Nokia 808 review

Nokia 808 Pureview when announced and even now, can be termed as on of the best camera phones made. I was in love with the phone and especially the camera. Though it didn’t belong to the current generation, it was held together by the old generation OS and still impressed many. The device got itself a fan following.

It could have been even more awesome, if it was with the current gen OS.

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Specs:

  • 41MP sensor (Effectively it is 38 MP at 7152 x 5368 pixels) with Carl Zeiss lens, PureView imaging technology and Full HD video, Autofocus, Xenon flash
  • Two capture modes: 38MP/34MP full-res and 3MP/5MP/8MP in PureView mode
  • Single-core 1.3 GHz ARM 11 CPU and 512 MB RAM
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, Penta-band 3G with 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
  • 4″ AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen with 360 * 640 pixel resolution, Clear Black Display, Gorilla Glass
  • OS: Nokia Belle OS Feature Pack 1
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and UPnP
  • microHDMI port for HD TV-out functionality
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS support and free voice-guided navigation
  • 16GB on-board storage, expandable up to 32GB wit the microSD card slot
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS, FM transmitter
  • microUSB port with USB On-the-go support
  • Stereo Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
  • NFC support
  • Smart and voice dialing

Packaging

The packaging follows the current trend based rectangular box. Though our review unit just had the device and charger. The contents would be as listed below. (depends on the region too)

  • Nokia 808 PureView
  • Nokia AC-50N MicroUSB Charger
  • Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-190CD
  • Nokia stereo Headset WH-209
  • NFC info card
  • Nokia Wrist Strap Black
  • Quick Guide, User Guide and Product information leaflet

Design and Build

The build material is quite different then the previous Symbian Devices like N8, E7. This time Nokia has gone with a full plastic build and do note that the quality of the device is very good. One of the reason might be to reduce the weight of the device. The finish is bit rough and adds to the grip.

The phone has a uniform build except the lump at the back and is because of the camera. That is the point which makes 808 the thickest.

The device hosts a 4″ AMOLED Clear Black Display with Gorilla Glass at the front. The screen is able to deliver 360*640 pixel resolution. This could have been better for sure as the PPI is 184 on this device which is much much lesser than the high end phones available in the market right now.

Above the display is the speaker grill and next to it are the Ambient Light sensor, proximity sensor and a video camera for video calls. Below the display the phone has the standard Symbianesque 3 buttons for Call receiving/end and menu.

Right of the phone hosts Volume Rocker, Slider key for screen Lock/Unlock, Camera Key. Left of the device is plain.

Bottom of the device hosts the primary microphone. The top hosts the the 3.5mm headphone jack, micro USB Port, microHDMI port. Also next to the micro HDMI Port is the secondary microphone.

The back hosts the prime thing on this device. The 41MP Imaging sensor with Pureview Technology. Next to it are a Large Xenon Flash and an LED flash. Next to it is the speaker grille.

Within the backhover, we see 1400 mAh BV-4D battery. Under the battery are SIM slot and microSD Card slot. The back cover also hosts NFC Chip.

OS

Nokia 808 runs on the Nokia Belle Feature Pack 1 OS. This is a much refined and polished OS when compared to Symbian Anna. The OS is well complemented by the CPU clocking 1.3GHz. Users can have upto 6 customizable homescreens with continuous scrolling and each screen has its own wallpaper.

Widgets is supported on the home screen and a new widget can be added with a long press. Shortcuts can also be placed on the screen.

The phone now supports Androidistic Pull down notification menu which hosts few quick toggles like Mobile Data, WiFi, Bluetooth and Silent mode enabler. The screen also has 3 soft buttons on the screen. Menu, Dialer and settings for homescreen.

Menu now hosts all the applications at one go. Users can create folders if needed. Hold an app in the Menu, options will be shown using which the app can be rearranged, moved to a folder and also placed on the home screen.

The Task manager is changed a bit which shows the screenshots of the apps. The task manager can be brought up by holding the menu hard key. The apps can also be closed from the task manager list.

The Keyboard is improved a bit and is better than before for typing.

Rest of the things remain the same with good and some bad old features from the Symbian OS.

Camera

One of the best features of this phone required the Camera UI and the features to be enhanced. Nokia has done what hardly anybody would have dreamt to have in the smartphone. The Camera component is able to capture the pictures in 3 MP, 5 MP, 8MP in Pureview Modes and 34MP, 38MP with full resolution. Especially in the Pureview mode, the camera is exceptional both during daylight and in low light areas.

Some of the snaps captured are breathtaking. Click on the thumbnails to check them out in actual sizes.

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Other features:

As with other devices, Pureview 808 also comes with the navigation support from Nokia through Nokia Maps. The phone manages to grab the GPS lock quite soon and the usage of maps is smooth on the device. Do not forget that the Nokia Maps is free and has a good coverage world wide.

Connectivity wise, the device comes with micro HDMI, DLNA, Pentaband connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 , WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, USB OTG , NFC , Radio etc.

Rated at 1400 mAh, the battery manages to help the phone run for quite long. Was able to squeeze a day out of it with medium usage to high usage on twitter, Camera et al.

 

Conclusion:

This phone might be the last high end smartphone (?) to run on Symbian platform.

Good ones:

Best Camera on the phone yet

Smooth w.r.t usability

Nokia Maps

NFC (though not used much at the moment)

 

Not so good

OS is outdated

Display resolution

Bulky.

 

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