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Nokia N900 vs. Google Nexus One

1 February 2010Entry by

Recently it has hit the markets the new Google phone which it has been talking about it since long before it’s released. After quite some time, the Google Phone Nexus One was released on January 5th 2010. As it is a direct competitor of the Nokia N900, we decided to make a comparison between this two.

As my others comparisons were, I’m going to follow the same rules. I’m not going to talk about each specification of these phones, only the differences and the important ones in my opinion.

Dimensions & WeighBoth presents pretty much the same dimensions with the slightly difference of the deepness as the Nokia N900 presents a physic QWERTY keyboard. However, the N900 is almost 1cm less tall than the Nexus one. The Nexus One dimensions are 119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm while the N900’s one are 110.9 x 59.8 x 18 mm leading to an important difference if you plan to carry the phone on your pocket and be extreme comfortable with it. Again a little weight difference its expected due to the keyboard, as the N900 weighs 181g and the Nexus One 130g

Display – Both presents the 800×480 pixels resolution. However, the Nokia N900 does it on a 3.5” inches TFT resistive touch screen display while the Nexus One on a 3.7” inches AMOLED capacitive touch screen display. The Nexus One particularity is that it comes with Trackball navigation. Proximity sensor for auto turn-off and Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate are included in both devices.

Memory – As in other comparisons, the N900 presents the one of the best storage capacities on the market as it has a 32 GB internal storage capable of 48 GB with a 16 GB microSD and 256 MB RAM. While the Nexus One has only 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM and It’s capable of storage up o 32 GB with a microSD although a 4 GB microSD is included.

Network & DataAlmost no differences between these two devices, as both comes with GPRS Class 32, HSUPA- 2Mbps, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and microUSB v2.0. The N900 steps up a little bit as it has EDGE Class 32, HSDPA – 10Mbps and an Infrared port while the Nexus One EDGE is Class 10, HSPDA – 7.2Mbps and lacks of infrared port.

Camera5 MP camera capable of a 2560х1920 pixels resolution, autofocus and Geo-tagging are common in both. However, the Nexus One has a LED flash and Smile detection and on video recording it records a D1 meaning a 720×480 pixels resolution with 20fps. In contrast, The N900 includes a DUAL LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, video light as well as a WVGA – 848 x 480 pixels resolution with 25fps video and a VGA secondary camera.

Processor & OS The Nexus One has a better power functionality as it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor and runs over Android 2.1 an OS that despite of being almost new compare it against most mobile OS, it now on its 2.1 version meaning that it has been exhaustive tested for users and developers. The last sentence also points out that the developers are already familiar to the software leading to a major quantity of App available. The N900 has ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz processor along with a PowerVR SGX graphics and it runs on Maemo 5 an newly OS that it has first hit the market with this device in November 2009. Users and developers have to get familiar with it yet although the firsts users and developers experiences have been quite positive.

Features – Both have SMS, Email, Push Email, IM, HTML, A-GPS. On one hand, the Nexus One has also MMS, Java MIDP 2.0 while the N900 lacks and some other features such as active noise cancellation with dedicated microphone, Digital compass, Dedicated search key, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and Picasa integration, Voice memo and its capable of reproducing MP3/eAAC+/WAV audio formats and MP4/H.263/H.264 video formats. On the other hand, the N900 xHTML and RSS feeds, Stereo FM Radio and FM transmitter while the Nexus One lacks and other interesting features are Skype and GoogleTalk VoIP integration, TV-Out functionality, a PDF document viewer, Photo editor, Adobe Flash Player 9.4 and capable of reproducing MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ audio formats as well as WMV/RealVideo/MP4/AVI/XviD/DivX video formats.

BatteryThe N900 weak point as it has a stand by time up to 96h approximately, talk time up to 9h(2G) and 5h (3G) due to its Standard battery, Li-Ion 1320 mAh (BL-5J). While the Nexus One stand by time it’s up to 290 h (2G) / Up to 250 h (3G), talk time Up to 10 hours (2G) / Up to 7 hours (3G) thanks to its Standard battery, Li-Ion 1400 mAh
Price – The N900 unlocked is priced around at U$S 540 whiles the Nexus One at U$S529, 29. Both phones are available through different carriers and its availability varies between countries.

As it was possible to notice while reading this review, both phones are direct competitors. When deciding between each phone, the lacks of features and the actually features carried would be the main deciding factors in my opinion. As the Nexus One is almost new, there isn’t yet a defined opinion among users about how it works, how well it does on a routinely day of use, etc.

Don’t forget to visit the Google Nexus One blog!


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