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Nokia N9 vs Nokia Lumia 800, a close specs comparison

The Nokia N9 and the Nokia Lumia 800, two new Nokia smartphones which looks almost identical at first glance. One runs on the soon-to-be-forgotten MeeGo OS while the other uses the up-and-coming Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS. Do they really differ on the OS level? Not quite, not by a long stretch.

width="546"Specs are kinda sketchy from the usually reliable GSMArena and PDADB.Net so we scrounged for the actual specs from Nokia instead and fill in the blanks from reliable reviews of the N9. Here’s what we came up with and you will be surprised that the N9 has better features than the Lumia 800 but still, it seems that Android phones of the same class trumps them both.

Nokia N9 Nokia Lumia 800
1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630, PowerVR SGX530 1.4 GHz processor, Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset, 3D Graphics HW Accelerator
MeeGo for Nokia N9 (MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan) Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Quad-band GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 Quad-band GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
Penta-band WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 Quad-band WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100
16GB or 64GB internal storage 16GB internal storage
1GB RAM 512MB RAM
3.9″ ClearBlack AMOLED Display (FWVGA, 854 x 480 resolution), Gorilla Glass 3.7″ ClearBlack AMOLED Display (WVGA, 800 x 480 resolution), Gorilla Glass
HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.7 Mbps HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.7 Mbps
8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, F2.2, Dual-LED Flash 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, F2.2, Dual-LED Flash
720p HD video recording @30fps 720p HD video recording @30fps
VGA front-facing camera (not working on Skype) No front-facing camera
Web-kit browser (HTML5, CSS3, XHTML, no Flash support) Internet Explorer 9 Mobile (HTML5, CSS3, XHTML, No Flash support)
GPS, A-GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n GPS, A-GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR
No FM Radio FM Radio
NFC No NFC
Micro SIM card Micro SIM card
Ovi Store Zune Marketplace
1,450mAh battery 1,450mAh battery
116.45 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm
135 g 142 g

So will it be the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 or the Windows Mango Nokia Lumia 800? No doubt the design looks really nice and maybe the UI is fresh but still… is it enough to topple the Android-based phones?

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  • r41n

    Single core WP7 runs as smooth as dual core Android Smartphones. WP7 is the future.

    • Exactly! The first generation WP7 phones, which had the OLD 1 GHz Snapdragon processors (MSM8250) stand up well, even compared to dual-core Android phones. The new 1 GHz Snapdragon processors (MSM8255) are about 20 – 35% faster than the old one, and this one runs on the 1.4 GHz variant.

      Also, Android applications are designed to support as many hardware variants as possible, instead of being optimized for one. So people are spending money their on a dual-core Android phone to run an applications designed to run on single core 600 MHz processors.

      • ranQueeuQnar

        The reason Windows Phone 7 OS can run on older processors, is because it doesn’t need the excess horsepower from dual cored processors ’cause it does not have some of those quirky effects and transitions. Android can run on 1 gHz processors if UI’s customized by manufacturer of the phone will disable it. Come to think of it, 1 gHz is already enough to operate SGS II but because of its UI transitions, applications, and other tech stuff that requires that horsepower, the manufacturer will of course choose to put another core so that the phone can function fast enough.

        The reason why people spend on buying a new phone is because the version of Android installed on their phones is incompatible with the requirements of the application. 🙂

  • Jake

    WP7 is way better.

  • Carl

    WP7 is great! Basta damihan pa nila yung mga apps hehe.

  • Sir Calvin ano mas preferred mo? mas okay ata yung NOKIA N9.

    • sa itong dalawa? even mukhang mas ok ang n9, mas may room for improvement ang lumia 800 through software updates.

  • Kaloy

    I love both this phones. am confused which to choose. btw, who has the N9 already? hows the battery life of it on a heavy use?

    • N9 battery is more than a day and less than a couple of days.

  • ranQueeuQnar

    Whoa. The Lumia 800 is heavier than the N9 and note that it’s smaller than the N9. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Minus points.

    • ranQueeuQnar

      I mean the “display” is smaller. Also, they have the same battery.

  • Jonathan

    Anywone here tried meego and windows phone 7? I’m kind of thinking of buying an N9 or wait for the lumia, so, just want to ask, should I try the N9 or wait for the Lumia 800? Thanks in advance!

    • meeGo is a pretty straightforward OS. if you’re not much into apps and customizations, the n9 should fit you well. lumia 800 has wp7 which is not a bad OS by itself and you can get future upgrade and apps for it unlike MeeGo which will rely on the Ovi apps.

      • Jonathan

        Thanks for the reply, but you know, I’m still confuse which one to buy hehehe… meego software or N9 reviews has been positive overall, make me want to try it. I’m not into apps much. Been using an HTC HD2 and haven’t customized or bought an app for it since I got it. Just want a good, out of the box experience. But having a chat program is a must for me! Always thought of having a WP7 as my next phone. But the N9 (meego) has this fresh vibe on it and news that tells it might be the first and last of its kind makes it more intriguing for me to try than to avoid it (yeah I’m weird hehehe). Thanks anyway, enjoyed your blog. N9 or Lumia, I’m sure I’ll enjoy either of them =)

  • jayb

    i love WP7