Nokia N8 vs Apple iPhone 4, Find out the Winner [Spoiler: iPhone 4 is the Winner!]

Written By Sam on 15 October 2010
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There has been a constant hubbub in the mobile market about the perfect phone. Nokia and Apple are proving to be front-runners in this regard with their much touted models, the N8 and the iPhone 4 respectively. So how far do these two really compare? And what features in each are worth a mention?

Entertainment and camera features in the Nokia N8 are hard to beat.

Taking a look at the specifications in the two devices, it’s interesting to see which of these two stands out against the other and in what regard.

• The Screen: The first thing to notice in any device and one of the most vital since the entire interface depends on this. The N8’s 360×640 pixels at 3.5 inches is definitely adequate with the added feature that you can watch videos TV via your phone. The iPhone 4, on the other hand, does take this a notch higher with a screen resolution of 640×960 pixels in the same display size as that of the N8. What really tips the scale towards the iPhone 4 is the Retina display technology that is very impressive, to say the least.

• The Operating System: Though the N8 comes powered with the new Symbian^3 OS, it is uncertain how far it will compare to the iPhone 4 — a strong contender with its Apple iOS that packs in features like multitasking, local notifications, unified e-mail… seems hard to beat.

The iPhone 4 takes the cake in applications and overall design.

• The Camera: This is where the N8 wins hands down. Armed with a 12MP Carl Zeiss camera, a xenon flash and the largest sensor ever to be put in a mobile phone, it would be difficult to outdo the N8 for a long time to come. The iPhone 4, on the other hand, keeps it comparatively simpler at a 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera with no extra features to offer than the usual.

• Entertainment: The N8 offers a range of entertainment features like flash support, video calling and HD recording, which leave the iPhone 4 lagging in this regard.

• The Price: In the end, it does come down to how heavy the devices are to your pocket. The Nokia N8 has been priced in the range of $399 – $450 which is much more affordable as compared to the Apple iPhone 4, which will cost more by at least $50 -$100.

In the end, though it looks like it’s hard to declare a clear winner as the Apple iPhone 4 definitely takes the cake in applications and overall design but the entertainment and camera features in the Nokia N8 are hard to beat., but I feel that iPhone 4 is definitely a clear cut winner as the 12MP doesn’t alone add much points to the mobile. Personally I would go for a dedicated camera if I’m looking for a 12MP lens. So Nokia has a long way to go to beat the iPhone.

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