mm1975: Nokia is making a big mistake by betting on Windows and ignoring Android. This blinkered approach and high risk strategy is completely due its current CEO Stephen Elop who is an ex-Microsoft employee..
The best move they made was go WP8. Look at Sony. they just closed their plants in Sweden and kicked a lot of people. Android didn't help them why should it help Nokia?
Thorbard: Whats with all the Symbian hate? Its a good operating system for a phone that prioritises phone functions over "apps" and whatever else.
Windows Mobile is a horrible operating system and everyone I know that uses it wants to get rid of it as soon as possible.
I'm very glad that with Nokia adopting winmo a decision was made to keep the Symbian operating system in some devices. Without it, I'd go elsewhere.
"Windows Phone 8 is actually based on the Windows NT kernel, meaning WP7 is more closely related to Windows Mobile than it is to WP8."
Could you please explain in what way?
Which kernel it runs on does not affect the user interface. NT kernel only gives programmers more features to use, and makes porting from windows 8 a lot easier. But the user interface is the same.
bloodfire1004: Everyone, please see this video!
Lumia 920 Challenge - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFhhBJ1URCg
Is it using illumination combined with slow exposure time to get the image? Please confirm in the comments section of the video.
No it did not use flash! The flash only lit up to get a god measure of the distance for focus, thats all!. In the video you can clearly se when the Picture is taken (after the two flash illuminations) and at that Point the flash was not used.
Greg Henry: A bit disappointed: The whole point of the "original" PureView is that you could do a good bit of zooming and still get a nice shot out of it while maintaining good detail. This version of ProView isn't going to allow for that at all - really, they're just promoting it's lower light capabilities, which is ok, but nowhere near what was expected by some.
Image stabilization is fine, but the micro-springs they claim are being used for the lens system? Considering how often some people drop their cell phones, I wonder how long those things will last before breaking?
I have high hopes for the Windows OS. I've played with a Win phone recently and in all honestly, they are nice to use. Smooth screen flow, and very intuitive, with very good voice recognition accuracy. The only true barrier in their way are the lack of "non-major" apps. You can find all of the major apps, but if you want your local news station app for example, most likely it's not available yet. Maybe in time.
"The whole point of the "original" PureView is that you could do a good bit of zooming and still get a nice shot out of it while maintaining good detail."
Are you working on Nokia? Because they never said that. Just a couple of Days ago they twittered that Pureview is about using multiple technologies to get the best possible Pictures. But I guess you know better. Could you please give us a link to Nokia which agrees with your statement?
Earthlight: So much for "pure view" then...
Yeah.. Pureview must mean ... really crappy Pictures... right?
Next time get the facts Before you complain. If Pureview means this kind of quality then this is a brand I will look for in my next phone!
gl2k: Nokia ... RIP. Too little too late.It took Nokia years to understand how the smartphone market works. It's all about apps.
You do know that Apple (or more precisely Steve Jobs) said during the first iPhone release in 2007 that Apps were not necessary and that web pages would be enough :-)
No one knew how big deal apps would make for mobile phones. Nokia was late but so was everybody else to.
Now the current status of the Microsoft Marketplace is 110.000 apps and steady rising. All major apps is available for Windows Phone devices. So I don't think its to late for Nokia, not at all. especially as Windows Phone 8 will be able to run all windows 8 apps if the developers choose to compile for both platforms.
Gadgety: Thank you for this review. I've been waiting for dpreview to make a proper test, and it's been well worth the wait. Pureview is so impressive I know it is highly likely to make me choose a WindowsPhone provided they can make it perform as well on that platform, and not limit the sensor to 20mp as has been suggested elsewhere.
Where have they suggested a 20mp limit? I read a lot about WP but you are the first one I se telling about this limit.
BrunoH: Great review. I will definitely be getting a new Windows Phone 8 with Nokia Pureview built in as soon as it ships. Nokia will reveal their Autumn line up September 5th. cant wait...
One comment though. You wrote:
"In use, the 808 PureView behaves much like a conventional cameraphone, purely because of its form factor. If you're used to a phone like Apple's iPhone 4S, or any recent high-end Android offering, you won't have any difficulty adjusting to the 808.
A dedicated focus/shutter button on the left side of the phone acts as a shortcut to activate the camera app even when the phone is sleeping. A 'hard' press is required to open the app and wake the phone - a quick or light press will be ignored, preventing accidental operation of the camera."
