Does the writer even know Android 8.0?
Just one homescreen?...
Ok, so there's just one homescreen before you start customisation but dragging any icon (from the main homescreen or from the app draw) to the right of any homescreen adds more homescreens as you need them. You've just got to have at least one icon on each screen.
Sparse quick settings?
Notice the "pencil" icon at the bottom of the expanded quick settings menu? Tap it and you can add or remove quick settings icon as you need.
Dude, learn the OS before you make summary judgements! I'm glad the author likes the HW though. I bought a Nokia 6 for my son a month ago and he loves it.
BTW, is the charge port still a micro-USB? I don't recall that it was mentioned.