It’s fair to say that having once being top dog in the mobile phone world, Nokia have struggled to really make an impact in the western smartphone market. However, the Finnish company are going the right way about challenging the dominance of Samsung, Apple and HTC by manufacturing a range of excellent new phones. One of these new phones is the 808 PureView which has been designed to head-up the Symbian range, while the Nokia Lumia 800 and 900 pave the way for Windows Phone. The 808 PureView was a big hit at MWC 2012, but is it going to be good enough to capture the public’s imagination?

Build

The 808 PureView comes in a choice of three different colours: red, white and blue, and has a nice rugged look that is helped by a rubberised finish. The rubber helps to give the 123.9 x 60.2mm phone good grip and this phone feels excellent to hold despite it being incredibly chunky at 13.9mm. The rear camera is a lot bigger than you will probably be used to, although as we will learn later there is a reason for this.

Screen

For a smartphone in 2012, the Nokia’s 4.0 inch 360 x 640 pixel resolution screen is simply not good enough and the 184ppi pixel density is less than many budget phones on the market. That being said, colours are clear enough and doing the basic things such as reading text, social networking and playing basic games is satisfactory. The screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass.

Hardware

Again, for a smartphone that is retailing at around the same price as the iPhone 4S and HTC One X, the processor in the 808 PureView is not great. Certainly, the 1.3GHz ARM 11 chipset can handle the Nokia Belle OS, but in a world of dual and quad-core processor, this phone is way off the pace. The processor is backed up with a satisfactory 512MB RAM and there is a healthy 16GB of internal storage and a micro SD card offering the possibility to expand up to 32GB.

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Despite being on the low end of the smartphone market the Nokia 808 pureview can still definatly pack a punch. Most known for the ability of its camera its apps are largely forgotten, however due to the high perfomance camera the phone has a high quality processor thats perfect for playing games such as poker, blackjack, slots or roulette. A high quality processor is needed for casino games due to the fact money is involved. If the game keeps crashing you risk missing out on spins, or loosing out on monety if the connection is lost. Therefore high quality phones such as the Nokia 808 pureview are perfect for playing casino on the move.

Camera

The biggest draw of the Nokia PureView is undoubtedly the camera, which is bay far and away the biggest camera ever seen on a smartphone and one that is not likely to be rivalled anytime soon. The 41-MP camera is something usually seen on medium format professional cameras and as always has the Carl Zeiss lens which is teamed with Nokia’s pixel over-sampling technology. Of course, having a large camera does not mean that this phone is going to produce professional quality pictures, but is hard to ignore the sharpness of the pictures in even the most testing of light conditions. Camera features include 1/1.2” sensor size, ND filter, up to 4x lossless digital zoom, geo-tagging and face detection and there is 1080p video recording with LED light.

Operating System

The PureView runs the Nokia Belle operating system which has a decent UI, making menus and apps pretty easy to use with the processor. This OS is far from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or iOS but it fits nicely into this phone.

Battery

There is a standard Li-on 1400mAh battery in the Nokia 808 PureView. According to Nokia’s figures, this should provide up to 540 hours standby time on 3G and 6 hours 50 minutes talk time on 3G.

Verdict

While the hardware and screen specs are up too much, the huge megapixel camera makes this phone a very interesting one. The rugged build combined with the camera makes this Symbian phone seem more suited to the outdoor market as opposed to being a mainstream success.