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5.0 out of 5 stars Why oh why????, 24 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Nokia 808 PureView Sim Free Mobile Phone - Black (Electronics)
Firstly to those of you reading this review you are probably wondering whether it is still worth getting this phone. To those of you who are into photography without a doubt just do yourself a favour and buy it already. Those of you not into potography do you download or use a lot of apps? If you do then walk away. Finally to those of you still loyal to Nokia but are wondering about the Belle OS (which this phone runs) vs. the Windows OS which has replaced it, go for the latter if you want to have updated and new apps. Unfortunately Nokia has discontinued development and shelved Belle OS (Symbian).

So why would you even consider this phone? Well for one it has that old Nokia build quality. It comes with a user replaceable1400 mAh battery which fits over the sim and micro sd slots. The polycarbonate cover then slips over the back. There is a fairly large bulge for the camera but you'll soon forget that once you take a picture. To simply put this in perspective... kiss your old point and shoot goodbye. The screen is so clear and easy to view even on in bright sun (I haven't seen anything this good in bright sun). The screen is unfortunately low res (640x360) but gives a 16:9 ratio. Fortunately everything is formatted for it and you'll not notice unless you have another smart phone next to it.
Operating system wise Belle has improved to the point it feels like Android but much less chaotic which then forces me to ask the question why oh why nokia did you allow Elop to throw gasoline on the fire and burn the platform from under you? This OS when I showed it to a friend who has an HTC One remarked "I don't remember Symbian being like this. This looks like Android".

If you are light apps and don't use some of the more popular:netflix, instagram, kindle then there are alternatives for the remaining popular apps or actual versions of them that do run on belle. Unfortunately as Belle has been shelved, development will be very limited.

So what's it like to use as a phone? Well very good. Nokia always was good in this department and haven't let up. Smart dailing and going throught the address book is a breeze. Driving through problem areas I'd lose reception more easily than my old e71. Saying that the reception and call quality are still pretty good but as with all the newer phones somethings did move backward. Battery life being one of them maily due to the screen sucking power. You'd easily get 2 days with the 808 pureview. This drops to one if you are surfing instensively or using the flash to take pictures (it has a xenon flash).

Finally for a flagship it arrived with few accessories (charger, lanyard and headset). So despite having a capacity for a micro sd card, you'll have to buy your own.

So despite all of those negatives the description of the positives I can give doesn't do this phone justice. It's one of those things that everything works synergistically producing a product that is far greater than the sum of it's parts. Despite some throwbacks it sports cutting edge e.g. the 41megapixel camera and Near Field communication. It's earned a place in my pocket and a full 5 stars in my opinion.
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