As you can see, in the world the value of not only the ruble, but also the model lines of computer technology is falling. For example, in the good old days, the coolest computer processor was Intel Core i7. And now he has been demoted and Intel Core i9 has become the new king of the mountain. So the Nokia 8 series at the end of 2017 was the full flagship of the first “Nokia on Android”. And now this is just a good assistant for the characteristics of this top model, Nokia 9 PureView. But the price does not fly into space, as is now happening with Sony, Samsung and Apple, where for “middle class” asking for 40 thousand or more. And the main intrigue. how good the sub-flagship Nokia is in fact. Because apparently the devil’s leg will break in them, and the megapixels of cameras, as you know, do not say anything on their own.
Let’s start with the body. You can’t say the same with photos, but live Nokia 8.1 looks really beautiful and stylish. I would even say. expensive. Not as hipster as the Honor 10 with its poisonous iridescent colors. Glass is felt by glass, thick and translucent, metal. real metal. This is also a rarity, because, for example, the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) and Xiaomi Mi 8 live more like melted in equal proportions of glass with plastic “soap dishes”. Finnish design is less annoying and more durable in this regard.
Smartphone Nokia 8.1
And yet, the brutality and beauty of the rear panel, coupled with the sidewalls, is all limited. Because in general, the mobile phone looks like greetings from the past, and this is not a compliment.
Smartphone Nokia 8.1
The monobrow at the screen is huge, just healthy! It infuriates incredibly, because on its sides there is almost no room for indicators and notification icons. Not to mention the fact that in 2019, even with smartphones costing less than 10 thousand rubles, you can find screens with a smaller neckline. And here we are “serious cabbage soup” offer to love a huge “bangs” for 25-30 thousand rubles.
The ugly huge cutout on the screen spoils the design of the smartphone, which, otherwise, is made better than most “the Chinese” at the same price
And the reason is well known: in fact, Nokia 8.1. this is not a new model (which it is presented to us after the announcement in December 2018. early 2019), but the model released in autumn 2018. It was originally called the Nokia X7 and sold it only in Asia. Well, you understand why. Asians are very fond of Nokia as a name and as a phenomenon, so they scatter such mobile phones in huge numbers. I take off my hat before the skills of HMD Global marketers, because when similar Chinese (Lenovo) tried to sell mobile phones in a similar way with the prestigious nameplate in Asia (Motorola), they did not succeed. But Nokia lives and lives, albeit not in the form in which the sect of Witnesses of smartphones on Symbian S60 and Nokia 8800 would like to see it.
Protruding rear camera with chrome “armor”. Another beauty sacrifice, because of it, Nokia 8.1 always leaves somewhere to the side, even on barely inclined surfaces, if they are at least a little slippery. And initially you will not have any salvation from this, because there is no cover in the kit, and by the way, there is no film on the screen either.
Smartphone Nokia 8.1
And finally, the combined slot for two nano-SIM and one MicroSD, does not allow the use of both at the same time. And the option with 128 GB on board to “do not steam” About the amount of free memory with two SIM cards, official sellers do not offer in principle.
Nokia 8.1 smartphone, nano-SIM nano-SIM / MicroSD combo slot
But the quality and solidity of the materials of the smartphone itself, I repeat, you will not find fault with. Because everything is brilliant. simply, and without tricky patterns and in any way bent screens / glasses, a smartphone with a thick layer of chocolate metal and glass looks better without tricks. Simplicity pleases in the approach to the connectors. other than for granted USB-C (which some Chinese like Vivo still haven’t “invented”, for example) there is also a separate headphone jack, and even support for FM radio was left in place!
Smartphone Nokia 8.1
The fingerprint scanner is not in the screen and does not “somewhere the devil knows where”how fashionable it is now. he is behind, where you expect to find him. NFC is also present, unlike any Meizu at the same price.
Pay for the feeling “made for ages” in the case it’s a little thicker. where Xiaomi sculpts 3400 mAh into a case with a thickness of 7.6 mm (Mi 8), 3500 mAh from Nokia are already placed in a case with a thickness of 8 mm exactly. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S9 with 3,500 mAh is even thicker (8.5 mm), but it has water resistance.
Screen and interface
Nokia one of the latest manufacturers who prefers high-quality IPS screens instead of the dominance of Samsung-like AMOLEDs. Choose between them. it’s like choosing between fried chicken eggs and boiled soft-boiled, each cooking method has enough fans.
