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
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: There’s only one place to start: that 41-megapixel monster of a sensor. Forget the megapixel arms race, Nokia has just won it with a sensor bigger than any smartphone before it, and bigger than most ‘normal’ cameras. However, the 41-megapixel sensor isn’t the most important thing here: it’s the PureView technology. PureView ‘oversamples’ pictures to deliver shots that are bursting with detail, the sharpest, brightest colours, and no loss of detail or clarity when zoom...
Cons: It’s a big shame that the operating system running the 808 PureView is already on the process of being outdated by the likes of Android and iOS Nokia soon won’t be investing in its own operating system either, so there might be a lack of updates in future. For a top of the range smartphone, it’s not exactly the quickest either, not when compared to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Do you really want a device that’s already out of date? A whopping £500 price tag is ...
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: The Nokia 808 PureView has by far the best snapper we’ve encountered on a smartphone, so keen photographers who can cope with its bulk and the clunky Symbian operating system will want to take a look.
Pros: Fantastic camera, grabs clear Full HD video, impressive battery life, decent performance
Cons: Outdated OS, disappointing virtual keyboard, few apps, chunky body