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Comparison - Nokia Lumia 800 vs iPhone 4S

November 30, 2011
By Jonathan Cheah

29 October 2011 – The Nokia Lumia 800 and the Apple iPhone 4S were both announced in October 2011.

Nokia Lumia 800 vs iPhone 4S

In what is reminiscent of those days when Microsoft and Apple went head-to-head, the Nokia Lumia 800 uses a 1.4 GHz single-core Snapdragon processor to drive Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango). The Apple iPhone 4S uses a dual-core 1 GHz A5 processor to drive iOS 5.

Both the Apple iPhone 4S and the Nokia Lumia 800 are quad-band devices. The Apple iPhone 4S supports both CDMA and GSM systems in one device. The Nokia Lumia 800 weighs 142g and the Apple iPhone 4S weighs 140g – a negligible difference.

The Nokia Lumia 800 displays 480 x 800 pixels onto a 3.7-inch screen (slightly smaller than the Nokia N9 to accommodate the physical buttons) and the Apple iPhone 4S displays 640 x 960 pixels onto a 3.5-inch screen. Although still on one of smallest screens in this age of touchscreen phones, the Apple iPhone 4S appears to have the better resolution from these specifications.

The Apple iPhone 4S and the Nokia Lumia 800 both have an 8-megapixel main camera with flash. The Apple iPhone 4S records video at a maximum of 1920x1080 (1080p HD) and the Nokia Lumia 800 records video at a maximum of 1280x720 (720p HD).

The Apple iPhone 4S comes in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions and the Nokia Lumia 800 comes in only the 16 GB version.

If we compare the price for the 16 GB versions of both phones, the Nokia Lumia 800 retails at about RM 1800 and the 16 GB version of the Apple iPhone 4S retails at about RM 2300 (Announced price for the 16 GB Apple iPhone 4 at its launch). That is a difference of around 25% more for the iPhone.

It is a situation that Microsoft is unused too. For once, the shoe is on the other foot and the Windows product finds itself up against a dominant iOS in what is a reversal of the earlier rivalry between both these companies in the field of the personal computer.

I can’t really see the Nokia Lumia 800 outselling the Apple iPhone 4, at least not at these prices. It will take some time to build up an application store to rival the App Store and until that happens - the smart money is that consumers will continue to go for the iPhone.

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Nokia Lumia 800 (420 Euros, approximately RM 1800)

Nokia Lumia 800

3.5G 14.4Mbps HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3.7-inch Touchscreen Candybar, 8.0 MP camera + 16GB internal memory, Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)

Touted as Nokia’s “first real Windows Phone”, the Nokia Lumia 800 is the Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) flagship by Nokia. It shares the same exterior design with the Nokia N9, but with an additional camera shutter button on the bottom right of the phone. It has a smaller display than the N9 to make space for the three touch buttons (Back, Start and Search) on Windows Phone platform.

It includes some exclusive goodies such as free 25GB SkyDrive cloud storage, Nokia Drive turn-by-turn voice navigation free app and Nokia Music with Mix Radio. Spec-wise, the Lumia 800 has a 3.7-inch WVGA (480 x 800) AMOLED display with ClearBlack technology, a 1.4GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and supports HSDPA 14.4Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1.

The Mango smartphone’s expected retail price is 420 Euros (estimated RM 1850) and will be available from November onwards, with gradual release across the globe 

iPhone 4S (RM 3200+ unofficial)

Apple iPhone 4S

3.5G HSDPA + HSUPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen Candybar, 8.0 MP Camera, 16/32/64 GB Memory, iOS 5

The iPhone 4S is a world phone which supports both GSM and CDMA connections. The iPhone 4S will come in three variants, the brand new 64GB ($499), 32GB ($299), and 16GB ($199), and it will come in black and white. The pricing is the same as for the iPhone 4 last year.

Its exterior is similar to the iPhone 4, but the phone gets the A5 dual-core processor, which Apple claims will be able to run graphics seven times faster than its predecessor. Last year's antenna issue is also addressed, the iPhone's steel band is able to 'intelligently' switch between antenna's for improve call quality.

Other iPhone 4S exclusives, is the Siri voice recognition system, for example you ask Siri a question example "Do I need a raincoat today?" Siri will try and make sense of it and responds "It sure looks like rain today." Other examples include "What is the time in Kuala Lumpur?" Siri will then show you the world clock. Yes it comes with iOS 5, but only 4S users will be able to enjoy it.

There is also an upgraded 8-megapixel camera, the sensor gets an upgrade too with something called backlight illumination, and an image signal processor that enables face detection and 26 percent improved white balance. And it will take 1.1 seconds to take the first shot, and half a second for the next. 1080p video recording is supported too.

The battery is still able to handle the dual-core processor with 8 hours of talk time, 14 hours of 2g talk time, 6 hours of 3g browsing, 9 hours of WiFi browsing. The 4S will have 14.4 HSPA + downlink, an improvement over the iPhone 4's 7.2 Mpbs.

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