After the release of the new Nokia 808 PureView there were many comparisons of this Symbian warship with phones featuring other operating systems. One of the most interesting, however, comparisons may turn to be with the previous flagship of Nokia and Symbian - the Nokia N8.
At a first glance it is obvious that the 808 PureView is a direct successor of the N8 - the design, looks and functionality of the phones and the fact that both are somewhat more exclusively camera phones only adds to this family feeling. The PureView is actually slightly bigger and heavier, having a 4 inch touchscreen, compared with the 3,5 inch of the N8, but with the same resolution of 360 x 640 pixels.
On the other hand the good old N8 (is is more than 1,5 year old already) seems rather weak when we compare pure hardware powers - its CPU and RAM are almost exactly the half of the powers of the PureView. Given that the N8 is capable of running the same Nokia Belle as the 808 PureView, we see that the later is obviously much smoother and quicker in operation.
The big difference between the two phones is the camera and the way that it works. While N8 has a 12.1 MP sensor with Xenon flash, capable of 720p HD video capture, working as a good, but conventional mobile phone camera, while the 808 PureView has a dedicated chip controlling the unbelievable 41 MP camera with Xenon and LED flash, capable of full HD video capture. This feature of the PureView camera offers one specific advantage - since the phone stores images at 8 MP, it is capable of zooming without quality loss up to 4x due to the high resolution sensor, as if it had optical zoom installed.
In conclusion it is obvious that the new Nokia 808 PureView is a much better camera phone, than its predecessor - the Nokia N8. As for other functionality - the phones are similar in operation and capabilities, but the Nokia 808 PureView offers smoother and quicker operation.