Age-Old Contenders: Apple iPhone 4 VS. Nokia N8


Apple has been into the realm of modern era mobile phone market since 2007 and has brought about nothing short of an “iRevolution” in terms of four top-of-their-time Smartphones, a series of unmatchable Media Player devices, and one pioneer tablet computer. Each gadget has its own saga to relate with success or failure, but we should always remember that Apple took over the lead in market from an age-old manufacturer of mobile phones; the Finish giant, Nokia.

Typical of a sprawling empire as was with Nokia, it had languished far behind its reputation with littleor no activity concerning its field of expertise. The Nokia Empire was crumbling, when an effective young leader arose and laid claim to the throne in a far greater field of electronics than Nokia.


Today, Apple numbers its Apps in hundreds of thousands and its fans in millions with new iPhone reviews, iPad news and iPod touch downloads in a busy bustle around the virtual world, on daily basis. Apple evolved its gadgets to a culmination of friendly end-user functionality. It has recently introduced the new iPad, the iPhone 4 and even a 4th generation new iPod touch sporting dual cameras and greater compatibility. The spick and span iOS 4.1 is already out and running; iPad version 2 is rumored to debut, come April; brilliant new features like iTV and iAd are being introduced; the iFever is definitely viral!


But, there is resistance among the swelling ranks of once-subdued opposition. The Google Android market is matching up at an alarming pace in every aspect against Apple; Microsoft ¬– another veteran – is out in blood with new innovations, introductions and upgrades expanding its area of control.


Even, Nokia is stirring once it has set a few things down their respective drawers. Nokia has successfully managed to retain its low-end and medium product market and aims to build upon this firm base. It will take more than just the iFever to overcome Nokia.


What Apple lacks in true functionality, multimedia and wireless support, third-party privileges, open-sourcing, and thus long run user-compatibility; is available even on the mediocre Nokias. Nokia has once again begun to go high-profile since its debut of the N97. Something clearly was imminent when the N95 came into being and today, Nokia crowns its efforts with multitudes of high-tech mobile phones, the latest being the N8; a baby in looks and qualities!


The battle lines are drawn and Nokia N8 faces-off the Apple iPhone 4. As we go down the list, there could be a few points readers might disagree with, but all information is authentic and there is no fan-boyism involved. The factors are dedicated to the lines that follow:


Mentioning one of the several advantages, the Nokia N8 has over the iPhone 4, is about the price tag. With the price tag of the N8 ranging between 300 to 400 units in Pounds, Dollars and Euros, this goes far cheaper in all-in-one wireless and 16 GB capacity, as compared to the iPhone that climbs to over 400 with above 16 GB plus Wi-Fi. Therefore, the Nokia N8 makes for a cheaper Smartphone with new and cool software and/or hardware dimensions.

Outer Appearance and Design


The iPhone 4 is certainly slimmer, but the uniform dull black and white casing is annoying and “un-cool” For the color variants of Nokia N8, the masses can already decide between deep grey, silver white, pale green, sky blue and light orange. Secondly, you wouldn’t prefer to have other people labeling your iPhone 4, an iPhone 3Gs or maybe even an iPod, it’s not a big consequence, but it is regarded.


The two devices weigh about the same and have similar dimensions with only a margin of difference in thickness. The N8 is thicker at 12.9 mm than the iPhone 4 (9.3 mm), which necessitates the housing of its big 12MP shooter sensor and Xenon flash.



The Nokia N8 has a built-in 16GB storage capacity. It also has a room for an extendable 32 GB on removable memory cards. If 48GB of storage is still small, you are allowed a unique USB on-the-go feature, where you can utilize USB sticks from external hard drive for up even 250 GB.

Reception and user-compatibility

Nokia rules in user compatibility and ease of use. Very few Smartphones can rival Nokia’s star model handset in open sourcing; free apps; sync, wireless and multimedia support. In addition, there isn’t a whiff of reception issues on this handset, making it on the whole, a highly functional factory in the pocket. Android and Symbian OS 3 have the substance.


Yet, the iPhone has (the naked truth) the best custom user-interface; it is easy and smooth in utilization. The other negative side of the N8 story is that, its Ovi app store and app quality is way too patchy, as compared to Android and Apple iDevice apps. Although, some might argue that the S^3 apps are useless, yet its main marvelous feature is the freebies and swift connectivity.

The professional editing and utility apps give boast to Apple industry. Nothing out there is even remotely comparable to a few of the iPhone and iPad apps.



The iPhone 4’s 5 megapixel camera is bravely on tie with the N8’s. The latter’s 12 megapixel whopper not only caters a wide variety of options, but also contains better flash characteristics. Yet, dedicated app support is ugly unlike the iPhone and the side bar options do not do the 12 mps justice. The camera in this phone is better innovated than the other Nokias by using 30% less Battery power.


To sport the largest camera sensor in the field of phone cameras is no small deal either. The relation of size dimensions with this advanced feature gives the N8 a strong backup against several other competitors.

Wireless and connectivity

Plug and play is legendary on Nokia platforms and instant tether or sync is a breeze on the N8. Better carrier and Wi-Fi reception again towers the N8 above the iPhone 4. Moreover, sync is two ways and simple. Apple iPhone however is confined and requires default library support.

Finally, switching and carrier support on the N8 is totally unlike the iPhone 4, which is generally dedicated to a specific carrier, yet with the N8, you can keep the handset and switch carriers. This along with international App and services availability makes the N8 way more popular and useful globally than Apple’s lead Smartphone.

Of course, an iPhone could be jailbroken, yet when so happens, the opportunities are still limited to an extent.


Video call on the iPhone 4 relies in Wi-Fi which is only conductive through a few Apps and only iPhone to iPhone. Another specification of the N8 is HDMI TV output that enables 720 p crisp and clear video Playback on HD TV with quality sound.


The iPhone also has stronger casing and greater resolution than the N8. In comparison, the N8’s display doesn’t fare so well as the iPhone’s in some situations. The AMOLED touch-screen, however, is more quality stuff than the iPhone’s Retina technology. But iPhone 4’s more sensitive touch-screen makes up for it even when lacking haptic feedback comparatively delivered by N8.

The Finish handset also contains an FM transmitter providing radio streaming that is out of the iPhone’s capabilities.

The iPhone’s Safari web browser is smoother and far easier to employ than Nokia’s default browser. Yet, lack of Flash on the iPhone coupled with availability of Flash Light on the N8 once again sets Nokia a few paces ahead of the iPhone.

The iPhone also enlists the speeds of more powerful high speed 1 GHz processors and vaster RAMs than N8’s 680 MHz processor.


Overall, the iPhone 4 may be a beauty and thrill, but let’s not forget that the Finish powerhouse Smartphone, N8, is in many cases too good for Apple’s Smartphone.


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One Response to “Age-Old Contenders: Apple iPhone 4 VS. Nokia N8”

  1. Cheers…

    great post today….

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