Nokia 808 PureView review

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Messaging on the Nokia 808PureView is easy, with the ability to add homescreen shortcuts to create a new message or audio message or open the Messaging app.

Nokia 808 Pureview review

Any unread text messages are displayed in the OS notification bar at the top of the screen, which can be dragged down, Android-style, for extra information.

The only pity is that the Notification Widget which was included in previous Symbian versions in not available for Belle FP1 which means there is no widget to show missed calls, voicemails, messages and calendar alarms.

The assumption seems to be that this is all covered by the OS Notification bar and it's drag down extra information screen, but this does not provide the 'at a glance' information that was available in the Notification Widget.

As well as standard text, picture and audio messaging, the Nokia 808 PureView also supports Facebook and Twitter messaging and status updates with the integrated Social app which has four homescreen widgets.

Nokia 808 Pureview review

Social provides both Twitter and Facebook updates; Facebook Summary provides direct access to the Facebook posts, Inbox, Calendar and Notifications via the Social app; Facebook provides the same as Facebook Summary with the addition of a status update text entry screen; Twitter provides Twitter posts, new post, new direct message and search.

Nokia 808 Pureview review

After downloading and installing the Microsoft Applications, you also have the option to use Communicator which is a business orientated closed garden Instant Messenger (IM) application.

Looking around the Nokia 808 PureView identifies that there is no integrated non-business IM functionality. Sadly there is currently no compatible version of the Nokia in-house developed Chat app, which provides IM for Symbian devices, within the Nokia Store.

Text entry on the Nokia 808 PureView is made easier than on most Symbian touch devices due to the larger screen.

As default, predictive text is turned off, but a quick press on the menu button (three horizontal bars) provides access to "Input options" from which you can activate it.


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