Software & UI8.0
The Nokia 8 ships with stock Android 7.1.1 out-of-the-box. Honestly, there’s nothing much to say about the software on the smartphone. The UI is clean and intuitive, and we didn’t have to fiddle much with the phone. The Nokia 8 offers bloatware free and smooth experience and it does come with fast software update.
The phone has ‘Glance mode’ in the Display settings that shows up missed call, alarm, unread messages, unread mail and calendar reminder. The Glance pops up these notifications when the phone detects movement and it doze off after a few minutes (you can adjust the time-out from 1- 20 minutes). The display shows the Google Assistant shortcut in the bottom left (but it requires your fingerprint/pattern or password to access it) and camera shortcut at the bottom right. Further, you can also launch the camera app by pressing the power button twice, but first, you will have to switch it on in the Settings menu. This can be done by selecting the Gestures option in the Settings and then slide it right to turn on the Gestures mode.
The Finnish company has also packed-in ‘Motion’ mode which lets you reject calls simply by turning over the device. It has ‘Mute on pickup’ option as well that mutes the ringtone when the phone placed horizontally is picked up. The home screen is quite plain, with pre-installed apps coloured in white while the ‘system icons’ sketched in blue circles. You can find the Widget, Wallpaper and Settings option shortcut by long pressing the home screen.
The quick settings drop-down menu on the Nokia 8 shows up few toggles like the Brightness adjustment slider, Wi-Fi, Battery, Bluetooth, Priority mode, nearby etc, slide it to the right and you will get a few more toggles. The annoying part of the phone was with ‘clear all’ button that took us to scroll it to the top to select the button.
In a nutshell, the UI overlay is quite simple, and it doesn’t require you to smack your head hard to get familiar with the interface. The iconography is neat, and you get a stutter-free experience on the phone. During our usage, we didn’t find any app crashes, though encountered lags while running few apps (graphics intensive games mostly) but overall the performance was stable.