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Nokia N8 vs Samsung Galaxy S

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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.

Nokia N8 vs Samsung Galaxy S Video Comparison:


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 1

1. E (unregistered)

Galaxy S is the winner. No question!

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 12:37 4

33. rafael.roque (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Jul 2010)

I disagree... Yes question!

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 11:12 2

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

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 11:15 1

3. cristianer (Posts: 42; Member since: 20 Aug 2010)

That's nice but before that I prefer Android and not Symbian

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 07:15 1

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.

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 11:28 1

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 ((

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 11:38 1

5. Pio (unregistered)

Weird comparison... Ufcourse Android for me is a winner.

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 12:00 1

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

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 12:23 2

9. Franco (unregistered)

Yeap, but should end 10 to N8 and 4 to Galaxy S, you forgot to mention ergonomics and fluid interface.

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 12:23 1

10. Franco (unregistered)

Also forgot: Email, Galaxy S is a lot better: so: 10 to n8 , 5 to Galaxy S.

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 17:14 1

15. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

N8 has multitouch in its email client. I don't remember my Captivate having that.

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 17:18 2

16. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; 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.

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 17:25 1

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. :)

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 17:27

18. Dan the Man (unregistered)

@DontHateOnS60: Points well raised. I agree. :)

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 17:55 1

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!

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 00:27 1

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

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 05:50 1

26. anuragdahiya (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)

i agree

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 11:07

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.

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 12:29

32. jd829 (Posts: 155; Member since: 24 Feb 2010)

Try some ginko biloba to help your memory, my captivate supports multi-touch in email.

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 15:18

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

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 21:39

37. thatdude1 (unregistered)

Download Nokia messaging service-much better than Android stock experience.

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 12:03

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"

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 12:24

11. Franco (unregistered)

Nokia hardware build is the best ever... but I got the poor Sansung due Android marketplace.. a lot more softwares.

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 12:37

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.

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 16:29

13. bucky (Posts: 3138; 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.

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 16:43

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)

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 23:32

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)

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 11:15

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.

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 12:14

8. perfect boy (unregistered)

just love moto milestone series

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 18:46

20. cristianer (Posts: 42; Member since: 20 Aug 2010)

Yeah. I'm waiting the milestone 2 in argentina

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