The Nokia 808 PureView vs. The Motorola DROID Maxx Is a 41MP Camera Worth a Few Sacrifices?

The best mobile phones certainly come at a price nowadays. With even mid-range phones costing a couple of hundred pounds, you’re looking at paying around five hundred pounds for a top end new release. The problem is that many of us these days are reliant on having a good mobile. Many jobs require the constant contact of a mobile number, and many people are ditching the added expense of an unnecessary home land line phone. That means that not only do you need to consider your financial investment carefully, but you also need to be assured that you’re getting a good, reliable device. But with so much technical lingo and so many big numbers being thrown around, it can be tough for the average shopper to know exactly what they’re getting in a new mobile. Comparing phones is all very well, but you’ll need to know what those screen resolution stats mean, and what kind of spec limits you’re looking for. But that’s where we come in to make the process a little easier. We’ve taken a closer look at some of the big new phones on the market, and compared their features in head to head tests to see which phone comes out on top and therefore represents better value for money. Want to know which phone wins today’s competition? Then keep reading for all the info you need…
The Contenders…
We’ve got a couple of great phones in the line-up today. The first is a new model from Motorola, the DROID Maxx. Motorola might have been one of the original innovators of mobile technology, but since the Razer series they haven’t exactly done much to be proud of. But a new Google partnership might be set to change all that. The DROID Maxx is a decently priced and high featured model, and it’s pretty good looking too. But is Motorola really still a competitor in the modern mobile market? Nokia are another huge mobile brand name. But the Windows Lumia series aside, they haven’t done much else recently. However, the new 808 PureView has one of the best mobile cameras on the market. But have they sacrificed too many phone features to keep the price on this great camera phone low?
How Much?
Bought outright, the Nokia 808 PureView will cost you around five hundred pounds. The Motorola DROID Maxx is a little cheaper at around four hundred and fifty pounds. If you want to get a contract phone with a mobile operator, then currently none of the UK’s major operators are offering either of these devices on contract.
Why the Motorola DROID Maxx is the Phone for You…
The Motorola DROID Maxx might be a tad cheaper, but it’s got some huge advantages over the Nokia 808 PureView. Firstly, it does run the faster processor. It’s 1700 MHz processor, as compared to the 1300 MHz model on the Nokia, make it faster, more powerful and more responsive to user input as well. It has a big five inch screen versus the four inch screen on the PureView, meaning not only do you get a better viewing experience, but also that typing on the pop up on screen keyboard is far easier and more comfortable. The screen is a Super AMOLED display, rather than the regular AMOLED of the Nokia, so you get better colour reproduction. You also have four times higher screen resolution and sixty per cent more PPI (pixels per inch), so the display is brighter, clearer and far better defined. The Motorola is a 4G capable device, giving you faster mobile internet speeds for quicker downloading and web page opening, smoother video streaming and high end online gaming. Though you will need a dedicated 4G data plan from your operator to use this function. Internal storage determines the amount of music, photos, games and other data you can store on your phone, and in this case the Motorola has a big 32 GB internal memory whilst the Nokia has only a 16 GB memory capacity. And the battery life on the DROID is simply incredible. It gets around ten per cent more standby time per battery charge cycle, at twenty five days versus twenty two and a half days on the PureView. But it gets an amazing forty eight hours of talk time, as compared to just six and a half hours of active use for the Nokia. So you’re going to be charging your phone a lot less often with the DROID. Having Bluetooth 4.0 rather than the older 3.0 version seen on the Nokia will mean that you get faster data transfer to Bluetooth devices like hands free sets and that your phone will use less battery power when connecting. And finally, despite having a much bigger screen, the Motorola is the smaller device. It’s about twenty per cent generally smaller than the Nokia and around forty per cent thinner, so it’s far more portable and easier to carry around.
Why the Nokia 808 PureView?
There’s really only one reason why you need to consider the Nokia 808 PureView over the Motorola DROID Maxx. The camera on the Nokia is indeed amazing. It’s a huge 41 MP in built device, as opposed to the mere 10 MP on the DROID. That means that you’ll capture a lot more fine detail and therefore take much higher quality pictures. Oh, the Nokia does also have a built in FM radio, whereas the DROID doesn’t, but with so many great radio apps around that’s not really a necessity these days.
The Best Buy…
Clearly, the Motorola DROID Maxx is the better phone. You might want to think about the Nokia 808 PureView if mobile photography is extremely important to you, but for the majority of people, the lack of great phone specs on the PureView are really going to rule it out; you’d be better off just getting a digital camera. The DROID has the faster processor, the bigger and better screen, better battery life and more internal storage. Plus, it’s cheaper, making it a much better bargain.

Phil Turner’s boss wanted to make sure he could get the best mobile phones and the best deals.  With a few minutes searching on uSwitch and similar sites, Phil provided him with the information that he needed.


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