Comparison - Nokia Lumia 800 vs Samsung Galaxy S II
By Jonathan Cheah
09 December 2011 – The Nokia Lumia 800 was announced in October 2011, way after the Samsung Galaxy S II was announced during the Mobile World Congress in February 2011. There is something to be said about the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is still holding its own against newer devices in a field where three months is about as long as a lifetime.
Both handsets are touchscreen candybar devices with 8-megapixel cameras and LED flash. They support WiFi and use a microUSB connector for charging and data transfer. The similarity ends here as the Lumia 800 is supposed to be the first of many Windows Phone devices that Nokia is making, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S II has been considered the top Android device for a while now.
The Nokia Lumia 800 is the heavier one in this comparison by about 25% (142g vs 116g). It has a 1.4 GHz single-core processor with 512 MBs of RAM and 16GBs of storage. It is thicker than its rival here but returns lower height and width measurements. We quite wonder where the extra weight came from if the Samsung is a larger (but thinner) device.
The Samsung Galaxy S II appears to have more talk time (18 hours vs 13 hours) and standby time (710 hours vs 265 hours). This is probably due to its slightly larger battery capacity (1650 mAh vs 1450 mAh). It has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM and 32 GBs of storage.
It also has better video recording capability at 1920 x 1080 (1080p HD). The Lumia 800 is only capable of 1280 x 720 (720p HD).
The price for both devices is now almost the same, The Samsung Galaxy S II has dropped from its opening price to an amount a little less than what we expect the Nokia Lumia 800 to debut at. We would think that the Galaxy S II is the preference here. It has more storage and probably slightly better performance with double the RAM. Finally, the Android Marketplace gives you more options than the corresponding Windows Marketplace, at least for now.
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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
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Samsung Galaxy S II
3.5G HSPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen candybar, 8.0 MP camera, 16GB Memory + microSD (Up to 32GB), Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread)
The Samsung Galaxy S II has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 480 x 800 resolution (which is an increase of screen size, though it retains the same resolution seen in its predecessor), a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with TouchWiz UI 4.0.
It boasts an 8-megapixel camera which is capable of capturing videos at full HD 1080p @ 30fps. The Samsung Galaxy S II also has HSPA+ (21Mbps) network support, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 as well as an HDMI-out with mirroring and DLNA for media sharing.
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