GSM Arena’s Nokia 808 PureView 10 page ReView

| June 23, 2012 | 132 Replies

You guys were flooding the inboxes in excitement about this review. Well here it is, the definitive review of the Nokia 808 PureView.

In this 10 page report, GSM Arena are meticulous as usual. The anticipation for this review has been great due to the teasers/treats for readers to many, many Nokia 808 PureView tests which proved time and time again the superiority of PureView.

So, conclusion: How is it at being a camera phone and how is it outside of being a camera phone?

  • “This is a phone that knows what it’s doing and does it well”. NDTV reiterated the 10/10 score for USP (unique selling point – it has one and does it better than no one else)
  • Certainly not a bad looking fella
  • Plastic is definitely the way to go here (due to already weighing 169g)
  • Surprisingly course finish that almost feels like machined metal…nice to touch (I wholly agree. The texture is fantastic)
  •  808 PureView easily puts any metal-clad phone to shame
  • feel is solid bordering on lethal
  • Despite the size and weight, the device doesn’t feel weird in the hand
  • Easy to balance the top heavy phone in portrait, grippy back welcome
  • Above the display is the secondary camera for video calls (some thought it wasn’t even there)
  • Nokia could have done better than nHD resolution – which wasn’t even top of the line two years ago
  • Other than resolution, great sunlight readability, perfect indoor performance, deep blacks, 16:9.
  • Confirming other independent tests (but with 900), Nokia’s CBD AMOLED wins in outdoor readability test.
  • Built with the camera in mind…Nokia are at their usual best with the build quality of their cameraphone flagship
  • Many will find the camera bump rather ugly, but we think it adds to the phone’s personality.


  • finally caught up to the competition in terms of features with Belle and now we have Feature Pack 1 to polish it.
  • The way you move things around in Symbian isn’t as streamlined and intuitive as it is in competing OSes and Feature Pack 1 has done nothing to change that.
  •  lightweight Symbian Belle was always a snappy OS even on limited (by today’s standards) resources.
  • The bump to 1.3GHz (older Belle phones ran at 1GHz tops) enables buttery smooth animations and transitions.
  • you really don’t notice you’re running on a single-core processor
  • The app store battle has been lost though - in today’s market, the apps are the main driving force behind smartphone sales.
  • 808 PureView could be the grand sendoff an OS with such rich history deserves
  • Reception on the Nokia 808 is good and we didn’t experience dropped calls.
And this is only page 4.
Carry on to read the test of the review:

Cheers everyone for the tip!


Category: Nokia, Symbian

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