HANDS-ON WITH THE NOKIA 8

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If the Nokia 6 was a chunky slab of metal, the 8 is a svelte slice, with smooth curves that fit per­fectly in

your hand. The cop­per ver­sion is eas­ily the best-look­ing phone in the line-up, with the stealthy an­tenna lines leav­ing the back free from dis­trac­tions.

The 5.3in dis­play is LCD but ev­ery­thing looks so rich and colour­ful on it we thought it was OLED at first. Con­trast is ex­cel­lent, with good view­ing an­gles and bright­ness. Open­ing apps and swip­ing through home screens seemed speedy too, prob­a­bly thanks to the nearpris­tine ver­sion of An­droid that Nokia’s loaded it with.

Of those two cam­eras, only the colour sen­sor comes with op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion; but test shots showed some prom­ise, even if we’re not sold on the idea of us­ing both front and back cam­eras si­mul­ta­ne­ously to snap ‘both­ies’.

It might have a sim­i­lar look, but the 8 feels a world apart from Nokia’s three other smart­phones. The leap in build qual­ity, hard­ware and de­sign is huge… but will that be enough to tempt Nokia fans back from their Sam­sungs?

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