I have a lot to say about Nokia. Well I miss them to begin with, I miss my Nokia 6600. They’ve come back with a phone that has “The game changer” as its tagline, but is it? I’ve tried out the Nokia 808 PureView for a couple of days and have come to a simple conclusion. You’re not buying a phone with a camera, you’re buying a camera with a phone.
They’ve basically put everything on the line for the camera. Which undeniably is a very powerful camera. My DSLR Canon has 18 megapixels, while this phone’s camera is 41 megapixels, which is more than double. But we all know it’s not all about the megapixels. Here’s an informative article on why there’s a lot more to a camera than just its megapixels.
The image above I took using the phone’s camera which is nothing short of impressive. It’s manual focus lets you concentrate on something specific and blurs everything else. Something you can do in most mobile phones today but I think this camera does a way better job than everyone else. You can see a shot I’ve taken with full resolution (7728 x 4354) here, the image is 10MB in size which is massive.
The problem with images this huge is their unsharable. You can’t just upload a photo to twitter using your phone, it would take ages on a 2G/3G network. That’s why the device comes with PureView Technology. What it basically does is capture the image in the 41 megapixel lens then automatically resizes to an 5 or 8 megapixel size image. That way you get the quality of the 41 megapixel camera but in a smaller dimension without compressing in quality. If you didn’t get it, Nokia has a thorough explanation of the process here.
The user interface isn’t all that glamorous. The phone doesn’t even use Windows Mobile operating system unlike some other Nokia devices. Instead they’ve decided to stick with Nokia Belle, which is basically an updated Symbian version of their operating system. But I was surprised to find out you can download Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, both available on their Ovi Store.
Ironically with a camera this good you won’t get to share your images on Instagram. They would have made way more profit if Nokia had Instagram. However, most social apps like Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp and Skype are available. The device comes with a single core 1.3Ghz processor, 512MB RAM and 16GB internal memory with a memory slot.
I don’t like the bump the camera gives the device, might not be comfortable getting your phone in and out your pocket. It is no doubt Nokia’s best ever manufactured gadget as of yet but I wouldn’t go as far as calling it the “The game changer”. You need to do this to call yourself a game changer. I guess it’s a great phone for those wanting standard features plus an amazing camera.