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Nokia 808 PureView review: What the big sites are saying!

Published by Mike Browne July 04, 2012

Nokia 808 PureView review: What the big sites are saying!

Published by Mike Browne July 04, 2012

The Nokia 808 PureView has been doing the rounds of the big tech websites of late and it seems there is a great deal of debate as to whether this is a great smartphone or just a fantastic cameraphone. Here we go beyond the headlines to check out what the Nokia 808 PureView review from the big sites!

The Nokia 808 PureView is a 4-inch smartphone running the Symbian OS. It’s now on sale here in the UK and in quite a few places around the world and will shortly be hitting the US. Nokia has been handing out review units for the last couple of weeks to the bigger sites, so we thought we’d dip in and see hat they have to say about the Nokia 808 PureView.

Have you read the NokNok review of the Nokia 808 PureView? 

Vlad Savov over at The Verge has to be awarded for the most esoteric description of the Nokia 808 PureView that we’ve seen when he calls it, ‘about as well designed as a phone with an alien camera excrescence can be’ before agreeing that ‘Taken in totality, the industrial design of the 808 is typical for a high-end Nokia device.’ Summing up his thoughts is another great flight of fancy, ‘The 808 PureView is like an armored dinosaur — a visually stunning, internally primitive’ which we kind of like.

The overall score according to The Verge is 6.1

Cliff Smith over at IT Pro Portal has written a review that he has billed as ‘A photographer’s perspective’ which is a great angle to take with the result that he concentrates perhaps a little too much on the phone itself and sacrifices the other features on offer with the Nokia 808. His summing up is quite interesting nonetheless, ‘While there’s no question that the Nokia 808 PureView is technologically interesting and represents something of a breakthrough in photographic technology, at the end of the day it’s still only a phone camera, just one with a larger than average sensor.’

The overall score according to IT Pro Portal is 7

Daniel P over at Phone Arena is another writer who commented on the design, saying ‘There is no arguing that it is function before form with the design of the Nokia 808 PureView. The Finns just built a phone around the monstrous 41MP PureView sensor, instead of the other way around.’ The review then goes on to focus largely on the camera, which comes as no surprise is summed up as ‘Frankly, we are in awe of what Nokia has produced with the camera in this phone. The achievement makes us optimistic about its future flagship [devices].’

The overall score according to Phone Arena is 8.5

Engadget got Mat Smith to review the Nokia 808 PureView and as once again was bowled over by the camera, when he says ‘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’ before going on to sum up as such ‘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 loss-less digital zoom features roar. Throw in the superb video and audio recording performance and you have have a clear cameraphone champion. The problem is, it’s one that demands a more capable and (future-facing) operating system.’

The overall score according to Engadget is N/A

Chris Davies over at Slashgear tells us that ‘Make no mistake, the Nokia 808 PureView is all about photography’ and even goes into some comparisons with DSLR cameras before getting to his wrap-up, ”In the end, though, even the fact that we’re comparing the 808 PureView to DSLRs is testament to Nokia’s achievement. 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. Now that it has convinced us of its merits, Nokia can leverage the branding to differentiate its Windows Phone range. Frankly, the sooner it can do that, the better.’

The overall score according to Slashgear is N/A

What do you think, have the big sites got their reviews right with the Nokia 808 PureView? Is it all about of the camera (that’s an easy one to answer) or should they have delved deeper into Nokia Belle Feature Pack 1 more? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below.  

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