Nokia N9 vs. Nokia Lumia 800 – Showdown!

by Jerry D on October 31, 2011

The Nokia N9 has risen from the dead! Behold the new Nokia Lumia 800, the first true Nokia handset to come packing Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 OS. The Lumia might look the same as the N9, but there are significant technical differences. The question is: is the Lumia 800 a better phone?

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Round #1 – Connectivity:
The N9 is equipped with a 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps) chipset, along with 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP/EDR. Nokia’s Lumia 800, meanwhile, comes with 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR as standard.

Score: +1 to both phones (1-1)

Round #2 – Size & Weight:
How big are these phones? There’s not much of a gap between the two. If fact, in terms of size there’s absolutely no difference at all as the Lumia borrows the N9′s day-glo chassis. Thus the N9 and the Lumia both measure 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1mm. That said, the Lumia 800 is 7g heavier than the N9, which weighs 135g.

Score: +1 to N9 (2-1)


Round #3 – Camera:
The N9 is equipped with a 8.0 Megapixel camera (3264 x 2448 pixels) with frills such as autofocus/touch focus, advanced Carl Zeiss optics, a wide-angle lens, dual LED flash, face detection and 720p video capture. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera.

The Lumia 800 also comes equipped with a 8.0 MP camera along with the same autofocus option, lovely Carl Zeiss optics, matching dual LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. No front camera, however. Shame.

Score: +1 to N9 (3-1)

Round #4 – Screen/keyboard:
The N9 incorporates a touch-sensitive AMOLED/ClearBlack display, 3.9 inches in size and with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. Packing 409920 pixels into this 3.9-inch screen results in a pixel density of 251.282 pixels per inch (PPI). In the grand scheme of things, this is a so-so figure.

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Measuring 3.7 inches, the Lumia 800′s touch-sensitive AMOLED/ClearBlack screen is smaller. Its 480 x 800 pixel resolution is slightly lower than the N9′s display. With 384000 pixels on its 3.7-inch screen, the pixel density is ever so slightly higher at 252.162 pixels per inch. We prefer the bigger display here.

Score: +1 to N9 (4-1)

Round #5 – Processor:
How speedy are the two combatants? Inside the Nokia N9 there’s a ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630 chip, ticking along at a decent 1GHz. The Lumia 800, however, revs past its forebear thanks to a 1.4GHz single core Qualcomm MSM8255 processor. Has the fight-back begun?

Score: +1 to Lumia 800 (4-2)

Round #6 – Software:
Nokia debuts Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) on the Lumia 800 and it’s undoubtedly the first of many Nokia/Microsoft smartphones to come. The Windows OS is surprisingly decent. But it’s still got a long way to go before it threatens Android and iOS.

In comparison, the N9 uses the MeeGo OS, which usually elicits a ‘huh?’ and a shrugging of shoulders whenever we mention it.

Score: +1 to Lumia 800 (4-3)

Round #7 – Applications:
Question: does the Lumia 800′s Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 software win the app-battle? Yes. Yes it does. The Lumia 800 has the fattest app store of the two phones.

Score: +1 to Lumia 800 (4-4)

Round #8 – Storage:
The 64GB of memory in the N9 beats the 16GB capacity of the Lumia 800. There’s no expansion slot on the N9, so the base memory can’t be extended. The 16GB-worth of storage on the Lumia 800 can’t be boosted any further as the handset also lacks a memory card slot.

Score: +1 to N9 (5-4)

Round #9 – Battery life:
So how much battery life do you get? The N9 boasts 7.0 hours of talktime according to Nokia, while the Lumia 800 is rated at 9.5 hours. Standby time is rated at 450 hours and 335 hours respectively. A first place finish for the Lumia 800 in this round.

Score: +1 to Lumia 800 (5-5)


Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Round #10 – Extras:
The N9 also includes GPS/A-GPS, digital compass, Gorilla Glass, turn-by-turn mapping, Near Field Communication (NFC) and TV-out via HDMI. Note: a 16GB version is also available.

In comparison, the Lumia 800 features GPS/A-GPS, stereo FM radio with RDS, Nokia Drive, Nokia Music and a digital compass

Score: +1 to N9 (6-5)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia N9 wins! (Just)

Technically-speaking, you could argue that the Nokia N9 is a better phone than the Lumia 800. It has a slightly roomier screen and more memory. But running the MeeGo OS, the N9 was effectively dead in the water as soon as it launched (and when Nokia announced its partnership with Microsoft).

The prospects for the Lumia look brighter, even though its technical spec is not on a par with top-end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the iPhone 4S.

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