Nokia 808 PureView review

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Battery life

The battery life on the Nokia 808 PureView has us very impressed with its claims of 6.5hr (3G) to 11hr (GSM) talk time and 465hr (3G) to 540hr (GSM) standby figures based on its 3.8V, 1400mAh BV-4D battery.

Nokia 808 Pureview review

When we compare this with Apples claims of 8hr (3G) to 14hr (GSM) talk time and a measly 200hr standby for the iPhone 4S, the old school of Nokia devices outlasting the competition continues.

Our experience was that we were able to take photographs, browse around the phone applications and use it with 3G, GSM, BT and Wi-Fi data connections whilst not having a low battery warning for over 3 days.

This is very impressive battery performance and the ability to switch out batteries in extreme scenarios we see the Nokia 808 PureView as one of the stronger battery performers - even more so given that the limited ability of the OS made us less inclined to fiddle with the phone and thereby drain the battery more.


Nokia 808 Pureview review

Although the Nokia 808 PureView has a HDMI connector as well as its combined power and data micro-USB connector and standard AV 3.5mm jack audio connector we were disappointed that there was no mirco-HDMI to HDMI adaptor provided.

If we look at the micro-USB interface as with previous Symbian devices, the Nokia 808 PureView includes USB master functionality meaning that you can connect a USB stick to the phone and transfer media on and off without the need for a computer.

If you do want to connect to a computer, this latest incarnation of Nokia Suite is just what you are looking for.

It gives the option to use the main application to back-up the device or just transfer media on and off the device as well as downloading maps and software updates and installing them on the phone.

Nokia 808 Pureview review

If you would rather use something else drag and drop file installation and removal as well as options to use other music and image apps for media management are available.

For those of you that prefer not to use wires, the Nokia 808 PureView also includes standard Bluetooth 3.0 and Bluetooth stereo audio as well as Wi-Fi connectivity.

In addition to these generically provided interfacing methods, the Nokia 808 PureView also provides NFC and Secure NFC functionality which is gradually gaining more and more support in the real world and is discussed as a connectivity interface of the future, with references to things like NFC-based hotel room access and payment systems .

Another more recent media based connectivity method included in the Nokia 808 PureView, is DLNA which is supported by the Nokia Play To app which provide a simple user interface for managing the DLNA interface.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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
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 Address
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