Nokia N8 vs Samsung Galaxy S
The camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S is more touch-friendly and easy to use than the one on the Nokia N8, where icons and sliders are tiny and not easy to pinpoint correctly at times. Older Symbian habits rear their ugly head here, such as two taps to select some settings.
Both handsets offer photographic choices aplenty, including white balance, exposure, ISO, focus modes, and various scenes and effects. The Galaxy S actually offers a few more scene modes than the Nokia N8 for its 5MP camera without a flash, including specialized modes like Fall Color, or Text.
Nokia N8's 12MP camera with powerful Xenon flash is aimed more to shutterbugs, who know what they are doing, so it adds abilities to tinker with settings like sharpness and contrast, or shoot in a vivid mode, which produces the bright, saturated photos and videos that look all the more impressive than true colors.
The photos from the Samsung Galaxy S come slightly unfocused, otherwise boasting good color representation. Indoors the noise suppression algorithm kicks in, and takes away from the details, which are otherwise decent outdoors. Using a dedicated scene mode actually works for producing better results than auto, as you can see in the Fall Color mode example below. The auto settings produced a picture that was off in terms of focus, but turning on the Fall Color mode took away the blur and saturated the colors, producing a nice sample of fall leaves.
The photography-oriented Nokia N8, in contrast, took sharp, detailed snaps in a variety of situations, especially excelling in low-light, as you can see from the samples below. The indoor shot examples are greatly aided by the Xenon flash up to a ten feet distance. In macro mode both handsets performed well from 0.5 foot distance, but Nokia N8 still had the advantage, focusing exactly on the object at hand.
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy S
Fall Color mode
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy S
Medium fluorescent light
Samsung Galaxy S
Medium fluorescent light
When recording 720p HD video, which both handsets are capable of, the Nokia N8 has the upper hand with its stereo recording capabilities. It also offers very usable 2x digital zoom while shooting video. The Samsung Galaxy S, on the other hand, records at 30fps, compared to the Nokia N8's 25, which theoretically should make videos smoother, but in practice the difference isn't so great. The Galaxy S videos are a bit underexposed compared to those of the Nokia N8, resulting in a slightly darker looking environment, but color representation is good on both handsets.
Samsung Galaxy S Sample Video 1
Nokia N8 Sample Video 1
Samsung Galaxy S Sample Video 2
Nokia N8 Sample Video 2
Samsung Galaxy S Sample Video 3
Nokia N8 Sample Video 3
Samsung Galaxy S Sample Video 4
Nokia N8 Sample Video 4
Samsung Galaxy S Sample Video 5
Nokia N8 Sample Video 5
Samsung Galaxy S Sample Video 6
Nokia N8 Sample Video 6
The photos and videos gallery looks better on the Samsung Galaxy S, with nice animations and 3D effects, whereas on the Nokia N8 it is the plain ol' grid of thumbnails. Where Nokia N8 excels, is the editing functionality, offered for pictures and videos in the gallery. These abilities on the Galaxy S are basic, while on the Nokia N8 the editing possibilities offered are comparable to a paid program that you have to buy off from Android Market.
The music playback on the Samsung Galaxy S is excellent, with a pretty and functional player interface, and 5.1 channel SRS surround sound in headset mode. Nokia N8's music player, on the other hand, now also supports Cover Flow-like eye candy, but its true audio virtue is the work of Dolby Mobile technologies in both headset mode, and through the speaker. It can play sound encoded with Dolby Digital Plus, which adds to the immersive experience, especially if viewing a properly encoded HD movie on a big screen with 5.1 channel surround sound via Nokia N8's HDMI-out socket.
Speaking of video playback, both handsets support a large number of formats, including DivX/Xvid, and the chipsets are powerful enough to play HD resolutions without notable issues. The big, vivid screen of the Samsung Galaxy S definitely has the upper hand for watching videos on the go.
1. E (unregistered)
Galaxy S is the winner. No question!
2. me (unregistered)
I prefer Nokia N8. Seen on the image difference in dark and videos amazing voice and solid aluminium cover - all of these things are on the side of N8
3. cristianer (Posts: 42; Member since: 20 Aug 2010)
That's nice but before that I prefer Android and not Symbian
42. Phonepro (unregistered)
Symbian is very flexible but not for the User that wants to have the easiest interface. But if you are used to the Symbian System it's not worse than the Iphone or the Android System. In fact the possibilities Symbian offers to the more experienced user are more advanced, It's just not the OS for someone who is into the Design but more the OS for the ones that need a compact fast and open System and for those who are willing to invest some time in customizing it to ones need. If you are the secound one Symbian is best for you - if you are more into the Out-Of-The-Box-But-Less-Personal type - Get the Android - Or The Iphone.
