It's a technological triumph, and a photographic one too. It's also a decent phone, music player and media system. Really, aside from a slightly limp app market and that price, it's got it all.

- Ian Morris , Pocket-lint 

The PureView 808 is easily the best cameraphone yet. But if you're obsessed with imaging quality, be prepared to compromise on performance and usability.

- Mat Smith , Engadget 

Specs summary

Screen
4"

The Nokia 808 PureView's screen is 4 inches with 360 x 640 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3GHz

There is a ARM 11 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Symbian Belle operating system (OS).

Camera
41+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 41+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1400 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 21.9 days standby time, 540 minutes (2G), 390 minutes (3G), 254 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


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Undeniably a camera enthusiast's phone

from Phone Report v2.0 (3 years ago)

The Nokia 808 PureView really is the finest Symbian device ever produced, but is that good enough? When looking at aspects like multimedia and photography it most certainly is. When looking at it from a more connected point-of-view, not so much. When really delving into user interface and experience... More

The Nokia 808 PureView really is the finest Symbian device ever produced, but is that good enough? When looking at aspects like multimedia and photography it most certainly is. When looking at it from a more connected point-of-view, not so much. When really delving into user interface and experience and the ecosystem, it looks less compelling. The last shot against the 808 PureView is pricing. It is a very expensive device, and certainly here in South Africa it had one of the highest launch prices for a Nokia device that I can remember in the last three of four years, rubbing shoulders with the Galaxy S3 and the 16GB iPhone 4S. Some will argue that the technology and the build quality mean that a premium price tag can be justified, but the market might suggest otherwise. I just don't think this device can be sold on the strength of its imaging capabilities to the masses.

Ultimately then, the Nokia 808 PureView is very clearly aimed at Symbian and photography enthusiasts who are not too fussed about ecosystems and apps. It's a little slice of history and in that respect can be worth a premium for these people. The real hope with the 808 PureView is that the technology is bigger than the device, and lives on in later Nokia devices. Indeed, the Lumia 920 has a PureView badged camera that addresses other aspects of mobile photography. Even if the methodology is different the intent is there. And one would hope that should future PureView devices gain traction, it would encourage other manufacturers to push the envelope more with the imaging capabilities of their high-end devices.

A proof of concept then, and a very good one it is, but one that is probably not primed for the mass market.

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A unique phone that banks on one aspect – camera

from Tech Ticker (3 years ago)

808 PureView’s is a unique phone that banks on one aspect – camera. Sure, Symbian is on its way out but if camera is all you want from a device that can also make calls, post updates to social networks, OS is the least of your concern. But then again, it wouldn’t really hurt to wai... More

808 PureView’s is a unique phone that banks on one aspect – camera. Sure, Symbian is on its way out but if camera is all you want from a device that can also make calls, post updates to social networks, OS is the least of your concern. But then again, it wouldn’t really hurt to wait till Sep 5 to see if Nokia delivers a Windows Phone with PureView technology.

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7/10

Good image and video quality, lots of options for shooting photos, lossless digital zoom

from Mobile88 (3 years ago)

Without a doubt the Nokia 808 PureView smartphone has one of the best cameras. It is a little chunky because of the 41-megapixel but the trade off is well worth it. The camera shoots detailed and high resolution pictures and the lossless digital zoom in PureView mode is just great. Plus, it also sho... More

Without a doubt the Nokia 808 PureView smartphone has one of the best cameras. It is a little chunky because of the 41-megapixel but the trade off is well worth it. The camera shoots detailed and high resolution pictures and the lossless digital zoom in PureView mode is just great. Plus, it also shoots HD videos really well. It is, however, let down by the operating system. We didn't enjoy using Symbian Belle - its interface is clunky and the built-in web browser is barey usable. Overall, the PureView has a fine camera and it's great for taking casual shots. After all, the best camera is the one you have with you at all times.

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The PureView has a fine camera and it's great for taking casual shots

from Mobile88 (3 years ago)

Without a doubt the Nokia 808 PureView smartphone has one of the best cameras. It is a little chunky because of the 41-megapixel but the trade off is well worth it. The camera shoots detailed and high resolution pictures and the lossless digital zoom in PureView mode is just great. Plus, it also sho... More

Without a doubt the Nokia 808 PureView smartphone has one of the best cameras. It is a little chunky because of the 41-megapixel but the trade off is well worth it. The camera shoots detailed and high resolution pictures and the lossless digital zoom in PureView mode is just great. Plus, it also shoots HD videos really well. It is, however, let down by the operating system. We didn't enjoy using Symbian Belle - its interface is clunky and the built-in web browser is barey usable.

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7/10

Best cameraphone on the market and a start of a new era

from GSM Dome (3 years ago)

On the plus side we have the camera, the great audio and video quality, the friendly design, very good flash and low light behaviour of the camera and very simple UI. Many bundled apps and incredible audio/video recording are also appealing points. On the cons side we’ve got the old, slow and... More

On the plus side we have the camera, the great audio and video quality, the friendly design, very good flash and low light behaviour of the camera and very simple UI. Many bundled apps and incredible audio/video recording are also appealing points. On the cons side we’ve got the old, slow and pretty bad OS, compared to nowadays’ options and I’m talking about Belle here. The most frustrating thing about is that at some points when you install an app you’re stuck with the “Installing” screen on top and can’t really use your phone. Also, the device is kind of bulky and the battery doesn’t last as long as I’d like. And finally the price may frustrate you, so these are all the pros and cons related to this Pureview phone.

