What do you choose: Nokia N8 or Samsung Galaxy S

  • 23/12/2010 AT 18:01 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Featured, Gadgets, Mobile Phones, Platforms

Nokia N8 vs Samsung Galaxy SIn a crazy world where more and more people tend to fall in love for gadgets a question rise above all: What do you choose? An old company like Nokia that is known for the quality of their products or a tech one like Samsung which is known for having some of the coolest specifications and apps for their mobile phones.

The Samsung Galaxy S is one of the latest smartphones that is based on the very powerful Android operating system and it provides very similar features to the iPhone, but at a much more affordable price.

On the other side-Nokia, the Finnish mobile phone manufacturers, have, for a long time been at the very top of the mobile phone industry, creating massively popular phones the world over. However, in the last few years the dawn of the smartphone has seen companies such as Apple, with their iPhone, HTC, with the impressive Desire, and Samsung’s Galaxy S, have been allowed to get ahead of Nokia in terms of this new market. Previous attempts at manufacturing a good mobile phone have, so far, been unsuccessful but this year they released a new model that was hopefully going to change all of that. In October this year the Nokia N8 was released with much publicity.

Galaxy S has a four inch touchscreen which makes use of Super AMOLED technology and provides outstanding resolution and image quality and is a noticeable improvement on standard AMOLED screens found on many phones. The resolution is 480 by 800 pixels and although that is a little less than is found the iPhone it is compensated by the brightness and clarity of the Super AMOLED display, which is also anti-reflective so you can use it in bright sunshine.

Nokia N8 has a 3.5-inches size display and is an OLED capacitive based one with 640 x 360 pixels resolution. Along 16M colors the screen have orientation sensor, compass, proximity sensor and ambient light detector.

There is also no compromise when it comes to connectivity of the Samsung Galaxy S. It uses HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) which provides staggeringly fast 3G connectivity speeds. There is also Wi-Fi which, in addition to providing the ability to connect to Wi-Fi networks, provides 3G connectivity to all of your other Wi-Fi enabled hardware such as your laptop. Naturally the phone also has fully featured Bluetooth and GPS. The combination of Android and the internal 1GHz snapdragon processor means that it is very fast and responsive.

The micro SD card feature means that you can pack in up to 48 GB of memory including the 16 GB of internal memory so there is no shortage of space for your photo albums and video. The built in camera has a 5 Megapixel sensor and although it is not the best phone camera in the world it is quite adequate for most situations.

Now Nokia N8 have an operating system new but, all in all, is not that different from the one that the previous Nokia smartphone the S60 had. The Symbian 3 is more closely related, at least in terms of appearances, to other smartphone operating systems. It boasts three home screens and each of them can handle up to 24 widgets and shortcuts, so you can do a lot with the phone in terms of its interface. As for the internals, pretty impressive for Nokia: 12 megapixel camera with autofocus, digital zooming and xenon flash(HD video recording 16:9 and 720p resolution), Wi-Fi, GPS and an ARM 11 680 MHz with 3D Graphics HW accelerator that supports multitasking.

In the past, Nokia have had a lot of problems with one aspect of their smartphones in particular and that area is their browser. Many people who owned old Nokia smart phones were so disappointed with the browser that they often downloaded third party browsers. Nokia have improved their own browser sufficiently though and it is now more user friendly and runs at a higher speed. The browser now also supports multi-touch features such as zooming and pinching keeping up with the trends that other smartphones have set with their browsers.

Samsung phone comes with a large number of apps already pre-loaded and many more that can be downloaded from the Android Market. You can create up to seven home screens and the live updates feature means that you will never be out of touch with your social network.

Physically the phone appears quite similar to the iPhone but it is much lighter. It has a black case with a grey trim and there are three physical buttons including one that takes you to your home screen.

Taken overall, the Samsung Galaxy S has much to offer the smart phone user who is looking for something special at an affordable price.

Another thing that has impressed users on the Nokia N8 phone is the QWERTY keyboard on the screen, which is extremely responsive meaning that if you are a fast typist the phone will keep up with you, something that other smartphones fail to do. The keyboard does perform better when in landscape than in portrait, so just be aware of that.


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