4. samking21 (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Jun 2010)
In my opinion, Samsung is the best because it combines many powerful things inside, such as processor speed and screen size and color screen technology and the operating system and a stronger battery, for the strength of Nokia camera and read the media and external storage )) Samsung wins ((
5. Pio (unregistered)
Weird comparison... Ufcourse Android for me is a winner.
6. Dan the Man (unregistered)
I own both phones, here is my verdict (OS-aside), let's assign 1 point for each round: Build Quality: N8 with its aluminum build and scratch-resistant gorilla glass display Display: Galaxy S with its larger 4" SAMOLED technology Connectivity: N8 which aces the competition with HDMI out and USB Host functionality Call Quality: N8 with more natural-sounding conversation, noise-cancellation Imaging: N8 with 12MP camera, Xenon-flash Video capture: Draw - both phones take gorgeous videos Durability: N8 due to its metallic build and scratch-resistant display. My Galaxy S got its first scratch on the 2nd day (rubber case is a must) SIM and Memory card handling: N8 due to easy access on the side without having to remove battery 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 Battery Life: N8 charges every 2 days Apps pre-installed: N8 Apps downloadable: Galaxy S Price (unlocked): Nokia N8 US$ 530.00, Galaxy S US$ 700.00 Total Tally: Nokia - 10 points, Galaxy S - 2 points If you include Anroid OS as an advantage, Tally: Nokia - 10 points, Galaxy S - 3 points
9. Franco (unregistered)
Yeap, but should end 10 to N8 and 4 to Galaxy S, you forgot to mention ergonomics and fluid interface.
10. Franco (unregistered)
Also forgot: Email, Galaxy S is a lot better: so: 10 to n8 , 5 to Galaxy S.
15. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 867; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
N8 has multitouch in its email client. I don't remember my Captivate having that.
16. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 867; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
Ability to control your data connection: N8 UI: Galaxy S Loudspeaker: N8 GPS: N8 Navigation: N8 because you can preload all map data onto your phone. Signal reception: N8 by a landslide.
17. Dan the Man (unregistered)
@ Franco: that's why I said "OS-aside" from the beginning to offset the UI of the phones but I get your point. Ergonomics has two fronts: software interface and device-handling. Samsung "probably" wins on the software front but the N8 wins on the device-handling front: works both on single and dual-handed use, ease of access to SIM, memory card, doesn't slip off your hand that easily. :)
18. Dan the Man (unregistered)
@DontHateOnS60: Points well raised. I agree. :)
19. jedrek (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Oct 2010)
In my view, a better OS worths not only "1 point", so as some of your list take no "1 point" advantage. I chose the Android one. But one thing I have to admit that --- i9k's GPS sucks!
22. Sayantan Nandi (unregistered)
everyone has a different needs for buying a phone.....u cant really pick a winner.....if u consider a few more points 1.galaxy S can upload to twitter fb flickr youtube etc directly from the gallery app...n8 cant 2.widgets on galaxy S are better...u have only fixed size widgets on the n8 3.galaxy S doesnt show checker boxes while zooming in and out the web browser....n8 does it even for simple pages 4.u take 4 steps to enter a web address on n8.....galaxy S does with voice commands(FroYo) or 1 step(Eclair/Donut/Cupcake) 5.u cant type on QWERTY in portait mode on n8....galaxy S supports t9,handwriting as well as QWERTY 6.galaxy S is DivX HD certified,Dolby certified,SRS certified...sure n8 plays DivX HD..but not certified yet :P 7.Its GPU can display 90million triangles/sec.......n8 wont do even 20million/sec...iphone 4 and other 1Ghz snapragon processor based phones do 28million/sec 8.galaxy S comes with free Office Editing app....n8 lacks it so i gave 8 points where galaxy S wins......can give many more.....so better lets not choose a winner and let the buyers decide their needs to buy the phone and those creating a fuss with GPS on galaxy S...it got fixed with FroYo update....it locks perfectly now :)... i donno about Galaxy S captivate...but i9000 has a multitouch client for email
29. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
6. I find it hard to believe you're suggesting the Galaxy S comes with more CODEC support than the N8. Try again. 7. Actually, the N8's Broadcom GPU does 32 millions triangles/sec; more than the iPhone 4's GPU within its A4 SOC. Both are trumped by the Galaxy S' Hummingbird. ----Browser----The N8 browser will be replaced with a new Qt based browser. In my opinion, for the next 6 weeks...use Opera 10 Mobile; in any event, it's faster than any of the stock browser's for Android or IOS. ---Qwerty Portrait----The current firmware will be upgraded soon to support. Once done, SWYPE will then be able to include its own Portrait solution. ----OS versus UI---- There are a lot of features integrated within the Symbian OS that rivals fail to offer. Its the only OS designed from the ground up for embedded devices and its ability to operate with limited resources are unparalleled. However, the User Interface in not on par with IOS nor Android 2.1/2.2. It's OK for Symbian users, but it is not a draw for converts. Hopefully, both Meego and the Symbian^4 UI's will move the bar ahead and not only attempt catch-up. Bottom line...there's a difference between comparing and entire OS versus comparing the UI stack. ---30 fps---seems this has already been easily cracked on the N8. One can assume, from the reviews and feeback, that an offical firmware update would bring the 30fps into the mainstream. ...as for equivalent build quality...comparing a phone with a plastic body to one made from a single piece of anodized aluminum is a bit of a stretch, IMHO.
