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Nokia 808 PureView: Best camera in a phone, but partnered with dead OS

Nokia has reigned in camera phone technology over the years and the 808 PureView demonstrates the pinnacle of their imaging success. However, the camera is partnered with a dead OS that holds it back, especially with a price of $699 before tax and shipping.
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Nokia 808 PureView review kit

Nokia sent out review units wrapped in a cool Golla bag. Unfortunately, you can't purchase this particular kit so it all goes back to Nokia soon.

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Tablet gear bag

You can use the bag to carry a tablet and several phones.

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Nokia 808 PureView and accessories

The Nokia 808 PureView came with several accessories to test out. These include a rechargeable battery, hard case, microHDMI cable, and tripod.

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Boxed accessories for the PureView 808

These new accessories will help you stay connected, protected, and charged up.

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Nokia 808 PureView retail package

The Nkia 808 PureView comes in a typical blue box. While the read PureView is shown on the back in this view, I was sent a white one to check out.

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Here is the 808 PureView

The PureView looks great in the box, but it is definitely a thick phone.

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White Nokia 808 PureView

The white matte finish of the Nokia 808 PureView reminds me of the Nokia N97.

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41 megapixel camera module

The camera is the most prominent feature of the Nokia 808 PureView.

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Nokia 808 PureView in hand

The 808 PureView fits well in hand with the 4 inch display. The Gorilla glass display is well protected.

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Nokia 808 PureView is thick

The 808 PureView is a thick phone, especially by today's standards.

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Top of the Nokia 808 PureView

The top contains the 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, and microHDMI port.

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Right side of the Nokia 808 PureView

The volume button, lock switch, and camera capture button are found on the right side of the Nokia 808 PureView.

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Front of three latest Nokia smartphones

Here you can see the Nokia N9, Nokia 808 PureView, and Nokia N8.

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Back of three Nokia smartphones

This view shows the different camera modules of the Nokia N9, Nokia 808 PureView, and Nokia N8.

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Charger and headset included

A USB cable, charger, and wired stereo headset is included in the 808 PureView retail package.

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Nokia Universal Portable Charger

The new DC-16 comes in a rather unique form factor with an included matching charging cable.

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USB on one end

There is a USB port on one end of the charger that you use to connect cables to devices you wish to charge.

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microUSB on the other end

The microUSB port is used to charge up the rechargeable battery.

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microHDMI cable holder

Nokia switched to using microHDMI instead of miniHDMI that we saw on the Nokia N8.

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microHDMI cable is an accessory

You don't get the cable in the package and have to purchase it separately.

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Hard case accessory

You can purchase a hard case for the Nokia 808 PureView.

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Hard case covers the camera module

The hard case comes with a removable camera lens cover.

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Sample 808 PureView photo: Cousins

This photo was taken at the lake last weekend.

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Sample 808 PureView photo: Family barbeque

We had a small reunion with cousins we haven't seen for years.

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Sample 808 PureView photo: Swimming at the lake

The lake was cool and refreshing.

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Sample 808 PureView photo: Holding my nephew

Thankfully my nephew is still small enough to ride on my shoulders.

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Sample 808 PureView photo: New puppy

We just picked up a new pomeraniann puppy. Isn't she cute?

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Sample 808 PureView photo: Kari likes the puppy

The new puppy loves people, especially Kari.

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Sample 808 PureView photo: Puppy yawn

Watch out for those sharp new puppy teeth.

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Sample 808 PureView photo: Relaxing in the grass

The grass was nice and cool on a hot day.

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Sample 808 PureView photo: Curious puppy

When you whistle the puppy rotates her head.

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Sample 808 PureView photo: Going on a date

My beautiful wife and I were departing for a date night at the comedy club.

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Sample 808 PureView photo: Puppy on a pillow

The puppy found a small pillow and decided to take a nap.

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Sample 808 PureView photo: Out yet again

The puppy passes out a lot and is enjoying some couch time here.

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Sample 808 PureView photo: Seattle painting

Someone painted this racoon on a wall in Seattle.

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Sample 808 PureView photo: Tall buildings in the morning

The white building used to be the tallest, but now the black one touches the sky in Seattle.

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Sample 808 PureView photo: Lunch over seas

This is an old advertisement on a brick wall in Seattle.

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