Is Nokia Lumia 800 better than Nokia N9?

Although these Nokia mobile phones (Lumia 800 & N9) maybe mistaken for the same phone they are quite different, and below is a comparison broken down by each feature.

What the smartphone offers the user, including the Lumia’s speedy 1.4ghz processor vs. the poor N9’s 1ghz. Software: The Nokia N9 runs on the MeeGo OS… while the new Nokia Lumia 800 proudly uses Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) software.

Presumably this is a re-birth of Nokia’s OS and Mango and will hold features that rival the experience in android and iOS. Users have found Windows OS impressive to use, much to our surprise.

Size & Weight: In terms of size, there is not much variation between the two Nokia phones. They both measure 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1mm. Despite the similar dimensions, the Lumia 800 weighs 142 grams, which is 7g heavier than the N9.

Battery life: The Lumia 800 wins this round starting with 9.5 hours of talktime in comparison to just 7 hours on the N9. The Lumia has 335 hours standby time, whilst the N9 is rated at 450 hours. Clearly the improved talktime on the Lumia’s behalf allows it to win this round, as these are small factors that play a part when potential smartphone buyers search for their next mobile.

Processor: Speed-wise, the Lumia 800 wins the race all thanks to a 1.4GHz single core Qualcomm MSM8255 processor. The N9, on the other hand, has an ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630 chip which results in an effective, but not as fast, 1GHz. Nokia have significantly upgraded their processor chip for the new mango mobile, which surpasses the speed of other popular smartphones such as the galaxy S2.

Camera: Both phones are equipped with an 8.0 Megapixel camera. The main difference between the two, in terms of camera, is the Nokia N9 offers users the benefit of a second, front-mounted camera, which is perfect for video calls. Both mobile phones share similar features such as, autofocus, advanced Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, face detection, 720 video capture, a wide angle lens and face detection.

Due to increasingly popular trends in video calling with a Skype application or even just normal calling gives the N9 the advantage on this feature.

Screen/keyboard: The N9 boasts a touch-sensitive AMOLED/ClearBlack display sized 3.9inches whilst the Lumia 800 stretches to just 3.7-inches. In addition the screen pixel resolution is lower than the N9’s (480 x 854 pixels Vs. 480 x 800 pixels). Despite the lack in these features, the Lumia 800 actually excels in terms of pixel density at 252.162 as opposed to the N9’s 251.282 pixels per inch, which delivers a crisper, more sharp display than found in the Nokia N9.

Storage: There is a huge leap between the two with their memory capacity. The Lumia 800 has an embarrassing 16GB of capacity whilst the N9 boats 64GB. Strangely, both phones lack memory card slots; therefore, the storage is limited in terms of expansion and easy data sharing. Although the Lumia’s memory is less than the N9, this is the same storage found in the Apple iPhone 4S basic model.

Connectivity: Both phones share very similar connectivity features… the Lumia 800 is equipped with 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR as standard. On the other hand, 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. The Nokia Lumia 800 deals can now be found on a range of networks starting from just £30 a month.


8 thoughts on “Is Nokia Lumia 800 better than Nokia N9?”

  1. elemental says:

    If you are not decided:
    N9: HW: BT4.0, FMRX+RDS, FF cam, 802.11an, 1GB ram, 64GB flash, NFC, 3.9″,
    SW: Linux, USB mass storage, True Multitasking, Swipe UI, Qt, can send
    files over BT, tethering
    Lumia: HW: 1.4GHz CPU (needed because of slow .NET world), cam button

  2. Anonymous says:

    ‘the Lumia 800 actually excels in terms of pixel density at 252.162 as opposed to the N9′s 251.282 pixels per inch” Really? a 0.9 ppi difference that makes the Lumia 800 excels?

  3. Rockykid86 says:

    what about RAM(1gig VS 512 MB)?  What about those three buttons in Lumia? 

    In N9, Nokia had manage to do what no other mobile phone including Iphone could do; that is to remove all the buttons, from the feature phone era, on the front screen. Congrats, now NOKIA is back to same old rut that everyone is stuck in. 

  4. I’ve run both with the N9 and the Lumia 800

    I’ve gone with Nokia for quite a few years now ..last phones being N95, N95-2, N96 , N8 , N9 and now finally the L 800

    It’s the operating system that makes for the biggest differences with both these phones. 

    While I admit I absolutely love the N9’s Swype features ( so easily being able to shift between programs) and the L800’s integrated chat / message / social networks.

    I can’t help but pick out the , things I don’t like ,the little things that bug me, I usually always pick out the flaws first.For the N9 the flaws (as I compared it to the N8) was a downgraded camera, USB standard, bluetooth standard ( in short ….transfer speeds) . Also when I tried sending a song / track from the N9 to my brother’s N95 , I found that ..I couldn’t do it,  At least not without some 3rd party or extra software.  Also I didn’t get the front cam to work ( was there even one ? ….that might be because I’m not -that- technical ( with the N8 I just picked to call , whether I wanted audio only or videocall. Also the lack of memory card ,was a little bit annoying (for me at least..as I have tons of stuff on micro SD’s )
    For the Lumia 800 there were things that annoyed me even more …. the music features,  Windows Phone 7.5s inability to use your mp3s / music as ringtones / alarm sounds  …I’ve been doing this on my Nokias for many years already. So ofcourse I noticed this immediatly
    You -can- convert some music for ring tone use ,but it’s a pain ,due to restrictions ( no longer than 39 seconds ,no larger a file than 1 MB)  I found a third party application to do this.The Zune PC application itself ain’t bad (in my opinion) it works, it gets the job done without too much of a hassle (I’ve used it only twice though ..loading some 600 songs onto the phone)
    Yet , not a very practical solutions ,as you can’t use the phone browser software on top of it (as you could with the Nseries)Also the inability to do proper file management -and- the lack of bluetooth filetransfer support ?I know not everyone uses stuff like this ..but for me this is a big issue , as I transfered music (single tracks) and sometimes photos and memos over Bluetooth (the 3.0 standard the N8 utilized was sweet)

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