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8.7/10

Mind-blowingly good camera, quirky design, great battery life

from The Inquirer (3 years ago)

The Nokia 808 Pureview is, without a doubt, the best cameraphone available on the market today. Its 41MP sensor proved to us that it's more than just a weighty novelty and truly managed to impress with its excellent picture quality and many settings. If this review was of its camera alone, the Purev... More

The Nokia 808 Pureview is, without a doubt, the best cameraphone available on the market today. Its 41MP sensor proved to us that it's more than just a weighty novelty and truly managed to impress with its excellent picture quality and many settings. If this review was of its camera alone, the Pureview 808 would score five out of five. However, overall, the device is let down by its underpowered processor and sluggish Nokia Belle software, which can make the handset both difficult and frustrating to use. While sort-of redeemed by its eye-catching design and excellent battery life, the failings of Symbian will probably be too much for most to overcome.

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5/10

Amazing camera with high quality audio

from TechRadar (3 years ago)

The Nokia 808 PureView is not for everyone, mainly due to its high SIM free price and lack of availability through UK operators. We liked the 41MP camera, giving the ability to zoom in and still get high resolution 8MP images and 4-inch Gorilla Glass display providing a nice screen size for picture... More

The Nokia 808 PureView is not for everyone, mainly due to its high SIM free price and lack of availability through UK operators.

We liked the 41MP camera, giving the ability to zoom in and still get high resolution 8MP images and 4-inch Gorilla Glass display providing a nice screen size for picture and video playback.

The Nokia 808 PureView feels like the development of previous Nokia media phones with its expansion on the functionality provided by the Nokia N8 a couple of years ago, including more internal storage making the phone feel more capable of supporting software updates.

For those of you out there that loved your Nokia N8s with its 12MP camera you'll love the Nokia 808 PureView with its 41MP camera and increased display and storage capacity.

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7/10

Stellar camera performance with excellent build quality and excellent call quality

from Pocketnow (3 years ago)

Nokia can really say that they have accomplished their mission. Espoo said they waited for someone to steal the crown from the Nokia N8 and, after waiting and waiting, they decided to make a product that would allow them to steal it themselves. There is absolutely no doubt that the 808 PureView is t... More

Nokia can really say that they have accomplished their mission. Espoo said they waited for someone to steal the crown from the Nokia N8 and, after waiting and waiting, they decided to make a product that would allow them to steal it themselves. There is absolutely no doubt that the 808 PureView is the best camera phone money can buy at the moment. But should you buy the 808 PureView or should you go with a dedicated camera?

Surely, the 808 PureView is a smartphone but a “smart camera” description would better suit it (a camera which can make phone calls, send e-mails and run applications). If you are not a power user and your daily usage implies using the phone, sending e-mails, texts, listening to music, snapping pictures and recording videos plus the occasional navigation, this phone is for you.

This phone is also for you if you already have the Nokia N8 and you want to keep it Symbian, while upgrading your hardware. However, if smartphone functionality is more important for you than the camera, you should probably either pass on this one if you are completely uninterested or wait for the PureView technology to come to Windows Phone if the platform is the only thing that holds you back (however, the 41-megapixel sensor might not make it to other platforms even if the PureView technology will).

If you are a casual photographer, again, this phone is for you, if you always carry your entry-level camera and a phone with you. Professional photographers will not give up their gear for the 808 PureView, and they really shouldn’t.

At the end of the day, the 808 PureView might only be a proof of concept, a pioneer, or a soon to become collector’s item, but Nokia surely managed to step up the game in a serious way!

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6.7/10

A Symbian smartphone with a staggeringly well specified camera

from PC Advisor (3 years ago)

Nokia's 808 PureView is best described as a camera with a phone in it. And that 41-megapixel camera is impressive. The question is: do you want to spend £500 on a camera with a Symbian smartphone attached, when you could get a top level compact camera for that amount of money? If you are not b... More

Nokia's 808 PureView is best described as a camera with a phone in it. And that 41-megapixel camera is impressive. The question is: do you want to spend £500 on a camera with a Symbian smartphone attached, when you could get a top level compact camera for that amount of money? If you are not bothered about having the latest smartphone technology, the savings entailed in buying just one device to fulfil both smartphone and camera functions will make the PureView a bargain. Everyone else should look elsewhere, however.

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6/10

This phone is no contender for the smartphone crown

from NDTV (4 years ago)

If you're looking for a camera that can make calls, buy the Nokia 808, because those are the two things it does very well. However, if you're looking for a good email/ browsing/ social/ gaming experience, move on, because Symbian isn't the answer.Looking beyond the 808, Nokia has promised that the P... More

If you're looking for a camera that can make calls, buy the Nokia 808, because those are the two things it does very well. However, if you're looking for a good email/ browsing/ social/ gaming experience, move on, because Symbian isn't the answer.

Looking beyond the 808, Nokia has promised that the PureView technology will find its way on to other devices, and we look forward to phones that pack in better hardware and OS to back the great camera. 

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