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Memory & Camera – Nokia N900 vs. Apple iPhone 3Gs

1 October 2009Entry by

Nokia N900 vs iPhone 3GsAfter a little break from this competition we bring it back. We have already reviewed the Networking & Data and Display & Sound aspects. Today, Memory & Camera aspect. It would end up surprisingly well for one phone. Let´s start!

  • Both phones come with an incredible Internal storage memory. The iPhone 3Gs in two different version 16gb and 32 gb plus a 256 mb of RAM memory but the Nokia N900 only version comes with 32 gb (the same as the best of the iPhone 3Gs) plus a 256 mb of RAM memory.
  • The big difference on the memory is the expansion. While the Nokia comes with a card slot for a microSD and supports up to 16 gb taking the memory amount up to 48 gb, the lack of memory expansion on the iPhone 3Gs it doesn’t look well.
  • Then we have the Primary Camera. Not surprisingly at all, we find that the Nokia N900 has a 5MP camera (2592 x 1944 pixels) with a Carl Zeiss optic, autofocus, Dual Led Flash and video light. While the iPhone 3Gs has a 3.15 MP camera (2048 x 1536 pixels) and autofocus. Not too bad for the iPhone 3Gs but for a high gamma phone isn´t enough (comparing it with his directs competitors).
  • Some camera features are geo-tagging due to both phones having GPS. But the iPhone 3Gs also has Touch focus.
  • The video on the Nokia N900 are amazing, WVGA (848 x 480) with 25 fps (this is the quantity of photos that the phone takes per second to fullfil the video. It has direct influence on the sizes of the video, more information click here) as expected due to his camera. And on the iPhone 3Gs (a new feature included in this iPhone beyond the unofficial on the other iPhones), VGA (640 x 480 pixels) with 30 fps and video geo-tagging (nothing that on the Nokia N900 some could develop an app for this).
  • Last but not less important the Second camera which is used to make video calls thanks to the 3G network. With the Nokia N900 we would be able to do this, thanks to a VGA camera (enough and the topest required to make a video call). But on the iPhone 3Gs you have to keep on using regular calls.

I think if the photos and video are important to you, it’s clear which one you should choose. In my opinion it’s a shame that Apple didn’t work on this aspect of their new phone and I don’t really understand it. While their competitors put on their phones cameras of 5MP (Nokia), 8MP (Nokia, LG, Samsung) and even a 12MP (Sony ericsson), Apple came up with a 3.15 MP camera. Why?


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