Expert Review of Nokia 808 PureView Black
Nokia 808 PureView is the best ever camera smartphone by the Finnish handset maker, Nokia, that has the first ever highest sensor camera, which even the point-and-shoot cameras do not possess. Nokia mobiles is said to be one of the best mobile manufacturers across the world. It has offered its consumers a wide range of products, be it affordable feature phones or high-class smartphones. With the highest ever 41 mega pixel camera, the company has again wonder struck the customers. It is first time in the history of smartphones that any phone comes up with such a high sensor camera, which carries the capability to beat the camera of Apple iPhone 4 in terms of clarity and real life touch. The images taken from Nokia PureView 41 MP camera looks as if they come alive. The users will find difficulty in differentiating between the real and the virtual picture. Nokia PureView 808 comes with a size of 123.9 mm x 60.2 mm x 13.9 mm and carries a weight of 169 grams, which is a bit higher as compared to other smartphones available in the market and is due to the presence of highest mega pixel camera. Though the back design of the smartphone is somewhat unsymmetrical due to this camera but the front looks clean and shiny with capacitive buttons at the bottom of the capacitive screen that are touch sensitive and are meant for Home, Call and Contacts. Below these sensitive buttons, there are three physical buttons also, for call receiving/connecting, menu and disconnecting the call. Nokia 808 PureView sports a rubberized finish and is available in a choice of colors, like black, white and red, making it look more like a rugged handset, rather than a range-topper. The rubber finish adds a nice bit of grip, and while the phones fits reasonably comfortably in the hand, it is quite chunky, particularly at the thickest point, where the camera lens protrudes slightly. The chassis are made up of top class plastic that helps in reducing the weight as well as provide comfortable grip to hands. The front has Corning Gorilla Glass that makes the screen scratch resistant so that the users can enjoy the crystal clear pictures on the Nokia ClearBlack display. The top of the device hosts three important points, that are, the 3.5 mm headphone jack, which can also be used as an A/V connector dock, microUSB port, also used as a charging port, and the HDMI port along with a microphone hole. The bottom is the house for the main microphone only. The left part is used for long capsule shaped volume rocker, a dedicated camera button and a lock button, whereas the right side is left untouched and is completely bare. The back houses the 41 MP astounding camera with LED flash and Xenon flash, powerful battery and microSD card slot under the back cover. Nokia PureView is a game changer device for Nokia, which through its groundbreaking PureView imaging technology let the users take photos with extraordinary detail and creativity. The users can take the best ever 5 MP photos with this smartphone with the help of Carl Zeiss lens and radical new imaging technology and thus becomes the first smartphone to feature this technology, a pixel oversampling technique that reduces an image taken at full resolution into a lower resolution picture, thus achieving higher definition and light sensitivity, and enables lossless zoom.
User Interface and UI functionality
The new Nokia 808 PureView certainly justifies its smartphone tag as it has features to die for. Besides the 41 megapixels primary camera, the device boasts a 4.0 inches wide AMOLED ClearBlack display that is capacitive in touch and accepts multiple commands as it has multi touch facility that enable the users to give more than one command at one time using the screen. With a decent resolution of 360 x 640 pixels the display provides an unclouded and sharp view on the screen and to add more differentiation, color combinations made from 16M colors and pixel density of 184 ppi plays a major role. The screen has been made with Corning Gorilla Glass that ensures maximum protection along with Nokia ClearBlack display and makes the screen scratch resistant. The user interface in Nokia 808 PureView is perfect and nearly flawless. The users can easily glide through the various functions in Nokia 808 PureView. Therefore, it can be said that the user interface functionality is close to perfect and users will certainly not face any kind of problem while working on Nokia 808, the best phone. This smartphone is running on the latest Nokia Belle platform that brings eye catching design and high performance software to the device. with Nokia Belle OS the users can catch up with their world at a glance, express themselves across six homescreens, and share and pair with NFC compatible devices. This OS makes the phone more responsive, easy and fun to use and provides faster and smoother browsing experience with the help of powerful single core ARM 11 processor that clocked at a rate of 1.3 GHz. This platform offer fast Internet connection and increased browsing speeds, that means one can keep on top of what is going on in the world and stay updated with all the latest news from their network of friends and family.
Nokia 808 PureView is a complete multimedia phone along with a camera phone and makes sure that users do not get bored. The presence of multi-format support audio and video player is perfect for playing music anytime and anywhere. For FM radio lovers, this smartphone is also accompanied with stereo FM Radio with RDS technology that automatically detect the radio station frequency, so the users can instantly know, which radio station they are tuned into. Also sending multimedia messages through Nokia 808 is absolutely easy and comfortable. The 3.5 mm of audio jack will allow the users to attach any regular speakers or headphone to the smartphone and this jack also works as an A/V connector. Various aural codecs that are supported by this smartphone are MIDI, AAC, AMR-WB, HE AAC V1, HE AAC V2, Mobile XMF, MP3, True tones, WAV, RealAudio 10, SP MIDI and WMA and these formats play a major role in playing or recording an audio file. The video formats that are supportable on this smartphone are WMV 9, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, RealVideo 10, Sorenson Spark, VP6, Matroska, 3GPP formats (H.263), AVI, VC-1, Flash Video and ASF. The video formats that are supported by the primary camera to record a video file are H.264/AVC, MPEG-4 and H.263 whereas the secondary camera captures video files in H.263 format. The phone comes loaded with many audio features that fills the life of the users with amazing experience up to the brim and such features include Audio Equalizer, FM transmitter, Audio Streaming, Stereo Widening, Dolby Headphone, Handsfree Speaker, Loudness, Bluetooth Stereo, default Music Player and Stereo Audio Recording. Nokia 808 PureView captures crisp, clear audio, including low bass sounds that normal camera phone microphones simply won’t pick up. In fact, it can record up to a thumping 140 decibels without distortion. It is also the first smartphone to feature Dolby Headphone, so the users can plug in any stereo headphones and listen in pure Dolby surround sound. So, this not only has the best camera but also has a best quality multimedia features.
