Nokia 8 review: Nokia looks and Nexus feel make for a very enjoyable experience

Confounded sentimentality. It's elusive another approach to depict my inclination at the present time as I take a seat to compose this Nokia 8 audit. For the individuals who don't have the foggiest idea about my history, my profession covering cell phones began with an individual blog in 2006 and a Nokia 3250 XpressMusic. For quite a long while, I was Dotsisx (.sisx), an epithet that summons the amount I was included with the Symbian OS. I assessed telephones, I secured occasions, I put in hours every day searching for the best applications and amusements. Notwithstanding when the principal iPhone propelled and Android began making waves, I was a Symbian client totally. It wasn't until late 2010 when, alongside my accomplice Ricky Cadden, we anticipated the destruction of Symbian and Nokia that I proceeded onward to Android. It was a monstrous separation, the kind where messy clothing gets publicized in broad daylight and secured by Engadget however where you have so much love left that you're leaving severe, knowing you've given it your closest to perfect and that there's nothing left there for you. The future lies somewhere else.

For quite a long time I have seen from far off as the Nokia that I knew dwindled into its very own skeleton self, changed hands and strategies, and failed much further. I didn't expect the return, so the previous year has been completely captivating. The new Nokia isn't the same Nokia I once adored: it is a start-up and not a behemoth, it has a quick moving adaptable system and not a bound and determined in its ways lack of concern, it concentrates on unadulterated Android and not Symbian/Meego/Windows Phone, it is actually HMD yet a large number of the executives are ex-Nokia... So, it resembles somebody took the DNA of the Nokia that was and modified a cutting edge, coordinated, and enhanced form.

On the off chance that you asked me in 2010 whether I'd ever observe myself utilizing a Nokia cell phone again and really getting a charge out of it, I would have shaken my head in dismay. However here we are, with this fairly long prologue to the Nokia 8 audit: I am utilizing the telephone and I am getting a charge out of it. The new Nokia has done as such much right that I can suggest it once more, in great inner voice. In any case, this is only the begin, there's still a great deal that HMD needs to enhance to pick up if just a bit of Nokia's past sparkle.


Processor Snapdragon 835


Storage 64GB/128GB or more microSD

Display 5.3" 1440 x 2560 IPS LCD

Battery 3,090mAh with USB-C 3.1 and Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0

Raise Camera Dual 13 MP (shading + monochrome), f/2.0, laser and stage location Autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS, double LED (double tone) streak

Front Camera 13 MP, f/2.0, stage location self-adjust


Software Android 7.1.1 (Android 8.0 Oreo completed beta testing and is inescapable)

Dimensions 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9 mm (5.96 x 2.90 x 0.31 in)

Weight 160 g (5.64 oz)

Other IP54 confirmed, Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm earphone jack, 3 mouthpieces, Nokia OZO sound, unique mark sensor


Build The outline dialect is reminiscent of the Nokia of yore and, similar to it, this thing is assembled like a tank. I have dropped it more than 15 times so far on a wide range of surfaces and it has only two or three close imperceptible scratches.

Display Even however it's LCD, it's an incredible board with magnificent survey points and great outside perceivability and hues. No worry for blue-move, picture maintenance, or consume in like on numerous AMOLED shows.

Software The Android encounter is liquid on the Nokia 8 with no detectable swell. On the off chance that you like stock Android, this holds fast to it nearly to the letter.

Speed The Nokia 8 is quick and I presently can't seem to encounter any hiccups or moderate downs.

HMD's refresh promise HMD has been issuing security refreshes for its lineup rather every now and again and rapidly, and has completed beta testing Android 8.0 Oreo for the Nokia 8.

Well-rounded Top of the line processor, extensive inner stockpiling, MicroSD, NFC, USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, earphone jack... the Nokia 8 doesn't hold back on the specs.


Slippery The back aluminum and bended sides are outlandishly elusive. There's nothing to hold on. I can't utilize this telephone one-gave without being frightened of dropping it, which has happened commonly. Get a case, that is the main suggestion I can give you.

Camera For a Carl Zeiss double focal point setup, I had higher desires. The camera takes OK shots, however is moderate in low-light conditions, sets aside a little opportunity to center, and HDR comes about are normal. The Camera application could likewise utilize a few changes.

No water resistance The Nokia 8 is just IP54-affirmed, which implies it can deal with some tidy and sprinkles of water. No inundation however.

