Strong to the Finnish
This is the fanciest model of a new range of phones launched by Nokia, now under new management again after the brand was bought back from Microsoft by former Nokia executive Jean-francois Baril. We liked the look of it when we first saw it, and when we found out it was selling for £499 – still pricey but over £100 less than other brands’ top models – we liked it even more.
Various colours have been announced, but the only one readily available is Steel, an odd name considering it’s made from a single block of aluminium. The back feels lovely and is comfortable to hold, and the front is even better, with a very sharp 5.3in screen under Gorilla Glass 5. It doesn’t feel as futuristic as the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Apple iphone X, but with enormous brightness and 98.5 per cent of the SRGB colour range, there’s not much to complain about. Below the screen is a fingerprint sensor.
Inside is a processor that’s in the top rank for everything except 3D gaming, where it’s still very good, and it’s running standard Android with no gimmicks. Not only is it fast, but it keeps going. In our video-playback test, the battery lasted 18 hours 46 minutes. The crowning glory is the dual rear camera (see image below left), which takes excellent stills and video. There’s also a ‘bothie’ mode to shoot from front and rear to make a side-by-side picture of you and what you’re looking at.
What other phone could you buy for £500? The Oneplus 5 is £50 cheaper and excellent, but currently out of stock, with a new version expected. In this price bracket, little else really stands out. Nokia’s problem, though, is that the Samsung Galaxy S8, which launched at £689, can now be found for as little as £525 (Amazon www.snipca.com/25969). As much as we admire the Nokia 8, the S8 is even more impressive, with its edge-to-edge AMOLED screen and waterproof case. But if you’re not a Samsung fan, Nokia may be for you.
SPECIFICATIONS 5.3in 2560x1440-pixel screen • 2x 13-megapixel rear cameras • 13-megapixel front camera • 64GB flash storage • Microsd card slot • 802.11ac Wi-fi • Bluetooth 5.0 • 3G/4G • Android 7 • 152x74x7.9mm (HXWXD) • 160g • One-year warranty www.snipca.com/25968
VERDICT: The competition won’t let Nokia back into the phone market without a fight, but it’s very hard to argue with the 8
ALTERNATIVE: Samsung Galaxy S8 £525 It seems unfair to Nokia to list this as a rival, but with current heavy discounts it’s vying for the same customers
Sleek design, fast processor and accurate screen colours