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The future of mobile imaging meets the smartphone's past

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The Nokia 808 PureView is the best cameraphone out there, but you'll have to be willing to forgo the simplicity, function and comfort of competing smartphones if you intend to own it. You also have to be seriously imaging-obsessed to handle this as your daily driver. While Nokia has made some effort to make image sharing painless, these features are still limited, with constrained options and an OS that often collapses under the weight of even moderate demands. In general, you might hear reviewers toss around clichés like "setting new benchmarks" and "peerless results," but in this case, all these platitudes ring true. The 808's low-noise shots, even in dim light, and its lossless digital zoom features roar. Throw in the superb video- and audio-recording performance and you have a clear cameraphone champion. The problem is, it's one that demands a more capable and (future-facing) operating system.

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Critic reviews

7.5
10 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.7
  • Display
    5.4
  • Battery life
    8.2
  • Camera
    9.8
  • Ease of use
    5.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
    5.8
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    5.7

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User reviews

7.8
6 reviews
7.0
Engadget Jun 26, 2012

The Nokia 808 PureView is the best cameraphone out there, but you'll have to be willing to forgo the of simplicity, function and comfort of competing smartphones if you intend to own it.

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9.0
Digital Photography Review Jul 30, 2012

As a cameraphone, the Nokia blows its competition out of the water, and significantly narrows the gap between dedicated cameras and portable communications devices to the point where ultimate convergence seems all but inevitable.

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5.0
Wired Jul 9, 2012

The Nokia 808 PureView is the most exciting smartphone on the market that you shouldn’t buy. It may not be the best device for viewing photos, but it completely outperforms other smartphones in actual photo-taking. Symbian is an outdated, glitchy piece of a software nightmare.

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8.0
CNET Asia Jun 14, 2012

If you just want a camera that has the ability to make calls and send/receive emails, then the Nokia 808 PureView fulfills this purpose very well.

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8.0
CNET UK Jun 26, 2012

The Nokia 808 PureView's 41-megapixel camera is a rocket strapped to a rollerskate. It easily trumps all the better smart phone cameras out there, including the iPhone 4S and the HTC One X. But the Symbian operating system has its limitations.

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8.0
SlashGear Jun 26, 2012

Few people will actually go out and buy it themselves, but then the 808 is really a test bench for PureView technology, a proof-of-concept.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 4, 2012

... the fact is, the 808 comes to you as a feature-complete phone, with some lovely extras and the best camera ever fitted to a mobile phone.

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9.0
phoneArena Jun 25, 2012

...the best photography a mobile device can deliver, that’s precisely what Nokia’s groundbreaking invention offers.

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7.0
TechRadar Jul 27, 2012

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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7.0
rz rz

The 808 Pureview: In typical Nokia style of these days, it's excellent quality. Design is excellent and ergonomics is excellent. Call quality is impeccable and so is cellular reception. The major selling point, the 41MP camera, is quite unmatched compared to all other camera phones. I think due...

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daliusd daliusd

Overall that's the best Symbian phone you could get. Performance and responsiveness can be compared to Android and iOS devices and to my surprise it is quite pleasant to use it.

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