Nokia 8 Sirocco review: Stirring up a Sandstorm
Nidhi Singal April 13, 2018
Of all the Nokia Symbian phones, Nokia 8 launched in 2010 was my favourite. The stunning design and superb camera were unmatchable. I had high hopes for the Nokia 8 (running Android OS) launched last year but it failed to live up to my expectations. But this year Nokia is back with the Nokia 8 Sirocco, which is a gorgeous looking smartphone with a good camera and Android One operating system.
The front is dominated by the 5.5-inch display. The glossy rear, which attracts finger impressions, houses a dual camera setup and a circular fingerprint scanner. The soft finish at the rear makes it a little slippery too. Nokia 8 Sirocco is IP67 certified, which makes it water-resistant. The phone is accompanied with a plastic back cover for protection but completely kills the look of the phone.
The UI on the Android One is pretty neat - apps can be docked at the bottom of homescreen and swiping up from the bottom opens the app drawer. The app tray also has a search bar on the top, followed by a row of the most frequently used apps. Long pressing the app icon, be it on the homescreen or in the app tray, shows shortcuts for things you can do with the app. For instance, the Keep app shortcuts to create a new audio note, photo note, new list or a note instantly. This works with third part apps too- long pressing Twitter app allowed me to scan QR code, create a new message, new tweet or carry out a search.
The Live Bokeh mode captured great depth images when focusing on humans but struggled with objects. There is also an option to edit the background blur under Bokeh editor setting in Google Photos. When shooting in the auto mode, most of the images came out well. For me, the highlight is the user interface of the Pro mode that made adjusting manual settings intuitive and easy to use. Slightly swiping over the camera shutter switches to Pro mode, which opens radials menu for adjusting the white balance, focus, ISO, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. As I changed the settings, the results were displayed on the screen.
The images captured using the Pro mode were impressive as images captured during low-light and indoors had little noise. Overall, the images offered great colours and details. There is also a Bothie mode, where both the front and the rear camera captures images and videos at the same time and stitches them together. There are two ways to access the Bothie mode - one is where the front and the rear camera divides the screen into half and the other is P-I-P, where the selfie camera comes as a small picture in the big rear frame.
This feature sounds fancy but can come handy for YouTubers and Vloggers as there is also an option to select the microphone for recording sound and stream a Bothie live on YouTube or Facebook.