Nokia N8 vs. Motorola Droid X – Review

by Jerry D on October 1, 2010

The Motorola Droid X has an enviable fighting record and the Nokia N8 needs to outclass it to be taken seriously by smartphone users. Has Nokia’s super-phone got enough under the hood to beat the mighty Droid? Let’s get this big phone fight started…

nokia n8 vs droid x Nokia N8 vs. Motorola Droid X – Review


The connectivity options on the N8 include 3G/HSDPA (10.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. As for the Droid X, Motorola has specified CDMA 800/1900, EVDO rev. A, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi as standard. (1-1)

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Size & Weight:

Run the numbers on these two phones and the N8 and the Droid X are 113.5 x 59.12 x 12.9mm and 127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9mm respectively. Overall the Droid X is the slimmer phone. But the Droid X carries more weight than the N8. Compare the two and Motorola’s phone is 155g and Nokia’s’ handset is 135g. (2-1)



Nokia has opted for a 12.0 Megapixel camera in its phone, which boasts Carl Zeiss optics, a Xenon flash, autofocus, face/smile detection, plus 720p HD video capture and editing. It supports a max resolution of 4290 x 2800 pixels. For video calls, there’s also a front-facing camera.

Despite autofocus, dual LED flash, a mechanical shutter (1/1000 speed), image stablization, 16:9 image capture plus 720p HD video recording, the Droid X’s 8.0 Megapixel camera drops points here. Nokia has made certain that its camera package will comprehensively beat any smartphone out there. (3-1)

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 (Motorola Droid X)
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


Display size is key and the N8 features a 3.5-inch (360 x 640) touch-sensitive AMOLED screen. The resulting pixel density of this handset is 209.714 pixels per inch.

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Droid X’s touch-sensitive LCD display is roomier at 4.3 inches. Its 480 x 854 pixel resolution beats the display on the N8 into second place. Compared to its rival, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is 227.907. (3-2)



As far as performance is concerned, the Droid X uses a OMAP processor, rated at 1GHz. The N8′s core is a 680MHz ARM 11 chip. Nokia’s phone uses the new Symbian ^3 OS, while Motorola launched the Droid X with Android 2.1 (Eclair – upgradeable to Froyo 2.2). You’ll also find MotoBlur in there too if you look. (3-4)

Downloadable apps


The Droid X matches the Nokia phone byte for byte – both pack 16GB of internal storage. The N8 also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 48GB. The Droid X’s overall capacity can be increased to 40GB via its microSD memory card slot. (4-4)

Battery life:

Fully juiced, Nokia says that its N8 can deliver 12.0 hours of talktime, while the Droid X is rated at 8.0 hours. Meanwhile, standby time is quoted as 390 hours and 220 hours respectively Zero points for the Droid X in this round and the N8 regains the lead. (5-4)



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 X features GPS/A-GPS, 3-microphone multi-directional audio, HDMI microconnector for HD video out,and an LED spotlight. (5-4)

The Nokia N8 wins!

Nokia N8 Nokia N8 vs. Motorola Droid X – ReviewA disaster for Motorola as the N8 scores enough points to make it the winner of this fight (5-4). As you can see, the margin is still tight. The N8 outclassed the Droid X in terms of camera specification, battery life and size/weight. Of course, the Droid’s big selling point is its 4.3-inch display. The Android vs Symbian ^3 battle also needs to play out. That’s when we’ll know the true worth of this Nokia phone.

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