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Comparison - Nokia 808 Pureview vs Sony Xperia S

August 4, 2012
By Jonathan Cheah

04 August 2012 – The Nokia 808 PureView was announced in February 2012, a month after the Sony Xperia S was announced at CES.

Other than the fact that they are both candybar slates, they are very different devices. The Sony is an Android device, while the Nokia is Symbian-powered.

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 heavier than the Xperia S (169 vs 144g) and only shows 360 x 640 pixels on a 4-inch screen. So before you expect a fantastic screen, that is only about 230,000 pixels, a far cry from 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. Using the Symbian Belle OS was a surprising touch, and shows that Nokia is hedging its bets regarding the OS of its phones.

The Sony Xperia S in addition to being the lighter of the two devices, has better resolution with 720 x 1280 pixels on a 4.3-inch screen.

Performance wise, it would be safe to say that the dual-core 1.5GHz of the Sony, while not a top of the range quad-core, will still do better than the single-core 1.3 GHz of the Nokia. The Sony also has double the RAM (1024 RAM vs 512 RAM+1024 ROM) and twice the storage (32 vs 16 GB).

Its 12-megapixel camera is not too bad, but obviously does not come close to the 41-megapixel of the 808.

The Sony Xperia S is retailing for about RM 1900, while the Nokia 808 Pureview is quoted at USD 699 on Amazon. Rival sites are going a little lower to get a leg up on Amazon. However, for arguments sake let us consider the 808 to be RM 2100 (USD 700 x 3)

We think that the Xperia S is better in every way, except for that 41-megapixel camera. However, one tires of playing with the camera after a while and then what is left is a rather expensive phone with last year’s specifications.

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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.


Sony Xperia S 

3.5G HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen candybar, 12.0 MP camera, 32GB Memory, Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) 

Sony Xperia S was announced at CES 2012 with a 4.3-inch 720p display and some pretty impressive specs - a gap-free laminated Reality Display. The Xperia S features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 12-megapixel Exmor R camera R camera sensor, NFC support, and PlayStation certification.

According to Sony, it’ll come with Android 2.3 and not Ice Cream Sandwich, at least not until second quarter of the year. And the Xperia S comes in black and white – for now.

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♠ JC

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