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Comparison - Nokia 808 Pureview vs Samsung Galaxy Note

August 11, 2012
by Jonathan Cheah

11 August 2012 – The Nokia 808 PureView was announced in February 2012, and the Samsung Galaxy Note was announced in September 2011.

The 808 Pureview is Symbian-powered while the Samsung Galaxy Note is an Android phone, initially with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, but now shipping with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

The Galaxy Note is one of Samsung’s best-selling products, and a lot of people want it simply for its large high definition screen.

The Nokia 808 PureView is a highly anticipated product, mainly because of its 41-megapixel camera. Yep, it takes a while to sink in but a lot of people are already talking about the phone camera that can do better than a professional camera.

The Nokia 808 Pureview has the much-awaited 41-megapixels super camera, probably the main reason why you are reading about it.

It is rare to find the 808 Pureview as the lighter of two devices, but in this case it is lighter (169 vs 178g) than its competitor and only shows 360 x 640 pixels on a 4-inch screen. That is only about 230,000 pixels, not nearly enough to properly display the 41-megapixels that the camera is supposed to produce. You will have to transfer whatever picture or video is taken to a HD TV or monitor before the full resolution can be realised.

Its secondary camera is a paltry 0.3-megapixel VGA one. As we mentioned before, it was rather like having stone-age technology on a modern appliance.

The Samsung Galaxy Note has a 5.3-inch screen with 800 x 1280 pixels. It registers 285 ppi Super AMOLED against the 184 ppi AMOLED of the rival device.

It has a much larger 2500 mAh battery which claims more than double the talk time and standby time of its rival with a 1400 mAh battery. It boasts a dual-core 1.4 GHz + 1024 MB RAM setup, which will be technically faster than the Nokia’s single-core 1.3 GHz + 512 MB RAM specifications.

The Note comes in 16 or 32 GB variants, while the Nokia Pureview 808 comes in a 16GB version.

The Samsung Galaxy Note retails for S$948, while the Nokia 808 Pureview is at S$839.  The market price for  Galaxy Note now is at about S$769 while 808 PureView is at S$702.  The difference is about 10% more for the Galaxy Note. The Nokia trumps in the camera capability department, but the Note has it beat in almost every other aspect – power consumption, processor speed, more memory and more storage. It looks like the larger screen is not the ony reason why the Samsung Galaxy Note is selling so well.

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Nokia 808 Pureview

3.5G HSDPA 14.4 Mbps + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n + NFC + 4-inch Touchscreen slate + 41MP camera + 32GB Internal Storage + Symbian Belle

The Nokia 808 PureView has a 4-inch display with 360 x 640 resolution pixels, a 1.3GHz solo-core processor, a 512MB of RAM and a 16GB internal storage. Also, there is a microSD card slot that accepts cards up to 32GB. The phone will be running the Symbian Belle OS instead of Windows Phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note (RM 1999 - 2085)

3.5G HSDPA + HSUPA + LTE (region specific) + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Touchscreen Candybar, 8.0 MP Camera, 16/32 GB Memory, Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)

The Samsung Galaxy Note is the first phone-tablet hybrid that has a whopping 5.3-inch display with a WXGA resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels and Gorilla Glass protection. It is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It is running on Android 2.3.5 with TouchWiz UI 4.0. More importantly, the Galaxy Note comes with a stylus with Samsung’s S-Pen input.

Camera-wise, it has an 8-megapixel main shooter with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front facing camera for video chats.

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♠ JC


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