Can the N97 beat the iPhone? The N95 already has! yeah, sure…
There’s a certain segment of people out there who are jealous of the iPhone’s success so they are always looking for something better. Today’s something better is either the Nokia N95 or N97 depending on who you’re listening to. Well, if you listen to Robert Scoble it is the N97, if you listen to Paul Bradshaw it is the N95. And, to prove their points they have lists.
Nokia is better because it has a 5 Megapixel camera, the iPhone’s camera is only 2 Megapixels. Wow, five is 2.5 times bigger than two si that’s a clear win right? In Scobles case the N97 is all about FaceBook so let’s think a bit about the image size. How big do want your images on FaceBook? A five megapixel camera generates a 35.8” wide picture at 72 DPI (what a lot of monitors use). A two megapixel camera generates a 22.2” wide picture at 72 DPI. Both are a bit overkill for posting photos to Facebook. Sure, more pixels are better especially when it comes to printing but for posting to the web 2 megapixels is plenty.
Another complaint is that if you use the iPhone you can only use Safari, with the Nokia you can actually use any compatible browser. This is a great point if Safari isn’t satisfactory. Most people seem to think it is.
The rest of the points are the standard stuff, removable battery and so forth.
No amount of spec sheet madness is going to unseat the iPhone. People don’t buy the iPhone because of the spec sheet they buy iPhones because they expect them to work. The iPhone capitalizes on Apple’s reputation as a company that makes tech easy to use. Nokia doesn’t have that reputation. So when you’re going from a RAZR to a smartphone you’re going to want something with a low learning curve that still does a bunch of stuff. The safe choice is the iPhone and the walled garden of applications that is the App Store isn’t seen as a negative by consumers it is seen as a guarantee that the apps will work.
I have the N95 now. It’s about a year old. I plan on giving it to the wife next year when I upgrade to an iPhone.
I tested them head to head. The Nokia has a much better camera and video image quality. The reception is also marginally better.
The iPhone is a much better iPod or MP3 player and best of all it is completely Mac friendly. The N95 apps on a Mac… well they just plain suck.
So if the video camera is important to you, the Nokia might be the better choice. If you want lots of software, Mac compatibility, sync through Mobile Me, and an awesome entertainment system, go for the iPod.
Actually, Nokia DOES have a reputation for making devices that are easy to use: before S60 that was the company’s major advantage in the market. S60 is a brilliant OS and one that I used for years before I got an iPhone. In fact, I still carry a Nokia 6120c around when the iPhone is just too big or valuable to take out (nightclub, for instance) and it still performs well.
Just because we all like the Apple product doesn’t mean that these other devices have no value. If we should be grateful for anything, it’s that the iPhone has forced the market into a new era of innovation and value.
Mega Pixel doesn’t matter all so much for a small pictures but other things do. Mega pixel aside the sensor in the nokias are far better then whats in the I-phone