Nokia 808 PureView

The Nokia 808 PureView was an immediate hit at Mobile World Congress in February, for one reason and one reason alone: its jaw-dropping 41-megapixel camera commanded attention.

We may not love Symbian, but CNET editors did marvel at the way the Nokia 808 PureView 's 41-megapixel camera blasted past preconceptions to deliver an artistic smartphone photo experience worthy of a standalone camera.

Its enormous camera sensor and module are hardly practical for toting around, but Nokia's 808 stands out as a proof-of-concept device that smartphone camera technology can grow by leaps and bounds, not just little steps. You just may have to compromise on svelteness. Don't expect Nokia to give up on the massive sensor just because the 808 didn't sell with a U.S. carrier. A 41-megapixel lens in a slick Windows Phone could make some serious waves.

For more on this story, see our full review of the Nokia 808 PureView .

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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