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  Reply # 1878567 6-Oct-2017 16:42
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Just received a Nokia 8 64GB today. Charged during the day, taking home now. You can ask questions here.




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  Reply # 1878585 6-Oct-2017 17:03
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freitasm: Just received a Nokia 8 64GB today. Charged during the day, taking home now. You can ask questions here.

 

I am keenly interested in your feedback on this handset.





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  Reply # 1878589 6-Oct-2017 17:41
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I note in Australia they are bringing in a 3G version of the rebooted 3310, wonder if we will see that sneak in over here.


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  Reply # 1878622 6-Oct-2017 18:31
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Is it locked to Spark? I was impressed with durability tests I have seen , with the 6 they have a big extra plate inside that is screwed to the casing, making it very very strong and difficult to bent it, not sure if they do that with the 8.




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Nice and responsive. No bloatware - only non Google app seems to be the Spark app that comes pre-installed.

 

Running Android 7.1.1 July 2017 security level out of the box. Used NFC to authenticate with my existing Android and let it download the apps (120 of them). I haven't added my Exchange accounts yet.

 

It's not locked to Spark. It shows 4G+ on Spark but 4G only on Vodafone. Ran a speedtest (Johnsonville tower). The download speeds on Spark were the same as Vodafone but upload on Spark were double of the Vodafone. 

 

 

Great feel and it plays the Nokia tune when you turn it on! Fingerprint scanner works well and acts as home button as well.

 

Haven't tried the camera yey.

 

Impressed so far.







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  Reply # 1879232 7-Oct-2017 21:50
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 No FM radio? I suspect not (according to the reviews I've read).




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  Reply # 1879246 8-Oct-2017 07:33
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@freitasm what are the ergonomics like? Weight, hand fit, pocket fit, one handed use. I know Wellington’s weather has been poop this weekend but what’s outside readability like.




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  Reply # 1879289 8-Oct-2017 10:09
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If feels nice on your hand, albeit a bit slippery surface on the back. Smooth finish. The screen is nice and readable and very responsive. The fingerprint scanner in the front is a bit annoying as it vibrates when you touch it - I personally don't like this, so a personal preference only.





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Is the camera image quality comparable to a Nokia Lumia 930 (for example)? They both use Zeiss cameras eh?


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Is the camera image quality comparable to a Nokia Lumia 930 (for example)? They both use Zeiss cameras eh?

 

Yes they do but the camera application is fairly basic but all the reviews so far have been pretty happy with the end results.





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Is the 32GB version of the Nokia 6 the only one to be sold in NZ?


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I received my Nokia 6 today. I pre-ordered it from Noel Leeming, who packaged it properly for once (my iPhones came in unpadded or barely padded bags, this was put in a box). It reminds me a lot of the Lumia 830 etc. - trading speed for premium construction at a modest price.

 

It came with Spark SIM, works with Vodafone SIM, although I'm on Pay & Go so I only see 3G.

 

#1 disappointment: No notification LED. I've hated this every single day I've been using my iPhone (after switching from Androids with LEDs) and I was so looking forward to getting the damned thing back again. In one fell swoop, Nokia have managed to make the phone even worse than the iPhone for notification visibility (because it doesn't even flash the screen). To add insult to injury, other market versions of the Nokia 6 have the bloody LED. Are they having a laugh? What possible reason could there be for removing it?

 

The other thing, which runs slightly against what I said about construction, is that the ports on this phone are a little iffy. Insertion feels rough in the audio jack (never had to "break in" the iphone), and as with so many other android phones I've come across, the USB port doesn't quite line up with the hole in the chassis. It's nothing terrible, but compared to the Lightning experience on the iPhone, it's underwhelming.

 

This phone is not fast, but I think it's a reasonable trade-off for the build quality. I don't care about games.

 

It really struck me how much better Android is than iOS now in terms of UI and notifications. It's much more clearly laid out and intuitive. The expandable storage and better file management options are a breath of fresh air too. iOS 11 and/or the latest version of iTunes crippled file transfers further.

 

I'm not a fan of rounded edges on screen glass. Sure, it looks and feels nice with no screen protector, but it makes screen protectors even more of a nightmare than they usually are to fit. And there are no good screen protectors available for this phone. I bought the two official Nokia cases. Neither provide much protection. The flip case has more potential to absorb falls, but there's nothing to keep the flap shut, so the phone could still land on its screen. I'm glad they didn't put a magnet in it though. I remember how difficult it was to find a flip case without a magnet for the Moto G. The stupid magnets interfered with the compass. The clear case provides virtually no impact protection. It's just to prevent scratching.

 

Aside from the NOTIFICATION LED, it would have been nice if Nokia had continued the Lumia tradition of making camera-centric phones. The 830 was cheap, but had a great camera in it. It also had the two-stage dedicated camera button (seriously, why isn't this a universally adopted feature on every smartphone?).

 

The fingerprint reader is faster and more reliable than I expected. It's as fast as the last gen iPhone one. I bet it's not very secure though, given that it's taking such a small sample. heard them talking about this on Security Now. The phone is encrypted by default, probably contributing to its lower performance.

 

Have Google crippled OK Google music playback recently? OK Google could previously be used to play local music. When I tested it on this phone, it said: "choose from these options", presenting YouTube and Google Play Music, but it said something about a subscription being required. I backed out to Google the issue, and now every attempt I make to initiate music playback with OK Google results in an endless "..." eggtimer in Google assistant and no playback. So I gave up and installed foobar2000, which I would have ended up using anyway because a) Google's voice recognition is hilariously useless, and b) foobar2000 + replaygain is the only way to get properly working normalization on Android (and iOS before iOS 11, because now the only way to transfer music is via iTunes library sync and that strips out the RG tags. Apple Music's Sound Check is still broken, incidentally).

 

The speaker on the Nokia 6 leaves a lot to be desired.

 

The SIM/SD drawer is plastic with metal trim. I hope the trim doesn't fall off. Speaking of drawers, I can't find the setting to restore the app drawer button, but the Nokia system works pretty well. You can even tap the arrow if you don't want to swipe.

 

Oh, I almost forgot to mention: The screen is great. The colors are wonderful, no weird tint. I hope there's no screen lottery like in the iPhones. Black screen uniformity is fantastic and there are no other defects. This is rare in the world of LCD displays apparently, and Apple can't even get consistent backlight distribution in a 4" screen these days (if the last 3 iPhone SEs I purchased are any indication). Of course I only have one Nokia 6 sample here. Hopefully it's representative of most units.

 

The big question mark here is software support/updates. This is why most of the android market is dead to me. Nokia have made a commitment to rapid update releases, and have been going strong with these new phones so far, but how long will it last. The quick-to-device updates don't mean much if they cease after 2 years. Apple has supported the 5s for 4 years. I have a perfectly sound One M7 sitting in a drawer, but it's been rendered useless by lack of updates. beautiful screen on that thing too.

 

 


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