iPhone 4 vs. Nokia N8 : Definitive Specs Comparison Table, Introduction Videos

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TechPinas' Definitive Comparison Table between iPhone 4 and Nokia N8 --


iPhone 4

Nokia N8


iphone 4 vs nokia n8

iphone 4 vs nokia n8

Price without contract
(or with prepaid kit)

Php 37,499 for the 16GB Black version
Php 43,699 for the 32GB Black version

Php 23,699


115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm
137 g

113.5 x 59.1 x 12.9 mm
135 g


3.5 inches, 640 x 960 pixels capacitive touchscreen
"Retina Display"
- Scratch-resistant surface
- Multi-touch input method
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Three-axis gyro sensor
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off

3.5 inches, 360 x 640 pixels capacitive touchscreen
- Multi-touch input method
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Scratch resistant Gorilla glass display

Operating System


Symbian^3 OS


1 GHz Apple A4 processor

ARM 11 680 MHz processor, 3D Graphics HW accelerator

Internal storage

16/32 GB storage, 512 MB RAM

16 GB storage, 256MB RAM, 512 MB ROM


Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n,
UPnP technology


Yes, HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

Yes, HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2.0 Mbps



Yes, supports up to 32GB


5 MegaPixels, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
- Touch focus, geo-tagging
Video capture: 720p@30fps, LED video light, geo-tagging
Secondary camera for videocalling over Wi-Fi only

12 MegaPixels, 4000x3000 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics,
Autofocus, Xenon flash
- 1/1.83'' Sensor Size, ND filter, Geo-tagging, Face Detection
Video Capture: 720p@25fps
Secondary VGA videocall camera

Bluetooth 2.0,

Yes to all

Yes to all

Stereo FM Radio



Games and Apps

Yes, via App Store

Yes, via Ovi Store




Flash support


Yes, Flash Lite v4.0

Image and Video Editor




Yes, 3.5 mm headset jack

Yes, 3.5 mm audio jack

Messaging System

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

microSIM card requirement


No, uses standard SIM

Battery life

Stand-by time of up to 300 hours on 2G, (?) for 3G
Talk time of up to up to 14 hours on 2G and up to 7 hours on 3G

Stand-by time of up to 390 hours on 2G and up to 400 hours on 3G
Talk time of up to 12 hours and 30 minutes on 2G and up to 5 hours and 30 minutes on 3G

Availability in Philippines

Out now
Exclusively via Globe Telecom

Out now
both Contract-free retail
and via Smart Communications

TP Thoughts:

Whenever people ask me, "TP, what's the best smartphone out there right now?" I always tell them that there's not one 'BEST' smartphone. It all depends on what the user intends to use the smartphone for (on top of the usual phone features) and on the user's personal preference in terms of design, among other aspects of a handset.

I say almost same thing whenever I get, 'Nokia N8 vs. iPhone 4, which one is better?" Although these two phones share the title of being the flagship release of the respective companies that created them, I believe that they have strengths unique from each other and as such, they cater to different sets of smartphone users.

Just from looking at the specs sheet, I'm inclined to think that users who want their smartphones to have really powerful imaging and video capture capabilities would prefer the Nokia N8 over the iPhone 4. I believe Nokia N8's 1/1.83" sensor size alone would guarantee that this handset is cut above every other smartphone in this multimedia department. Of course, with Nokia N8, users also get Xenon flash, which comes in really handy when taking photos in low light conditions.

iPhone 4 also has its own strengths. Flaunting a slimmer profile and arguably sleeker design identity compared to Nokia N8, iPhone 4 would attract those who want their phones really slim. (FYI: iPhone 4 is slimmer than Nokia N8 by only 3.6 millimeters). Also, admittedly, iPhone 4 has an edge over Nokia N8 when it comes to sheer number of supported applications. At least right now, App Store has more downloadable apps than Ovi Store, which means that apps-wise, you can do more with the iPhone 4. It should be noted however that Nokia is already becoming more aggressive in attracting developers to create more applications for its various platforms -- so maybe, in a year or two, Ovi Store would be in a better position to compete with App Store.

Official Introduction Videos:

1 comment:

  1. I'm also having this dilemma but I opted to buy Iphone 4 32GB instead. So far there are no bugs I experienced unlike with previous Nokia models I have, there are plenty bugs to name them.


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