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Nokia N8 vs iPhone 4

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We take a look at two of the biggest devices – the Nokia N8 and the iPhone 4 – to be hitting the UK in the next few weeks. But which is worth your hard earned cash?


Nokia and Apple have two flagship devices, the N8 and the iPhone 4, coming to the UK very soon – both look good, have strong attributes and a shed-load of features.

And while we have very gripes with the iPhone, the Nokia N8 does look like a very promising device and also has some features that the new iPhone 4 is lacking.

The Nokia N8, as an added bonus, is also powered by the long-awaited and massively overdue Symbian^3 operating system, which has the potential to be something of a game-changer for Nokia.

So, if you’re torn on the two devices, take a look at our spec-check before you part with your hard-earned cash.


The Nokia N8’s 360 x 640 pixels 3.5-inch touchscreen is extremely adequate and, as is the case with a lot of Nokia devices, there’s the option to watch videos on your TV via your phone, which is a lovely little touch – and lessens the necessity of having an immaculate screen.

According to reports, the N8’s screen is quite impressive, but we’re not convinced it’ll be better than the new iPhone 4’s screen.

The iPhone 4, which has an impressive 640 x 960 pixel display, is the same size as the Nokia N8’s. However, Apple has included its highly debated Retina Display technology, which is reported to be very impressive.

Overall, it’s difficult to say which is the best but on paper, the iPhone 4, clearly has the edge – both in terms of pixel power and invested technology.

Verdict: iPhone 4


Nokia knows how to do cameras, with even its low-end devices usually sporting a 5-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera.

And, predictably, the Nokia N8 is no exception to this rule and features a massively powerful 12-megapixel camera and Xenon Flash. In short, the Nokia N8 will take some seriously impressive snaps.

The iPhone, whilst sporting a greatly improved camera aspect, only brings 5-megapixels to the table and, while Steve Jobs may tell us its not always all about pixels, we’re hard pressed to see how the iPhone 4’s camera could beat the Nokia N8’s 12-megapixel Carl Zeiss colossus…

Plus, there’s also the fact that the Nokia N8 features the largest sensor ever to be put in a mobile device: 1/1.83.

Verdict: Nokia N8

Operating System

The Nokia N8 is powered by the new Symbian^3 OS and, while it may have ironed out a lot of the niggles, such as constant confirmation requests, it still remains to be seen whether or not it’ll stand tall amongst the Android and, more importantly, iPhone 4s of the world.

We still haven’t seen the N8, or indeed Synbian^3 in action yet, but we’re hoping that The Symbian Foundation has come up with some good – or, it could really spell the end for them.

We’ve had a good walk through the new iOS4 courtesy of Mr Jobs at the iPhone 4’s keynote speech, which took place on June 7.

And, it really does look the business, having multitasking, local notifications, unified email and impressively overhauled UI.

We knew Apple wouldn’t disappoint and iOS4, even to the most hardcore Android fan-boys, is a rather impressive development – even for a company of Apple’s stature and reputation.

Couple this with Apple’s reputation for creating extremely fast and durable devices and you’re on to a winning formula.

Verdict: iPhone 4



The Nokia N8 features an HDMI port and Dolby Digital Plus surround stereo, Xenon Flash, 12 megapixel camera, Ovi Services, 48GB of storage with a micro SD card, 720p video and it comes in multiple colours.

The iPhone however pack in Retina Display technology, applications, glass casing, three-axis gyro sensor, 326ppi display, games, apps folders, 64GB of storage and the impressive, power-saving, Apple A4 Processor, which has more than proved its worth in the iPad.

Verdict: iPhone 4


Nokia has its Ovi Store, which is stocked full of a lot of interesting, useful and innovative services, widgets, games and apps – such as Ovi Maps.

And, depending on the success of the Nokia N8, it is likely to expand dramatically, which is always a good thing – especially, if Nokia want to compete with the Apple on the apps front…

Apple is to apps what Google is to search and, for this reason, no one – no, not even Android – can compete with the iPhone 4 on this front. Sure, you can argue all you like, but you’ll be wrong.

Applications on the iPhone are far superior than those found on both Android, RIM, Windows and Symbian – and this is only going to increase following the release of the iPhone 4.

Verdict: iPhone 4

Price have the Nokia N8 priced – SIM-free – at £399.99, which is, basically, £100 cheaper than the cheapest iPhone 4.

In terms of contracts, we’d speculate that users will be able to pick up the Nokia N8 for free on 18-24 month contracts with a £30 or above monthly fee.

The iPhone, predictably, is insanely expensive and users wishing to pick up the iPhone 4 16GB will have to hand over £499 for the privilege – and if that wasn’t enough, the 32GB one will cost a whopping £599.

Contracts aren’t much better, either, as users will have to pay upwards of £200 for the handset and then their monthly fee over periods of 18 to 24 months. In short, the iPhone is expensive and, predictably, so are its tariffs!

Verdict: Nokia N8

Overall verdict?

The iPhone 4 is victor. But don’t be disheartened Nokia lovers, the Nokia N8 looks like a fantastic device and the Symbian^3 OS, if initial reports are to be believed, at least, is apparently very impressive.

Unfortunately, the Nokia N8 can’t beat the iPhone 4 on quality, applications, OS and general design – but at least it put up a fight, hey?


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