Nokia N8 vs. HTC Droid Incredible – Review

by Jerry D on September 28, 2010

As time has ticked onwards, the HTC Incredible has started to look less than ‘incredible’. Newer, better and more powerful smartphones have arrived to threaten the old guard and the N8 is hoping to make a name for itself. I suspect that the HTC handset is going to get a whipping…

nokia n8 vs incredible Nokia N8 vs. HTC Droid Incredible – Review

Connectivity:

The spec sheet of the newly-minted N8 lists 3G/HSDPA (10.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP as the core connectivity options. HTC’s Droid Incredible, meanwhile, dishes up an ageing spec that includes: CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO/1xEVDO rev. A, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Browse the specs and the N8 is a neat 113.5 x 59.12 x 12.9mm handset. While HTC’s phone is 117.5 x 58.5 x 11.9mm. Overall, the N8 is the smaller phone. But neither phone is what you’d call hefty. The Nokia N8 weighs 135g, while the Droid Incredible is 130g. (1-1)

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Camera:

The N8′s 12.0 MP camera features Carl Zeiss optics, a Xenon flash, autofocus, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, plus 720p HD video capture and editing. There’s also a front-facing camera for video calls.

In this battle, the Droid Incredible comes off worse. Despite autofocus, a dual LED flash, geo-tagging and video capture (plain old VGA), its 8.0 Megapixel camera isn’t up to the standards of the N8. (2-1)

Here’s how the raw technology of the cameras compare*.

1.0MP – 1280 x 960 pixels
2.0MP – 1600 x 1200 pixels
3.1MP – 2048 x 1536 pixels
5.0MP – 2592 x 1944 pixels
8.0MP – 3264 x 2448 pixels (HTC Incredible)
10.0MP – 3872 x 2592 pixels
12.0MP – 4290 x 2800 pixels (Nokia N8)
16.0MP – 4920 x 3264 pixels

*These are typical resolutions. Actual resolutions may vary

Screen/keyboard:

The N8 features a touch-sensitive AMOLED display, 3.5 inches across with a quoted resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. Jamming 230,400 pixels into this screen size gives the N8 a pixel density of 209.714 pixels per inch (PPI).

View the best mobile displays in The ‘pixel density’ league table

Measuring 3.7 inches, Droid Incredible’s touch-sensitive AMOLED screen is bigger and has a better resolution. With 384,000 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is 252.162 pixels per inch. (2-2)

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Performance:

As for overall usability and performance, the Nokia N8 features a ARM 11 chip, ticking along at 680MHz. The Droid Incredible has a 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8650) processor. The N8 runs Symbian ^3, the HTC Droid Incredible uses Android 2.1 (Eclair) with the HTC Sense UI. (2-4)

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Storage:

In terms of storage capacity, the N8 features 16GB of internal storage, while the Droid Incredible features 8GB. Plug a bigger memory card into the N8′s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 48GB. A microSD slot on the Droid Incredible further boosts the overall memory on HTC’s phone to 40GB. The N8 is again making a late fightback… (3-4)

Battery life:

Measuring the staying power of phones is difficult. But Nokia’s spec sheet lists 12.0 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to a lowly 5.2 hours for the HTC Droid Incredible. As for standby time, the phones can last for 390 hours and 146 hours respectively. First place for the N8 in this round. (4-4)

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Extras:

The N8 also includes onboard 3D graphics acceleration, GPS/A-GPS (with free Ovi Maps), digital compass, Web TV, Flash support, FM radio (with RDS) and an HDMI out with Dolby Digital Plus support. The Droid Incredible can’t match the N8′s enviable extras, featuring only GPS/A-GPS, an FM radio tuner and a digital compass. (5-4)

The Nokia N8 wins!

Nokia N8 Nokia N8 vs. HTC Droid Incredible – ReviewNot the spanking that we anticipated, but the N8 emerges as the winner of this fight (5-4). Obviously it has a 12.0 Megapixel camera, which Nokia hopes will prove a real selling point. It also boasts more memory than the HTC handset. Yet it drops points for its lowly CPU and can’t win the software battle against a capable (and much liked) Android OS. The N8 could be a roaring success. Or it could be ignored in favour of Apple’s iPhone 4 and newer Android handsets to come.

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