Summary: At Mobile World Congress this year, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop cast a wary eye over the catalog of shiny new phones introduced by his competitors and posed the challenge, "which ones will you remember?" At the time, I was asking him why the Finnish company he’s in charge of was introducing the 808 PureView with Symbian on board when, by Nokia’s own admission, that operating system was already on its way out.
Pros: Beats every other cameraphone by a wide margin, 38-megapixel photos are surprisingly good, Great call quality
Cons: Web browser is unusable, Symbian Belle feels like a terrible imitation of Android, Low-res display, Camera hump is a hindrance
Summary: Back in the good old days when Nokia was still at the top of the chain, one of the strongest features of their flagship devices is its camera. Earlier this year, the Finnish company has once again shocked the mobile world with the release of the Nokia PureView 808 with its 41MP image sensor. Sadly, however, the phone was forced to take the back seat to give way to the Lumia handsets.
Conclusion: The Nokia 808 PureView does all that I need really well. In my earlier first impressions article , I detailed how easy it was to set it up for my daily use in terms of installing required apps. The Belle apps ecosystem isn’t anywhere near what obtains on iOS and Android, but it has more than enough for my needs. I am sure that there will be those whose needs may not be so adequately covered. In which case, a competing platform would be suitable for them.
Conclusion: 48 hours is not long enough to draw firm conclusions about a packed smartphone like the Nokia 808, but I am liking it already, as it hasn’t disappointed yet. It has been a good start with the 808 PureView, but as always I shall put it through its paces over a period of time before drawing my final conclusions about it. In the meantime, I am going partying with this baby this weekend, and hopefully can get you some really nice Xenon-lit shots of people having a blast.
Summary: The Nokia 808 PureView's 41-megapixel camera is a rocket strapped to a rollerskate. It easily trumps all the better smart phone cameras, including the iPhone 4S and the HTC One X. But the Symbian operating system is less easy to use than Android or iOS and has fewer apps. Web browsing is also woefully sluggish.
Cons: Extremely sluggish web browsing; Symbian OS lags behind the competition; Ovi Store needs more apps; Low-resolution display; Hefty and bulky.
Conclusion: We have two conclusions, one for current Symbian users and one for anyone coming from an alternate OS. For Symbian users happy with their experiences so far and intent on getting the best camera phone out there, the Nokia 808 PureView will be a dream come true. We really can't over-emphasise how impressed we were with its camera. Get it - it's literally a no brainer. For anyone coming from another operating system.
Pros: Best cameraphone available, Best HD video capture on a phone, Great connectivity options
Cons: Dated OS, Low resolution screen, Poor app support
Conclusion: The Nokia 808 PureView is not for everyone, mainly due to its high SIM free price and lack of availability through UK operators. For those of you out there that loved your Nokia N8 s with its 12MP camera you’ll love the Nokia 808 PureView with its 41MP camera and increased display and storage capacity.