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Nokia conquers the camera phone with the 808 PureView (photos)

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Nokia unveils a high-end camera phone with a whopping 41-megapixel camera.

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BARCELONA, Spain--Nokia isn't just about Windows Phone devices. At Mobile World Congress, the company unveiled the Symbian-powered 808 PureView. Not your ordinary camera phone, it has a 41-megapixel shooter.

The touch screen is easy on the eyes and offers several pages that you can customize with widgets and shortcuts. At bottom is a Home button and the power control.


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Nokia is making a big push with social media connectivity. Though his demo phone was not connected to a data network, an app that highlights updates from your friends sits front and center on one of the home pages.
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But the real story of the 808 PureView is the 41-megapixel camera. The viewfinder has user-friendly controls that activate the flash, access editing controls, switch to video mode, and open the photo gallery.
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The camera lens and flash sit on the rear side of the phone. As you can see here, the 808 PureView also has a Carl Zeiss lens.
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The photo app has a simple grid design, but that doesn't stop it from looking pretty slick.
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After opening a photo you can access a decent selection of editing tools including cropping a the pic to a new size.
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The strong social media integration also means that you can upload a photo directly to Facebook.
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To open the media player, just tap the shortcut on the home screen. In a nice touch, you can save a different wallpaper for each of the home screens.
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Your music is displayed in a list. Just scroll down to find the track that you want to play.
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The 808 PureView supports album art. The player also has shuffle and repeat modes, and you can create playlists.
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On another home screen, you'll find a clock widget and a shortcut for activating the Wi-Fi.
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Though a Symbian phone, the grid-based menu design should be familiar to any smartphone user.
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As you might expect, the 808 PureView supports Nokia Maps.
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The virtual keyboard has three rows of keys so you'll have to switch to different keyboards for numbers and symbols.
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The alphanumeric keypad has large buttons and a shortcut to your contacts list.
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The camera lens and flash take up a good portion of the 808 PureView's rear side.
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Though the 808 PureView is pretty thin, the area where the camera lens sits is slightly wider. The volume rocker and a camera shutter sit on the right spine.
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On the phone's top end you'll find a 3.5mm headset jack, Micro-USB port, and the HDMI-out port.

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