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Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S

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We don't need to tell you that the Nokia 808 PureView advantage before the iPhone 4S is in the camera department, you just need to look at the pictures. The iPhone 4S' 8MP unit makes pretty good pics for your everyday needs when there is enough light, but it is no match for the abundance of detail and ultra low noise the 41MP sensor on the 808 PureView is able to produce. Not to mention that in low-light photography the Nokia is simply years ahead of the other smartphones out there, and not only due to the powerful Xenon flash on the back, but also because of the comparatively gigantic sensor surface it sports.

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Nokia 808 PureView - Apple iPhone 4SOutdoor samples - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
Nokia 808 PureView - Apple iPhone 4SOutdoor samples - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
Nokia 808 PureView - Apple iPhone 4SOutdoor samples - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S

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Apple iPhone 4SOutdoor samples - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
Apple iPhone 4SOutdoor samples - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
Apple iPhone 4SOutdoor samples - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
Apple iPhone 4SOutdoor samples - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S

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The camera interfaces also couldn't be much different – the iPhone 4S follows a credo of point-and-shoot simplicity and easy of use, with only HDR mode thrown in as an option, whereas the Nokia 808 PureView has the camera UI to match the sensor. It doesn't have an easy HDR mode, only offers bracketing which you have to stitch yourself afterwards, or use an app. Yet Nokia's whiz kid allows from fully automatic, through presets, to fully manual modes, and you can adjust for almost everything but shutter speed.

Both handsets shoot fluid 1080p video with 30fps and appealing colors, but the Nokia 808 PureView has the advantage of using the 41MP sensor for oversampling, combining a few pixels in one super pixel, allowing more detail in. Not only that, but the huge sensor allows for full 4x lossless zoom while filming in 1080p, which is a great feature to have. If you shoot in 720p, you have even more, 6x lossless zoom, allowing you to be your own movie director while filming.

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The other advantage the 808 PureView has is in the Nokia Rich Recording stereo audio that the dual mics on the handset are able to capture. Nokia says the microphones can pick up from the very low to the extremely high – up to 140dB – noises, without crackling or distortion, so you can take the phone to the club or a concert with confidence. Indeed, it is probably the first handset where we can actually hear the bass recorded when we play the video back.


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Both the Nokia 808 PureView and the iPhone 4S have capable music players which allow song categorizations by artists, albums and playlists, as well as pretty album art shuffling. The Nokia 808 PureView supports Dolby Mobile technology in headset mode, which boosts the bass, and makes music sound more distinct, but the iPhone 4S also has very good output capabilities, and a widepsread entertainment ecosystem like iTunes to boot.

The music player of the Nokia 808 PureView - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
The music player of the Nokia 808 PureView - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
The music player of the Nokia 808 PureView - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
The music player of the Nokia 808 PureView - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S

Music player interface of the Apple iPhone 4S - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
Music player interface of the Apple iPhone 4S - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
Music player interface of the Apple iPhone 4S - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S
Music player interface of the Apple iPhone 4S - Nokia 808 PureView vs Apple iPhone 4S

Where the Nokia 808 PureView excels is video playback formats support out of the box, as it played every 1080p video we threw at it, even those encoded in DivX/Xvid/MKV. The pixel density of the screen does, of course, render this support pretty over the top, but the handset has the advantage of a larger screen than the 3.5” on the iPhone 4S for watching movies and YouTube videos.

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