Nokia 9 PureView User Reviews

Overall user rating

9.3

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Internet
9.7
Call quality
9.3
Battery
8.0
Reception
9.7
Display
9.3
Build quality
9.7
Text input
9.0
Everyday usage
8.0
UI speed
9.0
Camera
9.3
Multimedia
7.7

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Boogieman posted on Apr 16, 2019, 7:19 AM
Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

10.0

The first DSLR alternative phone

Boogieman has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

In short, this is a phone for camera enthusiast who also wants a solid, great looking phone and great call quality and wants to choose which software they want to use (no bloat) instead of using forced UI experiences and apps. Its as far from an iPhone that you can get and pretty far from Galaxies too (I have a s9+ and an iPhone 7+ too)
(Apple decides for you, the least customisable phone out there)
(Samsung customize your phone out of the box with Samsungs experience a.k.a. how they think you should use the phone, but on Android you can at least choose a bit more, but you cant uninstall the "samsung experience" or samsung apps that you dont use. While the samsung experience is pretty nice, I prefer to choose on my own and pick the best of the best from the play store)

Build quality
10.0
Seamless design, SOLID build, extremely nice to hold, flush cameras that not even Apple can manage to do ;-) Compared to my galaxy s9+ the nokia 9 feels and looks like a gem.
Reception
10.0
Phone calls are crystal clear
Call quality
10.0
Keeps connection when my s9+ and iPhone7+ loses it. Should be 12/10 :-) Since Nokia works with 4G/5G they know how to make a phone that works on networks they invent and build.
Internet
10.0
The fastest you can get on a 845 and wireless AC connects snappy and stays connected
Multimedia
10.0
Zero bloat and I can choose what I LIKE. Android One FTW
Camera
10.0
This is a phone for enthusiast. I don't know what phone arena did to get such lousy results but maybe they can only handle auto mode properly as they often compare phones to iPhone which is auto ONLY. RAW photos are basically on PAR with a cheaper fixed lens Canon DSLR that costs more than the Nokia new
UI speed
10.0
Faster than my S9+ likely since the clock frequency is higher + no bloat. Also tests show that its on par with many 855 CPU phones, just trailing slightly from S10.
Everyday usage
7.0
No SD card slot on a camera phone aimed at photo enthusiasts is the biggest omission. I also cant understand why they did not add a dedicated shutter button. Also a head phone jack is allways prefered vs not having it. Thumb reader in display is bad (though update is in the works confirmed by Juhoo on twitter), they should have gone for classic on back reader as those work a lot better than all today's in display readers.
Text input
10.0
I choose my keyboard and display senses what i input very well
Display
10.0
In auto mode its basically the best on the market in sunlight and THAT is where phones have the biggest problem. Indoor no problem on any phone.
Battery
9.0
Should maybe had a few 100 more mAh but then it would have been thicker and now it's super slim. But for a camera phone i would gladly add one mm thickness for 500mAh extra. Battery lasts easy one day though with intensive usage.

Pros

  • Camera
  • Design
  • Display
  • Size
  • Bottom and top bezels to hold onto when gaming
  • Reception and call quality
  • Speed in every day usage
  • Light room custom lens included
  • Android ONE (no bloat)
  • Durability (see which brand that wins durability test on
  • No bixby button ;-)
  • Sound - Nokia ozo surround sounds incredible when played on my home theatre
  • USB-C to 3.5mm dongle included (so i can use MY OWN head phones wired when i want to maximize quality)
  • Insane bokeh shots with perfect depth fall off
  • Ability to adjust depth before and AFTER shot is taken
  • Really good front camera
  • Wireless charging
  • Fast charging

Cons

  • No SD card slot
  • No head phone jack
  • No dedicated two stage shutter button
  • Thumb reader misses a lot (though they are working on a fix)
  • No option to save RAW only (would decrease processing time considerably as its not processed and RAW also gives the best photos)
  • No option to choose what to process on jpeg (i.e. turn off sharpening, brightness correction and so on)
  • No OIS (expected though as it would make camera alignment impossible)
  • Glass back panel (should have been aluminum with a plstic part where wireless charging needs it). Glass is glass...and glass breaks

