At Mobile World Congress this year, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop cast a wary eye over the catalog of shiny new phones introduced by his competitors and posed the challenge, "which ones will you remember?" At the time, I was asking him why the Finnish company he’s in charge of was introducing the 808 PureView with Symbian on board when, by Nokia’s own admission, that operating system was already on its way out. Elop’s laconic response encapsulated this phone’s entire raison d'être: the PureView camera technology is disruptive, memorable, and not something Nokia wanted to keep in its labs any longer.

Headlined by a 41-megapixel sensor, the 808 PureView is the true successor to Nokia's N8, the 12-megapixel cameraphone that has ruled as the undisputed king of phone photography since 2010. As with the N8, the 808’s sensor is larger than average not only in terms of pixel count but physically as well, necessitating a rather comical hump on the phone's back to accommodate the camera assembly. So, before you even pick this handset up, you know you’ll have to compromise on two major things: software ecosystem and physical dimensions. But Nokia’s aware of this too, and its release of the 808 PureView in spite of these hurdles signals just how confident the company is in the device’s camera capabilities. To find out if that bullishness has been justified, read on for my full review.