Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Nokia 808 Full Review

Hands on: Nokia 808 Pureview review
Hands on with the Nokia 808 Pureview
The Nokia 808 Pureview wasn't meant to be a surprise, but with a 41MP camera and 1080p video recording, it certainly seems to have turned out that way.
The phone is running Symbian Belle, and will probably be one of, if not the, last top end Symbian device to hit the market before all the cool technology gets chucked into Windows Phone.
We spent some time with the large-sensored monster, and it certainly is a beast when it comes to picture taking. We're going to spend a lot of time looking at the camera on this new top-end cameraphone, but let's take a quick look at the software underneath.

Nokia 808 pureview
See what the monumental 41MP camera in capable of in our first look video at MWC 2012:
We're looking at the end of Symbian – there's no idea whether it's going to continue beyond Belle, but at least it's a half decent OS these days (although sadly shows how good the N8 could have been a couple of years ago.)

Nokia 808 pureview
The interface is more finger friendly than before, responding more quickly to swipes under the finger on the home screens (although not as fast as the likes of top end Android phones or the iPhone 4S).

Nokia 808 pureview
The build of the phone isn't that impressive if we're honest – there's a hark back to the likes of the Nokia N97 in the plastic build of the case, and the plastic hard keys on the front are a little cheap-feeling, which we don't expect this phone to be.

Nokia 808 pureview
However, let's talk about the real USP here: the camera. And it, even at this early stage, looks to be pretty darn good.

Nokia 808 pureview
The headline feature is obviously the 41MP camera, and although you can't access all those megapixels, you can take 34MP photos that you can zoom into to dizzying levels.

Nokia 808 pureview
There are a decent range of settings you can play with as well, with things like ISO levels up to 1600 making it a very much a replacement for a normal compact camera.

Nokia 808 pureview
The picture quality is fantastic as well, with zooming in showing a decent level of detail with very little in the way of noise or pixellation.

Nokia 808 pureview
Nokia 808 pureview
It seems there are two camera modes on offer with the Nokia 808 Pureview, with the 'full resolution' setting letting you shoot at 34MP in 16:9 and 4:3 mode. You can also jump into Pureview mode as well, which limits you to 8MP shots but chucks in a whole load more information into each pic to make it easier for you to blow up your candid snaps.

Nokia 808 pureview

Early verdict

Overall, the Nokia 808 Pureview is pretty much the phone Nokia wanted to make – a bog standard Symbian phone that won't set any pulses racing until its flipped over and the full might of the camera is realised.
It's the Nokia N8 made a lot more acceptable to the average consumer that loves to take pictures on the go – but we're more looking forward to seeing similar things on Windows Phones rather than lauding this as the ultimate cameraphone just yet.

Nokia 808 PureView

Full phone specifications

Nokia 808 PureView MORE PICTURES

Also known as Nokia 808 PureView RM-807
General2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Announced2012, February
StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2012, June
BodyDimensions123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm, 95.5 cc
Weight169 g
DisplayTypeAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size360 x 640 pixels, 4.0 inches (~184 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass
- Nokia ClearBlack display
SoundAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
- Dolby Digital Plus
- Dolby headphone enhancement
MemoryCard slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal16 GB storage, 1 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
DataGPRSClass 33
EDGEClass 33
SpeedHSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, UPnP technology
BluetoothYes, v3.0 with A2DP
USBYes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
CameraPrimary41 MP (38 MP effective, 7152 x 5368 pixels), Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Xenon flash
Features1/1.2'' sensor size, ND filter, up to 4x lossless digital zoom, geo-tagging, face detection
VideoYes, 1080p@30fps, lossless digital zoom, LED light
SecondaryYes, VGA; VGA@30fps video recording
FeaturesOSNokia Belle OS
CPU1.3 GHz ARM 11
SensorsAccelerometer, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML5, Adobe Flash Lite
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS; FM transmitter
GPSYes, with A-GPS support
JavaYes, MIDP 2.1
ColorsBlack, White, Red
- SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
- HDMI port
- MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
- MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- Voice command/dial
- Document viewer
- Video/photo editor
- Predictive text input
BatteryStandard battery, Li-Ion 1400 mAh (BV-4D)
Stand-byUp to 465 h (2G) / Up to 540 h (3G)
Talk timeUp to 11 h (2G) / Up to 6 h 50 min (3G)

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