19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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Hlorri posted on Apr 05, 2019, 5:29 PM
Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 2008

9.0

A bit niche

Hlorri has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

The headline feature is of course the camera - and it's a pretty specialized one at that. Most users will appreciate the increased dynamic range - so you can still see detail in the dark areas of an otherwise bright scene. This is great for landscape pictures, which often turn out even more dramatic than real life. Other than that, it's "OK". Low light photos are so-so, at least the JPEG version. You can of course save RAW (".dng") images, and you will be able to bring out a lot more detail and versatility (I use "darktable" for Linux), however these are ~40MB each, and eats up at both processing time and battery life pretty fast.

The biggest annoyance is the in-screen fingerprint reader. I got used to a flawless, quick and elegant solution with the Nokia 8 Sirocco, so the jump "up" to the Nokia 9 was a great disappointment in this regard. It often takes several tries to even register a fingerprint (and it misleadingly shows the message "Please try pressing a little harder..." -- that is NOT effective). The trick is to lay your finger (presumably your thumb) flat against the surface, often reaching a bit above where the indicator is located - but even then it often fails 5 times in a row forcing you to fall back to PIN entry instead. You can also use face authentication, but this is not considered secure enough for Google Pay - so even if your phone is unlocked and you scan it at a payment terminal, you then need an additional fingerprint or PIN unlock before scanning...  

Build quality
10.0
Seamless, comfortable. Great ergonomics, except perhaps a bit tall/hard to reach the top bar with one hand.
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
6.0
No music player (other than Google Play music) built in. Single speaker, tinny at that.
Camera
9.0
Great dynamic range, but as explained in the review, a bit niche.
UI speed
8.0
Great overall, but camera is a bit slow.
Everyday usage
8.0
One big annoyance: Fingerprint reader.
Text input
9.0
Display
8.0
Great in daylight. A bit washed out at low light setting (compared to the Nokia 8 Sirocco).
Battery
7.0
Drains fast when capturing lots of RAW images.

Pros

  • Great camera (dynamic range, dramatic scenery)
  • Options to save RAW images, depth info
  • Brilliant display in bright light
  • Ergonomic
  • Nice amount of RAM

Cons

  • Buggy fingerprint reader
  • Slow processing of images (camera)
  • Display colors washed out in low light
  • Tinny speaker
  • No SD card slot
  • JPEGs not great in low light

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echocae posted on Apr 12, 2019, 7:18 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Apr 12, 2019

9.0

Best Photographer Enthusiast Phone

echocae has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

I feel that this phone is going to get a lot of polarized opinions as this phone packs some punch in the camera department but it might not be what people will expect. The main highlight of this phone is its 5 cameras and this might sound better than other flagship phones which have 2 or 3 cameras, but this phone's cameras are used in an entirely different way than the other phones. While most of the other phones process the picture after taking the picture e.g. they will enhance the contrast or details, this phone does not process the image in a similar way. The traditional image processing is kept at a minimum because that control is given to the user. I have found that with my earlier phone colors in the pictures were way more saturated than in real life. This has been a gripe for some of the photographers who use the phone to take a picture and find that the phone image processing has cranked the image attributes too high for their liking, so they prefer to shoot in RAW which lets them be in control. This phone seems to be aimed at doing that and gives control to the user to decide how they want their picture to look like. This might sound a good idea but most of the people don't want that much finer control and are fine
with what their phone cranks out. So while comparing stock pictures of a brightly lit scene from this phone and other phones, you might find this phone takes dull pictures while others have eye-popping colors and might end up in thinking that camera on this...  

Build quality
9.0
Reception
9.0
Call quality
8.0
Internet
9.0
Multimedia
7.0
Camera
9.0
If you know what to do
UI speed
9.0
Everyday usage
9.0
Text input
8.0
Display
10.0
Battery
8.0

Pros

  • Great Camera control, Great HDR, Great Display, Android One, No Bloatware

Cons

  • Fingerprint, Camera apps (fixable with Firmware), Battery is good not great

12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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