This article talks about Nokia’s latest handsets – the Nokiaovation Xpress, Vodafone’s own offering and vivo S1 pro smartphone. We look at the hardware, performance & software features and Nokia’s unique selling proposition in the high end smartphone segment. Our comparison page concludes with our conclusion on the value for money. Don’t forget to check out the site stats to see comparative data across all carriers.
Hardware: The Nokiaovation Xpress sports a 5.5 inch capacitive touchscreen with a secondary display but the visual display is much smaller. There is no optical port and it’s designed as a single device so you won’t be able to connect via Bluetooth or MMS. Rather, there is a dock connector port at the bottom which allows you to charge the phone via micro USB. It also has a USB port plus an earpiece port (which is the one that the snapdragon 665 uses for phone calls). The handset also comes with a front facing camera as well as a video recorder. Nokiaovation has packaged this handset with the excellent snapdragon 665 dual core processor so it should offer decent power under pressure.
Camera: The Nokiaovation Xpress camera offers many of the great features that come built in the standard Nokia models like the camera flash, super image detect and panorama control, although it lacks optical zoom. The camera hardware is nothing special and doesn’t really impress us too much. It does capture good images though. The real star of the show however is the vivo s1 pro’s quicksilver rapid fire camera which takes a speed shot in just one second. It’s a great feature and one that we would like to see more of in a smartphone.
Battery life: The battery life of the Nokiaovation Xpress isn’t anything special, but then again it isn’t bad either. It lasts a little over two hours vivo s1 pro on average. With this kind of performance it’s probably because of the larger battery, but we’re not sure. We will say that the standby time is fast, which could mean that you can get up and running with no problems at all. You can also view high resolution images and videos easily even with a low power consumption handset like the vivo s1 pro.
Video: Nokiaovation has developed a unique diamond shaped camera lens which enables the pro to record HD video. The resulting images are surprisingly good. We guess that the real star of the show though is the vivo s1 pro’s solid design. At only 1.3lbs the Pro is light and this helps make it comfortable to use.
Overall the phone’s design and build quality are above our expectations, but we must give credit where it’s due – the vivo s1 pro really does stand out from the crowd. It’s tough, sleek, thin and just great looking. If we had to pick one weakness it would have to be the lack of memory expansion. The 128GB internal storage isn’t much more than the iPhone’s and even the slightly larger Windows Mobile devices ( Adreno 2X Plus and Nokia Drive) have less.