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
Conclusion: Most people will want to get the PureView 808 for the camera and in that regards, the phone does not disappoint. Without doubt, it has the best camera on a phone that takes pictures and videos better than any other mobile device. In fact, it takes better quality pictures than many point and shoot camera- especially the ones that cost less than AED 1000.
Conclusion: The Nokia 808 PureView boasts the most impressive camera we’ve seen from any smartphone. If you’re a photography nut and can tolerate the bulky build and the outdated Symbian OS, this is the best pocket snapper you’ll find
Pros: Amazing camera, captures sharp Full HD video, strong battery life, decent performance
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
Excerpt: When Nokia announced the 808 it was, perhaps, the most exciting development in mobile phones for some time. Perhaps, the most exciting development since the first camera was attached to a mobile phone.
Pros: Camera, great features, lots of handy apps pre-installed, good email support, good battery life, fantastic call quality, music player
Cons: Display is low resolution compared to most, Symbian still confusing at times, too expensive