Nokia 808 PureView vs. Apple iPhone 4S
We take a look at two of the most capable photographic smartphones on the market this time around: Apple’s iPhone 5 and Nokia’s 808 PureView
The world looked on agog when Nokia rolled out the 808 PureView at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and for good reason -- the device packs a camera that makes some premium compacts looks underpowered.
So, we thought we’d see how the device stacks up against the current photographer’s fave: the iPhone 4S, because, as we all know, it isn’t just about how many megapixels you’ve got, it’s about how you use them...and how you take care of everything else, too!
Nokia’s 808 PureView is driven by a single-core, 1.3GHz ARM 11 CPU and features a Broadcom BCM2763 GPU.
The device also features 512MB RAM, 1GB ROM and 16GB of on-board storage that can be augmented by micro SD cards up to 32GB in capacity.
Real-world performance is good for the 808 PureView, despite its less than stellar running gear, but don’t expect the same silky smooth transitions and lag-free usage as you get with other devices; this is a Symbian-toting Nokia, after all.
The iPhone 4S is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A9 chip and also features a PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, 512MB RAM and either 16, 32 or 64GB of on-board storage space, but offers no support for removable memory.
Winner – Apple iPhone 4S
Apple’s iPhone 4S is powered by the excellent iOS 5.1 and the software is a pleasure to use right out of the box. Its simplicity is its major strong suit, but you can also factor in a massive app catalogue in Apple’s App Store, an excellent, user-friendly layout, a fantastic software QWERTY keyboard and simple, but effective visuals that lend the platform an air of quality. This gives the device the best overall software experience on the market.
Nokia’s 808 PureView runs on Symbian OS – no, really. While Belle is the best iteration of the platform to date, it still feels miles behind the likes of iOS and Android, but it was a requirement for handling the device’s beastly camera, so you must take it on the chin and move on.
The platform itself is quite easy on the eye. It offers some decent widgets, social network integration, customizable home screens and, all things considered, a pleasing, smooth UI.
There are apps available via the Nokia Store too, though nowhere near as many as you’d find for competitors, but if you aren’t a major downloader you shouldn’t find much cause for complaint.
Winner – Apple iPhone 4S
Form & Build
Apple iPhone 4S - 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm, 140g
Nokia 808 PureView - 123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9mm, 169g
The Apple iPhone 4S is beautiful. Its curved, clean lines give the device a very minimal look and the front and back glass set the overall aesthetics off perfectly, but it does detract from the durability of the device. One drop from waist height onto the sidewalk and there’s a good chance you’ll be looking at a shattered smartphone – so be careful.
The 808 PureView is built by Nokia, which means there’s a good chance you could run the thing over with a tractor and it’ll come up smiling (Disclaimer: We don’t recommend you try this).
The device looks nice too. Its slim, polycarbonate chassis conceals all of the high-tech goods beneath perfectly and when you factor in the 41-megapixel camera that’s no mean feat.
Winner – Nokia 808 PureView