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Nokia N8 vs the Apple iPhone 4 – Preview

Nokia wouldn’t be surprised that even before its latest full touchscreen N8 could hit the streets, the iPhone 4 has come out and is wowing us. Trying their best to counter the iPhone 4 hype, Nokia has its N8 video editing clip out on the web, however we can’t resist saying – its not really as cool as the iOS. The Nokia N8 packs in a powerful spec sheet with a 680MHz processor + dedicated GPU that runs over a Symbian 3 OS. A 12MP camera (Carl Zesis) and Capacitive touchscreen impresses us and we can be certain that the still images from the N8 would beat the iPhone 4’s 5MP anyday (though Jobs has his argument of a backside-illuminated camera sensor that gives better quality specially in low light conditions is yet to be put to test). Both these devices do a 720p video and guess we will have to wait till August (N8 launch) to figure out who wins.

In most of the features like HSUPA speeds, fps in video recording, screen resolution etc the iPhone 4 beats the Nokia N8 easily. We can also be certain that the Apple A4 CPU/GPU with the new gyro axis will deliver better gaming experience and the App Store love still remains with Apple. However the openness (bluetooth file trf, mass storage, memory card addon), FM Radio and multiple carrier choices still gives the N8 an edge.

Apple iPhone 4 – Nokia N8 Feature comparison

FeatureiPhone 4 Nokia N8
NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 2100 /1900
OSiOS 4.0Symbian ^3 OS
Display3.5″ Retina Display960x640 – 326 ppiMulti touchAMOLED capacitive touchscreen16M colors 360 x 640 pixels, 3.5 inches
Camera5MP camera, LED FlashHD video recording720p (@30fps)

FaceTime video calling over WiFi

12 MP, 4000×3000 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics,autofocus, Xenon flash720p at 25fps with continuous LED flash

VGA videocall camera

EDGEHSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 MbpsHSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2.0 Mbps
Internet BrowserMobile Safari(more via App Store)WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML,RSS feeds, Flash Lite v4.0
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push EmailSMS(threaded view), MMS,Email, Push Email, IM
FMnoStereo FM radio with RDS; Transmitter
ProcessorApple A4, 1GHz680 MHz + GPU
GPSAGPS, Google MapsA-GPS, Ovi Maps 3.0
BatteryunknownLi-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4D)
ColoursBlack / WhiteDark Grey, Silver White,Green, Blue, Orange
ConnectivityBluetooth AD2P (no trf)WiFi b/g/nBluetooth v3.0 with A2DPWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Memory16GB / 32GB internal512 MB ROM, 256MB RAM,16 GB internal storage,expandable upto 32GB
Weight137 gms
135 gms
  • Accelerometer
  • Digital Compass
  • Gyro Axis
  • Proximity Sensor
  • App Store via iTunes
  • Noice cancelation Mic
  • MicroSIM only
  • Scrach resistant front / back glass
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Video/photo editor
  • Anodized aluminum casing
  • Document viewer
  • Dolby Digital Plus


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  1. RVM

    U forgot to list N8’s HDMI output.

  2. Sakis

    u also forgott that the n8 has usb-on-the-go(UTG)

  3. thexboy82

    Iphone… the worst phone ever..

  4. Muhammad Bilal

    You have missed a lots of N8’s new features like USB on the Go, HDMI, new 3D hardware for gaming with with HD technology, which is much better then Iphone 4.
    Prove :
    and for your correction.. N8’s memory is up to 48 GB and may be more expendable if Micro-SD comes with more then 32GB. Other features like Accelerometer, Free GPS navigation, Apps via ovi store, Scratch resistant Aluminium Body with Gorilla Glass display, Multi touch, Bluetooth Keyboard, Bluetooth Mouse and a lots of more internel features..
    Iphone is just an Apple Logo, which have made people blind. Dont you see, Nokia have much more features then iphone since it was not even released.

  5. Henryd29

    El NOKIA N8 aplasta por mucho al iphone 4… nada se compara al n8 el q dice q el iphone es mejor es por que no tiene un Nokia n8….! 😉 saludos a la gente q dice q el n8 es mejor

  6. Anonymous

    Nokia N8 is still better than iPhone. You can’t share data through iPhone.

  7. Anonymous

    i love nokia

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