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Nokia 808 Pureview review

Thu Aug 09 2012, 17:16
Nokia 808 Pureview three quarter

Design
The Nokia 808 Pureview is by no means the daintiest smartphone available on the market. In fact, it's one of the bulkiest, measuring 124x60x13.9mm and tipping the scales at 169g.

This bulk is mainly due to the 41MP camera sitting on its back, which creates a massive bump towards the top of the phone. However, while it might not take too kindly to your skinny jeans pocket, the shiny silver camera sensor is certainly a talking point.

Nokia 808 Pureview side

Aside from its metal camera sensor, the rest of the 808 Pureview is coated in a matte black plastic material. While not all that eye catching, it makes the phone feel quite nice to hold, and it feels like it could withstand a bit of a battering. Another touch we like is that the tough plastic material makes the device feel like a camera rather than a smartphone, which we can't help but think was intentional.

A touch we're not so keen on are the physical buttons plaguing the device. On the right hand side you'll find a volume rocker and camera key, although these are coupled with a retro slide-to-unlock key, which proved a little unnecessary.

Underneath the front screen are three physical buttons - Call, Menu and End Call - which make us think this handset was designed in the early 2000s and has only now made its way to the market.

Screen
The Nokia 808 Pureview features a 4in 360x480 Clearblack AMOLED touchscreen, complete with a Gorilla Glass coating to protect it from scratches. While it has low resolution, especially compared to the 1280x800 resolution on the similarly priced Samsung Galaxy S3, the screen fared well throughout our hands-on testing.

While it's by no means as detailed or impressive as the HD screens found on most £500 smartphones, Nokia's Clearblack technology ensured good colour vibrancy, and meant the screen was fairly visible even when used in direct sunlight. One feature we weren't so pleased with was the inability to manually adjust the screen brightness, with the Nokia 808's light sensor continually adjusting the display output level.

 

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