Nokia 900 (left) and Nokia 808 PureView
Nokia 900 versus Nokia 808 PureView Nokia

Nokia took MWC 2012 by storm when the Finnish giant unveiled the most sophisticated camera smartphone since the Nokia N8, the Nokia 808 PureView. We consider this device a camera with smartphone capabilities, not the other way around. Never have we seen a smartphone with a 41-megapixel sensor. It’s unreal, shocking and awesome all at the same time. Some believes Nokia is showing qualities of the company it once was before the Apple and its iPhone invaded the smartphone market.

Before the 808 PureView, Nokia announced the Lumia 900, the third Windows Phone-based device at CES 2012 in February. The company walked away with top honors for both these devices at the two events, so it is only right that we compare both of these smartphones to see which one comes out on top, and which you should get.

Nokia 808 PureView: It’s a Sexy 41-Megapixel Camera

We are still surprised at what Nokia has done with this phone. Who would have thought we would live to see a smartphone with a 41-megapixel sensor? I’m sure no one did. There’s more to this phone than the camera, however. You might think the high megapixel count is the most important thing, but it isn’t. The most important thing is how the phone takes pictures (yes, it has a 41 megapixel sensor), but it is not able to take pictures with the full 41. The high megapixel count is mainly to eliminate noise so that pictures come out with the best quality available. Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop explains it best:

The 808 can capture seven pixels and turn it into one perfect pixel, pretty much eliminating noise from images. You can take great images in low light, too.

Awesome camera aside, the Nokia PureView 808 rocks a 4-inch capacitive display, 1.4GHz single core processor, 512MB RAM, and Symbian Belle. Having Symbian Belle as the OS of choice in this device is the main thing that will have users thinking twice whether to buy it or not. No one likes Symbian apart from the die-hard Symbian fanboys who are all blind to the fact that Symbian is not good, and will be phased out in favor of Windows Phone OS.

That said, if the OS is not a big deal, then the Nokia 808 PureView is more than worth it.

Nokia Lumia 900: The Best Windows Phone Yet

Lumia and Windows Phone is the future of Nokia, like it or not. A phone that is strutting around with a gorgeous 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack dipsplay, 1.4GHz single core processor, 512MB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front facing camera, Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango,) and 4G LTE. That’s Lumia 900.

Compared to the 808 PureView, the Nokia Lumia 900 camera pales. However, the Lumia 900’s OS is miles better than Symbian Belle, or Nokia Belle (that’s what Nokia is calling it now). Unlike the 808 PureView, the Lumia 900 is future proof, the OS will be around for a long time to come because we are certain Microsoft will do whatever it takes get Windows Phone to run neck and neck with the likes of iOS and Android.

Which to Buy?

Buy the one that suits your needs, but if you’re not sure, let’s try to make that decision for you as simple as possible.

Nokia 808 PureView 808: great camera, dead OS. Nokia Lumia 900: future-proof OS and ecosystem, not that many apps, fair camera. Take your pick.

(Reported by Vamien McKalin, edited by Surojit Chatterjee)

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