Nokia is no stranger to the phone industry, having dabbled in it since 1981. The Nokia 8 is their latest smartphone, but how does it fare in a crowded marketplace?

NOKIA 8 REVIEW

Nokia’s eighth smartphone isn’t bad. Unfortunately, Nokia 8’s peers, such as the Galaxy 8, offer greater benefits, meaning you’re better off with one of them. Sadly, the Nokia 8 isn’t waterproof, which is a major faux pas in late 2017.

Nokia 8’s default operating system is Android Nougat 7.1.1, and Nokia ensures it will receive regular updates so “you stay on top of features and security.” This allows compatibility with plenty of Google’s services, including Google Photos and Google Home.

Fortunately, Nokia’s latest is more than serviceable with its internal components – a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB worth of RAM. Its screen spans 5.3 inches, bearing a 2K display. It was also built with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, meaning it should endure its share of hardships. This Nokia smartphone comes with 64GB of internal memory, though MicroSD cards up to 256GB can be utilized. This internal design was also made with the goal of improving the battery life, which, per CNET’s testing, lasted for 17 hours.

Likewise, Nokia 8’s cameras are, while not the pinnacle of smartphone cameras, still solid. By simultaneously using the front and rear cameras to take pictures you can take a “bothie.” Nokia’s Dual-Sight mode concurrently uses both cameras, displaying both images on your screen.

Nokia’s eighth phone comes in steel, tempered blue, polished blue and polished copper hues. You’ll find your Android, a charger, a cable for charging and exchanging data, a headset, a quick guide and a SIM door key in the $700 package. While it doesn’t surpass its peers in any field, it’s still a capable partner.

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