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Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S

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Interface and Functionality:

Symbian has come a long way in its latest Nokia Belle FP1 iteration on the 808 PureView in terms of performance, widget and pull-down notification bar support, yet when it comes to visuals and smoothness, the iPhone 4S has the definite leg up.

With Nokia Bell FP1 you get a vast number of new widgets, so you can pimp your home screens up like on an Android phone, but with this pixel density the interface doesn't look nearly as good as on the iPhone 4S and its attention to detail. iOS doesn't offer widget and full portrait UI orientation support , like what we have on the 808 PureView, but it has so many quality apps written for it, that Nokia Belle just pales in comparison.

Symbian
 Belle Feature Pack 1 that's running on the Nokia 808 PureView brings 
many enhancements - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
Symbian
 Belle Feature Pack 1 that's running on the Nokia 808 PureView brings 
many enhancements - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
Symbian
 Belle Feature Pack 1 that's running on the Nokia 808 PureView brings 
many enhancements - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
Symbian
 Belle Feature Pack 1 that's running on the Nokia 808 PureView brings 
many enhancements - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S

Symbian Belle Feature Pack 1 that's running on the Nokia 808 PureView brings many enhancements


iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S

iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S



Processors:

The Nokia 808 PureView has a 1.3GHz processor plus a separate one for the imaging tasks, as well as 512MB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. It runs Nokia Belle fine, with the occasional hiccup attributed more to the mobile OS hangs, rather than the processing power. The iPhone 4S also has half a gig of RAM and starts with 16GB of internal memory, but its dual-core A5 chip and strong PowerVR graphics processor are way ahead of the Nokia 808 PureView's silicon, and make the interface and apps, especially games, a pleasure to use.


Internet and connectivity:

The browser on the Nokia 808 PureView is so cranky, that you'd be hard pressed not to download Opera Mobile immediately and be done with the default one. It shows the checkered boxes each time you zoom in, and is pretty slow in rendering pages. Only when the page is completely loaded you can pan around, scroll and zoom with relative fluidity, which is still far behind what Safari on the iPhone 4S offers.

One big disadvantage of browsing on the 808 PureView is the pixel density again, which makes text unreadable when zoomed out, whereas it is a pretty pleasure to read with the 320ppi of the iPhone 4S display. Both browsers don't support desktop Adobe Flash, just Flash Lite 4.0 in the case of the Nokia 808 PureView, which will still allows you to see ads and view some videos on Flash websites.

The Symbian Belle FP1 browser of the Nokia 808 PureView - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
The Symbian Belle FP1 browser of the Nokia 808 PureView - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
The Symbian Belle FP1 browser of the Nokia 808 PureView - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
The Symbian Belle FP1 browser of the Nokia 808 PureView - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S

The Symbian Belle FP1 browser of the Nokia 808 PureView


The web 
browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
The web 
browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
The web 
browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
The web 
browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S

The web browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one


Nokia's phone offers pentaband 14.4Mbits HSDPA radio, meaning you can pretty much use it on any GSM/3G network worldwide with up to these download speeds, whereas the iPhone doesn't support T-Mobile's 3G frequencies in the US.

Both handsets have the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS and DLNA connectivity options, yet the Nokia 808 PureView is more versatile in that respect as it also has an HDMI-out port for hooking the phone up to a TV directly, whereas you need to buy a dongle for the iPhone 4S. It also has an NFC chip, for exchanging files and mobile payments, as well as an FM transmitter for streaming music to your car stereo, and USB-on-the-go for connecting flash drives to the phone directly.

The Nokia 808 PureView shines with its free offline voice-guided navigation Nokia Drive as well, which is also available in the Lumia range, and saves you a few tens that you'll need to buy a good standalone navigation app on iOS.

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posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:23 19

1. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


A nice balanced and concise comparison. Thank you!

I'd have the 808. No amount of OS gimmickry would take me away from the functionality and capability of the 808. Yes, it lags, and there aren't as many apps for it, but it exceeds my needs, and until the next Symbians arrive (if ever) or PureView makes its way to Windows Phone, this is my most coveted device

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 13:30 1

34. WWEraw (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


next symbian OS will be the Belle FP2
maybe carla and donna

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 15:55

41. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Carla = Belle FP1
Donna = Belle FP2

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:24 14

2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


this is okay, but seriously? the iPhone again? why not with the n8?

don't blame them if they go calling you iPhoneArena again.

anyway, i believe that Symbian still packs a punch against iOS 6. lol. and I like the Pureview's design better, though thick.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:39 13

4. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


symbian is awesome, except for the apps and the browser

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 15:57 1

42. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


...The apps are limited, though the Nokia Store has around 70K to date. Outside of Kindle, most every other popular app has a presence in Symbian...or there's a suitable 3rd party proxy.

As for the browser, it is not competitive. However, the free Opera Mobile or Opera Mini browsers are, in fact, fully competitive.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 00:52

52. tylerdurdon4 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


not to forget UCbrowser, still one of the best browser for symbian and ultra stable.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 18:25 4

17. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Phone arenas job is to compare the top devices against each other. If I'm not mistaking based on sales, reviews, performance, and rankings from both the consumers, and experts the 4S is still one of the top 3 phones on the market.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:32 3

22. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


by popularity..

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 17:06 3

38. Jaris (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


I own both phones and lately have used mainly the pureview 808 as I use camera a lot and one of the reasons for buying 808 was that I just could not get good enough images in low light conditions and inside with the iphone. Pureview technology in 808 is just amazing. No other phone comes even close (I have had also N8). Symbian is also great as doesn't eat battery like the other OS systems.

