Nokia N8 vs Samsung Galaxy S
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.
On the Samsung Galaxy S the voice quality is decent – fine clarity in the earpiece on our side, albeit a bit quiet sound, but there is static noise at the receiving end, plus some echo.
The speaker of the Nokia N8 also has the upper hand here, producing loud sounds with minimum distortion, while the one on the Galaxy S is clear, but weaker, as can be expected in such a thin handset. Both phones produce excellent sounds in headset mode, due to the surround sound technologies present, but Nokia N8 has truly taken it to another level with Dolby Mobile.
We didn't notice any reception problems on both handsets. 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. Battery life in 3G talk time mode is rated at 6.5 hours time for the Samsung Galaxy S, and 5.5 hours for the Nokia N8.
As usual, in the end it all comes to personal preferences. Both handsets are outstanding representatives of the first and second cell phone producers in the world, but there are many differences that will make picking one or the other an easy choice, depending on the usage scenarios.
If you watch a lot of movies on your commute, read e-books and documents, play games, or just prefer the slick TouchWiz 3.0 and the versatility of Android plus Android Market on a giant 4” Super AMOLED screen, powered by the most powerful mobile graphics chipset so far, you may want to go with the Samsung Galaxy S.
For a well-rounded smartphone package, that will appeal a lot to the casual and more experienced photographers alike, one would most likely pick the Nokia N8, with its 12MP camera and Xenon flash. The Finnish handset also adds other notable virtues, namely the ability to watch its contents on a big screen via HDMI-out with 5.1 channel surround sound, USB-on-the-go, and free lifetime navigation that works offline in most countries.
So now that we've compared the two companies' flagship smartphones, it seems like both offerings are worth your while. Again, it is up to you to decide which features you need the most, but either way you'll end up owning one helluva smarphone.
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