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: 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: Nokia can really say that they have accomplished their mission. Espoo said they waited for someone to steal the crown from the Nokia N8 and, after waiting and waiting, they decided to make a product that would allow them to steal it themselves. There is absolutely no doubt that the 808 PureView is the best camera phone money can buy at the moment. But should you buy the 808 PureView or should you go with a dedicated camera?
Pros: + Stellar camera performance, + Excellent build quality, + Buttery smooth graphics thanks to dedicated GPU, + Display provides great color saturation, contrast and outdoor visibility, + FM transmitting option, + Excellent call quality, + Great speaker, + Free Nokia essential software (Maps, Drive, Traffic) with offline maps and voice guided navigation, Nokia can really say that they have accomplished their mission. Espoo said they waited for someone to steal the crown...
Cons: - Nokia (ex Symbian) Belle OS, - Some might find it too bulky, - Low amount of applications in the Nokia Store, - Poor browser performance, - Poor social experience, Nokia can really say that they have accomplished their mission. Espoo said they waited for someone to steal the crown from the Nokia N8 and, after waiting and waiting, they decided to make a product that would allow them to steal it themselves. There is absolutely no doubt that the 808 PureView is the bes...
Summary: The Nokia 808 PureView is a great demonstration of what good hardware paired with excellent software is capable of--at least when it comes to the camera. It's not just the oversized 41MP sensor, but the PureView technology that goes along with it that makes this phone an imaging breakthrough. However, it's clear that Symbian's time has come and gone. If this device ran Windows Phone, then it would be a lot more compelling.
Pros: Takes amazing photos and videos, Attractive design, Good Maps and Navigation apps
Cons: Outdated Symbian operating system, Low-resolution display, No HDR mode, Much fewer apps than Android and iOS
Summary: It’s the best cameraphone around for taking pictures. The best there has ever been, and may be for some time, but a prehistoric operating system makes the Nokia 808 PureView difficult to recommend. Especially not at £500.
Nokia 808 PureView review: tomorrow's imaging technology in yesterday's smartphone
4 July 2012
Summary: Nokia is no stranger to pushing the envelope with its camera phones, and the new 808 PureView is no exception to that. Though the 808 PureView is a humdrum smartphone running a dated and crippled operating system (Symbian), it features some of the most groundbreaking imaging technology we have ever seen on a smartphone.
Excerpt: The Nokia 808 PureView exists because smartphones have made compact cameras all but obsolete. A 41Mp camera strapped to a dated Symbian smartphone , the Nokia 808 PureView is a strange mix of awesome and awful, probably best viewed as a compact camera with low-end smartphone functions attached. (It's like when I had a £300 satnav and a £200 car. But I never bundled them together and sold them as an expensive car.) See also: Group test: what's the best smartphone?