Nokia's 808 PureView camera amazing, but that's all
23 October 2012
Summary: Even if you're only interested in its sharp, innovative camera, the Nokia 808 PureView's weak Symbian Belle OS and slower processor make it a questionable investment considering the price, especially since Symbian's days are numbered.
Pros: The Nokia 808 PureView 's excellent, envelope-pushing 41-megapixel camera will satisfy photo enthusiasts. It also has strong battery life, an HDMI port, and steady call quality.
Cons: A slower processor doesn't match the 808 PureView's camera prowess, and it's saddled with a bulky body, a cramped virtual keyboard, and software that's behind the curve.
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
Review: Nokia 808 PureView: part 4 (applications, updates, summary)
All About Symbian
8 August 2012
Summary: In part 1 , I looked at the Nokia 808's hardware, in part 2a, I showed how PureView works , in part 2b, I tested the 808 head to head with its predecessors , in part 2c, I looked at the new Camera interface and in p art 2d, I looked at the 808's video capture capabilities , including the Rich Recording system. Most recently, in part 3, I looked at the 808's OS, performance and multimedia functionality .
Summary: The Nokia 808 PureView is possibly the best cameraphone ever made. Any feature above and beyond the camera is basically a bonus. Symbian won't really be the OS of your choice for your primary smartphone. However, if this were an indication of things to come, the next PureView with Windows Phone OS would probably make a lot of rivals go red in the face.
Pros: By far the best cameraphone around, Photos show the difference when really zoomed in on, Typical Nokia call quality - brilliant, Excellent battery life, Bulky, but solidly built, The white finish looks classy
Cons: Bulky, Low resolution display, Web browser significantly inferior to similarly priced rivals, Despite updates, the Belle UI looks very clunky, Phone sits on the camera, when placed on a flat surface
Conclusion: We admit that we paid the bulk of our attention in the review to the camera on the Nokia 808 PureView, because module is capable of. As a phone the handset functions as good as it gets with Symbian, especially if you have some experience with this mobile OS, then your basics will be covered, otherwise the learning curve might be steep.
Pros: Groundbreaking PureView camera technology, Good sunlight visibility, Excellent Nokia Rich Recording audio, Free offline voice-guided navigation in most countries
Cons: Symbian lacks in apps, browsing and user-friendliness, Low screen pixel density, Chunky and hefty design
Summary: Nokia had revolutionized the mobile camera market with the launch of the 5.0-megapixel N95 in 2007. Now, after almost five years, the brand tries to do the same with the new 41.0-megapixel sensor toting PureView 808. Will it succeed? Looks: Not slim, still smart Nokia has been doling out relatively bulky phones for a while now, and the PureView is no different. It might not have the slimmest of waistlines, but still looks good.
Conclusion: The Nokia 808 PureView is basically a one-trick pony, with a cracking camera attached to an average smartphone that just happens to be saddled with an out-of-favour OS. If you want to treat yourself to a new camera that also acts as a phone, it's certainly worth considering, but given that Nokia has promised that it will be bringing similar camera technology to its Windows Phone range, it may be better to wait a while before you splash out.
Excerpt: The Nokia PureView 808 features a large 41 megapixel sensor. This is not only a much higher resolution than other mobile phones (with others maxing out at 16 megapixels), it's also vastly higher than compact cameras (max 18.2mp), compact system cameras (max 24.3mp), digital SLRs (max 36.3mp), and is even higher than a number of medium format cameras!
Pros: 41 megapixel sensor - excellent detail, f/2.4 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, Good level of control, Lossless zoom available on a phone, Impressive flash performance, Large bright 4inch screen, Advanced video recording options, Responsive camera/phone interface, GPS/Wi-Fi/3G/Bluetooth connectivity built in - great for sharing photos, NFC - another way to share photos with compatible devices, Decent noise performance up to ISO800, particularly at the 5mp resolution, Touch scre...
Cons: Shooting at full resolution creates large JPEG images, upto 16MB each, Benefits of "PureView" and lossless zoom at a much lower resolution (8/5mp), Running Symbian - an increasingly unsupported phone OS, Self-timer can't be selected with other shooting modes, Not available on contract in the UK