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Nokia 808 Pureview review

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The Nokia 808 Pureview showcases the best and worst of Nokia. Featuring foward looking, amazing camera technology, its ability to shine is hampered by its outmoded operating system.


Amazing camera that's unparalleled in the current market, showcases potential for Nokia's Windows Phone 8 devices


Symbian, buggy, underpowered, very heavy, feels like a proof-of-concept unit not a finished product

Overall Rating:

2 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £500

Manufacturer: Nokia

It's been a long time since Nokia has produced handsets good enough to make would-be buyers salivate. But when it unveiled its Pureview 808 at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the extraordinary 41MP camera had the assembled throng on the edge of their seats, right up to the point Nokia revealed it would be powered by Symbian.

The 808's camera is its biggest and most impressive feature. The Pureview packs a 41MP camera that uses special imaging technology and software unavailable on any other smartphone. The tech lets it take photos featuring five times more pixels per image than an 8MP camera.Nokia 808 Pureview camera

The Pureview also features an impressive autofocus prime lens made by Carl Zeiss that boasts five aspherical glass elements in one group and a mechanical shutter, meaning picture clarity should be excellent even in awkward light conditions.

The 808 camera also houses two different flash components, designed for different shooting modes, boasting a xenon flash for stills and an LED light for video. To non-camera connoisseurs this means that technically, the 808's camera matches and at times outperforms most dedicated low to mid-range cameras.

When it comes to shooting, the 808 features three shooting options: Automatic, Scenes and Creative.

Automatic mode does exactly what it says, making taking photos a simple point and click affair. Scenes offers slightly more control providing users a choice of various presets modes including portrait, landscape, night and macro. Both Automatic and Scenes take 5MP photos with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Creative mode is the choice for people with some photography skills, offering users full control over every possible adjustment and is the only mode that lets you take a full 38MP photo.


Processor: 1.3GHz single-core
Display: 4in 640x360 184ppi Amoled screen
Storage: 16GB storage
Camera: 41MP rear facing
Connectivity: GSM/HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
Ports: Micro USB, HDMI
Operating system: Symbian Belle 
Dimensions: 124x60x13.9mm
Weight: 169g

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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