Let’s start off without wasting much time. If you haven’t read our review on the Note, catch it here. And as we had stated, the Galaxy Note is probably Samsung’s flagship device at the moment, keeping aside the SIII. It is the very device that helped kept up their momentum, during that break after the release of the SII.
I've heard enough though. “Oh, no its too big.”, “Really big, who needs one?” or even “East or West Apple is the best” are just some the few quotes I can put forward at the moment. People really do have different opinions when it comes to the Note. But whatever it is, the Note HAS caught on well, and with a huge fanbase here in my country, it wasn’t hard to find one for sometime either.
Technically speaking, the Note sports a 3264x2448 pixel, 8 megapixel ‘Auto Focus’ camera with Action, Beauty, Panorama and Smile shot. Also on the list are smile, face detection and geo-tagging. But it is the same stuff found on found the SII and SIII, but we wanted to find out if the monster 5.3 inch screen made any difference.
By first looks, it seems like the Note camera functions may be easy to control, but dig deeper and you can alter loads of settings to achieve the perfect shot. But for our test we only used the ‘Auto Focus’ feature. Every other setting was chucked into ‘Auto’ mode, including the Flash, before we took our pictures.
Here are three pictures under normal conditions:
So, what did you make of it? Please do tell us below, in the comments section. Also note that we have a small video prepared for you. It is a one minute clipping of some football match on an ‘HP’ laptop. Make sure you go full screen and in HD720p (max. 1080p but we kept the comparison fair) on this one to know the most of it. Enjoy…
The C6-01 may not be Nokia's flagship device, because that tag probably belongs to the N8 and the 808 PureView for now. But what we know is that, it runs on ‘Nokia Belle’ which is the latest re-incarnation of the old Symbian. Nevertheless, it comes at a price, just below the C7 (Half of the Note). People also tend to appreciate the design on this particular device, even though we thought it looked similar to a 5800 Xpress Music. Also at 131g not far away from the Note that weighs 178g.
We haven’t done a full review on this one yet. But from the looks of it we should have a pretty good fight between the two fully-grown boys.
Again, going in-depth we see that the C6-01 has an 8 megapixel camera with 3264x2448 pixels, a ‘Fixed Focus’ lens and ‘dual-LED’ flash. Additionally, it also identifies faces, tags your location and stabilises your 720p video, but the phone sports a much smaller 3.2 inch AMOLED ‘Clear Black Display’ screen.
A good option for your next camera-phone then? Nope, we don’t think so, because our Nokia, as we mentioned above, comes with ‘Fixed Focus’ lens. The upside is that many will be comfortable with the device for capturing long-distant shots without loss in image quality, however close-up shots would look disastrous.
But have the guys at Nokia, addressed the issue with clever camera software? Lets see. By the way, we forgot to mention. The C6-01 was set in ‘Auto’ mode to let the software handle the colours, compression and stuff like that. The flash was set similarly as well (Just like the Note).
Here are the sample shots.
Also note that we have a small video prepared for you just like the above one. It is a one minute clipping of some football match on an ‘HP’ laptop. Make sure you go full screen and in HD720p on this one to know the most of it. Enjoy…
Here is the best shot of "two old phones" using the C6-01:
The same using Nokia C6-01:
Notice the change in colour and rendering? Remember, the conditions are the same, and we left the phone to do all the processing work.
Unfortunately, we could not get 'wallpaper shots' using the Note. That was to test out the clarity of close up shots, but we can tell you that it does a good job with those, because of that ‘Auto Focus’. However, that’s not the case with the C6-01, just check these pictures to believe.
Conclusion: This article shows you that, not all camera sensors with same ratings produce the same shots. And 'NO' we are not implying that the Nokia does a bad job. It can capture some stunning long-distant shots, without loss in quality, but yeah, it falls behind the Note when it comes to close-up shots and low-light shots. So if you are looking for a new phone with best-in-class features, go for the Galaxy Note. Look out for more head-to-head comparisons.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note