GSMarena got it’s very detailed Nokia 808 PureView review ready. I don’t mention the camera part of the review here as the “Best cameraphone ever made. End of story” title should tell you enough in that front. I picked some points i thought where interesting, but i absolutely recommend you reading GSMarena’s very positive Nokia 808 PureView review as a whole.
On construction Nokia 808 PureView gets a lot of praise. GSMarena likes it polycarbonate shell that feels like “machined metal”.
We don’t miss the aluminum unibody of the N8 because, believe it or not, the 808 PureView easily puts any metal-clad phone to shame. The feel is solid, bordering on lethal.
Nokia 808 being quite heavy of a phone is mentioned, but holding the phone feels comfortable. 808 being nice to hold and having solid build has been recurring theme with those who have had 808 to test. Camera hump does hamper the ergonomics when you are typing in landscape mode.
Screen has one clear disadvantage that is derived from Symbian and is more than certain to be there till the last Symbian device, resolution.
360 x 640 pixel screens weren’t exactly top of the line two years ago, and they most certainly aren’t today. The display has grown up to 4 inches, taking the pixel density down to 184 ppi. With some rival smartphones able to offer nearly twice this number, the 808 PureView has no excuses.
Other than resolution, 808′s screen is thanked for the same benefits of other Clear Black display equipped Nokia devices, great sunlight legibility and perfect indoor performance.
On contrast ratio Nokia 808 beats them all. That includes Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III, iPhone 4S, Nokia N9 and it does it all with a big margin! Would been great to see how 800 and 900 would have fared in this test.
To me very important point with 808 PureView has been sound quality via 3.5mm jack, something Nokia N8 became quite famous next to the camera with many HeadFi users using N8 as their main in-ear media player because of the sound quality. I was one of those people and hope that 808 PureView will keep that tradition up.
According to GSMarena that seems to be case with Nokia 808 improving where N8 left. Can’t wait to test some of my in-ears with 808!
When attached to an active external equalizer, the 808 PureView got impressive scores all over the place. Its volume level was decently high too, so there’s nothing to frown at.
Again in the complete GSMarena review you will find all the measurements and such.
Surprisngly or not, Symbian Belle FP1 actually gets quite a bit of praise from GSMarena.
The Symbian experience is light years ahead of what it was on the 5800 XpressMusic. The OS has caught up to the competition with the numerous UI and usability updates, and it’s lightweight enough so even the 1.3GHz single-core processor of old architecture delivers a fast, fluid experience.
Main disadvantage GSMarena gives to 808 PureView is not Symbian, but the ecosystem that is fading and not as strong as iOS, Android or even WP these days.
As a final point taken from GSMarena’s review conclusion we have couple of sentences to describe the madness that Nokia 808 PureView represent inside Nokia.
So hats off to the Finns – there are no two ways about it. With the Microsoft deal a gamble that’s yet to pay off, with plenty of people unable to get over the way MeeGo was treated, with a market obsessed with software and apps, you’d think they’d have other things on their mind than developing what’s probably the most revolutionary technology this industry has seen for quite some time. Madness? This is Nokia.