First impressions Nokia 808 PureView

After racing to Nokia headquarters in the Netherlands this morning, I hardly had a chance to really work with the Nokia 808 PureView (I also have a job so I had to spend the rest of the day at the office, hardly able to concentrate though). For now, I can only share my first impressions, which in itself not a bad thing, because one tends to forget those first impressions after a while.

First: although it may sound funny, I find the Nokia 808 PureView is smaller than I expected, and smaller than I remembered from my first acquaintance in Barcelona. There, during the Mobile World Congress, I was playing around with the white version a few times (just couldn’t leave the stand alone), so in some way I always had this color in mind.

I was – second first impression – surprised to see the black version has a silver casing for the lense, where the white and red version have a black one. It makes for a very charming contrast in the black version, which otherwise of course would of course have been completely black. I hope however this silver will prove to be scratch resistant enough...

Another surprise was that in the box I found the headset (in-ear, my favorite), battery, charger and USB cable (doh) and a leather wrist strap (nice!) – but not the short USB-on-the-go cable I expected, after finding it years ago in the package of the N8 and E7. It enables you to directly copy your pictures or video from your phone to a USB-stick - and the 808 PureView support USB-on-the-go as well.

I checked and double-checked: Nokia is treating it as an accessory, which I find a bit disappointing. This might be different in other countries. Below you see the cable I mean, this one is from the E7 package.

I have no information as to what this accessory will cost, and maybe you don’t think of it as absolutely necessary (for instance, I never used it with the N8 or E7), but in this case – since video files will be huge - I think it will come in quite handy.

Here are two pictures from the headset, one with the different sized earbuds, and one close up.

After making the unboxing pictures that attracted so much attention today it was time to insert my simcard – next first impression: you will need a micro-sim! That’s not a bad thing, but can be frustrating if you’re not prepared and your local reseller is not able to cut your old simcard. Good to know: a micro-SD is not included, so you might want to buy one directly.

I brought my micro-sim as well (I have a duo sim, one is cut), so I could directly fire up my Nokia 808 PureView. Much to my surprise it immediately appeared to remember who I am. Looks like somewhere out there Nokia is keeping a database of phone numbers that are or have been connected to its servers, so it was extremely easy for me to set up my 808.

But I have a Nokia account, so I didn’t need to register, that makes it all smooth sailing. When it’s your first Symbian device however, you don’t need to have a Nokia account to start using you smartphone – you can always register later (which is quite different than Apple for one thing).

Another first impression: very soon I got a message saying that there were two important updates waiting for installation – that surprised me since I figured I had a device with the latest software.

So I don’t know if this is because I have a Nokia account or not, but my 808 told me I had Microsoft Apps and Nokia Maps Suite 2.0 to install. I didn’t need a WiFi connection to do so (I didn’t have the chance to connect to any WiFi network yet).

Believe it or not, I didn’t have a chance to make useful pictures with it yet! Yes! I know! But I need to dive into the menu first, see what the possibilities are, and last but not least, I need better light - and weather!

I’m writing this from The Netherlands as you probably know by now, and although the meteorological summer has started a few days ago, there is not much proof of that outside – on the contrary, I might add. It’s dark and it’s raining, and you wouldn’t risk your Nokia 808 PureView to wet conditions, would you?

Soon however, I promiss. For now, I hope I can please you with some more pictures of this device, which I am now totally, completely and utterly in love with. But it's a typical "love at first sight", and I really hope the Nokia 808 Pureview will live up to my expectations.

Let me know below if there's anything you would like me to test for you, I'll promiss I'll see what I can do!

To conclude this first impression some technical details you might find interesting. This Nokia 808 PureView runs on Nokia Belle Feature Pack 1 and has softwareversion 112.020.0309. The date of this version is 2012-05-19. Product code is 059M952.
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