3 weeks in, I've been comparing the 8 with my 2 year old Lumia 950, a new Galaxy S8 and the Xperia Xz1.
The Nokia is beautiful. It's very well made, and although not quite as cool as the S8, (it's the same oversized formfactor as the 950 and Xz1), it's a good looking device.
However... Stock Android is dull as dishwater. It's the same old mass of icons as every other Android handset. Nothing innovative at all. The only app that isn't made by Google, the camera is basic at best. The performance of the camera, which should be the best of the bunch on paper, is terrible.
HMDs reliance on pure Google apps is really disappointing. The native Google apps are mediocre at best and lack anything original.
At least Sony and Samsung give you the option of tracking and managing your device through a Sony or Samsung account. If I switch all of the Google rubbish off on this handset, I can't manage it at all. The lack of a native photo app is also disappointing. How about writing one that give you a choice of cloud backup a count to use... Dropbox, One drive, Flickr or Amazon? Or any of the others. Make the device about the consumer and use Software to do that. Similarly with Maps... Why not give the user the choice of which mapping application to use by default? Here maps are great for driving... And even when I disabled Google maps, and Here is the only mapping application installed... The phone opens addresses with the Google maps website... Come on guys! You had such an opertunity with such a beautiful handset to make it different to the £200 less expensive handsets from the likes of Huawei. But you've left it languishing with stock everything.
And... Given that it's stock everything... How come it is taking so long to put Oreo on it? The only upside of having a big standard OS is that it can be updated almost immediately... But no. I'm really hoping the stalling the Oreo update is because your going to do something great with the firmware and software.... But I'm not holding my breath. Hardware 8/10 only bettered by the slender S8 with its Amoled screen. OS implementation including camera 4/10 it's so unimaginative it's depressing.