Nokia N8 vs Apple iPhone 4
The in-call performance on the Nokia N8 is very good, with loud and clear sounding voices in the earpiece, while the noise-cancelling microphones do their thing for better output at the hearing end.
The iPhone 4 also has a noise cancelling mic, and the voice quality for the receiving end is very good, even in loud environments. Fine clarity in the earpiece on our side was the norm, despite some static noise in the background sometimes.
The speaker of the Nokia N8 has the upper hand here, producing loud sounds with minimum distortion, while the one on the iPhone 4 is weaker, with notable tinny sounds, as can be expected from the slimmest smartphone on the market.
Nokia N8, despite its metal casing, has placed the antennas near the plastic at both ends of the phone, so receptionwise it doesn't disappoint. As far as the iPhone 4 goes – we all remember the Antennagate it was sucked in after launch, but (we personally didn't experience it ourselves, maybe because we were in a strong signal area?). Battery life in 3G mode is rated at 7 hours of talk time for the iPhone 4, and 5.5 hours for the Nokia N8.
The Nokia N8 has a lot going for it. It is a multimedia powerhouse, packing a 12MP camera with a huge sensor, Carl-Zeiss lens, and a powerful Xenon flash. The Finnish handset also adds other notable virtues, that the iPhone 4 doesn't have, namely the ability to play almost any HD video file on a big screen via HDMI-out, with 5.1 channel surround sound. It also offers USB-on-the-go, an FM transmitter, removable storage, and free lifetime navigation that works offline in most countries. This feature set will be enough for many, especially Nokia fans and photographers, to pick it over the iPhone 4.
The Apple iPhone 4, on the other hand, also has a great camera, and the interface, like everything else on the phone, is very easy to learn and a pleasure to use right off the bat, compared to the functional, but more convoluted ways of Symbian^3. In the end, we have to say that it is not possible to leave out the App Store when comparing the iPhone 4 to another handset, just because it exists. It is rather hard to part with the comfort of your iPhone applications once you are sucked into that ecosystem, and Nokia cannot yet replicate that in the hotch-potch Ovi Store.
If we leave the App Store out (and we shouldn't), we have to admit that Nokia has created a real multimedia Swiss Army Knife with the N8, by including some functions that the iPhone 4 doesn't have (FM transmitter, USB-on-the-go, HDMI-out). However, as the financial results of Nokia and Apple show, fighting with hardware means you have already lost the battle.
Nokia N8 has very compelling extra features, but with the the Retina Display and the fast A4 chipset, the iPhone 4 already has some of the best hardware out there. On top of that, it is all crammed in the thinnest smartphone on the market, made of designer-grade materials. It also allows you to run some of the slickest programs ever made for a phone. And it is exactly the software, i.e. the overall people-friendly experience that matters most, and that's where Nokia has to play catch up now.
Nokia N8 vs Apple iPhone 4 Video Comparison:
1. bucky (Posts: 2606; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
doesnt seem like nokia can really compete with any of these new phones. Camera and battery life yes, but thats it.
11. thatdude1 (unregistered)
Nokia can compete with any handset manufacturer anywhere, anytime. The only handset os not manufactured by Nokia capable of competing with it is Android.
30. htainlintha (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)
How abt new features like flash on web browsing(no apps for dat), FM transmitter(no apps for dat), wifi hotspot(no apps for dat), usb on-the-go(no apps for dat), large sensor and digital dolby sound cature(no apps for dat), moreover,d device they used is outdated in UI.(old version,needs update)
iphone 4 doesnt even have a dedicated camera key,actually apple really sucks,they can never make a phone which can make a call without line drops T_T so sick of it
2. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Actually a great offering it seems from nokia. I'm impressed by the camera. Seems to be the first real competitor to the iPhone 4's camera. But I wonder if the shrink the pixels for the 12MP sensor like so many other manufacturers do when they make larger sensors, or if they are 12 actual sized megapixels. Too bad symbian isn't quite up to snuff. And I'm also curious about internal storage and how powerful the processor is.
4. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)
The N8 has a "real" 12MP sensor (not interpolated, if that's what you mean). I agree, the Symbian interface does need to be optimized to be used by people across all intellectual levels. Internal storage is 16GB with 256 RAM. Processor is rated at 680MHz with VR graphic accelerator supporting Open GL 2.0.
13. thatdude1 (unregistered)
@clevername-Symbian has always been "up to snuff."
3. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)
Privileged to have both the Nokia N8 and the iPhone 4 for a while. Here's my verdict: Build Quality: N8 with its aluminum build and scratch-resistant gorilla glass display Display: iPhone 4 with higher-res screen, faster response Connectivity: N8 which aces the competition with pentaband, HDMI out, USB Host function, FM transmitter Call Quality/Telephony: Nokia N8 (at high signals, both perform equally), BUT N8 has better reception when tested VS the iPhone using the same network SIM in a thick-walled, lead-shielded operating theater Imaging: N8 with 12MP camera, Xenon-flash Video capture: Draw - both phones take gorgeous videos Music playback: iPhone 4 (integrated iPod/Music app with direct access to iTunes, podcasts, etc.) Video playback: Nokia N8 (multiple codec compatibility) Durability: Draw - slight upper hand for the N8 (doesn't chip/crack as the iPhone does when dropped from a height) SIM and Memory card handling: Draw In-box package contents: N8 - in addition to the charger and, comes with mini HDMI adapter, USB-on-the go adapter, better quality in-ear earphones Ease-of-use/Ergonomics: iPhone 4 (intuitive menu structure, direct access to most functions, faster response, software stability) Battery Life: Draw Navigation: N8 with the free lifetime navigation care of Ovi Maps Apps downloadable: Apple iPhone 4 (the App Store Collection is compelling - an understatement) Price (unlocked): Nokia N8 US$ 530.00, Apple iPhone 4 (unlocked) 16GB - US$ 800.00, 32GB - US$ 950.00 Total Tally: Nokia N8: 7 Apple iPhone 4 The iPhone 4 is the epitome of elitism and will find itself as the most common gadget/status symbol of the upper class. The iPhone has snagged "user-friendliness" that for so long has been equated to Nokia. The closed (but highly functional) App Store ecosystem is designed to maximize to secure Apple's earnings even after device purchase. What the device "lacks" is made-up by the myriad of apps that serve to extend the phone's normal utility. If you relate it to therapeutics, Nokia has gone "shotgun method" putting every conceivable technology in the N8. Some may call this "trying too hard" but one cannot deny that it is a very compelling device giving you more than decent bang for every buck spent. The review fails to mention the reliability of the Nokia N8 as a phone per se and the better PIM functionality of the phone (contact, calendar management). Nokia N8 challenges the iOS' simplicity and eye-candy paradigm with the tried and tested versatility of the Symbian OS legacy. If you are as fortunate as others who can afford to have both phones, then choosing which one is not the question. But if you could only afford one, I would recommend any of the above phones that would suit your needs. If price is really an issue, there is a myriad of mid-tier and budget phones to choose from.
23. Christo1903 (unregistered)
i am a Nokia fan and I do love like their products, but you failed to even look at web-browsing. The iphone is superior to the N8 by any standard. So too is the app store. Two compelling reasons for a smartphone buyer in 2010 would choose the IPhone.
5. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)
This is something that has never been compared: Symbian ^3 VS Blackberry 6.0. It would be exciting to see a comparison of the Nokia N8 and the Blackberry Torch.
6. Symbian vs OS6? (unregistered)
Lol Symbian will kick OS6 butt. Even ugly at it is, Symbian has more functionality than OS6, the only strong part of OS6 is the Instant Messaging and Business oriented features (Exchange, Office, Calendar), and that's it,While Symbian can play any video codec, play flash directly from the browser, 12 mp camera, usb on the go, fm transmitter... well you got the point, OS6 is for business and Symbian is for multimedia, nuff said.
7. Bulakbuk (unregistered)
Symbian OS has been the pioneer in smartphone technology. While I do agree that this OS has aged, it is still a very capable feature set that can get the job done. Also, multi tasking is also a very strong point for Nokia since the iPhone had to have its applications re-written for this aspect. Therefore, Nokia will always be the smarter of the two and a true powerhouse at that.
8. dolph227 (unregistered)
I looveee my N8! just received mine yesterday by pre-order in Indonesia. It's like having the best of three worlds of easy on the eye-Android combined with MeeGo-strength on your familiar Symbian interface! Iphone just need to do better than OS4, how many years since Iphone 2G, this year they just introduced semi-multitasking (lame!) while Nokia made full-multi tasking from 2002 Symbian handsets (7650). I totally love the look of Iphone 4, but it's just the same as you see most blonde girls, they are dumb. Nokia N8? New invented outlook, premium built and premium operating system. Just wait for the ovi store to grow, after all Symbian^3 has just launched right.. Remember how iphone 2G just launched? how many apps did they have? I assume, it is Nokia's Rebirth. Time for Iphone OS overhaul... too slow progress on their new OS over the years. Android? How far can a cheap operating system go? Too many diversities on their handsets, it's just too confusing for the app. developers to make the apps.. Reaching from QVGA screen to WVGA screen, 600mhz processor to 1ghz processor, and so on. Not to mention their too fast OS development, makes you feel your 3 months old handset like 2 years old ones already (remember Sony Ericsson X10) from donut to ice cream, be careful guys it almost melts already.. :)
9. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
The N8 is good, but not good enough. Iphone4 all the way.
14. thatdude1 (unregistered)
The N8 is FAR superior to the iphone4.
