Available for [easyazon-link asin=”B0087OXZ3K” locale=”us”]$699 on Amazon[/easyazon-link], the 808 is one of the rare camera oriented smartphones you will find in the market right now. You have the likes of the Xperia ion on AT&T and the One X with its own unique set of features, but if you go by sheer quality the 808 Pureview has topped all the charts. However, there is a sacrifice for the excellent camera which in this case is the operating system. Symbian is struggling for its existence in the market, and its newest iteration, the Symbian Belle OS (Nokia Belle), isn’t any different. The platform could be leading to its inevitable demise as the company itself seems to be slowly abandoning it. Similar to what happened with the MeeGo operating system.
There were days when cameras were a luxury on smartphones. But today, they’ve become an essential part of the smartphone experience. Manufacturers are trying to make the camera more accessible than ever. The iPhone has a lockscreen shortcut for the camera, the Android powered One X has a similar shortcut with its ring style launcher and most Windows Phones just have a dedicated camera key, which by far is the easiest way to access the camera. But these are mere accessibility options, what about the actual camera functions? When you speak in terms of actual camera quality on smartphones, there is only one device that comes to mind and that is the Nokia 808 Pureview. And thanks to Amazon, the device is now available on its store, albeit for a hefty price.
But if you like what you’ve seen so far on the 808 Pureview, you shouldn’t hesitate to get it. While the device boasts of a 41MP camera sensor, it can take images at 38MP resolution, which isn’t bad at all. Further, the smartphone comes with a 4-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, a 1.3 GHz single core CPU, 512MB of RAM running on the Nokia Belle operating system. The 808 can be called a camera with the ability to make calls, not only because of its huge sensor, but also for its versatile settings. Not really sure if the sub $700 price tag for the device is justified though.
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