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Nokia 808 PureView Rejected By UK Networks

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Nokia 808 PureView
Nokia 808 PureView

All of the UK's major mobile phone networks have declined to sell the Nokia 808 PureView, the miraculous 41-megapixel phone. If you want one, you may to go SIM-free, which will currently set you back a not-so-cool £500.

The Nokia 808 PureView's 41-megapixel camera may have gotten many a gadget geek hot and bothered at its MWC 2012 unveiling, but the phone hasn't convinced the UK mobile operators. O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone all have stated they have no plans to stock the device.

Why? It's simple. The Nokia 808 PureView uses the Symbian OS, which feels outdated and malnourished app-wise compared with Android and iOS. Wired UK claims to have heard words to this effect from an O2 spokesperson.

Following Nokia's recent announcement that it is to axe 10,000 jobs, this news sounds especially non-rosy. However, the 808 PureView was always to be regarded as a curio in the manufacturer's line-up. Nokia's top-flight phones these days are its Windows Phone-powered Lumia handsets. Sales of its Lumia 800 handset have largely failed to excite, though, as evidenced by the 52 per cent drop in Nokia smartphone sales during Q1 2012, year-on-year.

via Wired UK

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Russell Peto

June 28, 2012, 7:20 pm

The PureView is a weird one, it feels like a proof of concept being put out as a finished product.

Does anyone know why they chose to use Symbian on this? It seems obviously self defeating.


June 29, 2012, 1:28 am

From reading various sources, this technology has taken 5 years of development on behalf of Nokia's engineers. During this period Symbian was their only OS platform (to speak of), so all the coding was written for this platform. 5 Years ago no one would have dreamed (in their worst nightmare) that Windows would be their only OS going forward. Hell, even 18 months this would have been unthinkable!

I'm pretty content to give this a go. But only if the price drops in to the 'Not insane' bracket ie £399 or less. It's a shame that the native browser is still a load of rubbish.

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