Nokia 808 Pureview - Best For Convergists

9/13/2012 3:47:12 PM

Snapshot of the future

Thought the megapixel race was over? Nokia plainly has other ideas – it’s squashed a whacking 41MP into the 808’s camera sensor and attached some lovely Carl Zeiss optics on the other and. Pretty next-gen, right? But the phone itself is running Nokia’s Symbian OS rather than Windows Phone 7 as seen on Lumia handsets. In use, Symbian is remarkably like an older iteration of Android, with sliding home screens, widgets, and drag-and-drop icons – though the app store has much less to offer. With its outdated-feeling OS and super-modern camera, the 808 is an curious fusion of old and new.

Description: Nokia 808 PureView

Shoots to thrill?

The camera app itself is over-complicated, but there’s no denying the quality of its stills. Those extra pixels are handy – taking photos ar 5MP in ‘PureView’ mode ‘oversamples’ the image, mashing seven pixels into one for sharper, more detail-filled images. Sliding a finger down the screen allows you to zoom in on your subject without losing detail, as it just uses a smaller chunk of what the whole sensor sees. Full-res shooting (actually either 34 or 38MP, depending on the aspect ratio) gives you the freedom to crop extensively after the event or blow up your shots to mega dimensions. Sadly, the Nokia is let down by its other half. Mudding through the usual smartphone duties it feels unfinished, with niggles and glitches never far away. Given that you could get a good phone and better camera for the same price, we can’t recommend it.

Stuff says 3/5

Remarkable camera bolted on to a remarkably creaky OS.

Roughing it

This is not how $ 779.5 phones are supposed to look. The PureView is solidly made and has a nice rough finish, but it’s heavy and lumpy, and rarely feels comfortable in the hand.


The dedicated shutter button can wake the 808 and take a shot within two seconds. Snaps look punchy and colorful on the screen, but text is a little jagged

Description: Description: Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia 808 PureView

Shooting star

A closer look

There’s plenty of detail to get stuck into, as you might expect from a 41MP snapper. That said, you’ll get equally good photos from a $ 436.5 camera such as the Canon S100. And who needs a 41MP photo?

Bright eyes

In darker situations the ‘PureView’ camera mode uses all all those extra pixels to suck up more light. Results are impressive, but the Nokia does struggle somewhat to balance shadows and highlights.

Video star

We’d like better image stabilization and an option for 50 or 60fps shooting, but with a steady hand the 1080p @30fps video is full of detail and the f/2.8 aperture gives it superb depth of field effects.

Description: Description: Best for convergists

Best for convergists

Tech specs

Price: $ 779.5

Camera: 41MP, 1080p@30fps

Screen: 4in, 260 x 640, Amoled

Storage: 16BG + microSD

Connectivity: 3.5mm out, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA, microHDMI, microUSB, NFC, Fi-Fi


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