a purists version of Android, functionally smooth and fast, although not the lightspeed fast you feel on the iPhone 8 with its A11 Bionic Chip.

Nokia have also said that they aim to be one of the first on the market with new Android operating systems, so expect to be one of the first to receive updates with Android Oreo (after Google Pixel 2 of course).

Battery life is also a boon for the Nokia 8, comfortably one of the best we’ve tested, and has lasted more than a day and a half on a standard charge. It also comes with handy quick charge, which has become a standard this year, the devices. The additional phone of the order of 30% of its battery on a 30 minute charge.


There are a lot of positive points for a HELMET take away from its first top-end phone. For all of the basic, ordinary, day-to-day phone job I’ve found myself making its pure version of Android is a great utility. It doesn’t feel massive in the pocket and is very comfortable to hold.

The Nokia 8 is said to the creators, vloggers, and banners with his bothies and high-end audio recording. But I can’t see them flocking to it. It is not flashy, even a bit bland, and missing key steps, such as the duties of a fingerprint scanner and can not compete with a premium double lens camera or selfie-taker.

With options like the OnePlus 5 to 50 pounds less, it feels like the £499 Nokia 8 is a tricky part of the market. And those who trust the Nokia brand may not even pay attention to its high-spec features, which means the budget Nokia 5 phone may be a better purchase for a lot of the company in addition, established clients.

With a lot of nostalgia-marketing for the Nokia brand, which holds less value to the recruits of the first smartphone generation, you should not forget that there is not a lot to offer, here, that you could not get on any other, cheaper, Android devices.

If you like Nokia and want something more than the one of the HMD of the budget smartphones, there is nothing wrong with the Nokia-8. But there’s nothing that sells it as a must-have of the premium of the device.

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