10. Trx (unregistered)
nokia symbian is old os I remaber when I used first time in 1999 WoW I'm that time symbian like ios today every boday happy with nokia but that's before now the things is change there is a new and lot of os comes out specially ios the best os used in the phone apple they invent lot of staff one of them ios. But in other hand saymbain will always the easiest os ever
15. thatdude1 (unregistered)
First off-use spell check. Second-learn english. Third- I think you have your os's confused. Ios is so simple, a 5 year old can master it. Symbian is for the more sophisticated. Better crafted handsets, true multitasking, to name but two. Ios has never stood a chance compared to Symbian.
21. Lollipopjones (unregistered)
thats why symbian is failing right? Symbian is old, the devices look like crap, the OS is tired and worn out, and finally the apps are worthless. Also Mapquest offers free Turn by Turn for iOS so both have free Turn by turn.
Sorry the only thing the N8 has is some gimmick hardware that most users will never use.
35. the x (unregistered)
LOL totaly AGREE WITH Lollipopjones
36. thatdude1 (unregistered)
Symbian is no where near falling apart. Mature? Yes. Crap? Not even close. The device looks better than most on the market today, they have apps that have a purpose, not a zillion fart apps and NO WAY mapquest compares to ovi maps. Ovi maps is waaaayyyyyyy better. You have no idea what you are talking about.
12. Rudeboi (unregistered)
It's a good competiton for those who are looking for a device to go against Apple one and only device but let's remember that this phone wasn't meant to go against the higher end devices out there. For what it's worth the N8 is a better value for the money on so many scales and symbian is still ahead of android and ios and so many ways. Yeah it may be a little old on the os and a great job of them spicing it up a bit but symbian still gives you more while the rest is still catching up. I only see ios simplyfing things and locking you into a ecosystem where you have no choice on what more you can do with certain files, while symbian opens the door for more choices and gives you a pc feel in your pocket.
16. RJC (unregistered)
"Nokia N8 takes higher resolution photos, but doesn't capture that much more detail." Excuse me!? Are you perhaps visually impaired, because that's the only way I can understand that comment. N8 produces tons more detail. Just look at the night picture of the theater for example. You can't seriously tell me that N8 doesn't have a lot more detail than iPhone 4. Look at the poster stand. Or the poster on the wall. Or the doors. N8 has much more detail.
20. Rev (Posts: 12; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)
Agreed. Every comparison I've seen gives a huge edge to N8. Only better thing with iPhone pics is less noise and even that simply comes from way heavier preprocessing which also causes other problems like actually losing details. If you want the unnatural colors of iPhone you simply select Vivid on N8. No way to get realistic colors with iPhone though.
27. iphone-user (unregistered)
You may be right about the night pics, but the difference is not big during the day - this is when most of my phones pics are taken.
29. htainlintha (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)
iphone doesn't even have dedicated key for camera and shitty glass body, dis review is very biased and UI on N8 is way different rom my current N8
17. drizzle (unregistered)
I SUPPORT NOKIA. NOKIA PHONES HAVE TOO MANY VERTUES. IT WILL BE PROVED AFTER PEOPLE USE OTHER PHONES FOR SOME TIME.
18. RJC (unregistered)
Oh and you really can't call iPhone 4's camera great. Not even good because it produces pictures that don't correlate to reality at all. Photos are overexposed, colors are wrong and too saturated, low light performance is below average. Sorry, but those aren't qualities of a good camera. Quite the opposite to me.
19. Rev (Posts: 12; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)
iPhone has become the phone for the masses and using it is starrting to be embarrasing. I finally decided to choose N8 and the phone is really good. Hope they fix the browser to make it even better. BTW, something many reviews seem to get wrong... The two press camera selection is actually a nice feature. The first press is preview so you can click through the list to see the effects and then clikck again to actually select.
22. rafaelinux (Posts: 31; Member since: 29 Jun 2009)
Deeply biased or just ignorant review. At least on the camera part. (And that is an important item when shopping for a mobile phone, at least for me).
Saying that the 12mpx shots of the N8 have no much more detail for a 12mp shot, against the iPhone's 5mpx is just blind.
Today's 5mpx shots, by any phone or company just seem plain detail-less when compared to the N8's! look at the shadows, or at bright areas, or, well, wherever you want, photos are way better than some point and shoot cameras, even! (beats the hell out of my Canon 1200 IS)
The iPhone's is simple, I'll give you that, but that's all you get. You don't have any control at all. Want to change this or that... I'm so sorry.
On the other hand, the Nokia N8, while not that good in terms of UI looks, lets you do some little tweaking for a photo easily. Even then it doesn't have all the settings one would like it to.
OS designers should indeed put a "Stupid User" giant button in the center of the screen, so you can swap between an UI and a 1-button OS.
24. ecko23 (unregistered)
Symbian is fuckin crap!~!!!!!!!
25. ecko23 (unregistered)
Symbian is straight up garbage!!! Not impressed one bit!