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Nokia 808 PureView review

Can the killer camera turn Nokia from zero to hero?

Internet access on the Nokia 808 PureView is provided by the Web app, which has been updated to version 8.2 from version 7.4 which was provided in Symbian Belle.

Nokia 808 Pureview review

The most obvious change is the return to a standard menu from the image grid provided in the Symbian Belle version.

For those who like choice, there are alternative browsers available from Opera in the form of Opera Mini (for Smartphones) and Opera Mobile (for non-Smartphones), both of which work on Symbian Belle.

Nokia 808 Pureview review

Browsing speed is enhanced based on its pre-fetch functionality which some people like, and others don't because the phones UAP is not visible to websites as a result.

Nokia 808 Pureview review

The new, default web app on the Nokia 808 PureView is quite fast at webpage loading, aided by defaulting to loading mobile versions of webpages.

If you want to view the full version of webpages you need to find the websites load full version hyperlink. When the full version of the TechRadar site was loaded the main issue was that the minimum zoom was not small enough, where as Opera provides a fully zoomed out view showing the complete webpage width for easier navigation.

Loading the mobile version of the TechRadar website took a measly 4 seconds and loading the full version from the hyperlink at the bottom of the mobile site took a further 13 seconds.

These times were recorded using a 2MB Wi-Fi connection resulting from local infrastructure limitations. If Wi-Fi is unavailable, there is also the option for mobile data connection instead, but this is a lot slower.

Nokia 808 Pureview review

Zooming in and out when a page has been loaded is achieved using pinch to zoom functionality and the browser supports in-page text searching to help you find what you're looking for.

The bookmarking system is nice and simple as with previous versions, with a star button at the centre of the bottom soft button bar.

This provides access to the Bookmark menu displaying a current bookmarks list and a new bookmark button. The fastest way to bookmark a page is a simple long press on the page, which is accompanied with a set page as homepage, send page, allow pop-ups and select text.

A quick check on the Adobe website identified that Flash is not supported in the default driver, but this is nothing new as other operating systems have moved away from Flash also, with iPhone and Windows Phone being prime examples.

Overall, Symbian is still a very poor competitor to the likes of Safari Mobile and the Android browsers, with limited functionality and slower browsing speeds a constant 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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionNokia Belle
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density184 ppi
Height123.9 mm
Width60.2 mm
Depth13.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time525 Hour
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