PCMag: "an amazing piece of technology that we can't recommend to anyone"

Since I started pointing you to reviews of the Nokia 808 PureView, I don't think I should be childish and ignore the more negative ones. The reviewer of PCMag.com certainly has discovered a lot of positive points about the Nokia 808, but won't hold back on negative issues - and why should he for an expensive device like this.

Part of the problem of this review is - in my opinion - that he compares the "smartphone" (as many others do) to other high end smartphones of our time, but he also compares the "camphone" to other compact camera's - and than you can't really do it justice. Shutter speed may be slower than on a Panasonic for instance, but will the Panasonic make you send or share the result instantly as well?

However, the reviewer pays the Nokia 808 PureView a surprising big compliment also, which I would like to quote in full: Most folks will want to stick to one of the PureView settings—we found 8 megapixels to be the best balance between resolution and performance in dimmer light. But when you've got enough light to use the camera at a lower ISO, you have the option of shooting 38-megapixel stills. The quality wowed us. We compared a shot of a construction barrier taken with the N808 with the same subject shot with the  Pentax K-5 ($1,249.95, 3.5 stars), a 16-megapixel D-SLR. In terms of capturing the detail of fine textures the results were very close. The Nokia's camera doesn't have an anti-alias filter, which helps improve image sharpness. This isn't to say that the phone is a replacement for an SLR, but under the right conditions, it can hold its own. 

The final verdict is quite a  disappointment, judging it purely as a smartphone, not as "camphone" or "smartcam", like I've suggested earlier. He writes: "In the end, the 808 PureView is an amazing piece of technology that we can't recommend to anyone. Despite its groundbreaking camera, the 808 PureView will likely quickly fade into history, and become a piece of tech trivia and nothing more." I strongly disagree, but that won't surprise you one bit.

You'll find the complete review here.