Plan and materials

In the event that you've at any point run over a Lumia gadget, the plan of the Nokia 8 will feel extremely natural to you. The dark front glass plate with adjusted corners, the way it bends toward the sides of the telephones, the metallic outskirts scattered with reception apparatus lines, they are on the whole very reminiscent of the Lumia 925 for me. Without a doubt, the last doesn't have a completely metallic back, however the likeness on the front is somewhat uncanny. Flip over the Nokia 8 and the vertical focal point group will inspire recollections of the Lumia 800, 920, and 928 among numerous others. The Lumias were more conspicuous due to their brilliant polycarbonate shells with popping hues, yet the substance of the outline is still there now.

Nokia Lumia 925 on the best, Nokia 8 on the base.

The component Nokia worried on amid the presentation of the 8 was its development from a solitary bit of aluminum metal. The unibody configuration looks incredible and the anodized surface is exceptionally satisfying to the touch. On the off chance that I walk my finger from the side of the telephone to the show, I can scarcely feel where one finishes and alternate starts. I've gotten a few compliments from individuals about the look and feel of Nokia 8, even in the exhausting steel (dim) shading that I have. I'm certain the naval force or orange units would have collected much more acclaim and intrigue.

The dark front canvassed in Gorilla Glass 5 is wonderful, and however many will scrutinize the extensive bezels, I don't worry about them. None of the companions and other individuals who saw the Nokia 8 with me said them either; the no-bezel elitism hasn't contacted the mass gathering of people yet. The best and base are not symmetric (the last one is taller), but rather they're sufficiently comparative that I've held the telephone numerous a period in the wrong heading in low-light and set my finger on the earpiece.

Next to the earpiece, the best bezel has the Nokia logo and houses the front 13MP camera. You won't perceive some other component as the vicinity sensor is by all accounts under the earpiece and the surrounding light sensor covers with the camera, from my testing. The base bezel has the capacitive catches, organized appropriately and shape, and a rectangular unique mark peruser. I am not an enthusiast of this sensor position, inclining toward the ones on the back. Be that as it may, I'll offer it to Nokia on the speed and precision front. It required a long investment to show it each of my thumbs, yet once that was done, the Nokia 8 never neglected to remember them in the previous month that I've been utilizing it. The scanner is likewise quick and gives a fantastic short vibration when it enlists a known unique mark (two for obscure prints). Be that as it may, on the off chance that you need to open your telephone from an aggregate rest state, it requires a small amount of a moment longer than in an application or on the lockscreen, which implies that you'll must be consider about opening it and it won't wake up by botch in case you're simply holding the telephone.

The highest point of the Nokia 8 has the 3.5mm headset plug, while the base has an amplifier gap, USB-C 3.1 charging port, and amplifier. The last is somewhat louder than my S7 Edge, yet it's nothing to expound on. The position makes it inclined to inadvertent covering with your palm and fingers while you're holding the telephone.

The left side houses the double SIM/MicroSD card plate and the correct side has the power and volume catches which stand out a little with chamfered edges. The vibe and snap of these is exceptionally particular and fulfilling.

The back of the telephone has the Nokia logo, affirmation logos, a "Composed by HMD Global Oy" engraving, and after that the camera group on the best. It's raised a little and canvassed in glass, and houses the double 13MP cameras, double tone LED blaze, and laser self-adjust. Over it, you'll locate the second receiver gap. Nokia says there are 3 receivers on the 8, however I can't see the third one. Chances are it's inserted in another component.

Be that as it may, the issue with the unibody configuration is that it doesn't represent grasp, by any means. Each and every time I hold the Nokia 8 and endeavor to utilize it one-gave, I likewise hold my heart with the other hand since I feel its certainty dropping. There's zero grasp around the edges or the back and the aluminum is smooth to the point that I can't depend on adjusting the 8 against my palm or fingers while utilizing my thumb to open the unique finger impression scanner, parchment, swipe, or sort. While different gadgets advantage from a tad of finger oil to better adhere to your hand, the Nokia 8 gets more elusive.

I'm not pleased to let it be known, but rather I've just dropped the Nokia 8 more than 15, possibly 20, times. It has slipped out of my coat and jeans stashes a few times also, when I twisted down to pick something. I am an extremely watchful client, yet I am additionally somewhat ungainly, and the 8 is simply not the telephone for me to use as seems to be. I generally buy cases for my gadgets, yet since the Nokia 8 hasn't authoritatively propelled in Lebanon yet, I can't discover any cases for it and needed to arrange them from some no-name merchant on eBay. Despite everything i'm pausing, and meanwhile, the 8 continues falling.

