Nokia N9 vs. Nokia N8 – Review

by Jerry D on June 22, 2011

Which of these two phones is better? The Nokia N9 powered by the MeeGo OS? Or the Nokia N8 that clings to Symbian? We compare the two in a stat-based showdown…

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Stat-fight: Nokia N9 vs. Nokia N8

Compare the two phones and there’s not much between the two – the new N9 is 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1mm, the tech-crammed N8 is 113.5 x 59.12 x 12.9mm. The N8 is the more compact handset. But only just. The N9 and Nokia N8 both tip the scales at 135g.

As for screens, the N9 boasts a touch-sensitive AMOLED display, measuring a roomy 3.9 inches and delivering a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. In terms of pixel density, the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement is 251.282. It’s OK, but it lags behind the trend for higher-res qHD displays.

The 3.5-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED screen on the N8 is smaller. It boasts a poorer screen resolution too – 360 by 640 pixels. The resulting pixel density of 209.714 pixels per inch here is less than the 251.282 rating given to the N9.

Read the full smartphone comparison below…

Nokia N9 VS Nokia N8
Display 3.9-inch AMOLED 3.5-inch AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels 360 x 640 pixels
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630 680MHz ARM 11
Software MeeGo 1.2 Symbian 3.0
Storage Up to 64GB Up to 48GB
Rear camera 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, Carl Zeiss optics, wide-angle lens, dual LED flash, face detection, 720p video capture 12.0 Megapixels with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash, autofocus, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, plus 720p HD video capture and editing
Front camera Yes Yes
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps) 3G/HSDPA (10.2 Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP/EDR 3.0 with A2DP
Size 61.2 x 116.5 x 12.1mm 59.12 x 113.5 x 12.9mm
Weight 135g 135g
Talktime 7.0 hours 12.0 hours
Standby 450 hours 390 hours
Extras 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 onboard 3D graphics acceleration, GPS/A-GPS (with free Ovi Maps), digital compass, Web TV, Flash support, FM radio (with RDS) and an HDMI out with Dolby Digital Plus support.

Analysis: Nokia N9 vs. Nokia N8


Best Connectivity: N9 (1-0)
Best Size/Weight: Draw (2-1)
Best Camera/Video: N8 (2-2)
Best Display: N9 (3-2)
Best Processor: N9 (4-2)
Best Software: N9 (5-2)
Best Storage: N9 (6-2)
Best Battery life: N8 (6-3)
Best Extras: N9 (7-3)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia N9 wins!

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