The HTC Aria has proved itself to be a great little budget phone with just enough technology to provide some smart performance. The Nokia E5, meanwhile, wants to muscle into the mid-range crowd with a Blackberry-esque design and a decent set of specs. Can the HTC Aria hold its ground? Let’s find out…
In this first round, the two phones seem fairly well matched. The guts of the HTC Aria come packed with 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 (with EDR connectivity). Nokia’s E5 dishes up 3G/HSDPA (with a maximum download speed of 10.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. So it’s a tie. (1-1)
Size & Weight:
Modern design favours light, slim and good-looking handsets. But is the E5 ‘good-looking’? The Nokia handset is noticeably taller than the Aria with dimensions of 115.0mm versus 104.1mm. The E5 is also wider (but only just), measuring 58.9mm to the Aria’s 58.4mm. As for weightiness, the E5 is the heavier of the two, tipping the scales at 126g, compared to the Aria’s 115g. (2-1)
The design of the HTC Aria incorporates a 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus and ‘touch focus’ functionality, geo-tagging (using the built-in GPS), plus VGA video recording. The E5′s 5.0 Megapixel camera (with a fixed focus lens, 3x digital zoom and an LED flash) equals the Aria’s. (2-1)
The Aria features a touch-sensitive LCD display, 3.2 inches across with a quoted resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. Measuring a measly 2.36 inches, the E5′s LCD screen is far smaller. Its 240 x 320 pixel resolution is also no match for the HTC display. Why so small? Note the QWERTY keypad that takes up almost half the available space on the E5′s front face. (3-1)
In terms of raw speediness, the Aria boasts a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor. The E5, meanwhile, is equipped with an ARM 11 chip, also rated at 600MHz. HTC’s handset is based on Android 2.1 (Eclair), overlaid with HTC’s Sense UI. Nokia’s phone uses Symbian OS (Series 60), which is starting to lag behind the rival open source OS. (4-1)
The 2GB of memory in the E5 beats the standard 384MB capacity of the Aria. Of course, the Aria includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 32GB. The 2GB storage capacity on Nokia’s phone can be expanded to 32GB via the microSD slot. (4-2)
As far as battery usage is concerned, HTC says that its Aria can deliver 6.0 hours of talktime, while the E5 is rated at a massive 13.0 hours. Meanwhile, standby time is quoted as 372 hours and 635 hours respectively A defeat for the Aria in this round. (4-3)
The Aria also includes a stereo FM radio with RDS and GPS/A-GPS. The E5 features GPS/A-GPS with Ovi Maps and a stereo FM radio. (4-3)
The HTC Aria wins!
Congratulations to the HTC Aria, which shrugs off a late fightback by the plucky Nokia E5 to become the winner of this fight (4-3).
Summing up, in Android the Aria has the most versatile OS, with a wide range of downloadable apps that is growing at a fantastic rate. It also boasts a bigger, higher resolution display and, in terms of look and feel, it’s easily prettier, thinner and lighter than the E5.
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