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Difference Between Nokia N8 and HTC Desire HD

Nokia N8 vs HTC Desire HD

There are a lot of similarities between the Nokia N8 and the HTC Desire HD; for starters, they are both smartphones. But there are also a lot of differences that may or may not suit the preference of each user. The most major difference between the two is their operating system. The N8 uses the Symbian operating that Nokia has been using with their phones since time immemorial. On the other hand, the Desire HD uses the much newer Android operating system from Google. There are many differences between Android and Symbian that discriminate the two phones from each other further.

As the screen has become the main interface for both input and output of both devices, their differences are quite significant. The screen of the N8 is smaller at 3.5 inches compared to the 4.3 inch screen of the Desire HD. It also has a lower resolution, appropriate for maintaining a certain range of pixels per inch. The main good point of the N8’s screen is not the screen itself but the glass that sits on top of it. Gorilla glass is used as it is literally impervious to scratches and has very high tolerance against strong impact.

The processor on the N8 is a much weaker ARM processor than the 1Ghz SnapDragon installed in the Desire HD. The difference in power is mitigated by Symbian’s high efficiency. For storage, the N8 has a lot more since it has 16GB of memory built-in and a microSD card slot for additional memory. On the other hand, the Desire HD banks more on the memory card slot as it only has 1.5GB of memory. This should be enough to hold programs, photos, and some files, but you would need to purchase a memory card sooner or later.

The biggest selling point for the Nokia is its very advanced camera. The 8 megapixel camera of the Desire HD is absolutely no match to the 12 megapixel camera of the N8. It also helps that the N8 has Carl Zeiss optics and autofocus in the camera module; resulting in digital camera level photos.


  1. The N8 runs Symbian while the Desire HD runs Android
  2. The N8 has a smaller screen than the Desire HD
  3. The N8 screen has a lower resolution than the Desire HD
  4. The N8 is equipped with gorilla glass while the Desire HD
  5. The N8 has a weaker processor than the Desire HD
  6. The N8 has a lot more internal memory than the Desire HD
  7. The N8 camera is much better than that on the Desire HD

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