Nokia 808 PureView – The Camera Beast [Review: Part 2]
Well, at the end of the day, a phone is a phone. Now let us check the Nokia 808 PureView as a smartphone and review it from other angles.
- Quad Band mobile with GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
- 3G network HSPDA and HSUPA
- GPS and Digital compass
- Single core 1.3 GHz ARM processor
- 512 MB Ram
- 16GB on board Memory4 inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen with 640 x 361 resolution
- HDMI capability for TV output
- NFC Support
- The Nokia 808 PureView Mobile
- Leather wrist strap
- 3.5 mm standard Headphone with 3 size ear buds
Design and Construction
At the front, the mobile has the secondary camera along with the proximity sensor and the light sensor. The display is a 4 inch AMOLED with Gorilla Glass protection. The display is very good for viewing photos. The display has good sunlight legibility. The front also has the monolithic physical button. But there is no hardware back button. I feel that a disturbing factor, because the software back button is placed inconsistently across the UI.
On the right, the volume rocker, screen locker and camera key are present. Pressing the camera key at any instant opens up the camera application in the mobile. The left side has no controls. All the ports are present on top. The HDMI, micro-USB and the 3.5mm jack. On the back is the ginormous 41 MP camera hump with the xenon flash. There is a small bump to enhance grip, but that barely helps.
Belle is definitely light weight and it feels faster and snappier than its previous version. Nokia Symbian has got a long long way to go to reach perfection. It’s not worth the journey and I would prefer to jump the Windows Phone OS rather than straying into the path with a weak OS. PureView on WP is the next thing to look out for.
Some app like the maps, don’t have the option to choose the connection and they get online with the define default connection. Bluetooth 3.0 is good with A2DP but lacks HS profile. USB OTG is too good. But again Nokia hasn’t us with OTG cable in the package. Once you get an OTG cable, you can connect almost any USB device to this mobile. And yes, there is NFC. I didn’t get a chance to play with NFC entirely as it wouldn’t talk to my HTC One X’s NFC. So I can’t comment much. But this device is a beast on connectivity only a bit tough to tame.
“Kitna Deti Hai…” For a country obsessed with mileage, the decision rests greatly on the battery life. Nokia 808 PureView is powered by a standard 1400 mAh battery. The battery is very good for a Symbian smart phone, but when the camera is used generously the battery drains quickly. The Xenon flash cuts away a huge chunk of the battery capacity.
Still there is nothing to complain here. The device lasts for over 8 hours of rigorous usage on 3G network and with a lot of pictures shots. If the camera is used sparingly the device lasts for a little over a day, which is considered as better than the best in today’s trend.
The Nokia 808 PureView is one giant leap forward. It is not the greatest of the smartphones, but it sure the greatest among the camera-phones. The 41 Megapixels camera on a Symbian could be considered as a proof of concept well executed. This has put in a lot of expectations for future lineups of PureView devices from Nokia. For now, this is one great device to hold on to and click brilliant snaps.