Nokia 8 review: Hype is the least of its problems


This is not a jaw-dropping phone that will shock the world.

If you were one of the people who thought that when Nokia launches its first flagship Android smartphone, they would remind the world why they were the best all those years ago. That they would spank the likes of Samsung and Apple, then I’d hate to be the one to break it to you but the Nokia 8 is not that phone.

Instead, the Nokia 8 is quite the opposite of a flashy flagship.

Don’t get me wrong, there is strength in just being a no-nonsense good smartphone. Phones like these tend to be reliable devices that you can count on to get the fundamentals right. However, after the two weeks I spent with Nokia’s brand new flagship smartphone, I don’t think Nokia even got “reliable” right yet.

The Good

+ Slick stock Android
+ Great build
+ Great price

The Bad

– Below average battery life
– Awful camera app
– No stereo speakers