Nokia 808 PureView review

Can the killer camera turn Nokia from zero to hero?

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With the Nokia 808 PureView's 41MP camera and HDMI connector, it is no surprise that it's all about the media experience.

In terms of media, the Nokia 808 PureView feels like the true successor to the Nokia N8 which was a long standing media power house, both based on its powerful 12MP camera, HDMI output, Dolby Digital 5.1 processing, a powerful built-in speaker and USB master functionality.

Nokia 808 Pureview review

This all continues with the Nokia 808 PureView with the advantage of a new 41MP Camera and a larger 4" Gorilla Glass display which makes watching high definition 1080p films even better.

Memory shouldn't be an issue with a 16GB internal mass storage drive and a micro-SD slot supporting up to an additional 32GB taking you to a whopping 48GB of storage space for your images, tunes and videos.

Add the fact that the Nokia 808 PureView comes with Nokia Big Screen out of the box the Nokia 808 Pureview has a built in Media Player interface which can be set to start automatically when the phone is connected to a TV via the micro-HDMI interface connector.

The Nokia 808 PureView also includes DLNA functionality which is accessed by using the Nokia DLNA Play app - allowing you to wirelessly stream your media to and from other connected devices.


Nokia 808 Pureview review

Nokia 808 Pureview review

A bewildering exception in the latest Symbian Bell FP1 default gallery app is the loss of options. In this latest incarnation the only operations that can be undertaken are exit app, open image or tag image on long press.

This is very limited when compared with the previous Symbian Belle Gallery app (Show all images or album based view, share images, slideshow, mark, unmark multiple images for sending, deletion and addition to albums and more).

Once an image is selected reduced functionality is again available on the image screen with the option to send, edit or delete, but lacking slideshow, details, add to album, and use image compared to the previous version of the app.


Nokia 808 Pureview review

Unluckily the latest incarnation of the Nokia Music app has lost the 'sort by artist name' view, which partially rectifies the lack of 'Album Artist' support in previous versions, but limits the number of albums that can be easily browsed.

One counter is that the album view is sorted by 'Album Artist' and then album name, but this does leave you scrolling through all of your albums rather than browsing a shorted artists list and then a short list of their albums.

Nokia 808 Pureview review

This functionality has been available in iPhones and iPads for many years now. We had hoped that Nokia's more recent involvement with Microsoft would have resulted in this functionality porting over from Microsoft's Zune software.

That said, the audio quality is excellent through headphones, and the built in speaker is loud and powerful.

Nokia 808 Pureview review

A welcome Symbian staple which remains in the Nokia 808 PureView is the built in FM transmitter which is a welcome extra, enabling you to listen to your music wirelessly on long drives.


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