Nokia Pure View 808 Review


41 Megapixel camera in a smartphone! Yeah you heard it right, it took best of camera and design engineering to make this happen. This was made possible by the Nokia+Carl Ziess after alot of hard work. Operating the Symbian Belle OS it wont be full of applications like that on Android or OS but if you are considering this, you are more interested in the camera. The UI is great and has been improved upon the previous Symbian Operating Systems. Nokia surely has done their homework and implemented their ideas to the best they could.

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Design and Hardware

It is an absolute awesome device when it comes to the design philosophy. Nokia 808 Pure View has a rough matte finish. It feels quiet hard, the phone. It almost seems like if you drop it, the floor will crack but the phone wont. The device is quiet heavy weighing at 169g. Your pocket would just feel awkward carrying it.

The phone is thick, it needs to be. Such a huge camera senor and the Carl Zeiss lens. 41 Megapixel wont be incorporated without compromising something, somewhere. On the top right side on the phone, you have the two button volume rocker and on the lower side you have the camera button and that is what its all about. The plastic is of high quality. The phone is slightly curved at the corners.

Nokia has also provided a micro-HDMI port for you to get your multimedia right on your tv or anything that supports HDMI. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass so that you stay scratch resistant. The back cover has is that of flexible plastic covering your microSD card and 1,400MHz battery. The loudspeaker of the phone is placed at the base of the phone making it audible either it is placed down the back or down on the front.


Nokia 808 Pure View Camera
It would just be terrible if we do not cover the 808 Pure View’s camera in great detail. The main lens of the camera and the sensor is provided by Carl Zeiss optics. The primary camera is of 41 Megapixel and the secondary is a VGA camera.

The primary camera takes video in 1080p quality at 30 frames per second. The secondary camera records video in VGA quality. The low light video capturing quality of Nokia 808 Pure View is top class. Even though this phone released in 2012, it can give video capturing qualities of Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC ONE, a run for its money.

The 41 MP camera has a 1/1.2″ sensor. Dont like the feel of the phone? Dont like the fact its Symbian Belle? Dont like ANYTHING at all? Take one photograph from this camera and you will melt and just want to be in love with it. The quality of the photographs is just beautiful. The colors are true, vibrant and captures the exact moment given you have got it under the right settings. The shutter speeds are great and helps reduce the blur. It gives you five time more pixels per image than an 8 MP camera. It is not about the number of pixels but about the pixel size.

Here are some image samples from the camera:
Camera Sample Nokia Pure View 808


Camera Sample Nokia Pure View 808

The Nokia has done more than just improve upon the camera from N8. You have seen the Lumia 920’s camera and 808, they are the best in their class. They have loaded the 80 with lots of features. The settings are more enhanced and you see better results. The camera is a keeper and just a bliss of a camera to use. Experience it to believe it. It is shocking how goo the camera performs under low light. No major visible noise whatsoever. Its just so unreal and cool.


Nokia 808 Pure View’s heart lies in Symbian Belle OS. lets face it, it is not an ideal OS for today’s world who is Android Android and Android. I am saying this not just because of the name but it just does not have the applications at all even when compared to the Windows Phone 8. You might have the usual games but then not really. i dont think there are developers “dying” to make it work. Its just not the right set. Anyway, it holds good enough in today’s world of Mobile OS. Not totally replant, just usable.


Nokia Pure View 808 Display
The Pure View phone has a 4 inch Gorilla Glass AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display. It has a 184ppi pixel density with a resolution of 640×260 pixels. Seems quiet low but the Symbian Belle OS hides it well. The 4 inch screen will be comfortable for you to view videos, browse, type for a longer time but it would stop you from watching the full HD content on the device. The Clear Black technology makes the display look really amazing.


Powered by a 1.3 GHz processor, the phone runs quiet decent. You will experience lag when you navigate through your phone. 808 has a 512 MB RAM which does not help you case at all. A year ago what seems to be like Ice Age to current time power heads of HTC and Samsung, it would have been a good one but now, outdated and old. But as we say, buy t for the camera. It gives you an internal storage of 16GB which is expandable using the microSD cards upto 32GB.

Final Thoughts

Nokia 808 Pure View is only for Pure View, now you either choose to buy a DSLR for the same aspect, thats your choice. But as a phone this is not bad. If you are too much into applications then this is not your base to operate on. But if you can compromise for the awesome camera it has, GO FOR IT! You get your usual apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp etc so WHY NOT?

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2012, February
Status Available. Released 2012, June
BODY Dimensions 123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm, 95.5 cc (4.88 x 2.37 x 0.55 in)
Weight 169 g (5.96 oz)
DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 360 x 640 pixels, 4.0 inches (~184 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
– Nokia ClearBlack display
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Dolby Digital Plus
– Dolby headphone enhancement
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 16 GB storage, 1 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Class 33
EDGE Class 33
Speed HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, UPnP technology
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go
CAMERA Primary 41 MP (38 MP effective, 7152 x 5368 pixels), Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Xenon flash, check quality
Features 1/1.2” sensor size, ND filter, up to 4x lossless digital zoom, geo-tagging, face detection
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, lossless digital zoom, check quality
Secondary Yes, VGA; VGA@30fps video recording
CPU 1.3 GHz ARM 11
GPU Broadcom BCM2763
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5, Adobe Flash Lite
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS; FM transmitter
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
Colors Black, White, Red
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
– HDMI port
– MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/DivX/XviD/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Voice memo/command/dial
– Organizer
– Document viewer
– Video/photo editor
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 1400 mAh battery (BV-4D)
Stand-by Up to 465 h (2G) / Up to 540 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 11 h (2G) / Up to 6 h 50 min (3G)



Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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