The Nokia 808 PureView was widely touted as the game-changer device for the company. The 808 eventually proved to be a game-changer considering that it took over the baton from the popular N8. The N8 is widely regarded as the best camera phone from Nokia. The 808 PureView replaces the N8 at this position with a camera phone that has a whopping 41 MP camera.
Just a single functionality such as this has its demands. The high camera specification induces space and weight requirements. This aspect makes this smartphone a heavily-set one. It is heavier than the iPhone 4S, S3, and One X.
On first impressions this phone looks like the Nokia 5800. There is some design elements of Nokia Lumia 610 imbibed in this phone as well. There is nothing to write about the design of the phone. The phone is large and chunky. The camera at the rear of the phone does not make this phone a flat-backed one.
The Symbian Belle interface allows you various customizations. You can add a couple of extra home screens. The interface offers four home screens that are configurable. The new look interface provides fluid system responses and user actions. Transitioning between screen orientations, home screens, or application contexts are fluid. There are scores of widget options as well.
Contacts management is a simple process on the Nokia 808 PureView. There is an add button you invoke to add a contact. You can also transfer this information between your phone and other devices. There is the provision to send a contact card, email, Bluetooth and so on. The call quality on this phone is good. Nokia phones have this default attribute, and the 808 PureView is no different. The interface options are easy, be it calling, adding contacts, and messaging. You can send text, picture, and audio messages. You can send social media messages using Facebook and Twitter. You use the integrated Social Media app for this purpose. The Social app is useful given that it aggregates your social media feeds.
Internet browsing has been improved. The pre-fetch functionality is speedier than before. Web pages load faster. The pinch to zoom functionality works without a hitch. There is no latency when viewing webpages from close-up. If you are looking for specific text, there is in-page text searching to help you achieve this. Webpage content can also be bookmarked. There is a bookmarking (star) icon for this. All bookmarked pages can be accessed via the Bookmarks menu.
The Nokia 808 PureView phone is all about its camera. The camera comes with an impressive and exorbitant specification of 41 megapixels. Although many would say that the pixel count is not a true representation of the quality of the camera, this camera has innate technologies to ensure image quality like no other. There are internal camera processes such as pixel oversampling, pixel binning, and many more that capture light effectively and help the camera deliver exceptional image quality.
The camera can be accessed quickly via the main menu. You can create a shortcut to the camera on the homescreen. There are so many controls on the camera. This is an extensive list and you may lose track of them initially.
There are two modes to shoot pictures – Automatic and Creative. The Creative mode allows you to shoot images in varying resolutions. You can modify color tones on images. You can add different lighting to images to create a mood. The camera of the Nokia 808 PureView is capable of producing exceptional pictures in good lighting conditions. Colors are sharp and lucid. There is no noise in images. There is no chromatic distortion.
What’s not so great?
The interface is fluid and dynamic. But why are there only six homescreens when the phone provides so many widget options? You could be a touch disappointed with this. You may have wished that there were more homescreens to fill-out. There are some glitches in the interface. There is no folder support in the Main Menu. There are many advantages of a folder structure that even a pioneer in interface technology such as Apple has woken-up to.
The lack of sub-folders is one thing. But all the available folders look the same. There is no way to differentiate between them. You can solve this problem by downloading Foldericon and Thumbnail Folders from the Nokia Store.
There is no Notifications Bar on this interface. The previous versions had this user interface component. Therefore, there is no way to view missed calls, messages, voicemails, and social media feeds in a centralized place. There is the OS Notifications Bar for this purpose. But you cannot view all information at a glance. You have to drill down to the specific information you want.
The Symbian Belle operating system has no support for Flash. You cannot view Flash based content on the web. But a solace in this regard is that most operating systems are moving away from Flash. On an overall verdict, the Symbian Belle lacks a lot of features that other operating systems have. Although the user interface has been improvised, there are many desirable components missing. The Belle OS has capability for limited browsing speeds. When compared with the likes of Android browsers, it is lagging in many aspects.
Vs. Samsung Galaxy S3
The only advantage that the 808 PureView has over the Galaxy S3 is that the former’s camera has Xenon flash. This flash is better than the LED flash that comes with a lot of cameras. Xenon flash can illuminate with great clarity subjects placed near or far. LED flash works best only when the subjects to be photographed are at close-range. Overall, the S3 is a better phone considering that it has a bigger display, is powered by a quad core processor, and has fast mobile data support.
Vs. Sony Xperia S
The Xperia S runs on the Android operating system. It has a slightly bigger display of 4.3”. The resolution on the screen is an incredible 720 x 1280 pixels which pegs the pixel per inch density at 342. The screen resolution on the 808 PureView is a mere 360 x 640 pixels in comparison. But the saving grace is that the screen on the 808 is AMOLED compared to LED on the Xperia S. The Xperia S is powered by a dual core processor and is thus a faster phone. On the camera front, it does not match to the might of the 808 PureView. The camera on the Xperia S is 12.1 MP resolutions compared to 41 MP on the Nokia 808 PureView.
The star attraction on this phone is definitely the 41 MP camera powered by Nokia’s PureView technology. The 4” Gorilla glass display based on AMOLED is another attraction. This phone is a step forward from the Nokia N8. Many of the features found on the N8 have been advanced. The final verdict is that the Nokia 808 PureView is not a universal phone. Meaning, it cannot be liked or be useful for everyone. If taking pictures with a brilliant camera that also functions as a phone is your sole motive, then this phone is for you.
Price and availability
The average price of the Nokia 808 PureView is Rs. 17999. The phone is available at leading online stores and electronic outlets.