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Nokia 808 PureView

alaTest has collected and analyzed 642 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and portability. The screen and responsiveness are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive comments about the features. There are some mixed opinions about the value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Nokia 808 PureView is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nokia 808 PureView Review


Nokia's PureView 808 is designed to offer mobile phone users a delectable camera for the avid handset photographer. While it may have accomplished that, the big question really is – can it do more than just take great pictures? That's what we're here...

The PureView 808 comes with a price tag of 33,899, which is a little too steep for the handset, especially with competitors in the Android-powered gang (Xperia S, HTC One X) in the same range. They might not able to offer the same kind of camera...

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Nokia 808 PureView (unlocked)


The Nokia 808 PureView was an immediate hit at Mobile World Congress in February, for one reason and one reason alone: its jaw-dropping 41-megapixel camera commanded attention. Never intended for U.S. markets, the PureView runs on the Symbian OS,...

The Nokia 808 PureView 's excellent, envelope-pushing 41-megapixel camera will satisfy photo enthusiasts. It also has strong battery life, an HDMI port, and steady call quality.

A slower processor doesn't match the 808 PureView's camera prowess, and it's saddled with a bulky body, a cramped virtual keyboard, and software that's behind the curve.

Even if you're only interested in its sharp, innovative camera, the Nokia 808 PureView's weak Symbian Belle OS and slower processor make it a questionable investment considering the price, especially since Symbian's days are numbered.

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Nokia 808 PureView


With a 41-MP camera, the Nokia 808 PureView takes the best photos we've ever seen from a phone, but it's not good enough in other ways.

Click to EnlargeThe Nokia 808 PureView is a great demonstration of what good hardware paired with excellent software is capable of--at least when it comes to the camera. It's not just the oversized 41MP sensor, but the PureView technology that goes...

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Awesome Camera, Agonizing Everything Else


The Nokia 808 PureView is captivating because of one feature, and one feature alone: the on-board 41-megapixel camera. Everything else about it is a disaster.

The camera produces the best images of any smartphone. Low noise in stills and videos. Multiple setting options allowing you to adjust for different subjects and lighting

Still running on Symbian, though it’s been re-named “Nokia Belle” here in an attempt to escape the shame associated with the Symbian brand. Body is awkwardly shaped and heavy because of the protruding camera. Will set you back $700 — as much as some...

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Nokia 808 PureView (Unlocked)


The Nokia 808 PureView is a curious unlocked smartphone with an amazing camera, but virtually no appeal to U.S. consumers otherwise.

Groundbreaking 41-megapixel camera. Unlocked; compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile 3G networks. Nifty screen lock switch

No 4G. Call connection issues. Archaic Symbian OS is a relic. Hit-or-miss touch response. Few apps. Some preloaded apps are broken. Expensive even for an unlocked phone. Poor battery life

The Nokia 808 PureView ($699 list) is an engineering exercise and a collector's item. It's also a near-total failure as a modern smartphone. It packs an amazing 41-megapixel camera sensor, but thanks to an exceedingly long development time, the 808...

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Nokia 808 PureView


More Info Nokia announces 808 PureView: Symbian Belle, 4-inch display, 41-megapixel camera! Nokia 808 PureView impressions, camera showdown with the iPhone 4S and HTC One S Nokia 808 PureView announced for US, available soon through Amazon at $699 The...

Best cameraphone ever ; Superb video and audio recording ; Screen easily viewable outdoors

Low-res display ; App store lacks the range and breadth of rivals ; Symbian Belle OS is temperamental and unintuitive

The PureView 808 is easily the best cameraphone yet. But if you're obsessed with imaging quality, be prepared to compromise on performance and usability.

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Nokia 808 PureView Review


Excitement, about a Symbian phone? The Nokia 808 PureView has forced many to reconsider their platform loyalties by virtue of its big number boast: 41-megapixels of camera goodness. The surprise stand-out of Mobile World Congress, the 808 PureView is...

In the end, though, even the fact that we’re comparing the 808 PureView to DSLRs is testament to Nokia’s achievement. Few people will actually go out and buy it themselves, but then the 808 is really a test bench for PureView technology, a...

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Nokia 808 PureView review


At Mobile World Congress this year, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop cast a wary eye over the catalog of shiny new phones introduced by his competitors and posed the challenge, "which ones will you remember?" At the time, I was asking him why the Finnish company...

Beats every other cameraphone by a wide margin ; 38-megapixel photos are surprisingly good ; Great call quality

Web browser is unusable ; Symbian Belle feels like a terrible imitation of Android ; Low-res display ; Camera hump is a hindrance

The 808 PureView is like an armored dinosaur — a visually stunning, internally primitive, beast of fantasy

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Nokia 808 PureView review: Photo Finnish


The Nokia 808 PureView is the best cameraphone ever made. End of story. Now, how do you proceed from there? And why is this particular phone so hard to write about? How about because a picture is worth a thousand words and we just had a...

38 megapixel autofocus camera with xenon flash and 1080p@30fps video recording ; Two capture modes: 38MP/34MP full-res and 3MP/5MP/8MP PureView ; Camera features: giant 1/1.2" camera sensor, mechanical shutter, ND filter, geotagging, face detection, up...

Symbian ecosystem lags behind Android and iOS ; nHD resolution wears thin on the 4" screen ; The phone is quite bulky and heavy ; Relatively limited 3rd party software availability ; microSIM support

The Nokia 808 PureView is getting a lot of attention - if nothing else, the Finns have sparked people's curiosity to unprecedented levels. This review is just the latest in a series of articles we've posted to try and cover every aspect of the most...

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Nokia 808 PureView in low-light: From dusk till dawn


The fact that Nokia 808 PureView is the best cameraphone money can buy is sure as shooting. This won't even pass for a pun. The 41 megapixel sensor and the tack-sharp optics deliver what no other smartphone can match and we even saw it successfully...

If, after reading this article, you thought that Olympus and Canon should start trembling with fear, you are wrong. Image quality is one thing, but cameraphones lack the versatility of the larger sensor cameras with interchangeable optics, so DSLRs and...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD1080p


Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: Yes
USB: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:AMOLED
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Symbian
Operator:3 / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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