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Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition vs. Nokia N900

20 December 2009Entry by

Nokia N900 vs Nokia 5800 Navigation EditionHere is a new comparison, today our Nokia N900 against one of its own family, Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition (already in US stores) . Before I start making the comparison I want to clarify that this comparison also works for the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music due to being the exact same features (hardware and software) with the added of an Lifetime pedestrian and vehicle voice-guided navigation licenses (only useful on the region where the phone was bought) and coming along with car kit which includes a charger and a support. Finally I want to add as usual that I’m not going to talk about every spec from both phones, what I would do is to point out the differences and the some other important thins related to them.

  • Sizes: The Nokia 5800 dimension are 111×51.7×15.5mm (83cc) and weights 109g. While the N900 dimensions are 110.9×59.8x18m (113cc) and weights 181g showing the little difference on their sizes but an important one on the weight if this is an aspect that can bother you on a mobile phone.
  • Display: Both comes with a TFT resistive touch screen 16M colors, but the Nokia 5800 resolutions is 360×640 pixels on a 3.2 inches surface while the N900 resolution is 800×480 pixels on a 3.5 inches surface, a better improvement. In addition, both include Proximity sensor for auto turn-off and Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate presenting a difference on the text entry. The 5800 has handwriting recognition (or touch screen keyboard) while The N900 has a full QWERTY physical Keyboard.
  • Memory: The N900 makes the difference with its 32GB storage, 256 MB RAM and the possibility of taking it up to 48 GB with a 16GB microSD. On the 5800 the internal memory is 81 MB and 128 MB RAM, and a microSD card slot up to 16 GB.
  • Data: Not big difference in general but important details on connectivity. GPRS and EDGE Class 32 is common on both, but the N900 presents a USB v2.1 against a v2.0 on the 5800 both with A2DP. On connectivity, The 5800 has HSDPA 3.6 Mbps 3G network and WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g with UPnP technology while the N900 has HSPDA 10 Mbps on 3G network adding HSUPA Mbps and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, with DLNA. The N900 comes with Infrared port as well.
  • Camera: N900 tilts the balance to his side with its 5MP camera (2576×1936 pixels), auto-focus, Dual LED flash and recording video capability on WVGA(848 x 480) – 25fps including video light while the 5800 presents a 3.15 MP (2048×1536 pixels), auto-focus, led flash and recording video capability on VGA (640 × 480) – 30 fps. Both have a secondary camera for video call, and the possibility of Geo-tagging (included on the N900 and possible on the 5800 through the Nokia app Location tagger).
  • OS and power: Quiet differences because on one hand, the 5800 runs on Nokia Symbian OS v9.4 Serie 60 rel. 5 OS, powered by an ARM11 434 MHz processor. On the other hand, the N900 runs on the newly Maemo 5, powered by an ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz including PowerVR SGX graphics.
  • Features: Both comes with SMS, Email, Instant Messaging but only the 5800 supports MMS while only the N900 has push email. The browser is meaningless to compare because it introduce the full internet into the mobile world showing the web pages the same way a desktop computer does thanks to the Adobe Flash Player 9.4 although both have xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds but the 5800 supports WAP 2.0. The 5800 has Stereo FM radio with RDS as the N900 does via a third partly software but this last includes FM transmitter. And GPS is common for both with A-GPS support although the 5800 comes with Nokia Maps 2.0 touch while the N900 Ovi Maps. Finally the N900 lacks of Java while the 5800 has it (MIDP 2.1).
  • Other Features: Both have TV-out, Photo editor, almost the same music format support (5800: MP3/WMA/WAV/RA/AAC/M4A and N900: MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+), but on video support the difference is important under my consideration (5800: WMV/RV/MP4/3GP and N900: WMV/RealVideo/MP4/AVI/XviD/DivX). Finally, the N900 has Skype and GTalk VoIP integration and PDF document viewer while the 5800 has Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Voice command/dial and Flash Lite 3.0.
  • Prices: The N900 is only available unlocked for $578 (that’s the price today on Amazon) while the 5800 is available unlocked for $259 (that’s the price today on Amazon).

Summarizing, there are important difference between this Nokia family members due to both have a different aim in my opinion as well as the difference categorized as details. All this is reflected on their prices.

Nokia 5800 specs retrieved from Nokia Blog


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