Messaging on the Nokia 808PureView is easy, with the ability to add homescreen shortcuts to create a new message or audio message or open the Messaging app.
Any unread text messages are displayed in the OS notification bar at the top of the screen, which can be dragged down, Android-style, for extra information.
The only pity is that the Notification Widget which was included in previous Symbian versions in not available for Belle FP1 which means there is no widget to show missed calls, voicemails, messages and calendar alarms.
The assumption seems to be that this is all covered by the OS Notification bar and it's drag down extra information screen, but this does not provide the 'at a glance' information that was available in the Notification Widget.
As well as standard text, picture and audio messaging, the Nokia 808 PureView also supports Facebook and Twitter messaging and status updates with the integrated Social app which has four homescreen widgets.
Social provides both Twitter and Facebook updates; Facebook Summary provides direct access to the Facebook posts, Inbox, Calendar and Notifications via the Social app; Facebook provides the same as Facebook Summary with the addition of a status update text entry screen; Twitter provides Twitter posts, new post, new direct message and search.
After downloading and installing the Microsoft Applications, you also have the option to use Communicator which is a business orientated closed garden Instant Messenger (IM) application.
Looking around the Nokia 808 PureView identifies that there is no integrated non-business IM functionality. Sadly there is currently no compatible version of the Nokia in-house developed Chat app, which provides IM for Symbian devices, within the Nokia Store.
Text entry on the Nokia 808 PureView is made easier than on most Symbian touch devices due to the larger screen.
As default, predictive text is turned off, but a quick press on the menu button (three horizontal bars) provides access to "Input options" from which you can activate it.