“The Nokia Eight V UW is a stable providing, however will get beat by stiff competitors on the similar value, or much less.”
Nice digital camera
Stripped-back software program
No water resistance
Proper now, 5G is all the trend. With networks claiming “nationwide” protection and telephone firms slapping “5G” onto the identify of each new telephone, it is sensible that you’d assume it’s an enormous deal. Someday it will likely be, however for now, you’re dealing with a choice: Do you have to get a 5G-compatible telephone now, though it’s probably not going to be all that revolutionary for you, or must you wait till 5G is basically necessary?
Nokia thinks it’s best to do the previous. Just lately, the corporate launched the Nokia Eight.three 5G, its first 5G-enabled launch. Now, it’s taking that gadget a step additional, with the brand new Nokia Eight V 5G UW. (Yeah, it’s a mouthful.)
The brand new gadget is HMD World’s first carrier-focused telephone, with the “V” in its identify standing for Verizon. The remainder of the identify is fairly commonplace — apart from the truth that the UW stands for “extremely wideband.” That’s proper, this telephone helps Verizon’s 5G mmWave community.
Other than that, nonetheless, there’s nothing totally different concerning the telephone in comparison with the unique Nokia Eight.three. It even prices the identical at $699. Listed below are my ideas after just a few days of utilizing the telephone. Be aware, as a result of the telephone is so just like the usual Nokia Eight.three, we gained’t doing a full overview. You possibly can try our full overview of the Nokia Eight.three right here.
The Nokia Eight.three V 5G UW is a comparatively massive telephone, with a 6.81-inch show and a 1080p decision. It’s not the best decision, nevertheless it helps always-on HDR, will get good and brilliant, and is certainly sharp sufficient for many makes use of.
Across the show will be discovered comparatively skinny bezels, although the chin on the backside is fairly massive for a 2020 gadget.
The remainder of the design is trendy, however not a lot about it actually stands out apart from the massive outdated round digital camera bump on the again. There’s a fingerprint reader on the aspect, which is quick and responsive, and there’s a headphone jack on the backside, which is good to see. And there’s a hole-punch cutout on the highest left of the show.
The telephone presents a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It’s highly effective sufficient for many duties, and whereas it’s not fairly as zippy as an Eight-series processor, the overwhelming majority of customers gained’t discover a distinction.
Powering all of it is a four,500mAh battery that can simply get you thru a full day of use, with many individuals in a position to get two days of use. The telephone ships with Android 10, and it’ll get Android 11. Sadly, it gained’t get updates past Android 11, which is an enormous draw back in comparison with the competitors.
The general software program expertise is fairly stripped-back, however the Verizon-ness undoes this somewhat. Proper after establishing your telephone, you’ll discover 4 Verizon apps, proper on the house display screen, that it’s a must to take care of. You possibly can’t delete them both, so probably the most you are able to do is doom them to your App Drawer.
The digital camera is a quad-lens digital camera, and it’s nice. There are 4 sensors on the again, together with a 64-megapixel essential sensor, a 12-megapixel ultrawide digital camera, a 2-megapixel macro digital camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Pictures are vivid and brilliant, with loads of element nearly all of the time, particularly in low gentle. I might have appreciated to have seen a telephoto lens as an alternative of a macro sensor, and the macro sensor isn’t nice, however these are actually the one complaints to make concerning the digital camera.
I’ve actually solely targeted on the nice issues about this telephone to date, however there are some unhealthy issues too — and people unhealthy issues primarily imply that it’s best to keep away from the telephone altogether.
Let’s speak about 5G actual fast. There are two sorts that you’ll want to care about: Sub-6, which might journey lengthy distances however doesn’t essentially get that quick, and mmWave, which is basically quick however can’t journey distances or penetrate obstacles. This telephone helps each, particularly on Verizon. However you actually shouldn’t care about that — Verizon’s mmWave is just about irrelevant proper now, and whereas you will get Sub-6 connectivity fairly broadly, it’s not that quick but and gained’t change a lot about utilizing a telephone. In my space, Verizon’s Sub-6 5G is out there, and it’s comparatively quick, however not that a lot sooner than a superb LTE connection.
Then there’s the worth — and it’s the actual killer. At $700, the telephone is somewhat onerous to promote. Positive, there are good issues about it, and the digital camera is nice, however you possibly can get a Google Pixel 4a 5G as an alternative, which prices a big $200 lower than this gadget, and has higher software program assist, a digital camera that’s no less than on par if not higher, the identical processor, and extra. It doesn’t assist mmWave however that shouldn’t matter — and in the event you actually care about mmWave, you will get the Verizon variant of the Pixel 4a 5G, which prices $600. That’s nonetheless $100 lower than the Nokia Eight V UW.
The Nokia Eight V 5G UW isn’t a nasty telephone by any means. It’s comparatively highly effective, and has a pleasant massive display screen, a fantastic digital camera, and a stripped-back software program expertise. However the value simply isn’t proper. Nokia and Verizon are charging a premium for 5G, and it’s not value shopping for into but.
The one means this telephone goes to make sense is that if (or extra seemingly, when) Verizon decides to deeply low cost it as a part of the most recent vacation or add-a-line promotion . It might not be shocking if in just a few months the Nokia Eight V UW turns into accessible for one thing like $450 when placing it on a financing plan, and at that time, it’s dramatically extra engaging.
Is there a greater various?
Sure. If you wish to avoid wasting money, you’ll get a greater expertise from the Google Pixel 4a 5G, which prices $200 much less for the unlocked mannequin, or $100 much less for the Verizon mmWave mannequin. Purchase the unlocked mannequin, although — you gained’t want to fret about mmWave for just a few extra years, and it’ll nonetheless work on Verizon simply advantageous.
In case you don’t thoughts spending $700 and easily need the perfect telephone you will get, then go for the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, which has a greater processor, a fantastic digital camera, and comes on the similar value level. Or, you possibly can get the brand new iPhone 12 Mini, which is extra highly effective than any Android telephone presently in the marketplace, and is available in a pleasant pocketable measurement.
How lengthy will it final?
The Nokia Eight V 5G UW ought to final for a two-year improve cycle, so it’s solely assured to get one main software program replace. It’s additionally not water-resistant, so that you’ll need to do your greatest to maintain it away from water.
Do you have to purchase one?
No. It is best to look into the, , or as an alternative.