The advent of mobile phones coupled with exceptional cameras have slowly edged out the usual point-and-shoot cameras, though some with substandard cameras and some with excellent ones. I had a chance to test out the Nokia 808 Pureview and I must say, with its 41MP image sensor, it was quite fun to use.
The Nokia we got to try out came in an attention-catching bright red case. When I first saw the phone it looked quite nice and sleek, but it surprised me when I turned it around and saw the sleek design disrupted by a strange hump. The hump is due to the colossal Carl Zeiss camera, adds a few mm to the already bulky phone and comprises most of the 169 g weight, heavier than most 4-inch cameras in the market.
The Nokia 808 felt quite bulky when I first used it as I prefer lighter phones, though it did remind me of those bulky classic phones that could withstand a beating. The rough matte finish and added bulk/hump actually help my grip as my fingers would catch on it, preventing a few accidental drops. Rather than following the trend of lighter phones, Nokia seems to have gone the other way with the 808. The front buttons have the Call, Menu, and End Call/Power options, while the right side of the phone has the volume rocker, lock/unlock slider, and shutter button. It also has a mini-USB port for charging and an HDMI-D port as well.
Touting a 4-inch (360 x 480) AMOLED display and ClearBlack that helps the low density (184ppi) screen, colors were not half bad and it was still clear enough outdoors. The touch interaction was quite smooth and precise so no objections there. As with Nokia devices, audio quality was quite clear and crisp.
The image above is an example of what we were able to capture with the Nokia 808. The camera, the main attraction of the 808 Pureview was quite excellent. It had a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens with Xenon flash, f/2.4 aperture, and 1/1.2” sensor size. The camera app has three shooting modes to choose from, Automatic, Scenes, and Creative. Automatic lets you point and shoot, easy as that. Scenes lets you choose from eight shooting presets to shoot from, while letting the camera do most of the primary work. Creative mode is where you can control all the functions of the camera, letting you capture the image you want.
The Nokia 808 Pureview utilizes Symbian OS powered by single-core 1.3GHz ARM 11 processor with 512MB RAM and 16GB storage. For some people the Symbian OS could be a letdown as its future doesn’t look too bright, but the phone works well and performs great. Most smartphone needs were handled quite well and worked fine. Considering it’s single-core processor, the 808 Pureview handles imaging and video capturing like a champ. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and can come with 3G.
Battery life was quite good for me, despite its small capacity of 1400mAh. The Nokia 808 lasted for about a day or two for me with relatively moderate usage, with large amounts of gaming.
The Nokia 808 lives up to its expectations as a mobile phone with a great 41MP camera. It works quite well, even with the aging Symbian OS and performs all the standard smartphone needs. It sets itself apart from the slim and sleek with a sturdy and bulkier build with the odd camera hump. Essentially though it felt more like a camera that had phone capabilities and not the other way around. the Nokia 808 Pureview retails at P26,550, a bit on the steeper side compared to other phones in the market.
Pros: Excellent camera, sturdy build, good battery life.
Cons: Aging Symbian OS, odd camera hump, a bit pricy.