I understand that a lot of you have not ever seen a Windows Phone, as a dedicated photo button like the one described above is mandatory on that platform. You should really take a hard long look at the upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices.
Since the SDK for Windows Phone 8 leaked a week ago a lot of information has been revealed. But nowhere have I seen a 20mp limit. Can you give a reference to that info?
I don't care if the Lumia Pureview phone is not the exact 808 model. All I care is that it gives me the best picture quality possible. Lets se what Nokia have to show by September 5th...
Reg Natarajan: I love the images, but I need Android. Hopefully Samsung and Sony will step up.
True. apps have been coming slower to WP7 although they are coming. But apps will be very easily ported between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. So do all these companies making iOS apps just ignore the whole Windows market? I don't think so. they will make apps for Windows 8, and then porting to Windows Phone 8 is just a setting in the compiler - easy done. My guess is that the synergy with Windows 8 will push Windows Phone 8 forward a lot.
and one more thing...
Pen support is built in to Windows 8 tablets. Which could be shipped in any size hardware makers want. So for pen input and bigger screens than a phone, there will probably be some options this holiday season.
So 110.000 apps (and counting) is not god enough :-)
And don't forget that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will have the same runtime, which means that Windows 8 apps will be easily ported to Windows Phone 8. I am not missing any major apps on my Windows Phone, actually there are far more apps than I ever care to look at :-)
Don't worry. Everything you mentioned (and lots more) are in the new Windows Phone 8 OS. Look at the new Nokia phones coming this fall and I think you will not be disappointed, especially if they got pureview built in! :-)
gl2k: * Nice backup cam for the D800 ... LOL* Unfortunately the only smartphones sold are iPhone and Android models.* Selling a smartphone with an already dead OS is not the best idea
All those features are to be included in Windows Phone 8. And some are already in Windows Phone 7.5.
Symbian is a dead end at this point. Windows Phone 8 (with its tie-ins to Windows 8 and the next Xbox) is the future.
Great review. I will definitely be getting a new Windows Phone 8 with Nokia Pureview built in as soon as it ships. Nokia will reveal their Autumn line up September 5th. cant wait...
Why do you "need" Android? What does it do that Windows Phone can not?
"Unfortunately the only smartphones sold are iPhone and Android models."
Not so. Nokia has doubled their Windows Phone sales for three quarters in a row now. Although small marketshare, Windows Phone is superior to both Android and iPhone in many regards.
zodiacfml: Wow, you were not kidding with its image quality and Gold award! I compared it to an S100, XZ-1, and LX5 and they look like a joke to this phone at ISO 200 and beyond. At first, as I expecting any compacts will beat the Nokia in higher ISOs due to its high MP count (same pixel pitch though) but no, it was clearly the opposite.I hope this sends a message to the companies above that compacts need a larger sensors like the RX100.Put this on a modern OS, I'll get my first smartphone.
Then congratulations to your new Lumia Phone! In September Nokia will showcase their new hardware lineup for Windows Phone 8. I bet Pureview will be in a Lumia Phone by then. That Windows Phone is the smartphone OS with highest customer satisfaction rating is nothing to sneeze at either.
Tee1up: Are there any iPhone users that can comment on this gallery compared to what they have shot? Just curious....
Given that this will come to Windows Phone this fall and that the current Nokia Lumia Windows Phones has most satisfied customers (http://blog.amplifiedanalytics.com/2012/07/customer-satisfaction-with-windows-smart-phones-rise-by-18/)One would have to be crazy to not switch to Windows Phone if you like taking pictures... :-)
skyrunr: So where is the 20.5mp version for $300?! I"d buy that. ;)
It REALLY needs to be available on an Android powered phone to get anywhere. I tried the WindowsPhone7, while promising and responsive it is lacking so many basic features that it isn't really a Smartphone. I need to check out the Symbian OS to be fair, but I doubt I will see one in a local shop for a while.
Are you kidding? What are you missing?
I have the exact opposite experience. No other phone OS feels so intuitive and easy as WP. Also no android phone gets even close to the customer satisfaction that Windows Phone and Nokia Lumia 900 gets, 96% (http://www.wpcentral.com/96-users-satisfied-att-nokia-lumia-900-new-nielsen-study) !! Even beats iPhone customer satisfaction. Couple that with this camera and you will have to be stupid to not at least consider a Nokia Lumia next time you're shopping for a phone.