Nokia 8.3 5G V UW Review: Big clumsy mess

For the first Time, I’ll break down your phone name, just because it’s ridiculously complicated. This phone is called “Nokia 8.3 V 5G UW.” Nokia 8.3 is the actual product name of this Android smartphone; the V stands for Verizon; 5G is to support the new network standard; i UW is Ultra Wideband, the name of Verizon’s 5G that uses the millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum. It is clear that Verizon is to blame for this disaster.

This is a model I’ve been testing for a few weeks. Fortunately, you don’t need to take a deep breath to utter the name of an almost identical unlocked version that will work on other carriers – the Nokia 8.3 5G. It skips millimeter-wave support in favor of a slower but more affordable 5G spectrum (sub-6). Regardless of the model, it is difficult to recommend this phone. With $ 700 it costs too much, and it’s just not fun to use.

Big Drop

I grimaced when I first took it out of the box. This thing is heavier and bigger than the new iPhone 12 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

I don’t mind big phones, but it’s hard to get to parts of the screen with one hand unless you swipe it down your hands, and the glass on the back is a current fingerprint magnet that quickly gets dirty.

Photo: HMD

Then there was the fall. I squatted and took a photo low to the ground (with another phone, for comparison). The pocket of my underpants was about a meter and a half above the sidewalk. The Nokia 8.3 5G, too big to be held back by a poor pocket, fell out. CRACK.

The glass shattered and since then it continues to release tiny pieces of glass into my hands. Wonderful. I come to this phone after just reviewing two other $ 700 phones, the Google Pixel 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. For the material on the back, they use aluminum (with a bio-resin finish), ie plastic – much more reasonable. Both are also waterproof IP68 and support wireless charging, two features that are missing on Nokia.

Not even Nokia’s LCD screen is that impressive at this price. It is sharp and bright enough to watch outdoors on sunny days. But it can’t match the competitor’s OLED panels. Each pixel on the OLED screen acts as a backlight, so when you see black, the pixel is completely off and looks bright dark. On this phone, the black pixels are still a little bright, which means that dark things are not completely dark. The lack of OLED is problematic for features like the Always-On Display, which displays time and notifications when the phone is in standby mode. I had to turn the phone upside down before going to bed because the whole screen has a backlight that emits a distracting glow. Terrible.

Good news? I had no performance issues with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G inside. Applications run quickly, and games run smoothly most of the time. He stuttered occasionally, but there was never cause for concern.

Battery life is poor. A 4,500 mAh cell lasts a day, but not a minute longer, and then I barely use the phone to do things like browse Reddit and Twitter, read articles, and maybe take a few photos. Simple activities like that dropped me to 20 percent by 10pm with just over three hours of screen time.