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June 28, 2011

Nokia N9 challenges iPhone 4

Nokia N9 challenges iPhone 4

Bangalore: The launch of Nokia's latest innovation N9 has been sending thunder waves among its primary competitors 'Apple' and 'Google's Android.' It is all set to capture its lost throne of being the largest handset maker which currently is dominated by Apple, but introduction of this meego based button-less touch screen smartphone can very well do that. Nokia N9 is claimed to give iPhone a run for their money as far its features are concerned.

The history of Nokia sales has been very interesting. There was a point when Nokia accounted for at least 8 out of every 10 phones sold in Asia. This year Apple surpassed Nokia as the world's largest phone vendor by revenue. This milestone was achieved by Apple by its incredible revenue of $11.9 billion in the last quarter from iPhones. While Nokia's revenue slipped down to $9.4 billion.

Faced with stiff competition and falling smart phone market share, Nokia hoped to revive its fortunes with Microsoft partnership. The Finnish entity would be using Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 as the main software for its smart phones. The initiation of Nokia N9 ahead of a Windows Phone came as a surprise to everyone. However the features of this new introduction will pose some serious concern for the rising sales of Apple iPhone.
Let us first go through their specific and unique features of both the smartphones and then go through a comparison to find out the best in them.

Nokia N9

Nokia N9 displays AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors with a resolution of 480x854 pixels and measures 116.5x61.212.1mm, weighs 135g. Moreover the screen is scratch resistant and employs Gorilla Glass technology. It has multi touch input method, accelerometer, and proximity sensor for auto on/off and is anti glare to be easily used in broad daylight. It is powered by Meego OS v1.2 Harmattan, has 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor, and packs a solid 1 GB of RAM.

It is available with 16/64 GB of internal storage. The smartphone is Wi-Fi802.11b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, EDGE, GPRS, and Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and EDR. The phone has a full HTML and WAP 2.0/xHTML browser that provides seamless browsing. N9 has games preloaded with Angry Birds, Galaxy on Fire and Rea, Golf.

The camera of this devise gives promising pictures due to its dual camera which comes with a rear 8 MP camera that is auto focus and has LED flash and geo tagging. It can capture HD videos in 720p. It also has a secondary camera to make video calls. N9 is packed with standard Li-ion battery (1450mAh) that provides a talk time of up to 7 hours in 3G.

The two new things that one can find in Nokia N9 is that users can switch between applications with a thumb avoiding any need to return to the main menu or press button. And secondly it has incorporated a sculptured 4 inch glass screen and a polycarbonate plastic body.


iPhone4 on the other hand has capacitive touchscreen and a resolutions of 640x960 pixels and measures 115.2x58.6x9.3mm, weighs just 137g which making it one of the slimmest and lightest smartphones in the market. It is remarkably scratch resistant with an oleo phobic surface and has features like accelerometer, gyro sensor, multi touch input method and a proximity sensor. It has the ubiquitous 3.5 mm audio jack at the top.

It comes with a rear 5 Mp camera that shoots pictures in 2592x1944 pixels, is auto focus with LED flash, is capable of geo tagging and can record HD videos in 720p and also has a secondary camera to make video calls.

iPhone 4 is powered by iOS 4.3, has a powerful Cortex A9 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and is available in two models with 16 GB and 32 GB internal storage as it does not support micro SD cards.

The phone has connectivity like Wi-Fi802.11b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetoothv2.1 with A2DP, EDGE and GPRS (class 10), and GPS with A-GPS and comes with HTML (Safari) browser that provides seamless browsing. It provides a long talk time of up to 7 hours in 3G as it is packed with standard Li-ion battery (1420mAh).

On comparison, both the devices look stunning as far as the features are concerned. However, there are certain key differences between them which is going to decide their sales in the market. The present trend is to flaunt a bigger display and in this area Nokia steals the show with its display of 3.9 inch than iPhone 4 which has a 3.5 inch. But if you are looking for better resolution than iPhone will be your ideal choice as it has a resolution of 640x960 pixels than N9 480x854 pixels. Moreover iPhone 4 is thinner (9.3mm) than N9 (12.1mm).

Nokia N9 runs Meego which do not seem too applauding for the consumers, compared to iPhone 4 which runs on iOS. It would have been more triggering if N9 would have been powered by Windows.

But N9 has a striking feature that the RAM which is of 1 GB but iPhone4 comes with a RAM of 512 MB. And when it comes to camera N9 has a better camera with 8 MP than iPhone4 5 MP. The camera of N9 shoots with higher resolution (3264X2448 pixels) than iPhone 4 (2592X1944 pixels).

The most unique feature of all is that N9 has a UI that provides 3 home screens that are lacking in iPhone 4.

Hence now it up to the consumers which one to opt for. The choice is yours so get the best out of your investment.

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