Nokia 808 PureView Quick Review

Posted on Monday, Jun 25 2012 on 01:30 PM

At different points in its history, Nokia has had the best-selling phone, the best business phone, the best gaming phone, the best cameraphone and the best smartphone. At one particular time, they even had all of the above in one go. Honest to god, if there ever was anything like the best are-you-kidding-me phone and the best gimme-a-break phone, they would've been runners-up at least. Yeah, they were that good.


And yes, the Nokia 808 PureView camera is that good. They wanted something to maybe, just maybe, match the most basic of compact digicams. And they did so well that it scared the living daylights (and the low light) out of a Micro Four Thirds.


There goes the Nokia 808 PureView.

Key features

38 megapixel autofocus camera with xenon flash and 1080p@30fps video recording

Two capture modes: 38MP/34MP full-res and 3MP/5MP/8MP PureView

Camera features: giant 1/1.2" camera sensor, mechanical shutter, ND filter, geotagging, face detection, up to 4x lossless digital zoom

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support

Penta-band 3G with 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support

4" 16M-color AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of 640 x 360 pixel resolution

Nokia Belle OS with Feature Pack 1

Single-core 1.3 GHz ARM 11 CPU and 512 MB RAM

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and UPnP

microHDMI port for HD TV-out functionality

GPS receiver with A-GPS support and free voice-guided navigation

Digital compass

16GB on-board storage, expandable up to 32GB through the microSD card slot

Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic

DivX and XviD video support

Built-in accelerometer and proximity sensor

Standard 3.5 mm audio jack

Stereo FM Radio with RDS, FM transmitter

microUSB port with USB On-the-go support

Stereo Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP

NFC support

Smart and voice dialing

Scratch resistant Gorilla glass display

Main disadvantages

Symbian ecosystem lags behind Android and iOS

nHD resolution wears thin on the 4" screen

The phone is quite bulky and heavy

Relatively limited 3rd party software availability

microSIM support


The 808 PureView has no business with cameraphones as we know them. It can look down at any of the smartphone flagships of the competition and make fun of their so-called advanced camera tricks. But guess what - it doesn't. It's so much better than that.



And of course the flipside is that the smartphone is not of the same order as the cameraphone. The Symbian-powered Nokia 808 PureView knows darn well it cannot match the quad-cores, HD screens and the app stores of the competition.


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