The Samsung Galaxy S III might have handy Panorama and HDR modes, which the Nokia 808 PureView lacks, but that's about it. The pictures created by the huge 41MP sensor of the Nokia dwarf those with the 8MP camera of the Galaxy S III, and not because of the resolution. Even the 5MP pics taken in Automatic mode with the 808 PureView outdoors make the often overexposed and oversaturated photos from Samsung's phone look amateurish.

Granted, the Galaxy S III also offers an abundance of settings in its camera interface for adjusting picture details like contrast and color, and has numerous preset scene modes. It is just that its sensor is much, much smaller than the one on the Nokia 808 PureView. Outdoor photos are fine from the Galaxy S III, yet with much less detail and way more noise than those from the PureView sensor, but when we get inside, the difference is dramatic in favor of Nokia's phone. Samsung can't really be blamed here, its camera is decent for a 2012 flagship, but nobody will be matching the 41MP PureView sensor any time soon.

In terms of video capture, both handsets can film sharp and fluid 1080p videos with 30fps, but just the fact that you can do 4x lossless zoom while taking the footage with the Nokia 808 PureView is enough to skew the balance in its favor, even without the oversampling tech that merges adjacent pixels into one super pixel, reducing noise and increasing detail. When we add the Nokia Rich Recording stereo audio which captures both very low and very high (up to 140dB) sounds without distortion, Nokia is the clear winner in the camera department, both for stills and video.

Nokia 808 PureView Sample Video:

Samsung Galaxy S III Sample Video:


Both handsets sport versatile music players with album art shuffling, song categorization, equalizer presets and sound modes. Mock surround sound in headset mode is available, too, with Samsung using its homebrew 5.1 channel solution, while Nokia is utilizing Dolby Mobile to plump up the sound. Where the 808 PureView gets ahead is in the loudspeaker department – the thin Galaxy S III just can't fit such a powerful and clean speaker that the 808 PureView has.

As far as video goes, the phones play all formats thrown at them at all definitions, but the video player on the Samsung Galaxy S III is much more versatile, and the viewing experience so much better on the 4.8” Super AMOLED HD screen.

The handsets have picture editing apps preinstalled, which have comparable features, but run much more fluid on the Galaxy S III thanks to the powerful silicon in it.

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