32. jd829 (Posts: 155; Member since: 24 Feb 2010)
Try some ginko biloba to help your memory, my captivate supports multi-touch in email.
34. rafael.roque (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Jul 2010)
FYI the N8's Broadcom GPU can produce 30M triangles/second. Which is on part with the iphone4 and
37. thatdude1 (unregistered)
Download Nokia messaging service-much better than Android stock experience.
7. jpropin (Posts: 152; Member since: 20 May 2010)
'll take the Nokia. It's better built, will last longer and in the end be a better value. Nokia supports their devices long after they have been released. Samsung's support of it's products is poor. And thats being generous. Having Android for me does'nt make up for the fact that it's still a Samsung. And that's not good. I got burned with the Behold II and as The Who said....."Won't Get Fooled Again"
11. Franco (unregistered)
Nokia hardware build is the best ever... but I got the poor Sansung due Android marketplace.. a lot more softwares.
12. jpropin (Posts: 152; Member since: 20 May 2010)
If I need 400 different versions of apps that have different names but all do the same thing, then I'll worry about the marketplace. I don't need 40 apps to tell me how to tie a necktie, and one tic-tac-toe game is enough for me. Don't need 25 of those. I want a phone that will last and won't crumble when it hits a floor made of rubber. A phone I can squeeze tightly in my hand and think, "man, this is solid" A phone that is not all foam and no beer and does'nt write checks it can't cash. In other words a device that can simply do what it says it can do in reality and not on a spec-sheet.
13. bucky (Posts: 2617; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
both phones are shite. Samsung and Nokia forget about their phones quickly. both are buggy too. If you absolutey MUST have a nokia get an n900. Otherwise stay clear of both these phones.
14. chrtran (unregistered)
so true. i have the nokia 5800 NAM (from like 2008) and its still supported by nokia, just got another software update lastweek (v50, north america is behind euro updates)
21. haha (unregistered)
nokias service is bullcrap atleast out here in India.. Samsung out here can get ur phone fixed in a few minutes.. which is why i left nokia after having a number of phones with major issues.. as for firmware updates.. nokias updates basically fixed the bugs that should have not been there in the first place..(with no major improvements.. i still own an n82 which has gone nowhere from where it was when i bought it) which means in the case of nokia if yu want the next version of symbian.. buy the new phone...or be stuck with the same firmware for life!. btw my galaxy does not have the gps issue.. the gps issue is present only for those phones that are locked to the operators cos of the additional firmware that is shuffed into the phone by them(operators)
30. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
I updated my back-up 5800XM with PNHT's port of C6-00 custom firmware for the 5800. Homescreen widgets, full kinetics, a faster boot, more free RAM, and very conservative use of c drive. The UI is also faster/smoother. The CFW is based on C6's second firmware update (11.0.029) and it blows the standard 5800XM (51.0.006) out of the water. Coupled with an OtterBox Commuter case which makes the phone feel better in the hand...this old 5800XM is still a reliable and very capable little phone.
8. perfect boy (unregistered)
just love moto milestone series
20. cristianer (Posts: 42; Member since: 20 Aug 2010)
Yeah. I'm waiting the milestone 2 in argentina