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Review: Nokia 808 PureView: part 2b (camera: comparisons with predecessors and a competitor)

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In part 1 of my Nokia 808 PureView review, I looked at its hardware and physical capabilities as a smartphone, in part 2a, I have a summary of how PureView works, along with samples of its output and comments on the quality produced. In this review part 2b, I'm going to be testing the 808 head to head with its predecessors in the Symbian world, along with the best competing (non-Symbian) camera phone for challenging light situations, the HTC One X/S. Future review parts will cover the massively reworked Camera interface and testing the video capture/Rich Recording capabilities, in addition to looking at the Nokia 808 as a smartphone platform in 2012.

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Review: Nokia 808 PureView: part 2a (camera: stills and video overview)

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In part 1 of my Nokia 808 PureView review, I looked at its hardware and physical capabilities as a smartphone. But I stopped short of going into depth on the 808's main Unique Selling Point, the monster camera, since this deserves its own review parts. Four of them, in fact, starting in this, part 2a, with a summary of how PureView works, samples of its output and comments on the quality produced. Future 808 camera parts will cover comparisons with other competing smartphones, the massively reworked Camera interface and testing the video capture/Rich Recording capabilities.

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Review: Nokia 808 PureView: part 1 (hardware, initial thoughts on performance and camera)

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Symbian's 'last hurrah' is here at last, now in Western Europe and looking good. We've got a review Nokia 808 PureView in the house and here starts our in depth review coverage, starting with a look at the hardware and build, at the 808's performance and feel as a smartphone, and an initial look at the capability of its unique selling point, the monster 41 megapixel sensor and PureView processor.

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Review: Belle Feature Pack 1 on the Nokia 701

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A few days ago, I covered impressions of the Nokia 701 in comparison to the heavyweight from the initial Symbian^3 line-up, the N8. You may also remember that, I did formal review parts on the 701 before, in review part 1 and review part 2, but since then the device has received a big Feature Pack 1 update, including a processor speed bump, so it's high time to refresh our memories and to look in detail about what's changed and what's new.

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Review: Nokia 500

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Following on from Rafe's introductory look, on video, at the Nokia 500, the cheapest Symbian smartphone of the modern era, I look in more detail and its form, function and performance. It's worlds away from flagships like the N8, but does it still have a place on today's phone market? And if you pick one up as a backup smartphone or for a family member, what compromises will you/they hit?

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Review: Nokia 500 (quick look video)

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In this quick look video review, we kick off our review coverage of the Nokia 500. The video covers the key hardware and design features and also includes a look at the in-box content, plus a demonstration of the device's exchangeable back covers. At €150, the Nokia 500 is the cheapest ever Symbian smartphone (when comparing launch prices).

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Review: Proporta Turbocharger 7000

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We've enthused about Proporta's mobile chargers ever since day one, with capacities rising from just over 1000mAh to 3400mAh, then to 5000mAh and now this, the Turbocharger 7000, at a whopping 7000mAh. In this review, I look at what you get for your money and assess its performance, its build quality and its worth, in terms of keeping smartphones, games consoles and even tablets charged and working.

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Review: Nokia 701 - part 2: OS, Applications, Multimedia, NFC and Verdict

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In part 1 of my review of the Nokia 701, I covered its hardware components and performance, concluding that, camera aside, this sleek black newcomer is a Symbian flagship in sheep's clothing. Mind you, as I unveiled at the time, even the camera system had been upgraded too, since the first gen EDoF camera smartphones. In this, part 2 of the review, I round out the Nokia 701's operating system interface and applications - there really is a lot to like here, with only a few niggles.

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Review: Nokia 701 - part 1: Hardware and Performance

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The second of the (native) Symbian Belle smartphones to be reviewed here, the Nokia 701 takes a huge amount of cues from the year old C7, which is its direct ancestor. The changes (there are more than you might think, especially if you've scanned other sites' cursory 701 once-overs) are mostly all positive, though some will be a little sad to see AMOLED not in the picture. An (admittedly improved) EDoF camera remains a controversial choice, but camera-aside, the powerful internals in the 701 make it great value for money.

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Review: Nokia E6 long term review and E72 comparison

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The Nokia E6–00 is currently the only candybar QWERTY device in the latest Symbian line up. Picking up where the E72 left off, the E6 adds a touchscreen and high pixel density display. The E72, just like the E71 before it, was a big hit among Eseries fans. Does the E6 match up to its S60 3rd Edition predecessors? In this review, we take a long-term look at the E6, and discuss whether E72/E71 users should consider an upgrade.

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