- Design :
The Nokia 808 PureView has a brilliant 4.0 ” AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 360 x 640 pixels resolution and 16M colors combination it was announced at MWC 2012. It has a superb 41 (38 effective MP camera with resolution of 7152 x 5368 pixels) having features Xenon flash, Face Detection, autofocus, Geo Tagging, and also a secondry VGA; VGA@30fps video recording. Like the N8, the PureView is also a camera-oriented phone, but it’s pretty much the first of its kind in terms of imaging chops. Nokia 808 PureView available in Black, White, Red colours.
Key Features of Nokia 808 PureView :
- Symbian Belle OS
- 41 MP Primary Camera
- 0.3 MP Secondary Camera
- 4-inch AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen
- 1.3 GHz ARM 11 Processor
- Full HD Recording
- FM Radio
- Wi-Fi Enabled
- Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
Nokia 808 PureView: Design And Build
The phone’s box contains the handset, data cable, charger, wrist strap, and an NFC info card. A few accessories such as the USB-OTG cable and micro-HDMI adapter are missing which comes in N8. The device measures 4.9″ (l) x 2.4″ (w) x 0.5″ (d). The design of the Nokia 808 PureView can be simply described as solid. The Phone sports a rubberised finish and is available in a choice of colours, making it look more like a rugged handset, rather than a range-topper.
The rubber finish adds a nice bit of grip, and while the phones fits reasonably comfortably in the hand. The 4″ nHD display is too small and has too low a resolution (640×360 pixels). It would have been nice to be able to enjoy our shots in at least qHD or 720p glory.
Nokia 808 PureView: Camera
The 41-MP camera is what makes the Nokia 808 PureView shine, and it should not be surprising that thanks to it, the smartphone won the Best New Mobile Handset award at Mobile World Congress 2012. We ran the camera through its paces by clicking both indoor and outdoor photos, with and without the flash enabled. The results of the tests are pretty spectacular and it’s fair to say that this is quite easily the best camera phone out there. In outdoor shots, the exposure is well-balanced and there’s none of the extra brightness and dark patches – images are even and well lit.
Nokia 808 PureView: Features
The PureView also offers Dolby headphone technology, along with Nokia Rich Recording Mic tech for catpuring sound with as little inteference as possible. Thanks to the power of its 1.3 GHz CPU, navigating through the UI is smooth, and multitasking is handled with ease. However, like any other Symbian handset, the 808 struggles in the gaming department. What’s worse is the limited number of quality games available in the Ovi Store — but then again, nobody is going to buy this phone for its apps.
The Nokia 808 PureView sports a 4-inch screen. You might have expected to see a slightly larger screen on which to compose your pics shots, as well as a resolution higher than the 360×640 that’s on offer.
The major disadvantage of getting a Symbian phone is the dearth of apps in the Ovi Store. At the time of this review, the number of apps in the Ovi Store is a tenth of what’s available on Apple’s App Store.
Furthermore, there are no dedicated Twitter or Facebook apps in the Ovi Store, so you will have to access these social networking sites via the Ovi Social widget on the home screen. Strangely, you won’t be able to set the refresh intervals, and the only way to update your feed is to access the app. In addition, it does not have a notifications feature.
The default music player’s interface has not changed much from the N8, and you still get a Cover Flow like design. The sound quality is great through the 3.5 mm jack, even with the bundled earphones. The video player supports MP4, DivX, and XviD videos up to 1080p. Thanks to an HDMI port, the device can be hooked up to HDTVs as well.
Nokia 808 PureView: Performance
Thanks to the power of its 1.3 GHz CPU, navigating through the UI is smooth, and multitasking is handled with ease. The 512MB of RAM was also sufficient for multitasking, and we didn’t experience any major lag while using the handset except for when saving pictures, as mentioned earlier. This is especially noticeable when taking full-size 38-megapixel shots.
The 808 PureView’s 1,400mAh battery lasted us a full day with average usage, with Wi-Fi and GPS turned off and two e-mail accounts set on push. Due to the limitations of Ovi Social, we were unable to use our standard test settings of Twitter and Facebook at 2-hour refresh intervals.
- Robust build
- Excellent camera that’s comparable with compacts and performs well in low light
- Good readability under direct sunlight
- Low resolution and small display
- Symbian OS still lags behind the competition
- Ovi Store needs more apps
Nokia 808 PureView: Verdict
The PureView 808 comes with a price tag of 33,899. In short, the 808 PureView is a solidly built device with an extraordinary camera. Its packed to the gills with multimedia features, including Dolby Digital Plus enhancement and HDMI-Out. But in the same range Smartphones such as the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III are popular not only because of their competent cameras, but also because of the apps, camera-related accessories , broad user base and intuitive UI. But these elements are lacking in the Symbian OS.