The only area where iphone and galaxy perform somewhat better is web browsing, but overall Nokia 808 is pretty good overall package and the camera is just fantastic.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:38 18

3. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Thank you for not making the iphones camera sound better than the pureview camera!

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 15:39 2

14. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Wouldn't that defeat the purpose of having a 41megs of Pureveiw tech on 808??? ...if it comes to the conclusion that "iCamera" is better??

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 08:34

32. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


NO... he meant that he's scared that Phonearena would be biased again!

posted on 09 Jul 2012, 07:05 1

35. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I know.... meant that with sarcasm!! LOL!!

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:51 5

5. imran_khan0786 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


Thank nokia

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 09:50 3

6. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 371; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Best Comparision on Phone arena, Thanks Daniel

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 10:27 4

7. arturmeireles (Posts: 20; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


I have both phones and its hard to choose one.
I love both phones in different ways.
I take them both with me all the time.
All I can say is that the Nokia 808 exceed my expectations.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 11:34 8

8. sbr999 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


This single core, 512mb RAM Symbian smartphone is faster than a quad core Android... or just as fast, or uhm, almost iPhone 4s smooth. I'm simply amazed by Symbian's memory management. Too bad developers don't create cool and/or useful apps for it.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 12:20 7

9. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


If you think that PowerVR is much more powerful than the Broadcom 2763 ticking inside the 808, think again. 808's lack on the CPU front is offloaded by its software optimizations and extremely powerful GPU.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 13:05 8

10. Extraneus (Posts: 121; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


Fair article, but...

Your take on the design of the two devices...!!!

Design is a subjective matter...

You love the glass and metal of the iPhone? Fine. I love the exquisite slight curve of the Nokia N9, Lumia 800 and now 808, and find the flat (fragile non-gorilla glass, by the way!) screen of the iPhone unimpressive. The rough plastic you so despise do wonders to the tactile sense and reduces the chance of you actually dropping the device! In terms of comfort, the smooth edges of the 808 certainly beat the crap out of the sharp edges of the iPhone. Physical navigation keys is actually a plus in many peoples' books, perhaps not from a design point of view, but as a practical measure... At the very least, one can argue that it sets the phone apart from all the screen-only clones on the market.

As I said, design is subjective, and I'm not bashing your opinion about the iPhone being leaps ahead on this point; I'm merely pointing out that a statement like:

"You'd have to be a total function-before-form kind of guy to call the Nokia 808 PureView design good compared with the svelte iPhone 4S"

...is ridiculously presumptive!

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 14:29 4

11. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


I like the symbian belle interface more than the iphone's
on iphone its apps that beat the 808
the 808 I think that has better grip because of the curved edges unlike the iphone's sharp ones
the UI i think is betten on the 808 because the only menu type UI i've liked is the N9's
the iphone one isn't what I want atleast
the browsing is better than symbian's at one point of view but the flash lite on symbian makes me think that the symbian browser is the better one even though the pixel density is less on symbian
here I like the fact that the apps count is worth meaning something
yes even the 60k apps on nokia store are too much when I only used 25 since I have the c6-01
and 30 on the SGS
so I don't care about how many million apps there are
and last but not least most wp7 symbian and android fans will agree with me when I say that the symbian 808 PW is better than iphone 4s

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 16:00

43. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


I wonder if Steve Jobs is writing checks to Phonearena from his grave.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 15:20 1

12. Andrewtst (Posts: 642; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Great and fair review.

This is what in my mine as well.

Nokia 808PV is only great in Camera. That it.

Old and ugly design, outdated OS, bad OS.

Crap screen resolution.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 16:05 5

16. -RVM- (Posts: 331; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


And also in customizability of OS, landscape UI support, connectivity options, openness, multimedia, free offline navigation etc.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:25 4

20. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


lol if symbian is an outdated os idk what ios 6 is
having just now got the ''new'' remind me later button
even if symbian doesn't support flash
it still supports flash lite 4.0
your god iphone doesnt even support that
+ that iSight camera you have needs glasses compared to the 808
and one more thing tell me how can I download a song on an iphone when its not jailbroken? pay for it? yeah right

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:39 3

23. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


really? the only downside of the 808PV is the number of apps available and the not-so-great screen..

can the iPhone support 41MP camera with single core? No..
does the iPhone have options other than zoom/HDR/flash toggles in its camera? No..

Symbian is one of the most stable and capable OS (if not the most) out there.. Yes, even compared to Android, it is more capable.. forget about iOS..

It's just that not many developers develop apps for it anymore..

The iPhone wins in the eye candy category hands down.. but PureView is another league of its own.. THE cameraphone..

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 15:34 3

13. 234Real (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


This comparison is so bias and dosen't worth it. Make comparison objectively without making statement like "Since Nokia Belle FP1 is quite the frugal mobile OS, and the screen pixel density is so low, Nokia's handset performs pretty well in the battery life department, too". Why not say a high pixel density is a battery guzzler. Gsmarena does the balancing better.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 15:50 3

15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Imagine iPhone with the pureview bump!! That would be ugly!!!
The curves does add to the charm to the 808!!
As i look back, Nokia has always been about curves! :)

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 20:17 1

18. lil2070 (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


This is true innovation

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 22:32 1

19. LodeStar (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


no this isn't innovation! apple is the only one who creates innovation that everyones love :) over 200+ new innovation on every os update. i love it..

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