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Gorgeous camera makes this a must-buy Windows Phone

Remember Finnish phonemaker Nokia Oyj.'s (HEL:NOK1Vincredible "41 megapixel" PureView 808?  The phone was more than just hype -- it was an engineering marvel packing Carl Zeiss optics paired with a sensor that was four times the size of that found in the camera of Apple, Inc.'s traditionally well-regarded (AAPLiPhone 4S -- commonly viewed as an industry leader in image quality.

A smartphone to rival discrete digital cameras, the most baffling and disappointing aspect of the announcement was that the operating system involved was Symbian Belle, a soon-to-be-defunct in-house design from Nokia.  

But just as the collective Darth Vader-esque "NOOOO!!!" swept the smartphone community, Nokia has apparently come to its senses, revealing that a Windows Phone variant (in the Lumia family) is on its way.

Nokia PureView 808
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Nokia SVP of Mobile Phones Jo Harlow broke the good news in an interview with Finnish newspaper Aamuleht.  Better still, other sources say the phone is likely destined to hit American shores in Windows Phone form.

Nokia already has a very attractive Windows Phone lineup emerging in the U.S., led by the sleek and chic Lumia 900 LTE.  But those attractive models may pale in comparison to the Lumia PureView 808 whose awesome optics would make it the Windows Phone to get -- period -- and perhaps even the phone to get of any smartphone, for photo buffs.

The phone is expected to carry Microsoft's coming Apollo release, and according to Ms. Harlow (translated), "I can’t say precisely when [the Windows Phone variant will launch], but it will not take very long."

Nokia Pure
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So it sounds like a buyers -- possibly U.S. buyers, may be able to get their greedy paws on this marvelous device before the end of the year.  

Perhaps this will be the must-have differentiator to finally draw customers to the impressive Windows Phone operating system, which arguably leads Android and iOS in intuitive, attractive interface design, though badly trailing those top players in sales.  Perhaps that expensive Nokia partnership is finally paying off, after all.

Sources: Aamulehti [translated], WPCentral

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Too bad,
By radium69 on 3/5/2012 10:00:39 PM , Rating: 2
Cause I like Symbian Anna and Belle. They have matured a long way and are still very powerful OS's.
The in depth settings are a plus and I really miss that on my windows phone...
Also Symbian is a very open system. You can customize a lot of things. For example you can prioritize your internet connections. (First wifi then 3G and then another wifi network)

Also when using Opera mini or mobile you circumvent the stock browsers slowness.
Quite a shame, cause I like symbian and all it's customization. Obviously, people see symbian and only think of the horror storries and emphasize them.
Even with the 600Mhz in my Nokia N8, opening up the gallery is fast and smooth. It's been very stable throughout everything. Hell i'm also using it for a DVR camera in my car.

Meh, atleast give us an option to manually configure it for windows phone or symbian...

Now I have no reason to upgrade anymore.

RE: Too bad,
By radium69 on 3/5/2012 10:05:05 PM , Rating: 2
Obviously I didn't read the article correctly and the symbian phone will be released, hurray! Now we are talking, peoples choice thats what it comes down to. :) Thankyou Nokia.

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