Nokia 808 PureView Device Impressions

Even before the announcement of Nokia Lumia 920 with PureView Camera technology, Nokia gave me a Nokia 808 PureView device for a trial. I used the device for about 2 weeks instead of one my Windows Phone devices. Nokia 808 PureView can be used as a poster child for many reasons. One, a great hardware can be brought down by a poor software experience. Two, Nokia still has lots of innovations within it. If you are a camera lover, then this a must have mobile device for you. If you are looking for a decent smartphone, please forget about this and consider one of the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone device.

I really hope Nokia ports features such as PureView Over sampling technology, Rich Recording technology, support for Dolby Digital Plus Audio, etc, to Lumia Windows Phone devices soon. Do you miss anything from Nokia 808 PureView on your Lumia Windows Phone device?

Check out my impressions about it after the break.

Hardware: 

Nokia 808 PureView feels solid in hand and it is sturdily built just as you expect from a Nokia Smartphone. Since the device is made of plastic, it weighs only 169gms whereas its thickness ranges from 14mm to 18mm. As you can notice in the image above, there is a huge bump in the back due to its 41MP PureView camera sensor. It has a 4inch AMOLED display with 360X640 resolution. I don’t understand Nokia’s decision behind this low resolution display for a highly media focused device. It sports all other regular ports, volume and dedicated camera keys along with standard Symbian buttons.

Audio: 

The audio technology built into this PureView device is powered by Dolby Digital Plus so you can enjoy your music on 5.1 channel sound experience. The loudspeaker in 808 PureView produces very loud and clear sound. It also features Rich Recording which has the ability to record sound without distortion at around 140-145db and the Nokia 808 PureView records at volumes four times louder than conventional microphones.

Camera: 

The Nokia 808 PureView features a 41 megapixel sensor powered by Carl Zeiss optics. More than the hardware abilities, it now incorporates Nokia’s new pixel oversampling technology. Using Pixel Oversampling, you will have the ability to zoom without loss of clarity and capture seven pixels of information, condensing into one pixel for the sharpest images imaginable. On video recording side, Nokia 808 PureView also includes full HD 1080p video recording and playback with 4X lossless zoom.

After reading such high specs, my expectations on the image and video quality from this device went much higher. And after using the device for more than 2 weeks, I can tell you that the device holds true on its promise. The images just look stunning with great color and sharpness. I can easily say that this is the best Mobile Phone Camera that exists in the market right now. The video recording features 6X lossless zoom at 720p and 4X lossless zoom at 1080p resolution which produces some great videos.

Performance/Software Experience: 

I’m a Windows Phone user since 2010. Imagine how I would have felt using Symbian device today. In one word I can describe the software experience on this PureView 808 device, It is “Unusable”. Even in 2012, there is a lag in UI throughout the Symbian Belle OS. Its slow, becomes unresponsive at times. As a Windows Phone user, I can never digest such software experience. The soft keyboard is one of the worst I’ve ever used which ruins every part of the OS whenever it gets loaded up. And I don’t even want to speak about its native browser which is terrible.

One positive thing about the 808 PureView’s software experience is the availability of Nokia apps such as Nokia Maps with full offline navigation, Nokia Transit, Nokia Music, etc,.

Others: 

Nokia 808 has 16GB inbuilt storage with SD card expansion facility. It also has 1400mAh battery which is pretty enough for using this device for a whole day. It features a pentaband 3G network support which should be more helpful for travellers.

Final thoughts: 

Nokia 808 PureView can be used as a poster child for many reasons. One, a great hardware can be brought down by a poor software experience. Two, Nokia still has lots of innovations within it. If you are a camera lover, then this a must have mobile device for you. If you are looking for a decent smartphone, please forget about this and consider one of the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone device.

Find few random images I took with this device at SkyDrive here. I’ll try to upload more images soon.

 

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