Nokia Purity Review

Nokia Purity Review

For its premium headsets, Nokia has partnered up with Monster – the company that brought us the popular Beats by Dre lineup of premium headphones. And sure enough, the big retail box that the Nokia Purity comes in hints that we indeed have a premium set of earphones on our hands. Also, kudos to Nokia for throwing in that nice hard shell carrying case and the five eartip pairs of different sizes.

Design and Features:

The Nokia Purity earphones look pretty, but don't really stand out from the crowd. Just like the Lumia phones, they follow a minimalist, single-color design scheme – you can have them in black, white, cyan, or pink. Their glossy black surface is a fingerprint magnet, so keeping them clean is not an easy task. What we also don't like is that the thin black cable looks kinda cheap.

Permanently attached to the cable is the Control Talk module, which features keys for volume control, a play/pause button, and a built-in microphone. Bear in mind, however, that these buttons are made to work on Windows Phone devices only, such as the Nokia Lumia series. On the other hand, the microphone is likely to be compatible with other phones, depending on their make and model.

Comfort and Sound:

With five pairs of eartips included in the set, finding the one that fits perfectly should be not much of a problem. And using the right pair is essential for achieving optimum comfort, noise isolation, and sound quality. When the best-fitting eartips are put on, the Nokia Purity earphones fit well in our ears and can be used while running. However, the vibrations caused by the dangling cable go straight to our ear, which is quite annoying. This is a flaw we were not expecting considering the earphones’ pricing.

The sound quality is reminiscent to that of the Beats headphones: we were treated to excellent deep bass suitable for hip hop and pop music. We aren't really impressed by the high bass spectrum, though, as rock music on the Purity isn't punchy at all. The mid frequency region is clear and distinguishable, although somewhat muffled, especially when listening to vocals, string instruments, or piano music. High frequencies should have been clearer, and cymbals are not well reproduced.

The maximum volume output of the earphones depends on the phone you use. We tried them with a Galaxy Nexus and the sound that we got was loud enough. But after we tested them with an iPhone 4S, we were convinced that they could handle really high volume levels and sound good at the same time. We advise you to keep the volume as low as possible, however, as otherwise you would be putting your hearing at risk.


The Nokia Purity earphones are nice, but not perfect. Their design is okay and their sound reproduction is very suitable for modern music. However, we still wish that their overall quality was better, especially considering their $100 price tag. For the same amount of money, one can buy a pair of Beats iBeats, which, in our opinion, are superior to the Nokia Purity.

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1. s1ebee

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

why is that LG Android phone running WP?

2. thelegend6657 unregistered

An app called launcher7 that turns your android phone into looking like a wp7

3. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Those headset are meant to be used with a Lumia handset.

12. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

i agree with you... its made perfectly for the lumias... i smell something fishy on this review... xD

4. stipe

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 05, 2012


5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

beats are designed for hip hop only and not suitable for anything else. I don't know about the headset but the purity full ear set that I won from Nokia is awesome. the only bad thing is the ear design itself. it is rectangular so it puts pressure on your ear... not much but over time it can irritate

6. thelegend6657 unregistered

lucky you

7. SleepingOz unregistered

Beats are overpriced and overrated pos(much like the iphone) with overpowering bass, poor mid and high. The best earphones with mic and controller out there for Android is the Klipsch Image S4A.

15. pr3sidentcarter

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

I have a pair of Power Beats & i use them to listen to Korn and more fast paced music when im running or in the gym and they sound great, i hear instruments that i havent heard while using other headphones or while listening in my car. Beats are made for music not just Hip Hop.

16. thelegend6657 unregistered

Kinda find that hip hop sounds awesome on beats but others just sounded normal to me Love the design though although its highly overpriced

8. seylan

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I Agree with Mobile-X-Pert, these are MEANT to be used with ONLY Nokia Lumia phones. Sure, they can work on others, but they were engineered specifically for the Lumias, so the review is kind of unfair. Also, customer reviews from Amazon UK are VERY Positive..

9. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

The vibrations caused by the dangling cable is not a flaw. First of all the thin black cable designed was made to prevent the cables from getting tangled while at the same time making the headsets long-lasting. These vibrations produced by the dangling cable help the BASS sound clearer just like if you were listening to some drums.

10. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Seylan, the headsets that come along with the N8 are pretty much made by the same materials and they only work properly with the N8, the voices dont come out right and sound a bit disturbed.


Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Good earphones are SONY mdrex71.... Deep Bass crystal clear treble Love them....

13. stylinred

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Im surprised you give a score above 5 for any Monster/Beats product they're garbage especially for the price! Well ill concede the Turbine Pro Copper are decent but thats stretching it and for the price Monster wants for those ($400) you could do soooo much better you could buy a pair of $20 pioneer generic earphones and they would provide better quality Even the Vsonic GR06 for $50 murders, slaughters, these earphones for $100 they're competing with some serious players and all these Monster/Beats earphones have is marketing and a high price to go with it

14. m.garz

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 08, 2010

should have paired with Senns..

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