The moderating variable however is that this telephone is manufactured like a tank. It has survived falls on black-top, solid, asphalts, and artistic tiles with just two or three little gouges and one scratch close to the unique mark sensor that you may spot in a portion of the photographs. One time it additionally took off my hand while I was on the circular and knock against 3 or 4 sections of the machine before it fell on the floor, show initially, with a crash that was nearly as lo

ASUS ZenPad Z8s review: Another great tablet from ASUS

A year ago, I checked on the ASUS ZenPad 3S 10. At the time, it was ASUS' lead tablet and took a reasonable piece of plan motivation from the iPad. I left away for the most part awed, however the obsolete rendition of Android (6.0 Marshmallow) and pitiful battery life certainly kept down its potential.

Around a similar time, ASUS discharged the ZenPad Z10, a comparable tablet restrictive to Verizon. On the off chance that you read Jordan's survey, you'll know it was a vastly improved gadget. It had a superior processor, a greater battery, and Verizon LTE bolster. ASUS has now lined up that tablet with the ZenPad Z8s, another Verizon-select tablet with comparative specs and outline. Be that as it may, as the name infers, this one has an eight-inch screen rather than a 10-inch one.

The Android tablet market won't not be as energizing as it was amid the Honeycomb and ICS period, however I think the Z8s is as yet a darn decent tablet.


CPU Snapdragon 652


Display 8" 2048x1536 IPS LCD

Storage 16GB with microSD development

Camera 13MP raise camera, 5MP front camera

Battery 4,680mAh

Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/air conditioning, Bluetooth 4.2, Verizon LTE Advanced


Display The 2048x1536 screen looks incredible.

Design This has a similar premium-inclination metal outline that the Z10 has.

Battery The Z8s can without much of a stretch last various fling watching sessions, and sit still battery deplete is almost zero.

Storage There's a microSD card opening.


Software I would have gotten a kick out of the chance to see 7.1 now, and ASUS' track record with refreshes isn't extraordinary.

Navigation Not just are there capacitive route catches, yet they don't illuminate oblivious.

Charging There is no speedy charging.

Exclusivity You can just purchase this tablet from Verizon.

Outline and Display

The past ZenPad Z8 wasn't much to take a gander at - it had a dark front and back, with the main features being an ASUS logo on the back and a Verizon sticker on the front. The new Z8s is a colossal overhaul in this division, with an aluminum back and a plastic band at the best (for remote gathering). The sides and catches are additionally metal, giving the Z8s an extremely premium feel.

On the base is a USB Type-C port, which doesn't seem to help any level of quick charging. The included divider connector just conveys 5V/3A, and both my Pixel's USB-PD charger and my ZenPad 3S 10's QuickCharge 3.0 charger had a similar greatest speed. The absence of any speedy charging usefulness appears to be odd, particularly considering both the 3S 10 and Z10 upheld QC3.0.

On the two sides of the charging port are the speakers. The situating of the speakers was one of my huge objections with the ZenPad 3S 10, which additionally had them on the base. When watching media in scene, your hands will cover both, unless you hold it by one side or lean it against something. I truly wish more tablets had forward looking speakers.

There's likewise an earphone jack, which you can't underestimate nowadays. On the left side is the microSD/SIM card plate, and on the privilege is the power catch and volume rocker. It's significant that the Z8s supports Android's adoptable stockpiling, as long as you have a sufficiently quick SD card. The power catch is situated underneath the volume rocker, which is a bit of irritating; I'm more used to the power catch being on top from utilizing my Pixel.

Left: ZenPad Z8s; Right: ZenPad 3S 10

Moving to the front, we see one of the Z8s' primary attractions - the 2048x1536 IPS LCD show. Most 8" tablets as a rule have 720p or 1080p screens, yet ASUS has run hard and fast with the screen on the Z8s. It's not AMOLED, but rather it gets brilliant and the hues are incredible. You may see that the determination is somewhat abnormal - that is on account of the screen has a 4:3 viewpoint proportion like the iPad.

While this is certainly superior to anything 16:9 for web perusing and perusing, it's not as awesome for media. You'll generally have dark bars at the best and base while watching widescreen content. Since I solely utilize tablets for media utilization, I'm not an immense enthusiast of the 4:3 screen, but rather the high determination compensates for it.

Additionally on the front of the tablet are capacitive back/late catches, and a physical home catch. Dissimilar to the ZenPad 3S 10, yet like the ZenPad Z10, the home catch isn't a unique finger impression sensor. The capacitive keys additionally don't illuminate by any means, which implies utilizing this tablet oblivious isn't awesome. When utilizing this tablet during the evening, I'll regularly need to continue tapping where I think a catch is before it gets squeezed. I truly don't comprehend why all tablets don't utilize programming route keys now.



