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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

We earlier announced Amazon UK would launch the Nokia 808 PureView on June 21. But it turns out the US won’t fall behind as yesterday Nokia US chief Chris Weber said the phone will debut at later this week. In short, the Nokia 808 PureView will be released in the US almost simultaneously with other leading markets.

As expected, the Nokia 808 PureView will be priced expensively like other unlocked models. Amazon will sell it for $699, and the phone will be compatible with AT&T’s 3G and T-Mobile’s EDGE networks.

Needless to go deep into the phone’s specs list, because you know it very well that the Nokia 808 PureView is packed with a 41MP camera, which can’t be found on any other smartphone. As to software, it’s the most painful feature of this phone because Nokia has powered it with Belle OS, which is disliked by Americans. But on the other hand, those who consider themselves mobile photographers will hardly focus on the OS.


The Nokia 808 PureView is on the lips of all those people who get anything in cameraphones. But the manufacturer seemed not to hurry with its launch date. While this morning Nokia made a statement unveiling the first countries to where the phone will travel. Strange as it can sound, the Nokia 808 PureView will be first released in Russia and India.

While this will be gladsome for people who live in these countries, the UK and other European countries must be annoyed at this statement. The reason is several European markets, especially the UK have been getting pre-orders for this handset for some time now, and suddenly out of nowhere it turns out the Nokia 808 PureView will land on other countries.

Now let’s take a look at the selling points of the device. The Nokia 808 PureView will come with a 41MP camera with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, Nokia’s Rich Recording technology and a long list of innovative camera-features. Besides its shooting capabilities, the 808 PureView is also a smartphone, which means it must be packed with appropriate specs as well. And it is. Among its specs list users will find a 4-inch AMOLED touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 2 and a ClearBlack Display, a 1.3MHz processor with 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, 16GB of native storage, a secondary VGA camera and Dolby Digital Plus. Also, it runs the latest version of Nokia Belle.

Different third-party retailers are getting pre-orders for different prices, that’s why I can’t mention any exact price tag the phone will come at. And do not get surprised if Russia’s prices appear to be way higher than those of India.

While many manufacturers are busy working on new updates for their Windows Phone and Android handsets, Nokia is preparing its next update for Nokia Belle. The update dubbed as the Belle Feature Pack 1 will be rolled out for three Symbian smartphones, the Nokia 701, 700 and 603.

It’s a much anticipated update for Nokia Belle users as there are a myriad of enhancements. First off, it will bump the clock speed of the processor in all three phones from 1GHz to 1.3GHz, add new homescreen widgets and new browser, change the notification bar and multitasking and add Dolby Digital Plus functionality to media playback.

The Belle FP1 update will be rolled out over the air, so be attentive not to miss it. Unfortunately, other Symbian-flavored smartphones’ owners (especially the first generation Symbian phones like the Nokia N8 and E7) won’t be given a chance to upgrade their phones. The Nokia 808 PureView will probably be launched with the improvements pre-loaded.


Nokia’s cooperation with Microsoft has gone too far. Their agreement assumed only Windows Phone-packed smartphones (and tablets), but it was so only in the eyes of ordinary mortals. Moreover, when Nokia dropped the Symbian moniker from the name of its native operating system, everyone realized the company wouldn’t stop working on it. At the same time, many of us hoped to see some additions to it in face of Microsoft’s popular apps. Now I am glad to inform you will be able to download Microsoft Office apps on your Nokia Belle devices.

The first bunch of handsets to get Microsoft Office Mobile apps are the Nokia 701, Nokia 700, Nokia 603, Nokia E7, Nokia X7, Nokia C7, Nokia Oro or Nokia C6-01. Afterwards, the Nokia N8, E7 and 500 will receive an update to enable these apps on the phones. Notably, the Nokia 808 PureView will be launched with the apps preloaded.

The exact launch date is not available yet, but the app is said to hit the Nokia Store in the coming weeks.


As you know, Nokia is discontinuing the production of Symbian OS based devices. But the manufacturer promised to deliver updates for the current devices and the brand new Nokia 808 PureView. The latest models use Nokia Belle, while we have Carla and Donna still coming. The only exception is 808 PureView. The model uses something called FP1, that is Feature Package 1. Several analysts state it’s the same Carla. The renaming of the Carla is considered to be similar to Nokia Belle, which was originally called Symbian Belle. Still there’s no info about Carla, thus this info is not a 100% one.

A Nokia developer’s site states Carla is the same as FP2. If this stands for Feature Package 2, then obviously we’ll have another update coming soon to Nokia models.

Well, all these rumors prove Symbian models still have a long way to go with Nokia and the manufacturer will not leave its customers disappointed. Still I’m kind of curious about the enhancements of the updates. Is there a chance Symbian models will end up being as powerful as the WP models?


The Nokia N8 and its successor, the Nokia 808 PureView both run Nokia Belle OS. But unlike the first one, which was originally launched with Symbian^3 and was only then updated to it, the second comes with this version of Nokia’s native mobile operating system pre-installed. Besides this there are several features affecting the phones’ performance and especially browsing.

It firstly refers to the processor. The Nokia N8 is packed with a 680MHz processor with Broadcom BCM2727 GPU, while the Nokia 808 PureView is powered with a 1.3GHz processor with Broadcom 2763 GPU, which has 128MB of Dedicated Graphics Memory and is capable of 1080p video recording. It is 4 times faster than Broadcom 2727 GPU used in the first generation Symbian^3 smartphones.

The displays have a great role as well. If the Nokia N8 sports a 3.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with the resolution of 360×640 pixels and ~210ppi pixel density, the Nokia 808 PureView features the same screen but at 4-inches and therefore, the pixel density is ~184ppi.

We have earlier talked about Nokia Belle, and we know what features it comes with. So as everything is in its places, I recommend that you mash the play button and watch the video below demonstrating the browsing timings of the Nokia N8 and the Nokia 808 PureView.

By writehownet