One fantastic year with the Nokia 808 PureView

I forgot to celebrate the fact that (only two days and) one year ago, I was the first private person / blogger in the world to get his hands on the Nokia 808 PureView. My first post with my own shots of unpacking the Nokia 808 went worldwide and even made it directly to - boy, was I proud! Don't get me wrong though: I don't want to brag - I was just extremely lucky and I know it.

Directly after that, I posted my " first impressions", and on the first sunny day I actually managed to make my own shots with the Nokia 808 PureView. The last shot in that post has become my most popular on Flickr, also since @SteveLitchfield wrote about it on AllAboutSymbian.

Nokia 808 - 5MP Husky

You'll find the original on Flickr, and I think I can let you in on a little secret by now... I had to edit this shot just a bit, since only on my PC screen this young husky appeared to be quite "excited" - whether it was his youth, his boss, the sun, me or the Nokia 808 PureView, I don't know, but I just had to add some of his own fur to cover him up :-)

It's a year from now. I never dropped my Nokia 808 PureView and it has served me extremely well. The screen only shows a few light scratches after a holiday at the French coast (sand will do that). Actually it has never ever disappointed me, it has in fact only become better and better with an unexpected amount of software updates - incredible even, how Symbian has proudly been leaving its own burning platform like a Phoenix.

Since in the Netherlands I write reviews of other smartphones as well, I'm kind of quickly bored with even the newest devices. That's decadent I know, but it's the way it is. I'm spoiled that way, sorry. However, I have never been bored with the Nokia 808 PureView. It has been a pleasure to work with since day one - especially after I got to know it better (my first shots were on "scenes", not "creative" if I remember correctly).

But I have to be honest with you also: I rarely use my Nokia 808 PureView as my "primary phone" (only abroad, since it doesn't need to be "connected" to enjoy the use of it). My primary phone would be the Nokia Lumia 920 at the moment, next to whatever new smartphone I'm testing. I do use it as my primary camera however - I literally never leave home without it and I guess the very first Nokia 808 PureView given out to a private person must have made more than 15.000 shots and it is still working flawlessly!

So now, I'm looking forward to the Nokia EOS, expecting the 41MP sensor and Xenon flash on a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 device. After the Lumia 920 with OIS, it will be an important next step - for Nokia, but also for the PureViewClub. I'm still eagerly waiting to try out the Nokia Lumia 925 (with the added lens), and I can only hope I'll be able to test the Nokia EOS before Engadget and The Verge, like I could with the Nokia 808 PureView - but I'm not going to hold my breath :-)

It's been a year since I first used it, but I'm still demonstrating the camera capacities of the Nokia 808 PureView, also recently when shooting in cities like Amsterdam and Utrecht, to complete strangers even. And it never fails to make a deep impression on them as well: the Nokia 808 PureView has been one of a kind until today, and I really hope the Nokia EOS can live up to the great expectations.

I have been an ardent "mobile photographer" for well over 10 years now, but the Nokia 808 PureView really opened me up for my passion. In short: the Nokia 808 PureView changed my life, in a fundamental way - and I'm deeply grateful for it. Thank you, Nokia...!

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