The Nokia 8 Sirocco is solid, but not exciting enough for its price
The Nokia 8 Sirocco has a problem.
It's problem isn't that it's processor is a year old or that it's camera doesn't shoot super great photos.
The problem with the Sirocco is that it's just too expensive.
The Sirocco is Nokia's latest flagship phone and it does a lot right.
It's waterproof, it has an excellent build quality, an impressive sharp screen, and it runs Android one, which is basically pure Android.
And yeah, the phone runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the premium processor of yesteryear, but I never once felt it wasn't powerful enough.
But then, there's that price tag.
The phone retails in the UK for around 650 pounds, which [UNKNOWN] to about $880.
That's more pricey then a Samsung Galaxy S9 and for that cost it's harder to forgive something.
Firstly there's the design.
The Seraco helped out by it's curved screen but it's still wide and it's 5.5 inch display isn't cool enough to level it out That means the Sirocco could alienate both people who like small screens, who are likely to find it too wide to hold comfortably, as well as those who have become accustomed to 5.8 and 6 inch screens.
Then, there's the camera.
Cameras are where phones can distinguish themselves the most, but the Nokia is just too finicky I was able to shoot some impressive photos, but things get much trickier in imperfect conditions.
I often struggled with contrast issues, and taking portrait shots means dealing with an unintuitive slider for bokeh effect.
You can shoot some really nice photos with the Nokia's camera, but it just doesn't stack up to the competition.
That's really the phone's problem in a nutshell.
It's not that it does anything poorly.
It's just that it's not exceptional enough to justify its price.
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