Nokia 8 5G V UW Review: A Big, Clumsy Mess

For puzzle bar Time, I’m going to crack the name of a phone for you, purely because it’s ridiculously complicated. This phone is called “Nokia 8 V 5G UW”. Nokia 8 This is the actual product name of the Android smartphone; V Verizon stands for; 5G Is meant to support New network standard; And UW Ultra Wideband is the name of the Verizon 5G that uses the millimeter-wave (mmwave) spectrum. Apparently, Verizon is to blame for this disaster.

This is the model I’ve been testing for a few weeks. Thankfully, you don’t have to take a deep breath to say the name of an almost identical unlocked version that will work on other carriers – the Nokia 8.3 5G. This leaves the millimeter-wave support in favor of a slower but more accessible 5G spectrum (sub-6). Regardless of the model, it is difficult to recommend this phone. At $ 700 it costs a lot, and it is not fun to use.

Big drop

I threw it out of the box for the first time. This is heavier and bigger than new iPhone 12 Pro Max And this Samsung galaxy note 20 ultra.

I don’t mind a big phone, but it’s hard to access parts of the screen with one hand, unless you shake it down with your hand, and the rear glass is an instant fingerprint magnet that quickly turns serious. .

Photo: HMD

Then the drop came. I was crouching, taking the photo low to the ground (with other phones, for comparison). My pants pocket was about one and a half feet above the pavement. The Nokia 8.3 5G, too large to be constrained by a measles pocket, slipped. Crack.

The glass shattered back, and has continued to release small pieces of glass in my hands ever since. Wonderful. I’m coming to this phone after reviewing just two other $ 700 phones, Google Pixel 5 And Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. They use aluminum (with a bio-resin finish) and plastic, respectively, for materials on the back – much more sensible. Both are IP68 water-resistant and support wireless charging, two missing features on Nokia.

Nokia’s LCD display is not impressive for this price. It is sharp and bright enough to see outside on sunny days. But it cannot match OLED panels with competitors. Each pixel in the OLED screen acts as a backlight, so when you see the black pixel is completely off, and it looks brilliantly dark. On this phone, the black pixels still glow slightly, meaning that the dark stuff is not completely dark. The lack of OLEDs for features like Always-On Display is problematic, which shows the time and notifications when the phone is on standby. . I had to flip the phone upside down while sleeping because the entire screen has a backlight that emits distracting flashes. Oh, is that so.

Good News? I had no performance inside the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. Apps are fast to launch, and games run smoothly most of the time. There is occasional stutter, but it was never a cause for concern.

Its battery life is poor. The 4,500-mAh cell runs a day, but doesn’t last even a minute, and that’s when I barely use stuff like browsing Reddit and Twitter, reading articles, and maybe taking some photos. Such simple activities brought me to 20 percent by 10 pm with a little over three hours.