Pictures and Video quality
Camera is the major highlight of Nokia 808 PureView that has Carl Zeiss optics along with Nokia's PureView imaging technology. Nokia mobiles has literally taken the world by surprise by introducing a 41 MP camera smartphone that captures images with a real life touch, which seems to come alive with a slight touch. Nokia 808 PureView’s 41 megapixels rear camera has Carl Zeiss optics, out of which 38 megapixels could be used effectively. The quality of the pictures and videos are superb and with Xenon flash and autofocus, the images and videos are further enhanced substantially. The features also include ND filter, 4x lossless digital zoom, face detection, Geo-tagging and one and half inches of sensor size. The videos of HD quality can be captured with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second with LED light and Xenon flash. Also the presence of secondary VGA snapper will allow the user to click self-portraits and make video calls with utmost comfort and ease. The images capture with the primary 41 MP giant camera sensor carry the highest resolution of 7152 x 5368 pixels and the secondary camera can record VGA videos of resolution 480 x 640 pixels with 30 frames per second. This VGA front facing camera enable the users to have live video chats with family and friends. The features of main camera include Red-eye reduction, Touch focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Carl Zeiss Optics, Auto Exposure, Auto focus, Self timer, Video light, Geo-tagging, Still image editor, Xenon flash, Exposure compensation, Flash, Full screen viewfinder and Face Detection and the images captured support JPEG/Exif format while the other graphics formats supportable are GIF89a, OTA, BMP, GIF87a, WBMP, EXIF, WMF, JPEG 2000, MBM, TIFF, PNG and JPEG. The main video camera features are as follows Video Editor, Video Sharing, Image Stabilization, Video Recorder, Video Player, Video Streaming and Video Call. The snapshots taken can be viewed through Tag cloud, Month, Album or Slide show. Thus, the jaw dropping and eye widening features can really leave the users dumb and make them feel proud on their selection of smartphone.
Internal and External Memory
The internal memory space offered in Nokia 808 PureView is pretty sufficient. The whopping 16 GB of inbuilt memory space will let the users store a huge amount of data in this smartphone, such as pictures, video, audio and video files etc. If this memory is not enough for then the micro SD card slot will allow the users to expand the memory up to 32 GB. The 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of ROM will help the system files and operating system to run smoothly and hassle-free.
Applications and Gaming
Nokia 808 PureView is powered by Nokia Belle operating system, which gives the user a complete access to Nokia Store, which is flooded with numerous games and applications that can be downloaded and installed in the smartphone. Playing games on the 4 inches of AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display is totally worth it. Java supported games also run smooth on this smartphone as it supports Java. The latest operating system provides access to various awesome applications and features, such as six customizable homescreens, NFC capability that allows one to share videos, photos and music with other nearby devices and the NFC tags also allow the users to easily access a whole world of exciting content, including film trailers, songs, micro sites, maps, money-off vouchers and much more, live widgets in five different sizes, pull down taskbar that manages all the recently used applications and give notifications on the latest updates and the users can also manage their connectivity from the pull-down taskbar, turning their Bluetooth or Wi-Fi on and off, and there are many more unique and amazing features that are helpful to the users.
Nokia 808 PureView has been bestowed with 1,400 mAh of standard Li-Ion battery (BV-4D), which promises to deliver standby time of up to 465 hours in 2G and 540 hours of standby time in 3G. This 1,400 mAh of battery will also provide 11 hours of talk time in 2G and 6 hours and 50 minutes of talk time in 3G, which is perfect. The users can also play music and video files for long time without the fear of battery drainage.
Users will be able to transfer data with great speed to other devices from Nokia 808 PureView via numerous connectivity options. Users can transfer data by the means of near field communication better known as NFC, by Bluetooth version 3.0 with A2DP and microUSB v.2.0 with USB on-the-go support. The HSDPA downloading speed via 3G network is 14.4 Mbps whereas the HSUPA uploading speed of files is 5.76 Mbps and these are very good for a smartphone. Nokia PureView 808 supports GSM 2G and 3G networks at a bandwidth of 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz and 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz, respectively.
By introducing Nokia 808 PureView, Nokia has changed the entire scenario of the global mobile market. With 41 megapixels of camera, Nokia 808 has no competition in the market. Besides this camera feature, the other features of this smartphone are very impressive as well, either they are multimedia features or connectivity features. Nokia Mobiles can be rest assured that Nokia 808 PureView is not going to face any competition in the mobile market as far as it keeps the price of this smartphone competitive and easy on pocket, but still it can face a little threat from Samsung Galaxy S III, that is best in terms of its Android ICS platform, HTC One X and Apple iPad 2, that also offers some good and astounding functions and applications that are absent in Nokia PureView 808.