Tablet cameras are broadly dreadful, and this is no special case. The photographs are overexposed, and shading balance is shocking. The vast majority of my photographs wound up hazy too, regardless of me holding the tablet as still as could be allowed. What's more, don't think about taking pictures around evening time or in a faintly lit room.

The front camera is somewhat better, however experiences an indistinguishable issues from the back camera. Shading balance is particularly an issue, and the 'Beautification' setting just influences you to resemble a featureless blob.

Considering that a great many people never take pictures with tablets, the Z8s' poor cameras aren't generally an issue for me. Yet, in the event that you anticipate making video approaches a general premise, you'll most likely be disillusioned.


As you may have seen in the specs sheet, the ZenPad Z8s has a Snapdragon 652 with 3GB of RAM. With the Snapdragon 6xx arrangement being known for incredible battery life, I trusted it would last me longer than the ZenPad 3S 10 did. Be that as it may, before jumping into my experience, I'll go over benchmark comes about.

On Geekbench 4, the Z8s scored a 1423 for single-center execution and 4061 for multi-center assignments (full outcomes here). On 3DMark's Sling Shot Extreme test, the tablet got a score of 869. Lastly, the Z8s scored 81393 on AnTuTu.

In genuine use, the ZenPad Z8s is bounty quick. Opening applications and exchanging between them is quick, and I just saw log jams when endeavoring to see complex site pages with bunches of media. The Snapdragon 625 isn't the best for 3D gaming, however playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas at full determination (at Medium designs) just once in a while influenced the tablet to stammer. As specified above, I generally simply utilize tablets for light perusing and media playback, and the Z8s is superb at both.

Battery Life

Another strong part of the ZenPad Z8s is the battery life. Jordan applauded the battery life of the Z10, as he got around 6.5 hours of screen-on time with a blend of gaming and media playback. That tablet had a huge 7,800mAh battery, however the Z8s has a littler 4,680mAh battery.

Regardless of the lower limit, despite everything I found the Z8s to have an incredible battery life. In one occasion, I saw 7hrs of screen-on time subsequent to utilizing the tablet on and off for three days. It's essential to take note of that my utilization may vary from yours. I extremely just utilize tablets for media utilization and periodic web perusing, and normally just for a hour or two at any given moment (that drop toward the end was a few hour fling session of The Office while I was debilitated in bed). In the event that you play 3D diversions regularly, or utilize it as an essential figuring gadget, you'll presumably observe shorter battery life.

In my testing, there didn't appear to be any discernible additional battery deplete when utilizing LTE over Wi-Fi. I will state that my zone has great Verizon scope, so the tablet didn't need to work hard to keep up a solid flag.


At the season of composing, the ZenPad Z8s is running Android 7.0 with the May first security fix level. While the product is somewhat outdated, it's still much superior to the ZenPad 3S 10 I surveyed a year ago with Android Marshmallow. While still not as extraordinary as an iPad (particularly with iOS 11's fabulous multi-entrusting), Nougat makes utilizing Android tablets so much better. Is there local multi-window, as well as the enhanced Doze influences tablets to utilize no power when taken off alone (as my battery testing obviously appeared).

Obviously, the organization's ZenUI skin is available on the Z8s. There have been a couple of changes since I investigated the 3S 10 — the notice plate looks nearer to stock Android and the launcher's Widgets tab is gone — yet it's for the most part the same. The greater part of ASUS' alterations can be killed or barely noticeable. One of the principle programming highlights is 'Obscure free movement,' which is essentially a similar movement smoothing highlight that numerous new TVs have. I'm by and by not a devotee of this, so I turned it off, yet it's there on the off chance that you need it.

A portion of alternate changes incorporate ZenMotion (signals for opening applications), application easy routes on the bolt screen, and a suite of ASUS-created applications. I'm not a devotee of the organization's console, so I quickly introduced Gboard, yet the included launcher is very pleasant. Three Verizon applications were likewise included on my unit - Verizon Cloud, Message+, and My Verizon.

It's important that ASUS' reputation for refreshes isn't the best. On the off chance that Android Oreo arrives for this tablet, it will probably be a while. The 3S 10 was discharged in July of 2016, and got Nougat right around a year later. I would have gotten a kick out of the chance to see no less than 7.1 on this unit, yet the present programming knowledge was fine as far as I can tell.


The ZenPad Z8s is a decent tablet. The screen is incredible, the manufacture quality is premium, the battery life is astounding, and it works fine and dandy with Verizon's LTE arrange. The majority of my inconveniences with this tablet are minor, similar to the capacitive route catches and camera quality. Verizon is as of now offering the Z8s for $10.41/month for two years or $249 the maximum. I feel that is a quite reasonable cost for all that you get.

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