The display is very, very high quality. one of the best that can only be in modern powerful smartphones. Very bright, very contrasting, economical (you will see this when you read about autonomy) and without toxic bluish tones, as is customary with smartphone manufacturers today.
Display. one of the best that can be obtained in smartphones with IPS-matrices
The specifications depend on the selected display mode in the Android settings. Maximum brightness when setting “PureDisplay. Bright”. as much as 566 cd / m2 (against 420-450 cd / m2 for the similarly priced Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S or 490 cd / m2 for the more expensive Huawei Mate 20), but a little bluish tones are mixed in white. to the level of 7600K, which is not very comfortable for the eyes. If you change the setting to “Standard”, then the white balance is balanced on a pleasant-looking 6300K, and the maximum brightness. 516 cd / m2, which is still more than almost all competitors, including more expensive flagships.
As for the design of the system, everything is not so rosy here. Firstly, at the very first boot, Nokia 8.1 met me with standard “wallpapers”, which I immediately identified as “infernal”. I still find it difficult to find a different definition. Either this is the surface of the Sun, or molten metal in a steel mill, or “we shared an orange. many of us died”, and maybe the gates of Oblivion. But overall, it seems a little strange to me to meet this user. it’s ruffling in the eyes, the icons look lousy against the background, and you don’t observe any beauty that I would like to admire.
Smartphone Nokia 8.1
But alright, it’s nitpicking. importantly, pure Android is not equal to the phrase “the most convenient Android”. The fact that Nokia 8.1 due to the lack of initiative in the system will be faster to update Android to a new version is cool. But after such a deserted and inconvenient interface, the shells of MIUI (Xiaomi), EMUI (Huawei) and even Color OS (Oppo) seem to be manna from heaven.
I will give you one simple example. Unlike Chinese shells (the design of which is stolen from Apple’s iOS), there is a separate menu for application shortcuts. The problem is that in managing gestures, instead of the usual three buttons, both this menu and the multitasking menu are called up from the bottom. Only to open the application menu, you need to swipe right from the edge of the screen, and calling the multitasking manager requires a swipe from the bar at the bottom.
I admit, with the call of the multitasking manager, I no longer have problems. used to. But the application menu so far I open once out of five.
Nokia 8.1 interface: lock screen
Oh yes, still and continue to hold your finger on this dash. Google Assistant starts, and if you move it to the right. You can switch running applications without calling the dispatcher! And if you suddenly thought that the swipe left is returning back, which would even be logical, then no. There is a separate button for this action in the interface (where there is where to return), and swipe left does nothing.
So the day has come when “pure android” compared with Chinese shells has evolved from an advantage to a disadvantage
In general, I always felt that Android was moving somewhere in the wrong direction, but Google could at least consult with Chinese shell developers first. Any modern Chinese manufacturer, having its own proprietary interface, understands this much more (except Vivo and Lenovo, perhaps).
Included with the phone are also wired headphones. this in itself is commendable, because many manufacturers have begun to hack and dispense with them. I’ll remind you of the smartphone, in place of a 3.5 mm headphone jack separately from charging, and, unlike some Nokia 7.1 Plus, there is also an FM radio.
But the sound in these regular headphones was frankly bad (although someone would like it). Too many basses. so much so that the sound becomes really deaf and lacks space.
In addition to the smartphone, we decided to try out what Nokia can offer in sound, if you do not take something complete, but fork out for a proprietary Bluetooth headset. Of the new ones, Nokia has one called “Nokia Pro Wireless Earphones” or, if you are interested in indices, Nokia BH-701. This is a headset in design “collar” with headphones on wires without the possibility of adjusting the length, although this length is enough.
The sound is not bad. Not audiophile, but nothing to complain about
Himself “collar” very flexible, even knit knots. It’s a little not “premium” it feels safe. accidentally break the headset to a crack, as with the analogs in a plastic case, you will not succeed either when the headset is on the neck or in the backpack. And the headset with a soft rim also can not press on the neck in principle.
I carefully examined the headphones and nowhere (nowhere else. Just believe me) did not find the designation where the right earphone and where the left one. Intuitively, I guess how to wear them, but I would like to make sure that “buttons up”. This is definitely the right option for Feng Shui. In the attached instructions (yes, I read it) this is not explicitly indicated either.