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Nokia 808 PureView review

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Our Verdict

If you loved your Nokia N8 or just adore camera phones then you'll love the Nokia 808 PureView, but for anyone else it's best to look elsewhere.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 16 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 41 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 9 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 640 x 360

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For

  • Amazing camera
  • Decent 720p output
  • High quality audio

Against

  • No contract options
  • Symbian nearing end
  • Unprotected camera
  • Bulky device

The Nokia 808 PureView uses Symbian Belle Feature Pack 1 (FP1) as its backbone operating system (OS) which is the latest incarnation of the Symbian^3 platform which initially released on the Nokia N8 and is based on many years of Symbian development.

Nokia 808 Pureview review

As with Symbian Belle you can add an extra two Homescreens to the default 4 user configurable screens, or delete them to reduce down to the minimum of one.

Transitions between landscape and portrait screen orientation, when the phone is rotated, are a little more polished in the latest Belle FP1 OS, with the screen image zooming out slightly when rotating, and then expanding in its new orientation.

When it comes to homescreen widgets, the Nokia 808 PureView comes well stocked, out of the box, with 46 widget options once the Social and Maps apps have been updated and the Microsoft Office apps have been installed via Software Update.

These include clock, calendar, contacts and mail options as well as; four Social App options (Social app, Facebook, Facebook Summary and Twitter), five Maps Suite options, six media related options plus a whole host of others for you to play around with.

Nokia 808 Pureview review

With so many widgets on offer, you may be a little disappointed that you're limited to just six homescreens, as you could easily fill more than that if you wished.

There is a useful Mobile Data Tracker which displays either the total amount of mobile data used since resetting counters, or the ability to set it to display the amount of data allowance remaining in a user defined period.

The 'Nokia Recommends' widget is really just a full width app icon, wasting screen real estate which opens the namesake app providing lists of the top albums and tracks which can be purchased from the Nokia Music Store.

Although Symbian Anna and Belle brought a more Android-looking OS, the major disappointment for long standing Symbian users is that whilst Apple finally acknowledged the advantage of folders in the Main Menu, Nokia has reduced this same functionality removing folder in folder support in the Main Menu structure.

Nokia 808 Pureview review

The initial out of the box appearance of the main menu has all apps in a flat structure which can be either user "arranged" or automatically sorted in alphabetical order via either a long press in the main window or tapping on the menu button (bottom right).

A further disappointment is that all folders have the same basic icon making it harder to differentiate at a glance.

Luckily two third party apps are available from the Nokia Store to counter this, in the form of FolderIcon and Thumbnail Folders which enable the user to assign their own folder icons or replace the folder icons with new icons showing thumbnails generated from the apps contained within.

Another function we miss on Windows Phone and iOS is the profile support provided on Symbian, which can be automated by installing the third party Situations apps from the Nokia Store enabling automatic switching between profiles including silencing the Nokia 808 PureView at night and switching on/off Power Save mode.

But additional to this simple example, a number of phone settings (Profile switching, Mobile Data toggle, WiFi toggle, BT toggle, Power Save toggle, SMS reply and App lauching) can be switched based on time, calendar events, connectivity (WiFi/BT) or location (Cell Tower/GPS).

The combination of the standard Symbian profile support and this third party app makes for a powerful feature.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value1.23 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution41 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time9 Hour
Product Model808
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)169 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityChina RoHS, EU RoHS, REACH, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerARM
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Operating System VersionNokia Belle
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density184 ppi
Height123.9 mm
Width60.2 mm
Depth13.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerNokia
Product Name808 PureView Smartphone
Processor Speed1.30 GHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Orientation Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberA00006310
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing Information

Pure quality

It's time to think differently about photography. Nokia PureView imaging technology turns the world of photography upside down. It takes every bit of image goodness captured by a 41MP sensor and Carl Zeiss lens and turns it into beautifully detailed 5MP images and Full HD videos. Be ready to shoot and share with friends in an instant - all from a rather clever smartphone.

Don't be afraid of the dark

Never miss the moment. Nokia 808 PureView comes equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens and 41MP megapixel image sensor to maximise available light and create amazing quality images that are comparable to an SLR test.

Package Contents
  • 808 PureView Smartphone
  • Nokia Charging and Data Cable
  • Nokia MicroUSB Charger
  • Nokia Stereo Headset
  • Nokia Wrist Strap Black
  • NFC Info Card
  • Quick Guide (User Guide and Product Information Leaflet)
Limited Warranty2 Year