7 / 10

Nokia 808 PureView review

Nokia 808 PureView review



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In case you missed it, we recently reviewed the Nokia 808 PureView phone, focusing entirely on its photographic credentials and performance from its 41-megapixel sensor. In this review, however, we bring you a greater emphasis on its features as a handset, with only a short breakdown of its camera functions. So without further ado, let’s dive straight in.

Initial setup

Nokia has used Symbian for 12 years in one form or another, which has enabled it to streamline the set-up process for the first-time user – experience that has been put to great use in the 808 PureView.

Starting the handset for the first time presents you with various language options, followed by the options to either create a Nokia account or enter the details of an existing one. This is needed for downloading apps and gaining access to Nokia Maps. The latter provides free maps that can be downloaded and stored on the device so they can be used for GPS navigation without a data plan or network signal. The set-up process then gives two more options: transferring contacts, photos and messages from an existing Nokia mobile, and setting up an email account – all very simple to do.

However, the company hasn’t fully utilised the online Nokia account in my opinion. It should be used to back up messages, images, apps and settings into a cloud-based account. Other phone manufacturers offer a service similar to this and also have web portals for locating and remotely wiping a lost or stolen phone. This, along with online back-up and restore, would be worthy additions to the Nokia service.


The design of the Nokia 808 PureView isn’t cutting edge by any means. In fact it looks dated, perhaps because it’s been five years in the making? This could also explain why it’s running Symbian (Nokia Belle), rather than Microsoft Windows Phone, even though Nokia has now adopted the latter for its flagship smartphones.

From the front, it looks similar to the Nokia C7 and measures 60.2 x 123.9  x 13.9mm (WxHxD). It also weighs around 169g, making it relatively heavy – around 30g more than an iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy S3. This is down to the materials used. Stainless steel plays a large part in the phone’s chassis, and the screen’s Gorilla glass does add some weight. The flash and recessed camera lens are also protected by a stainless steel bezel, with Gorilla glass over the lens.

A volume rocker that doubles up as a zoom control for the camera is located on the 808’s right side along with the lock key and dedicated camera button. On the top is a micro-USB data and charging port, a 3.5mm audio socket and a micro HDMI port with its own cover. The cover is a welcome addition as it clearly identifies the port, so that you don’t try and plug the charging lead into it.


Next Page > Hardware


  • Camera
  • Screen colours
  • Solid build


  • Dated OS
  • Battery life
  • Relatively low-res screen

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Nokia £480 7/10
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